Award Year: 2017

Palm Valley Elementary School

272 E Sagebrush
Litchfield Park , AZ, 85340-4934

(623) 535-6400

Mrs. Jennifer Benjamin, Principal at time of Nomination

Litchfield Elementary School District

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Palm Valley is an extraordinary school where all students are provided with dynamic opportunities to excel in academics, character, attitude, principles, and excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 36%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 40%
Our Thunderbird Family, Strong and Connected

Our Thunderbird Family, Strong and Connected

Founded in 1997, Palm Valley Elementary, located in Goodyear, Arizona, is one of fifteen schools within the 100 year-old "A"rated Litchfield Elementary School District. Palm Valley, home of the Thunderbirds, currently serves 860 students and is celebrating our 20th anniversary. We have continuously earned the highest achievement designation by the Arizona Department of Education. Our school, once considered a "neighborhood school," now has 37% open enrollment, which challenges us to refine and adapt to a diverse student population. Our expert faculty are committed to our students and implementation of reteach and enrich strategies using What I Need (W.I.N.) time. We attribute our success as a school to the challenging yet interactive environment that engages and motivates our students. The needs of all learners are continually addressed, decisions are data-driven, and students' needs are systematically identified. Recognizing the need to challenge all learners to reach their full potential, Palm Valley's Traditional Academy is an accelerated program offering students a global and project-based approach to learning. Inclusion Revolution provides self-contained students an opportunity to participate and deepen the relationships between our students in self-contained and their general education peers. Our motto, "Once a Thunderbird, Always a Thunderbird," epitomizes our belief that a successful school functions as a family. Our Thunderbird Family is all-inclusive--from our students, to parents, teachers, administration, cafe office, and support staff. The core values of a strong and connected family are embedded in all that we do as a staff and school community.