Thunderbird Accomplishments


Founded in 1997, Palm Valley Elementary School, located in Goodyear, Arizona, is one of fifteen schools within the 100+ year-old "A"rated Litchfield Elementary School District. Palm Valley, home of the Thunderbirds, currently serves 860 students and is celebrating our 20th anniversary. We have continuously earned the highest achievement designation by the Arizona Department of Education. Our school, once considered a "neighborhood school," now has 37% open enrollment, which challenges us to refine and adapt to a diverse student population. Our expert faculty are committed to our students and implementation of reteach and enrich strategies using What I Need (W.I.N.) time. We attribute our success as a school to the challenging yet interactive environment that engages and motivates our students. The needs of all learners are continually addressed, decisions are data-driven, and students' needs are systematically identified. Recognizing the need to challenge all learners to reach their full potential, Palm Valley's Traditional Academy is an accelerated program offering students a global and project-based approach to learning. Inclusion Revolution provides self-contained students an opportunity to participate and deepen the relationships between our students in self-contained and their general education peers. Our motto, "Once a Thunderbird, Always a Thunderbird," epitomizes our belief that a successful school functions as a family. Our Thunderbird Family is all-inclusive--from our students, to parents, teachers, administration, cafe office, and support staff. The core values of a strong and connected family are embedded in all that we do as a staff and school community.

Palm Valley earned the National Blue Ribbon distinction in 2017. The Blue Ribbon Schools Award is presented to U.S. schools that have students—top 15 percent statewide—in English and Math or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups as measured by state assessments.

In 2014 Palm Valley Elementary received the Prevention Partner Recognition Award - 2014 from the Southwest Advocacy Center for being one of the first schools in the West Valley to have provided specific training for teachers and staff to identify abuse. 

Palm Valley was given the title by NCEA Arizona as a Higher Performing School for 2012 and 2013. 

Palm Valley has also received the A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation in 2018 and 2003.