Award Year: 2022

Vista Del Sur Accelerated Academy

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

(602) 237-3046

Ms. Jessica Epacs, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Laveen Elementary School District

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When learners are encouraged to interact with their peers, productively struggle with challenging concepts, and develop arguments by building on each other's responses they are engaged in effective instruction and accountability for their learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 20%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 8%
These students are collaborating about the text they are reading.

These students are collaborating about the text they are reading.

Nestled at the base of South Mountain, Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy resides in the "Village of Laveen." Our unique community in South Phoenix was once populated with dairy cows, cotton fields, and a few scattered farms and ranches. Laveen's close proximity to downtown Phoenix and vistas of both South Mountain and the Sierra Estrella Mountains, have attracted a rapid influx of new residents. This growth has changed the face of our once agricultural community. Families from across the nation and around the world have been drawn together to form this vibrant urban community.Vista del Sur is an A+ School of Excellence and stands out for being accelerated, having consistently high achieving students, and excellent parent involvement.Not only are Vista's learners diverse in learning abilities, but there are cultural and religious diversities that bring more to our campus.

Vista is committed to developing and delivering a well-rounded educational experience for all students. We believe this includes rigorous academics, varied extra-curricular activities, and mutual trust between home and school. Our approach to learning is to put students in charge of their education and allow the teacher to be the facilitator.Students must become problem solvers and critical thinkers when engaging with academic content. Collaboration is a key instructional strategy at Vista. In order to prepare our students for their future, we believe they must have the skills to work well with others.