U.S. News & World Report has recognized a dozen schools in the award-winning Litchfield Elementary School District as the best in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized twelve schools in the award-winning Litchfield Elementary School District as the best in the nation:

Best Elementary Schools

  • Corte Sierra Elementary School
  • Dreaming Summit Elementary 

  • Litchfield Elementary School

  • Mabel Padgett Elementary School 

  • Palm Valley Elementary School

  • Scott L Libby Elementary School  

  • Verrado Elementary School

  • Verrado Heritage Elementary School

 Best Middle Schools

  •  L. Thomas Heck Middle School 
  • Verrado Middle School 

  • Western Sky Middle School

  • Wigwam Creek Middle School 


Superintendent Jodi Gunning said, “Our teachers and staff work incredibly hard to ensure educational excellence for all students. We are humbled by this prestigious honor.”

U.S. News & World Report analyzed student performance in math and reading on standardized tests for tens of thousands schools. The schools that are in the top 30% of ranked schools in their state are eligible for the Best Elementary or Best Middle School Award Recognition. 

“We have been providing quality education in this growing community for more than a century. This recognition serves as a powerful reminder that our expertise and commitment are truly making a difference in the lives of the 11,000 children we are privileged to serve.”

About Litchfield Elementary School District

Litchfield Elementary School District is one of Arizona’s highest performing elementary districts. With 17 schools in four cities (Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park), the District enjoys a stellar reputation rooted in more than a century of educational excellence. As one of the largest employers in the Southwest Valley, Litchfield Elementary School District prides itself on A+ schools, award-winning teachers, low administrative costs, and a highly engaged community. The West Valley View honored LESD as the 2021 Best School District, Best Place to Work, and Best Preschool.