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School highlight: Horizon Community Learning Center

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:45 pm

Horizon Community Learning Center has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1996, offering a tight-knit schooling community to its students.

Horizon offers three distinct levels of schooling: pre-kindergarten, an elementary program with grade levels from kindergarten to sixth grade, and its secondary program with grade levels from seventh to 12th grade.

Currently, the elementary program houses 811 students and 39 teachers.

Laura Wanstreet, principal for the elementary program, said the elementary program offers a “multi-age” atmosphere where students learn in mix groups.

“Their curriculum is based on their ability, not just their grade level,” she said. “We partner very closely with the parents to create those learning plans with students.”

Wanstreet said many of the students who attend the elementary program enjoy the project-based learning, where students learn to solve real-world problems within group settings.

Parents interested in receiving more information about Horizon can attend the 2014-2015 New Families Infosession on Monday, June 9, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school, 16233 S. 48th St.

For more information, visit www.horizonclc.org.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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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 www.ambassadoracademy.us.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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