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When Mesa Public Schools first approached BGCEV to be a charter school as an extension of the public school, they wanted us to be an alternative program. The Board of Directors and Gary Yazwa, CEO at the time, wanted more. Having success with providing performing arts programs as a part of the Club experience, this became our platform. We wanted children to be able to express themselves through the arts. The first year the program was piloted to 5th and 6th grade, year two we expanded to include 7th grade, and in year three we established a K-8 grade elementary/junior high program. Teachers were on loan from Mesa Public Schools for the first 2 years as the charter grew and developed.
When it was determined BGCEV/MAA was well established, the teachers were given an option of going back to the district or staying with the charter. All teachers stayed with the charter school. In year two we hired a full time principal, Sue Douglas, who was with us until her retirement in 2017. Unique to most schools, MAA has both a full-time accredited teacher and highly qualified aid in each of the 9 classrooms. We also have a full-time arts and special events staff who ensure a variety of performing arts are offered to each student throughout the year.
Mesa Arts Academy offers a rigorous K - 8 academic program that emphasizes the arts and technology. We have discovered that by integrating the arts and technology into our academic program, we create a more hands-on learning environment that better fits the learning styles of our diverse population of students. The Arizona Charter School Association rated Mesa Arts Academy as one of the top three schools in Arizona for increasing student achievement and the Arizona Department of Education honored us with the 2011 Math Excellence Award. We have been named an A+ rated school.
We offer an extended school day (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM) to allow us to both offer a rigorous academic program and still have time to devote to our arts programs. Our art classes vary by grade level, with younger children taking a variety of art classes, including Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Visual Arts. Older children select from elective classes, including Beginning and Advanced Art, Guitar, Dance, Photography, Yearbook, Drama, Service Learning, Multimedia, and Musical Theatre. Parents are required to be active participants in this process with a daily requirement to check and sign “home-school binders” and a mandate that they contribute a minimum of 50 hours of family participation each year.