"A" Rated by the Arizona Department of Education
Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark (SPAE) is a tuition-free public charter school located in Eastmark (off Ray and Ellsworth Rd. in east Mesa). We currently serve kindergarten through sixth grade and are currently enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year.
STEAM at SPAE
Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark is committed to broadening students’ level of exploration in education. SPAE provides multiple hands-on learning opportunities beyond the typical classroom setting through in-school specials classes where students explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).
Specials Classes Include:
- LEGO Engineering taught by Bonanza Educational
- Arizona Science Center Classes
- Art Exploration
- Music Instruction
- Drama/Theatre Class
- Physical Education
Technology Immersion within the Classroom
Starting in August 2017, students in second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades have individual Chromebooks to use for one to one computing.
Additionally, our younger students in kindergarten and first grade share multiple computer carts with new tablets for technology exploration!
A Different Approach to Learning
At SPAE, students are given the opportunity to learn in an interactive, student-centered atmosphere using project-based learning. This approach has students acquire knowledge and skills through working on a project by investigating and responding to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Students show what they learn as they journey through a unit – not just an end test. In our student-centered classrooms, teachers are facilitators who help support a higher level of student engagement and collaboration.
After School Programs
Offerings vary by semester but have included:
- VEX Robotics Club
- Green Team
- Student Council
- Chess Club
- Karate by East Mesa Karate
- Kinetic Kids by Kinetic Fitness
- Zumba Kids
Friday afternoons are built in professional development, meetings, or work time for teachers.
Before and after school child care is available.
Our school participates in the National School Lunch Program which allows students to buy school lunch at a reduced or free rate if they qualify. Students are welcome to bring lunch from home or buy lunch in our school cafeteria.
NEW: SPAE has a new catering company this year.
Application for the free/reduced lunch program will be available starting in July.
You can pay for school lunch using MySchoolAccount.com.
What's New at Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark
Arizona's new A-F Accountability System was designed to empower schools to achieve and increase success for their students. The system provides all publicly funded schools with feedback on areas of strength and those that may need additional focus.
This article is to provide you with information on Arizona's Move on When Reading legislation and the importance it places on your child's ability to read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
Sequoia Wellness Committee has adopted a wellness policy that emphasizes nutrition, physical education, and community involvement goals and guidelines. All are invited to give input to the wellness policy and join the Sequoia Wellness Committee.
Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark warmly invites all incoming kindergarten families to our upcoming Kindergarten Experience. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 4816 South Eastmark Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85212