Below is an excerpt from an article published by the Surprise Independent on Aug. 7, 2019, which features Arizona Charter Academy’s plans to expand it’s ‘A’-rated public school to serve more students with seed funding from A for Arizona’s public school Expansion Fund grants. Find out more about our 2019 grantees here.

Arizona Charter Academy, 16025 N. Dysart Road, was awarded $40,000 by A For Arizona, a statewide organization that invests significant resources into expansion of high- performing low income public schools.

The privately funded grant program selected six deserving applicants who seek to expand and grow their impact.

Arizona Charter Academy plans to use the grant funds to add a 12,000- square-foot expansion at the K-8 school. Construction is set to be complete next summer, with the addition of 250 students.

With 200 to 300 students on a waiting list in the past, this grant creates more opportunity for students.

“We saw there was a real need in the community for more spots and we were full in terms of facilities, and with this grant we will be able to have five classes at each grade level,” said Arizona Charter Academy CEO Melissa Holdaway. “The expansion includes another building on our campus — two-stories with 12 additional classrooms.”

A For Arizona Director Emily Ann Gullickson said the excitement of this grant is serving more kids within the community.

“The public schools we partner with are really already closing the achievement gap, and they know they need to grow and thrive and serve more students,” Ms. Gullickson said. “The grants are providing access to seed funding that will accelerate growth plans to best benefit the kids and families in their communities.”