By Corinne Murdock |
A new and innovative tuition-free charter school in Mesa will grant high school students trade certifications along with their diplomas.
American Leadership Academy (ALA) Applied Technologies will offer students the opportunity to earn certifications in automotive technologies, aviation technologies, business and finance, construction technologies, cosmetology, education, first responders, health services, hospitality, or general technology. Each of the 10 programs will have its own lab, workshop, kitchen, or salon to accomplish industry training.
All their trade programs begin junior year, with the exception of Aviation Mechanics and Cosmetology due to certification hour requirements. Transportation to school won’t be provided. ALA estimated that each grade level would have 600 students, or 60 per grade level in each program.
In a recent promotional video, ALA featured one alumna and its emergency medical services (EMS) program.
ALA operates 12 other schools across the valley: nine K-6 schools, and three schools covering the 7th through 12th grades. They are all A-rated schools. The academy operates around the acronym “R.A.I.S.E.” meaning respect, accountability, integrity, service, and classroom; it also aims to instill a “moral and wholesome environment” for students.
According to their latest construction update from last week, the new school has entered its final stages of the building process.
Registration remained open as of press time.