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Cherokee Elementary named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School by Department of Education

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Principal Walt Chantler says the learning environment created by Cherokee’s team of talented teachers creates a one-of-a-kind learning environment second to none. (File Photos/

Department of Education salutes Cherokee Elementary

Staff reports | Digital Free Press

The U.S. Department of Education has named Scottsdale Unified School District’s Cherokee Elementary School a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School.

Nominated by the Arizona Department of Education to apply for the honor, Cherokee Elementary is being recognized as an “Exemplary High-Performing School: for it students’ performance on state assessments and nationally normed tests, Scottsdale Schools officials report.

Five other Arizona schools, and a total of 297 nationwide, were included in the Sept. 16 announcement.

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,” He explained in a prepared statement. “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 Elementary, found at 8801 N. 56th St. in the Town of Paradise Valley, is home to 700 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

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, school officials report.

SUSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel offered 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.”

To read the USDOE’s 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools announcement, click here. Find more about the Blue Ribbon Schools program here.

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