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School highlight: Sonoran Science Academy

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:43 pm | Updated: 6:48 am, Mon Sep 8, 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.

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• Compiled by Diana Martinez, contact the reporter at

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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