Choosing Success For Your Child

By Dr. Reginald Barr, Chief Executive Officer

Choice dominates our lives. Each of us is faced with comparing new products, making decisions about purchasing almost everything, selecting music for listening, planning investments and choosing educational programs for our children. The world has become an open marketplace, requiring expert knowledge to skillfully consume products and services.

The impact of choice in education is obvious. Ten years ago students were assigned to a public school by a home address. Private school opportunities were reserved for the well to do. Now there are traditional public schools, independent public charter schools, district affiliated alternative schools, corporate managed public charter schools, private schools accepting public vouchers for tuition and the traditional private or parochial school. There are online schools, virtual schools and opportunities for dual enrollment in high school community college.

Choice is a valued tool, providing educational opportunity. The message is clear for educating children. A variety of options must be available for children to survive and thrive in this competitive global environment. Parents must understand the breadth of choices to find a good match for their child’s schooling.

Choice is the order of the day. In order to provide personalized programs that recognize individual qualities and potential, parents, students and educators are empowered to partner for the future. The leaders of our Arizona charter schools understand that no one can continue to look at any student as a number, but an opportunity to expand educational options, easing limitations and make choices accessible to every parent and child.

Gary LeBlanc, Superintendent

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the AmeriSchools learning community as Superintendent. I truly believe that, while there are many factors that determine where children begin, our schools determine where our children end up. It is for this reason that as a learning community we must keep our focus on our core values:

  • Non-Graded, personalized instruction
  • Skill Based instruction/assessment
  • Integrated Curriculum providing enrichment/acceleration and utilizing Community as Laboratory
  • A Highly Qualified Staff with everyone making a difference

Our committed effort remains our priority to achieve high standards of academic excellence for the children and families we serve. Our students’ exemplary test scores and above average graduation rates have led to performance labels that brand us as one of the best schools in Arizona: an “A” rated district of schools. All of these distinctions are the direct result of the extraordinary effort put forth by everyone involved in the educational process: students, parents, tutorial assistants, teachers, administrators, support staff and community. As a learning community we will continue providing our students a safe, enjoyable and dynamic environment for learning.

In addition, we take great pride in providing opportunities that build a progressive and innovative workplace for our staff that is based upon respect and appreciation for the value of individual differences, high morale and professionalism.

As superintendent I will do all that I can to make the collaboration between home, community and school even stronger and I am committed to carrying forward the tradition of excellence that was established by this community at its founding in 1974, and that remains so evident today.

Parents always want what is best for their children. Being able to choose from the available Arizona Charter Schools gives parents the opportunity to choose the learning environment that their child would excel in. We don’t think this decision should be taken lightly and so we invite you to explore our site and contact us to learn more about us.

AmeriSchools provides a tuition free educational environment with experienced teachers and administrators for K-8 age children. Our reputation among the Grade “A” Schools and “A” Rated Districts in Arizona is unsurpassed!

Courtney Braren, Assistant Superintendent

Ms. Braren graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received her Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University, Phi Kappa Phi. She holds a Teaching Certificate in addition to her Principal Certificate, Reading Specialist Certification and Early Childhood Certification. Ms Braren has been with AmeriSchools Academy for 15 years, throughout her tenure she has functioned as a classroom teacher, lead teacher, reading interventionist, mathematics interventionist, principal and curriculum director for all campuses throughout Arizona. Currently Ms Braren serves as Assistant Superintendent. Ms Braren’s first encounter with our students has lead to a lifetime dedicated to the AmeriSchools Academy’s vision and mission. As a classroom teacher Ms Braren worked a combined classroom with diverse ages, learning styles and needs, she found a home away from home and this experience solidified an understanding of how every child in unique. Ms. Braren has had the opportunity to work on re-authorization with the state as well as working with principals to provide every student a school experience unique to their learning needs. Each year year brings new opportunities for Ms. Braren to continue to serve the needs of our students throughout the state.

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  • Dee Kidd, Comptroller
  • Charissa Goodrum, Finance Specialist
  • Debi Hinton, Records Specialist
  • Carol Towner, Administrative Assistant
  • Deacon Drawdy, Technology

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