Brags - Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Chandler Unified School District - (2017-2018) Nine CUSD teachers recently earned their National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -- designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing school improvement nationwide. Applying is an exhaustive process, though also very rewarding. Thirty-four current CUSD teachers (including the nine below) have earned their National Board Certification, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
Chandler Unified School District - (2017-2018) Chandler Unified School District has the second-highest student achievement growth in the nation among sizeable districts. Let's keep up the great work administrators, teachers, students and community! New York Times: How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most
Chandler Unified School District - (2016-2017) CUSD has a record 30 National Merit Scholars for 2017. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recognizes and honors the top academically talented students of the United States. They shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education. Earning this distinction puts these students in the top 2% of students in the nation. National Merit® Scholarship Program
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) Kudos to those from CUSD who attended the recent Relay for Life of Chandler event hosted by Basha High School on April 29. Over 400 staff and students, represented by Basha Elementary, CTA Freedom, Patterson, Riggs, Ryan, Payne, Basha High, Chandler High, Hamilton High and Perry High, attended the 12 hour overnight event where teams committed to have members walk throughout the night. Over $162,000 has been raised by participants with funds supporting cancer research and patients. Relay for Life of Chandler
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) Three Chandler Unified schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence! The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced that Andersen Junior High, Riggs Elementary and San Marcos Elementary have received the coveted A+ Schools of Excellence™ award for the 2015-2016 school year. Applicant schools are rigorously evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement, and assessment data. Arizona Educational Foundation
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) CUSD has been rated the #1 K-12 school district in Arizona for the past two years based on data from Niche rankings.
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) A survey of the Chandler community indicates that 92% of our parents would give Chandler Unified School District a grade of A or B.
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) Chandler Unified has earned 70 Arizona A+ and National Blue Ribbon Awards since 1983.
Chandler Unified School District - (2015-2016) In 2016, Chandler Unified offers parents even more choices:
See more at the Choice is Yours website
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) During the 2014-2015 school year, Chandler Unified School District graduates earned:
- Spanish Immersion program
- Elite Performance Academy
- Expansion of the Mandarin Immersion program
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) CUSD and Chandler Education Association members helped to collect 1,324 books for elementary students and 119 for secondary students. That's a grand total of 1,443 books for children in need. These books will be going to local organizations like I CAN, Pregnancy Care Center, and CUSD Federal programs. Thank you to all that helped to make this a possibility.
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) Dr. Casteel recognized bus driver Desiree McCollum for her heroic efforts to avoid a toddler who strayed in front of her bus. Click here to read the letter written to the transportation department.
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) Chandler Unified School District's Chandler Education Television and Community Relations program won three Rocky Mountain Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Scottsdale Princess. They were honored for their work on historical documentaries outlining the early years of CUSD.
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) The Arizona Department of Education announced that all five CUSD comprehensive high schools, Arizona College Prep - Erie, Basha, Chandler, Hamilton and Perry, have earned an 'A' grade for the 2013-14 school year -- the fourth straight year. Arizona Department of Education
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) The Arizona Department of Education announced that CUSD has 11 of the top 100 highest ranked schools in the entire state for the 2013-14 school year. That is more than any other district in the state. The schools are: ACP-Erie, ACP-Oakland, Chandler High, CTA Goodman, CTA Independence, CTA Liberty, Fulton Elementary, Hamilton High, Perry High, Riggs Elementary and Santan Elementary. ACP-Oakland ranked as the No. 3 school in the state and No. 1 in the East Valley. Arizona Department of Education
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) The Arizona Department of Education announced that a total of 36 CUSD schools earned an A or a B grade for the 2013-14 school year, compared to 35 a year ago. Arizona Department of Education
Chandler Unified School District - (2014-2015) The Arizona Department of Education announced that CUSD earned an 'A' grade for the 2013-2014 school year. CUSD is one of only nine districts to earn the grade all four years of the state's Arizona LEARNS letter grade accountability program. Arizona Department of Education
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) The district was nominated for an Emmy Award. The honor comes after the district's media production department, under the direction of Michael Holland, Chandler EdTV, entered a documentary video about district history into the Southwest Regional Emmy Awards competition. The program, called The History of Chandler Schools, Part 1: The First Bell Rings, was judged by members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and deemed worthy of nomination for the coveted award.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) CUSD Nutrition won the 1st place 2013 HEMMY Professional Other Award for the CUSD school nutrition mobile app. AzPHA awarded CUSD school nutrition mobile app for its effective approach to providing nutrition information through the 21st century. AzPHA
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) The Chandler Education Foundation's Annual 100% Awareness campaign was once again a huge success thanks to the generosity of CUSD staff and families donating more than $72,000 to benefit the students and teachers of CUSD. The CEF 'Whoo Hoo Patrol' celebration took place on October 18. The Patrol surprised teachers and students by visiting 31 schools, awarding 72 teacher and school-wide grants. Chandler Education Foundation
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Superintendent's Student Advisory Council tasted food under consideration for school menus and provided feedback last week. Superintendent Camille Casteel meets regularly to discuss issues and to develop students' leadership skills.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) The Chandler CARE Center provided the makings for a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 600 Chandler families. Volunteers ranging from individuals to various CUSD schools and sites assisted CARE Center staff with sorting, bagging, and distributing thousands of donated food items. Thank you to the many schools, sites, and clubs from within the district that provided support to the CARE Center. Without that support and assistance, the CARE Center would not be able to provide for families in need.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) CUSD sent more than 100 Latinas to Chandler-Gilbert Community College Pecos Campus for the Hermanas Design Your Future Pre College Conference. Students in 9-12 grades represented Chandler High, Hamilton High, Perry High, Hill Learning Academy, Hill Learning Academy @ICAN, and CEC. Intel collaborated with Maricopa Community College District in this endeavor. The planning committee was comprised of representatives from Intel, IBM and Chandler Gilbert Community College. Flyer
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) District staff raised $39,089 for the Valley of the Sun United Way last fall through contributions and payroll deductions pledges.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) CUSD had five individuals and one team inducted into Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. Lois Truman Emshoff, longtime Chandler High teacher and coach; 1999 Chandler High Girls Basketball Team, coached by the late Mike Desper and Kathleen Regel and Meg Gianesello, who continue to work for CUSD; Jason Cascio, Soccer (Hamilton High Graduate); Eric Farris, Baseball (Hamilton High Graduate); Daniel Marshall, Track and Field (Hamilton High Graduate); Dontay Moch, Arizona Cardinals (Hamilton High Graduate).
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) CUSD had several Creative Expression Competition winners from Santan Elementary, Payne Junior High, Santan Junior High, Willis Junior High and Hamilton High. The winners were presented with an award and a cash prize for the school at a city council meeting. City of Chandler Creative Expression Winners
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) CUSD student councils convened to show off their spirit, and celebrate the hard work to benefit the 'Make that Change Program' for the Special Olympics. The schools collaborated to raise more than $15,000.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Si Se Puede honored eight educators from CUSD at the 14th annual Cesar Chavez recognition and awards dinner April 5 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort. Vidal Mejia, Chandler High School; Norma Meza, Galveston Elementary; Ascencion Alexander, San Marcos Elementary and Galveston Elementary; Kathy Mejia, Santan Junior High; Lourdes Galindo, Frye Elementary; Kim Bratcher, Galveston Elementary; Yvette Rosales, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary; Frank Narducci, Chandler Unified School District
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Three CUSD Schools Named A+ Schools of Excellence. Staff at Basha High, Hancock Elementary and Tarwater Elementary learned Thursday that they have been named A+ Schools of Excellence for 2014 by the Arizona Educational Foundation.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Rodel Names Two CUSD Educators as Aspiring Principals. The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 21 educators from across Arizona to the 2014 cohort of Rodel Aspiring Principals. Two of those are from CUSD, Amanda Meier from Hancock Elementary and Andy Morgan from the IRC. Rodel Foundation
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has named Sonya Roche of Santan Junior High the Educator of the Year, Meg Giansello, director of instructional services, the Administrator of the Year and ACP-Oakland custodian Miguel Martinez the Support Staff Employee of the Year. They were honored at a recognition dinner May 29 at Wild Horse Pass Resort.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Wesley Delbridge, food and nutrition supervisor, was selected as a 2014 national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel received the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Dr. Raymond Sterling Kellis Leadership award for 2014.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Three CUSD students, Lindsay Chew, Viputheshwar Sitaraman, and Jimmy Xu of Hamilton High, were named 2014 Flinn scholars. Twenty of the most talented high-school seniors in Arizona have earned the 2014 Flinn scholarship, one of the nation's most prestigious awards for undergraduate studies. We are proud that three hail from CUSD.
Chandler Unified School District - (2013-2014) Sixteen of the 19 winners in in the City of Chandler's tenth annual fourth grade environmental art contest were CUSD students. The students were from Basha El., CTA Liberty, Hancock, Jacobson, Navarrete, Patterson, Ryan, Santan El. And Weinberg.
- $92.6 million in scholarships
- 25,479 hours of college credit (AP, Dual Credit, College-Level Testing)
- 97,119 hours for service learning