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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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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle school Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their "A" rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is from the Akimel O’odham language and it means, “Children of the River.”

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which provides students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

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• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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