Elementary and middle school students frmo Sonoran Science Academy near 50th Street and Chandler Boulevard.

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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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