Charter schools have been part of the fabric of Arizona’s public school landscape for over 20 years. Through the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators and students, Arizona charter schools are outperforming nearly every state in the country.

The Association is proud to celebrate these success stories through our 2017 Charter Awards, spotlighting outstanding examples of public charter school excellence in teaching, academic leadership, business administration and school-wide success. These honorees embody the promise of public charter schools and work tirelessly every day to improve education in schools and communities across Arizona.

Applications, which are founded in the Quality Standards, are due Sept. 24. We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration in early December.

Charter School of the Year

The Arizona Charter School of the Year is a consistently excelling public charter school that succeeds in educating all children, regardless of background. This school maintains a culture of high academic expectations and focuses on continuous improvement by defining measurable goals for all of its students. With ethical business practices and strong financial stability, the Charter School of the Year is a pillar in the community, committed to supporting the needs of its students, staff and families.

Charter School of the year nominees are those Association member schools that have operated a minimum of five years,  has no findings on its most recent financial audit, is A-rated for 2017 or is in the top 20 percent of all public schools AzMERIT passing scores on ELA and Math, and is in the top 20 percent of all public schools AzMERIT ELA and Math passing scores for 2015 and 2016.  Award winners are selected based on cumulative scores from the written application, academic data and financial audits. School of the Year applications are evaluated based on this rubric.

Due to the delay of release of the A-F letter grades, we are extending the deadline for the School of the Year award to Sunday, Oct. 15. All other awards are due by September 24. We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration on December 6.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADER OF THE YEAR

The Arizona Charter Transformational Leader of the Year recognizes what research confirms: a critical component to quality schools is outstanding leadership. A steward of the school’s mission, this leader works to help students achieve success while creating a high-quality learning environment. Transformational Leader nominees are those individuals that have served a minimum of three years in a leadership position at their current school, and have a documented history of improved student achievement and student academic growth.

Applicants selected to move on to the second round must distribute an electronic survey to all teachers. Award winners are selected based on cumulative scores from the written application, academic data and teacher survey results. Transformational Leader of the Year applications are evaluated based on this rubric.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration on December 6.

BUSINESS LEADER

The Arizona Charter Business Leader of the Year is adept at following best practices and keeping their school in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. These leaders pour tremendous effort into establishing sustainable and ethical business practices, helping their charter meet academic goals and promoting their school’s values to business partners and the community. Ultimately, this leader’s business practices reflect their passion for students.

Eligible business leaders include: Business Managers, CFOs, Accountants, CEOs, Administrative/Executive Assistants, or any other member of a school staff that contributes to the sustainability of the charter school from an operational standpoint.

The Business Leader of the Year is selected based on cumulative scores from the written application, a review of the Association member school’s last three yearly financial audits, and may include a phone interview with a school administrator and/or nominee. Applications are evaluated based on this rubric.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration on December 6.

CHARTER TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The Arizona Charter School Teacher of the Year truly cares about the whole child, supporting their students in and out of the classroom. Understanding that all students learn differently, the Teacher of the Year uses student data to tailor instruction and provide intervention when necessary, ensuring student growth and success. These outstanding educators leave a lasting impact on their students.

Applicants selected to move on to the second round must submit a short teaching clip and will participate in a phone interview. In addition, top applicants may be asked to submit evidence of student learning (i.e., Galileo data, standards-based gradebook, classroom artifacts, etc). Award winners are selected based on cumulative scores from the written application, phone interview, academic data and video submission. Charter Teacher of the Year applications are evaluated based on this rubric.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration on December 6.

EVENT DETAILS

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We will honor the award winners at our Charter Awards Celebration in early December. Contact Daniel Duran, daniel.duran@azcharters.org for sponsorship details.

Application Questions

Application Questions

The nomination deadline for the 2017 Charter Awards is September 24. Contact Megan Gilbertson, megan@azcharters.org, with application questions.

Past Award Winners

Past Award Winners

The Association is proud to annually spotlight outstanding examples of public charter school excellence in teaching, academic leadership, business administration and school-wide success.