Award Year: 2016

Vista Del Sur Traditional School

3908 West South Mountain Avenue
Laveen, AZ, 85339-7897

(602) 237-3046

Ms. Kristi Pashley, Principal at time of Nomination

Jessica Epacs, Current Principal

Laveen Elementary School

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To provide a safe learning community in which all can exceed academically and become valuable members of society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • White: 20%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students actively engaged with instructional technology

Students actively engaged with instructional technology

Vista del Sur is an accelerated school where students work a grade level ahead in math and language arts. Students who demonstrate academic aptitude in mathematics are able to take high school level algebra and geometry. Middle school students also take high school level Spanish. Students taking high school level courses have an opportunity to take our feeder high school's qualifying test which determines their placement for the following year.

Science and social studies are on level, but accelerated at a faster pace as well. Vista offers specials of art, PE, and music. Vista has a 1:1 student-to-technology device ratio and every student has access to a Chromebook or iPad. This technology, accompanied with classroom Smart-boards, allows our teachers to assess their students in real time. It also allows teachers the opportunity to differentiate their learner tasks and modify instruction and student groupings immediately.

One of the most beneficial instructional strategies Vista has implemented is Mental Math. Teachers provide a front-loading problem; students must then mentally solve the problem and explain the solution to their classmates. Students are then prompted to share different strategies to solve the same problem. This has positively impacted student achievement as it improves the students' ability to problem solve, become independent thinkers, and articulate their thinking across all content areas.

Parent involvement at Vista is high as parents are expected to volunteer a minimum of seven hours each year. Vista is a school of choice, and so, it does not have attendance boundaries.