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History

over 3 years ago

First School in Upper Verde 1877
Yavapai County School District # 6 - The first school in the Verde Valley 1878
Jerome School District # 9 1890
Oak Creek District #16 (Cornville) 1896 Clemenceau (Bungalow) School 1917
Jerome High School 1917
Clemenceau Public School 1923
Yavapai County students from Sedona offically joined COCSD
1954 Mingus Union High School 1960

By Kathy Epperson

Superintendent Message

over 3 years ago

Preparing Students for the 21st Century

Through Tradition, Experience and Opportunities 

MISSION STATEMENT

Students will be provided the tools necessary to develop the highest possible level of achievement and encouraged to be lifelong learners through:

·       Partnership with family and community

·       Highest level of staff training

·       Excellent facilities

·       Embracing cultural diversity

·       Providing a wide range of learning methods and experiences in a safe environment

Partnership with Family and Community         

Since 1954, Cottonwood Oak-Creek School District (COCSD) has had a rich history of partnership in educating the children of our community. In 2009, the community again passed an override election that helps supplement core classes which support smaller class size, music, physical education, technology, middle school athletic programs, alternative education programs and extra-curricular activities. We thank the community for their continued generous support!

Highest Level of Staff Training

COCSD provides an experienced and well-trained staff to teach the 2,200 children of our community. Teachers are involved in on-going training aligned to the Governing Board’s academic and structural goals (Blueprint for Student Achievement) and state and federal requirements. Training is provided by experts in the field, universities and colleges, Arizona Department of Education and on-site educators.

Excellent Facilities

Some of our buildings date back to 1923. However, inside the walls of our buildings you will find the classrooms are well-maintained, clean and supplied with the latest technology. Outside you will find spectacular grounds that serve our students and our community. Our classrooms are designed to enhance teaching, learning and provide students with opportunities to be independent learners, researchers and communicators of that knowledge.

Embracing Cultural Diversity

COCSD embraces the diversity of our district. We recognize that each person holds a unique and special place in our education family. Each contributes a necessary component and perspective; adding to the collective knowledge.

Providing a Wide Range of Learning Methods and Experiences in a Safe Environment

We have four in-town schools servicing K-8 students. Dr. Daniel Bright School serves kindergarten through second grade. Cottonwood Elementary School serves third through fifth grade and Cottonwood Middle School serves sixth through eighth grade. Oak Creek Elementary is a country K-8 school serving the community of Cornville. 

We are proud to have opened two new educational opportunities for our students’ education. Mountain View Preparatory (MVP) is a candidate International Baccalaureate School serving children in grades K-6. MVP will grow to the next grade level with the future plans of serving kindergarten through twelfth grade. COCSD has also opened Arizona iZone; a state approved K-12 online school where credits are honored at colleges and the military.  

Students are provided with the knowledge of basic skills, the capability to apply higher-order thinking, the understanding of civic responsibility and the ability to engage in a wide range of opportunities to explore their creative side. All schools offer multiple extra-curricular activities and top-ranked sports programs.

COCSD prides itself on providing safe and orderly school environments. Each school provides Character Education and the middle school provides the Safe School Ambassadors® [SSA] program. SSA® empowers leaders from the diverse groups and cliques on campus and equips them with nonviolent intervention and communication skills to stop bullying and violence among their peers. 

Amazing Possibilities: It Takes a Community

I am proud to be the superintendent of a district who educates children for the 21st century through tradition, experience and provides multiple opportunities for learning and exploring.  We are proud to continue the tradition of working closely with our community; building students to be the problem-solvers and leaders of tomorrow.

By Barbara U'Ren

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY THROUGH TRADITION, EXPERIENCE, INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITIES

23 days ago

Mission and Goals

MISSION STATEMENT

Students will be provided the tools necessary to develop the highest possible level of achievement and encouraged to be lifelong learners through:

·       Partnership with family and community

·       Highest level of staff training

·       Excellent facilities

·       Embracing cultural diversity

·       Providing a wide range of learning methods and experiences in a safe environment

 

 

GOALS

GOVERNING BOARD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GOALS 

1. Increase literacy achievement
2. Increase the achievement of English Language Learners
3. Increase student engagement and rigor

 

GOVERNING BOARD STRUCTURAL GOALS

1. District aligned curriculum ensuring that the intended curriculum was learned.
2. Technology that is embedded into all subjects to enhance teaching student learning.
3. Meaningful and timely communication between parents and teachers about student achievement.
4. Shared Services and collaboration that ensures that students are prepared for continuing learning and careers.
5. Stakeholder’s engagement in meaningful opportunities to become informed, to volunteer and support public education. 

The Blueprint plan is a piece of the documentation and planning.


Learn About US

over 3 years ago

WELCOME TO COTTONWOOD-OAK CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT’S WEBSITE

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

THROUGH TRADITION, EXPERIENCE AND OPPORTUNITIES

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation:  Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Profile

You have come to the right place to explore all of the opportunities for your child’s education! We understand that you desire to seek out an education for your children that will prepare them with workplace and college readiness skills.  It is our mission to provide the foundation to assure that children are fully prepared with basic skills and higher-order thinking skills that will ensure they can select high school course work that further advance these skills and to graduate from high school. We prepare our students for the 21st century by:

·       Ongoing partnerships with family and community

·       Providing the highest level of staff training

·       Providing excellent facilities

·       Embracing cultural diversity

·       Providing a wide range of learning methods and experiences in a safe environment

COCSD has six schools within our attendance area. If there is capacity within our programs, we honor open-enrollment for children outside of our attendance area.

1.     Dr. Daniel Bright School serves students in grades preschool through two.

*AdvancEd Accredited

2.     Cottonwood Elementary School serves students in grades three through five.

*AdvancEd Accredited

3.     Cottonwood Middle School serves students in grades six through eight.

*AdvancEd Accredited

4.     Oak Creek Elementary School serves students in grades kindergarten through eight. This small, rural school also provides a community preschool.

*AdvancEd Accredited

5.     Mountain View Preparatory serves students in grades kindergarten through six. Seventh grade will be added in 2012-2013 with one grade added each year.

*International Baccalaureate Candidate School

6.     Arizona iZone serves students in grades kindergarten through twelve. Families and students may choose a comprehensive grade level program, remediation, acceleration, enrichment or credit recovery.

*State Department of Education Online Certified

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is proud of the educational choices and extra-curricular opportunities we offer our students. When you visit the district’s Home Page, you can learn more about our schools, departments and other programs.  

From the Home Page:

·       For School information, select Schools on the left bar of the home page.

·       For Governing Board information, select Governing Board on the left bar of the home page. Here you will find information on board members and Board Docs, a comprehensive library of all board meetings minutes. The governing board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the district office; 1 N Willard, Cottonwood.

·       For COCSD’s Blueprint Plan for Academic Achievement, select COCSD Blueprint Plan on the left bar of the home page.

·       For Employment opportunities, please select the Departments tab at the top bar and click Human Resources

Thank you for taking an interest in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

Click here to view the District Profile

 



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