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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:43 pm | Updated: 4:32 pm, Mon Jan 20, 2014.

Sonoran Science Academy

14647 S. 50th Street

Teaching students with a professionally developed system in STEM education, Sonoran Science Academy’s Ahwatukee campus excels at their integrated curriculum.

With roughly 150 students in kindergarten through 8th grade, the school has been open to the Ahwatukee community for the past four years. Next school year, however, middle school grades 6, 7 and 8 will be phased out due to low enrollment.

“We’re hoping to recruit more students for younger grades,” said David Coste, dean of students.

At Sonoran, adjacent to Interstate 10 near 50th Street and Chandler Boulevard, students participate in an annual science fair showcasing research projects—the school’s biggest event of the year.

The academies were started about 12 years ago, with the Ahwatukee campus opening around 2009, by engineering and medical professionals, ensuring quality instruction and material.

“We’ve been on this STEM thing well before it got fashionable,” Coste said.

The school also offers creative arts clubs like drama, music, crafts and Spanish and hosts an annual music concert.

For more information, visit sonoranscienceacademy.org/ahwatukee.

• Compiled by Diana Martinez, contact the reporter at dmartinez@ahwatukee.com.

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Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School

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Brian Gibson, principal at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, poses with students at Lomas on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Kyrene de las Lomas is one of the 12 Kyrene schools in the Ahwatukee area that has been educating its students for many years.

Currently, enrollment at Lomas stands at 744 students from grades preschool through fifth grade.

Principal Brian Gibson said the new school year would bring opportunities for new staff members to be immersed within Lomas’ community.

“We already have a seasoned staff, and we’ve been working on new programs,” he said.

Gibson, who’s starting up his sixth year as principal, said Lomas’ diverse population was what set the school apart from other schools around the district and was a great representation of different communities.

Recently, Lomas earned a “B” grade for the 2013-14 school year from the Arizona Department of Education.

For more information about Lomas and the school’s enrollment, visit www.kyrene.org/Page/37.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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