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School highlight: Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 1:45 pm | Updated: 8:41 am, Fri Oct 25, 2013.

Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School • 1122 E. Liberty Lane

The faculty members at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School offer their students different activities to choose from, promising to keep them engaged throughout the school term.

The current enrollment at Sierra is 642 students.

For the fall term, the school has created different programs consisting of choir lessons for third- and fifth-graders, and a running club for all students. The running club will take place in October and will be offered two days out of the week after school.

Dana Westermann, student advisor at Sierra, said the programs offered at the elementary school is what sets them apart from other schools.

For more information about the school and its various fall activities, visit

• 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

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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