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Peoria Unified Celebrates Top Achievers

PEORIA, Ariz. – Peoria Unified is proud to recognize eight students who earned the highest score possible on both the English/Language Arts and math portions of the AzMERIT test. The top achievers:


·         Grady Bailey, fourth-grade student at Lake Pleasant Elementary

·         Brooke Denton, fourth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary

·         Tammy Le, fifth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary

·         Alyssa Ridgley, fifth-grade student at Copperwood Elementary

·         Katelyn McCort, sixth-grade student at Desert Harbor Elementary

·         Magdalena Annala, sixth-grade student at Santa Fe Elementary

·         McKenzie Frey, sixth-grade student at Oakwood Elementary

·         Kamren Haderlie, seventh-grade student at Sunset Heights Elementary


Peoria Unified had a total of 363 students in third- through tenth-grades receive the highest score possible in either English/Language Arts or math AzMERIT tests – 31 on Language Arts and 332 on math. The AzMERIT test is one of many tools that teachers can use to determine if a student is on track to succeed in his or her current grade level. Teachers also use other tools such as: classroom assignments, homework, grades and conversations with parents to benchmark student achievement.


Scores were sent home with parents following the first few weeks of school. A comprehensive family score report with additional details will soon follow. These scores will be used to better tailor instruction to individual student needs.


Peoria Unified’s eight top achievers were recognized at the Oct. 26 Governing Board meeting. Photo attached.


Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 93 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at