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Pssst... pass it on!  “Osborn is focused on preparing students for the challenges they face in the 21st Century!”                                                                                                                                                        Pssst... pass it on! Osborn has: “Collaborative teachers, great resources, super kids!”                                                                                                                                                       Pssst... pass it on!  Osborn offers: “Lots of professional development and classroom support!”                                                                                                                                                        Pssst... pass it on! “Osborn schools are focused on results and ensure that every child is making progress by sequential tests.”                                                                                                                                                        Pssst... pass it on!  Osborn has: “Caring teachers—great early childhood programs!”                                                                                                                                                        Pssst... pass it on! At Osborn:“Teacher input counts!"                                                   

Come see why Osborn is the best kept secret!

2011 Golden Bell and A+ Exemplary Programs Awards to OMS' Honors Mathematics Program and Solano's Writing Program


2010 A+ Exemplary Programs Award to Montecito's Peace Program and Osborn's Dual Language Program


2009 A+ Exemplary Programs Award to Osborn's Ballet Program and Longview's Positive Behavior Program


137 Osborn Middle School Students Receive High School Math Credit. Click here for more information.


Professional Development School Partnership with ASU West. Click here to view.


Osborn Hosts Masters in Education Program with ASU West. Click here for more Information.



A+ Spanish Dual Language Program

Osborn’s Dual Language program is distinct from other immersion programs in its focus on content instruction, intensity, and 50-50 native speaker balance. Students alternate weekly between total immersion in Spanish and English for all subjects, receiving content instruction in math, science, and social studies in both languages. In addition, they receive specific instruction in the vocabulary, grammar, literature and cultures of both languages. The Dual Language aspect ensures that students have native-speaking peers in their target language to use as models.

Osborn continues to support and expand this program because achievement data show that students in the Dual Language program consistently outscore their peers in the mainstream English-only classrooms, regardless of their native language. With the support of the administration, the Governing Board, and most importantly, the teachers, Osborn’s Dual Language program is now entering its 13th year. The program was developed to promote academic excellence and opportunities for its students and continues to thrive promoting bilingualism and biliteracy in English and Spanish, academic success in the Arizona Academic Standards, and positive cross-cultural awareness and understanding for all students.

If parents are interested in the dual language English and Spanish program, they may contact Noemi Cortes at (602) 707-2016.

Osborn’s Spanish Dual Language program has been awarded the prestigious  Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ Exemplary Program Award. Osborn instituted the Dual Language Program in 1998 with the purpose of establishing a research-based program that would effectively meet the needs of the growing English language learner (ELL) population as well as diversifying the academic learning opportunities for all students. Currently serving 523 students,  the program is open to all Kindergarten through 6th grade students enrolled at Encanto, and Clarendon Schools, with students continuing at the Middle School.

Osborn Hosts Masters in Education Program with ASU West

Twenty-four Professional Development School Masters and Certification (PDS MAC) students began their first step toward becoming teachers this week. These individuals already have a bachelor's degree and are enrolled in the Osborn/ASU West PDS MAC program, working with master teacher's in the district and taking coursework that will lead to a Master's degree and teacher certification when they conclude the program in December 2009. Participants include: Stephanie Albidrez, Lori Ballard, Meagan Corona, Maurice Gause, Doug Gerstner, Nick Grammer, Jon Holloway, Barbara Janati, Angie King, Lori Krejsta, Yarizeth Lozano, Kristin Manvel, Tori Matori, Jammie Mays, Tina McMillion, Monica Miller, Brandi Neinaber, Molly Nock, Tiffany Paulino, Rachel Powell, Dave Roberts, Amber Schweitzer, Lisa Stein, and Keith Stepp.

Congratulations to the PDS MAC (Professional Development School Masters and Certification) students who completed their year. Graduates are: Mary Andersen, Jason Groothousen, Brody Marsonet, Kayce Kahl, Amy Bidner, Matthew Falgione, Brenda Rooks, and Carol Morris.

Multilinguals Take Osborn Spelling Bee

Osborn Spelling Bee finalists: 3rd place Solano 6th grade student Kelly Z., 1st place Longview 5th grade student Arashdeep K., and 2nd place Clarendon Dual Language student Jousy R.

Congratulations to the winners of the Osborn School District Spelling Bee. The 1st Place Winner was Longview fifth grader Arashdeep K. from Tracy Smith’s class. Arashdeep is multi-lingual, speaking Punjabi and Hindi in addition to English. The runner up was Clarendon sixth grader Jousy R. from Corissa Quijada and Carlos Ardon’s Dual Language class. Jousy is in the Dual Language Program and speaks both Spanish and English. Runner up was Kelly Z. from Solano. All students did exceptionally well, and the spelling bee lasted for dozens of rounds. Thanks to Dr. Sharon Moore, Marilyn Rollins, Michael Robert and Jill Hoover for their assistance with this exciting event.

Osborn Professional Development Students Graduate

Nine Osborn Professional Development School (PDS) students became full-fledged teachers in December 2007. Many students, fellow faculty, mentors and family members braved the rain to attend the graduation ceremony at the Longview School Auditorium.The brand new graduates were: Alexandra Choy, Blanca Gonzales, Nicole Aguirre, Maritza Delgado, Kristi Wilhelms, Vianca Quintero, Jacob Gross, Claudia Ramirez-Vasquez, and Elizabeth Scala. Four of the graduates completed their student teaching in Dual Language classrooms at Encanto, Clarendon and Longview. The program grew out of a partnership between Osborn School District and Arizona State University West campus. Designed to recruit, prepare, place and retain high-quality new teachers in high-need urban and rural partner school districts, the PDS program has two major initiatives: 1) a district-based, immersion-style PDS teacher preparation program for initial certification; and 2) distance learning-based, graduate-level coursework in mathematics, reading and science targeted to existing teachers in the partner districts. Ultimately, all of these efforts help increase the achievement of students in high-needs school districts. According to Patricia Tate, Assistant Superintendent, “Since Osborn partnered with the PDS program in 1999,

student achievement has risen significantly and consistently… The PDS program has increased our 7th and 8th grade students’ test scores dramatically and has sustained the increase over a five-year period”. Osborn currently employs 34 teachers who attained their certification through the PDS program.

Blanca Gonzales, Elizabeth Scala, Claudia Ramirez-Vasquez, Alexandra Choy, Nicole Aguirre, and Jacob Gross


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