Dr. Kent Ashton

Mesa Public Schools offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities

Dr. Kent Ashton

Dr. Kent Ashton, principal of Mendoza Elementary School and named a 2014 Rodel Exemplary Principal, is one of the many Mesa Public Schools administrators and teachers who contribute to the district’s success. Dr. Ashton believes,”Ultimately you are held responsible for the success of your school, the more you include others in that success, the more likely your school will achieve it.” Photo by Tim Hacker.

By Valerie Ipson

As springtime approaches and the school year enters its last remaining months, parents and students typically look toward the next academic year. Students plan class schedules, parents may request particular teachers, and, for the newest pupils, it’s time for Kindergarten registration.

This is also a time to consider options for your child’s education. Mesa Public Schools has many to choose from, all designed to further their mission, which is, “to develop a highly educated and productive community, one student at a time.”

Whether a family chooses a neighborhood school or another of the myriad of options, the Mesa School District is committed to excellence in education.

The choices begin with Prekindergarten classes and Pre-K Plus, which offers extended hours. There are Head Start programs, Mesa Early Learning Preschool, and Special Education Preschools. The choices for student extend through grade 12 and beyond, with such offerings as technical education programs for grades 9-12, creative and performing arts education for K-12, and the Mesa Distance Learning Program. Distance learning is a state-of-the-art, accredited, Internet instructional program where online instructors interact with students as they work toward a high school diploma.

The District offers adult opportunities as well, including General Education Development, Family Literacy programs, and English Language Acquisition, among others.

Mesa Public Schools is proud of their neighborhood schools and the varied educational choices for families. Regardless of the student’s needs, the school district has a learning environment to fill those needs—from special education to advanced and gifted programs.

One of these specialized educational opportunities is the International Baccalaureate Programme, located at Summit Academy and Westwood High School. It offers a demanding two-year curriculum that prepares highly motivated students for a successful university experience at the college of their choice.

Another opportunity the district offers is a dual language program. Information from their website briefly explains the program: “The Keller Dual Language Learning Environment follows a 50/50 model. Students receive instruction in both languages with the instruction day divided into an English and Spanish block.”

Mesa Public Schools also supports homeschooling families through its EagleridgeEnrichment Program for grades K-8. As the website states, Eagleridge is “individualized enrichment opportunities for the homeschooling community. State-certified, highly qualified instructors provide a wide variety of engaging classes focused on creativity, cooperative learning, and exploration.”

Though the beginning of next school year is still several months away, Kindergarten registration is already underway. Early registration allows time for schools to plan for class sizes and teacher contracts, all which lead to an efficient start to the school year. It’s also the perfect time to explore all the educational opportunities Mesa Public Schools has to offer.

Visit their website at http://www.mpsaz.org/

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