ZONA East Valley

Why Earn an Online Diploma Instead of Getting a GED?

  Approximately 750,000 students drop out of high school each year in the United States.   On average, a high school dropout earns $20,241.   That’s $10,386 less annually than a high school graduate. And $36,424 less annually than those with a bachelor’s degree.   The numbers go further.   The average unemployment rate for a high school graduate is …

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Well-Rounded Eighth Grader, Olivia, Talks Piano and Music

  Olivia is an artist and musician. She loves her weekly private art lessons and Suzuki method classical piano lessons, and is also a member of the School of Rock Gilbert Performance Group, where she sings lead and back-up vocals and plays keys. She has been an avid reader since preschool and fell in love with Roald Dahl in 1st …

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Meet JMPS Vice President and Star Athlete, Miranda

  Miranda Barrios is a star student and athlete at James Madison Preparatory School, where she led her volleyball team through an undefeated season all the way to their state title appearance! In addition to volleyball, Miranda also plays basketball and soccer. As the student body Vice-President, Miranda is a leader on campus. She loves math, keeps her grades high …

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Horizon Honors High School Senior Talks About Her Passion for Volleyball

  Q. Volleyball is a big part of your life. Your high school team just competed in the state tournament. You also play on a club team. Talk about the importance of volleyball to you! A. Volleyball has been important to me since age eight. I knew I wanted to play Division 1 volleyball since I was really young, and …

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Ethan Talks Soccer and School

Q. You were on the Bobcats’ soccer team this year. How did you get involved? A. I started in second grade with Mighty Cats and I’ve played every year up to now. I also want to play next year. Last year, we won the championship and we won it again this year. Q. You’re a great student. What is your …

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The Story of Ravyn Schmidt, Primavera graduate

Graduating is no easy task. At times, that light at the end of the tunnel can seem like it’s not getting any closer, but we promise you that it is! No matter your circumstances, you can earn your high school diploma. Sometimes it just means taking a non-traditional route. Ravyn Schmidt is a Primavera Online High School student who recently …

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Merritt Brothers Work Hard to Obtain Black Belt

  Matthew and Harrison Merritt are brothers who have worked alongside their dad in order to obtain their first Black Belts in Mixed Martial Arts/ Tae Kwon Do. Matthew is a fifth grader at Bethany Christian School. Harrison is a graduate of Bethany Christian School and is now a freshman at Valley Christian High School in Chandler. The two of …

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HCLC Junior, Stephanie, is a Natural Performer

Q. You have had a busy summer and start of fall performing in a few local theater productions. Tell us about it! A. Over the summer, I had the experience of working with Mesa Community College for their summer production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” as the dance captain and part of the ensemble. Following that …

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James Madison Senior, SAM, Talks Government and Music Life

Sam is a caring, passionate, hard-working young man. Sam is involved in his student government, choir, rock band, school plays, and musicals. He loves to talk about world history and politics and also tutors elementary students in math. Q. What is your role in student government? Do you feel you’ve learned skills for the future? A. At James Madison I …

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Willis Junior High Student Ricardo Talks Student Council

Ricardo maintains a 4.0 GPA while being involved in school clubs and student council. He loves to read and cook, as well as spending time playing pool with his dad. Q. What impact do you have and/ or hope to have at your school as the co-president of the student council? A. I want to set an example for others …

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