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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 4:49 pm | Updated: 4:44 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

14841 S. 41st Place

Home of the Sharks, Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School seeks to provide a “positive and engaging learning environment that promotes student achievement and inspires success in every student.”

The pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school has more than 600 students currently enrolled and is one of the 12 schools within the Kyrene School District located in Ahwatukee Foothills.

Principal Cheryl Greene said the school’s mission and core values “serve as our anchor amidst the changing landscape of our school community and that of our greater society. They help us remain a ‘neighborhood school,’ not in terms of where our families live, but in a nostalgic way.”

For more information, visit the district website at or call Esperanza at (480) 541-2800.

Compiled by Diana Martinez, reach the reporter at

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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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