Griffin Excellence

Superintendent Galaviz Dear Canutillo Community,

This weekend, the National Center for Urban School Transformation reiterated something we in Canutillo have known for a very long time. During a special presentation in San Diego, they named Northwest Early College High School as one of only eight schools in the country to receive the title of America’s Best School. First off, I want to congratulate Principal Frank Clark, the staff, faculty and students at Northwest for the amazing work that led to this honor. Year after year, Northwest has proven to be among the best schools in the state and a true agent for positive transformation among families.

The District was first notified that Northwest was a finalist for the award earlier this year. I had no doubt at that time that the school would come back a winner. Why? Well, let’s look at the facts.

Despite its obvious challenges (the campus remains housed in portable classrooms due to the unfortunate defeat of two bond referendums that would have paid for a brick-and-mortar campus for these students), students at Northwest have continued to outperform their peers academically for years. Whether it’s test scores, college credit hours earned or scholarships, the Griffins shine through and bring pride to the entire Canutillo ISD community.

In its announcement, the National Center for Urban Transformation noted that Northwest was commended for having high academics and a 100 percent rate of graduates earning Associate's Degrees despite having zero requirements for admission. That means that Northwest will take any student who is willing to do the work and help them achieve their academic goals, no matter what.

It is no wonder that Northwest is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School or that U.S. News & World Report continues to rank it as one of the best schools in the country. Once again, congratulations Griffins! We are very proud of you!


Dr. Pedro Galaviz