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La Tierra Community Schools is awarded $230,000 for Arizona Charter School Incentive Program

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    Ben Smith

The Arizona State Board of Education voted to approve La Tierra Community School an award of $230,000 through the Arizona Charter School Incentive Program and the school will be eligible for an additional $230,000 in 2012-2013. The purpose of the Arizona Charter Schools Incentive Program is to 1) increase the number of high quality charter schools in Arizona, particularly those serving students most at risk in rural and urban settings, 2) improve student achievement to meet high academic standards in schools, and 3) to improve high school student achievement and graduation rates.

“I am thrilled that our vibrant community school will have this phenomenal opportunity to put solid structures into place to support learning. These funds will allow our outstanding teachers to benefit from professional development training and will offer our students the highest quality of education,” commented Anita Fernández, co-founder of La Tierra Community School. “To be recognized as a model school in Arizona is incredibly rewarding,” she continued.

La Tierra Community School is one of nine schools in Arizona to be awarded this grant. Much of the funding will go to support the material startup expenditures of opening a school. At the same time, considerable funding will go to building leadership and staff capacity to create school-wide cultures of learning.

La Tierra Community School is an Expeditionary Learning school and is affiliated with Prescott College. The school currently serves grades K-5 and will expand to add a grade over the next three years reaching K-8 in 2014. La Tierra Community School is the second Expeditionary Learning school to receive this grant in Arizona as Northpoint Academy, a local Expeditionary Learning high school, also received the grant last year.