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YUHSD reports A-F letter grades for 2022-23 school year

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE), in coordination with the State Board of Education, announced its A-F School Accountability grades for schools across the state, including Yuma Union High School District. 

The grades reflect a compilation of scores from the 2022-23 school year. It’s the second time A-F grades have been released by ADE since 2018-19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The grades for YUHSD campuses are as follows: 
Cibola High School        B
San Luis High School        B
Gila Ridge High School     C
Kofa High School        C
Vista High School        C
Yuma High School        C

“The A-F accountability system is one of many ways we can make sure our schools are providing a rigorous classroom experience for EVERY student in Yuma Union High School District,” YUHSD Superintendent Tim Brienza said. “Our district-wide dropout rates and graduation rates continue to stand out as we keep students in school and graduate them college, career and community prepared. As with any other accountability measures that we have in place, we are constantly evaluating ways to improve for the benefit of our students and their future success.” 

A total of 357 traditional and alternative public schools were evaluated in the letter grade system. YUHSD’s five comprehensive schools ranked near the top 200 in the state. Gila Ridge High School was 0.55 points away from a ‘B’ grade and was the highest among 49 schools in Arizona that registered a ‘C’ grade. 

According to ADE, A-F letter grades are based on student academic growth from year to year, scores on the ACT exam (for the Arizona schools who selected it from the menu of assessments), high school graduation rates and indicators that a student is ready for success at the next level, also known as a College and Career Readiness Indicator (CCRI).

Developed by a broad cross-section of stakeholders, the letter grades give school leaders a snapshot of where they are doing well and where they need to improve. It creates an incentive for the constant improvement that parents, taxpayers and state leaders expect from Arizona public schools.

To assist with additional questions from the general public or school stakeholders, the State Board of Education provided a Frequently Asked Questions document on its website.

To learn more about YUHSD schools, the district welcomes community members to sign up for a patron tour online ( and select the campus of their choice.

Eric Patten