History

Academy of Excellence Charter School was founded by two former teachers, Brenda H. Nelson, M.A. and Connie Burch, M.Ed. in 1998. Mrs. Nelson remains a part of the AOE community as a Governing Board member and Special Education consultant. The veteran support staff plays an extremely important role in making sure the school runs smoothly. Our very talented teaching staff was carefully “hand-picked” for their extraordinary track records of personal and professional achievement and excellence that exemplifies our mission and vision for the students of AOE. The Academy of Excellence was granted renewal of its charter by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools in May 2012. The renewal is granted for twenty years.

AOE’s mission is “The mission of Academy of Excellence charter Schools, in partnership with parents and community, is to educate all students, including at-risk students to become a lifelong learner, able to function successfully in a global society.” Our role in that mission is to offer a high quality, academic-based alternative to traditional public and schools. With a campus limited to 250 students, each student can be served more personally. We offer a strong academic program that can be tailored to each individual student. Preparing students for high school and beyond is one of the features that set AOE apart from other schools. We also enjoy a family atmosphere here since we can serve the entire family Kindergarten through Eighth grade.

We encourage strong parent involvement. The purpose of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is to provide enrichment to the school experience through identifying and collaborating with parents, school and community resources, as well as fundraising. Every parent is a member and encouraged to participate. Teachers meet often with the parent and student to identify and address a student’s individual talents, academic level, learning style, and strengths and weaknesses. An educational program that specifies goals and strategies is then developed for the student.

Always feel free to call the office with questions or concerns. We constantly seek ways to improve service to students and parents to further the goal of providing an excellent education to our student body.