BMES: Arizona Education Foundation (AEF) A+ School of Excellence

Black Mountain Elementary School (BMES), located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, has been named one of forty-four Arizona public schools receiving the coveted A+ School of Excellence Award.

“The A+ School of Excellence™ Award shines a spotlight on the positive stories and successes occurring in public schools,” said AEF Executive Director, Kim Graham. “The application and evaluation process for this program is comprehensive and rigorous. We applaud these schools for exceeding expectations to meet their students’ needs and for achieving overall success despite the many challenges that face the education community statewide.”

BMES offers its students drama, dance, music and art. Many of these programs are only offered to those lucky enough to afford them. BMES’ believes that our students are special and deserve the very best. We believe that we must develop the whole child, through advanced academics and the Arts. Our students will be community minded and globally prepared due in large part to these amazing programs that we have built.

BMES Principal, Matt Owsley said, “It feels great when others, especially administrators from award winning schools, recognize your school as one of the best in Arizona. We are thrilled to receive the well-deserved distinction that our staff have earned through their hard work and dedication to the advanced educational opportunities and distinguished programs that make BMES what it is. This prestigious award recognizes the exceptional work by BMES teachers, staff, students, family and community. I am so proud to be a part of something so special.”

Superintendent Burdick said, “We are thrilled to see the amazing school community that BMES has cultivated, honored with the prestigious AEF A+ School of Excellence Award. BMES’ staff, students, PTO and families focus all their energy and resources on students to make their educational experiences supportive and interactive. Congratulations, Bobcats!”
For more information regarding Black Mountain Elementary School, please contact Principal Owsley at or by calling 480-575-2100.