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Maricopa
Grades K-8

Online Grades 6-12

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18700 N Porter Rd | Maricopa, AZ 85138

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Charter School?

A Charter School provides all the opportunities of a private school with none of the cost! Charter Schools are publicly funded by the state, but are privately managed.

Why Charter Schools?

Charter Schools provide a unique learning environment designed to improve student achievement and offer additional public school alternatives. They encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods, returning decision-making and control to local leadership, teachers, and parents. That’s why more parents are choosing Charter Schools every year.

What makes Leading Edge Academy different from other schools?

Leading Edge Academy is a safe environment where high student achievement is our focus. We provide a rigorous educational program that combines core character values with a special emphasis on reading, writing, and math.

Are your teachers certified?

Our teachers, like all public school teachers, are required to meet the federal standards of a “highly qualified” teacher according to the No Child Left Behind Act. Although not required by the State Department of Education, most of our teachers are also certified by the State of Arizona.

Are Charter Schools accountable to anyone?

Yes, along with increased flexibility comes increased accountability. However, instead of being “rule-based” accountable, charter schools are “performance-based” accountable. The state monitors student performance through annual standardized testing (currently the AZMerit test). Leading Edge is accountable to both the State Board of Charter Schools and the Arizona Department of Education. A rigorous annual compliance and fiscal audit is performed each year by a state-approved outside audit firm. Leading Edge is also subject to various fire, health, safety, municipal, local, and federal regulations.

Who is eligible to enroll at Leading Edge Academy?

Any student may apply to enroll. Once open enrollment has ended (usually around March of each year) students are taken as space is available. Students with discipline issues from current schools may not be eligible to enroll.

How can parents become involved?

One of our goals is to foster parental involvement. Parents are encouraged to be involved in the following ways:
• Develop a close teacher-parent interaction
• Volunteer, when possible, for 1-2 hours per week
• Participate in Parent/Teacher Organizations
• Support your children in their homework, assignments, attendance, etc.
• Attend the open Governing Board Meetings
• Support the school financially, especially through the Arizona Tax Credit Program.

What is the cost to attend?

NOTHING! Leading Edge is a Tuition Free public charter school!

Is there a lunch program available?

Yes. Each campus has a catered hot lunch program available for purchase. Additionally, Leading Edge participates in the Government sponsored Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

What are the school days and hours?

Five days a week:

Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM; Friday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM;

3rd Grade to 5th Grade: Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM;

6th Grade – 8th Grade: Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM- 3:15 PM; Friday 8:00 AM -12:15 PM.

What school calendar does Leading Edge follow?

Leading Edge determines and submits for approval their own calendar each year. It is similar to many of the surrounding school districts, with classes beginning in early August and completing prior to Memorial Day.

What is the dress code? Does the school have uniforms?

Students in K-6th grades wear uniforms. Specific uniform guidelines and dress codes for each campus can be found on the Resources page.

What is the Tax Credit Program?

Leading Edge Academy participates in the State of Arizona’s Tax Credit Program. When individuals contribute, these funds directly support extracurricular activities and Character Development Programs at the school. Donors receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit: up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for families filing jointly. Any Arizona taxpayer can contribute to Leading Edge and receive this tax credit, regardless of whether they have a student attending the school.

Does Leading Edge participate in the Standardized Testing?

Our students take the current Arizona State Assessments (presently AZMerit), similar to any public school. These assessments are used by the state to evaluate our school’s performance. Additionally, we employ several other methods to monitor our students’ progress, such as AIMSWeb, Galileo, and other performance measuring instruments.

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