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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:56 pm | Updated: 6:55 am, Mon Sep 8, 2014.

Ambassador Academy • 3820 E. Ray Road

With a guarantee of small class sizes and focused attention to its current 47 enrolled students, the 5-year-old public charter school also aims to “prepare future leaders today.”

The small, K-5 charter school moved to its new location in July 2010, offering a larger space to its diverse student body.

Principal and Superintendent Dr. Elba Iris Reyes said her students have performed in the top two schools for Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) reading in Arizona, and in the top three for math.

“Our teachers have high expectations for all students and provide the opportunities for the children to achieve those expectations,” Reyes said in an email.

The academy’s elementary-aged students have started a few clubs around the school including Earth Crew, which focuses on earth sustainability that spearheads a plastic water bottle and cans recycling program. Students have also created the Loose Change Campaign, collecting loose change which they in turn donate to World Vision. For the past two years, according to Reyes, the group’s campaign has resulted in providing chicks, goats, animal food, and husbandry training to starving villages in Africa.

“While most charter schools have a specialty focus, Ambassador Academy has two areas of focus: academic excellence in teaching and learning, and leadership/character development,” Reyes added.

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• Compiled by Diana Martinez, reach 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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