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2021 National Blue Ribbon School

Our Eagles are so proud to represent DVA, and Yuma, as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School! How did we receive this honor?
DVA was nominated for the award by the Arizona Department of Education, based on a minimum of three years of data on the state achievement assessments. After nomination as an “Exemplary Highly Performing School”, there was a rigorous process of submitting data, evidence, and descriptive essays showcasing what makes DVA so special. In the end, DVA was one of 5 Arizona schools, and the only Arizona charter school, to be named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School. Congratulations to ALL of our DVA Eagle family!
Check out our DVA Blue Ribbon Celebration video here!

Mrs, Weigel, Principal and Mr. Ogston, CEO, receiving the 2021 NBRS Award in Washington DC.


We are so proud our our DVA Eagles who were nominated for this month’s character award. These students are exemplary students in the area of fairness. Congratulations!


  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded. Listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our DVA Eagles are continually growing in character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a wonderful example of character in both word and action. It was inspiring to visit the MLK monument on my recent visit to Washington DC for our 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools celebration.

Here are a few favorite quotes by MLK:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”