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School highlight: Kyrene de los Cerritos Leadership Academy

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:41 pm | Updated: 6:47 am, Mon Sep 8, 2014.

Kyrene de los Cerritos Leadership Academy • 14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway

Recently named a “Lighthouse School” for its environment of honing leadership skills, Kyrene de los Cerritos continues to lead by example.

Located north of Chandler Boulevard on Desert Foothills Parkway, the school’s mission is inspiring leaders of tomorrow with leaders of today.

With its nearly 400 students in elementary grades first through fifth, including preschool and kindergarten classes, Cerritos was given its title of the 27th “Lighthouse School” by Franklin Covey Co. in November.

Students will be hosting, leading and running an assembly on recycling next month, and Principal Darcy DiCosmo said that when the kids find out what they do well, they generate better ideas.

“As far as taking leadership, I’m always amazed at what kids can come up with,” DiCosmo said.

Open in the Ahwatukee Foothills since 1994, the school went through a multi-year process of implementing programs, training and leadership habits before becoming the 27th school to receive the title.

Cerritos is one of 39 “Lighthouse Schools” in the world.

“That’s really the whole purpose, to help kids find their voice and start putting plans in to place,” DiCosmo said.

• Compiled by Diana Martinez. Reach the reporter at dmartinez@ahwatukee.com.

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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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