Academic Achievements

Alyssa Succeeds with One-to-One Learning

Alyssa has always had a difficult time in school. The 17 year-old has struggled with the big class sizes at her traditional classroom-based schools, both public and charter schools, and her mother wanted to find a better fit for her. She discovered the Brightmont Academy Scottsdale campus when she was looking for a one-to-one focused approach, and they decided to …

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Alex Grovich Overcomes Dyslexia with OTA

Since third grade, Alex has struggled with dyslexia. Frustrated for many years, Alex has finally found the help she needed at On-Track Academy. According to Alex’s teacher, Ms. Jordan, Alex’s abilities have improved so much, she no longer detects dyslexia in her reading and writing skills. It helped that Alex was given assignments that piqued her interest, was allowed to …

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Very First Chapter of Eye to Eye in Arizona

Eye to Eye is the only national after-school mentoring program that pairs kids with learning disabilities and ADHD with college and high school students who have been similarly labeled. Using an arts-based curriculum, Eye to Eye helps kids value their own uniqueness by building their self esteem and giving them the skills to become self advocates. New Way Academy high …

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Ciera Earns “Booming Bulldog” Award

“Ciera is an outstanding example of one of our primary grade-level students.  She has obtained over 30 “purples”, as part of the school-wide behavior management program, “Booming Bulldogs”.  She is always smiling and very respectful.  She encourages her classmates when she feels they need extra support. She contributes to the overall positive campus culture” Julia Angel, School Leader What is “Booming …

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Concert to Benefit Human Trafficking Survivors Organized by Rancho Solano Senior

Neille-Ann Tan, a senior at Rancho Solano Preparatory School, recently spearheaded a benefit concert supporting iSanctuary, an organization that provides help and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Founding the local chapter in 2012 at RSPS, she states, “This concert allowed me to make the most of my abilities to help others around the world. Rancho has led me to …

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Torch Club President, Rolando Camarillo

Rolando Camarillo is a 12-year-old member at the Swift Kids Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. He’s a 7th grader at Smith Elementary in Glendale, a physicist-in-training, and if all goes according to plan, a future Nobel Prize winner. What kind of activities are you involved with at the Club? Right now I’m the president of Torch …

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10th grader, Tim, Succeeds at Brightmont Academy

Tim is a 10th grader who felt like he was not challenged enough with the traditional school instruction model.  He often zoned out, and his grades were suffering. Tim and his parents wanted to find an option that challenged him, but also allowed him to play hockey without interfering with his academics.  His younger sister was attending Brightmont Academy, so …

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Aaron Lott is Overcoming Dyslexia at On-Track Academy

Aaron Lott is like any typical kid. He loves to be with his friends, play with his dog, eat pizza and listen to all kinds of music, including rap, country, and Bob Marley. His story is probably pretty typical, too. What’s it like at On Track Academy (OTA)? Much better than where I was—I can make friends and I actually …

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Camrae McManaman Youth of the Year

Peoria High School Junior Camrae McManaman was named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Camrae received a scholarship and will now compete to become State Youth of the Year. This is what she had to say: Q: What does it mean to be Youth of the Year? A: Becoming Youth of the Year …

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Patrick Schramm, 8th Grader Receives Christian Service Award

Tell our readers what your Arrupe Project is about? The Arrupe Project is named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J who was considered the “Second Founder” of a group of Catholics known as the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. In 1975, Father Arrupe was instrumental in establishing one of the major teachings of the Jesuits; that a Jesuit education should be designed …

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