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Free elementary school in Mesa's Eastmark to open doors

Posted On: 2014-02-06


Mon Feb 3, 2014 9:43 AM
Submitted by Dee Ann Deaton, public relations director for EdKey Inc.

Edkey Inc., the parent company of 17 Sequoia Charter Schools, has completed construction plans for the new $6.5 million K-6 Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark, located on Eastmark Parkway north of Ray Road in Mesa. The tuition-free elementary school, which will serve 400 students, is scheduled to open in August for the 2014-15 school year.

The Pathfinder team will host a “Get to Know Pathfinder Q&A Chat” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Eastmark Visitors Center, 10100 E. Ray Road, Mesa. To RSVP call 480-351-8070 or e-mail Enrollment is already under way for next school year and space is limited. To preregister visit

The campus will be similar to a children's museum, with changeable interactive learning resources and demonstrations built into the common areas and learning boulevards (hallways) throughout the school, according to EdKey CEO Doug Pike. All 18 classrooms will have additional learning space to allow for small group activities and exploration of skills and concepts.

An outdoor interactive learning playground will help students make connections to learning and understand the relevance of curriculum. A library will be in the student commons area and a computer lab will be accessible for all classes. Technology also will be available in the student common area and in the classrooms. A multipurpose room for P.E., lunch, performances and other events will be a focal point of the campus.

“From the moment a child walks through Sequoia Pathfinder Academy's doors, the campus will nurture the natural curiousness and creativity that every child is born with,” said Superintendent Curt Cardine. “By designing a fun, creative learning environment, students will be more motivated to learn in the classroom.”

Assistant Superintendent Tamara Becker said the school will feature a proven approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Programs will emphasize learning behaviors that include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration and investigation. In addition, free all-day kindergarten, music and art classes, and after-school programs will be offered.