Photo Courtesy of Scottsdale Unified School District

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) named Scottsdale Unified School District’s Cherokee Elementary School a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School last month.

Nominated by the Arizona Department of Education to apply for the honor, Cherokee is being recognized as an Exemplary High-Performing School for its students’ performance on state assessments and nationally normed tests. Five other Arizona schools, and a total of 297 nationwide, are included in the USDOE announcement.
Cherokee Principal Walt Chantler says the learning environment created by Cherokee’s team of talented teachers and staff prioritizes high academic expectations and has the strong support of the school’s parent community.

“This award is the result of everyone working together to ensure that our students receive a first-class education,” Chantler explains. “Our willingness to constantly improve is one of our strengths.”

“Cherokee students work hard, are considerate, accountable and respectful, and are fully engaged in their learning on a daily basis.”

Cherokee, located at 8801 N. 56th St., Paradise Valley, is home to 700 pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students.

In 1988, Cherokee was Scottsdale Unified School District’s very first school to receive U.S. Blue Ribbon recognition. Six others have received the honor since then.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel extends his congratulations to Principal Chantler and the entire Cherokee Charger team on their well-deserved recognition. “This distinction is the result of hard work and dedication by our students, staff, and families, with a focused commitment to creating a culture and climate that supports sustained achievement and student success.”