When communities come together on behalf of education, every member of the community benefits, from young students to large employers. The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and its foundation helps prepare students for careers in the digital world. One of the many STEM initiatives the Chamber plans and funds is a summer coding camp for children ages 8 to 15. Through this foundation initiative, students learn about website development, robotics and coding. The camp is hosted by CollegeAmerica and is free of charge.
Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. FUSD offers well-rounded and rigorous options for students of all backgrounds and professional interests. Whether students are looking for a path to higher education, will choose a career in the military, or are looking for technical skills to get right into the workforce after graduation, FUSD can provide a path.
After a laying a strong foundation at one of the district’s 10 elementary schools, Flagstaff’s secondary schools allow students to explore a variety of paths to potential careers. Middle school students are exposed to multiple focus areas such as language, expeditionary learning, pre-advanced placement or technology and engineering. Additionally, schools offer a variety of electives in music, art, culinary arts or woodworking.
In FUSD’s two high schools, students can continue on the path they started in middle school. They can also take advantage of additional electives, which include welding, autos, engineering and theater arts.
BASIS Flagstaff, a public charter school, will begin enrolling kindergarten to 12th-grade students in fall 2018. The Washington Post ranked the school, which currently provides education for third to 12th grade, No. 5 on its “Most Challenging High School” list in 2017. Flagstaff STEM City recently nominated a teacher and a student from BASIS for a STEMMY award. Aside from the school’s rigorous STEM curriculum, BASIS students have the chance to participate in numerous extracurriculars, including athletics, art club, minecraft, robotics club, speech and debate, creative writing and National Honor Society.
Flagstaff Junior Academy, with its staff of more than 30 professionals, serves nearly 300 students and prepares them to take their next educational or professional steps. The school offers small class sizes and a Montessori approach to learning. The Academy’s Children’s House serves ages three to kindergarten. The elementary school, serving first through fourth grades, offers personal learning styles, mentoring and lessons on real-life responsibilities. Classes include health, wellness education, art, music and foreign language lessons. At the middle school level, students in fifth through eighth grades continue to learn with hands-on experiences that prepare them for high school.
Montessori Schools of Flagstaff serve students from 18 months old to 14 years of age. Its West Side and Sunnyside campuses offer preschool through kindergarten, while its Switzer Mesa location is designated for first through sixth grades, and the Cedar location is for seventh and eighth grades. With its strong academic and social setting, students develop a love of learning.
From 4 months old to sixth grade, students at Haven Montessori experience a rich, nurturing educational environment. The Montessori method allows the children to develop a lifetime love of learning. All guides possess Montessori certification.
Founded in 1980, Mountain School became a charter institution in 1996. Since then, this pre-K through fifth grade school has crafted a way to prepare its students for the next step thanks to small class sizes, independent thinking and teamwork. Mountain School has an academic focus balanced with experiential learning, including special classes like Spanish and physical education.
Foresight Learning Center specializes in preschool, kindergarten, programs for children ages 2 to 6, after school enrichment, child care services, family activities, summer programs and parental workshops. Through the center’s curriculum, students develop language skills, fine and gross motor skills, number recognition and time.
Educating students in sixth to 12th grade, Northland Preparatory Academy offers an exceptional fine arts program, small class sizes, more than 10 AP courses and over 40 teams and clubs. Northland Preparatory scholars consistently go on to high achievement in college and workforce settings.
Flagstaff also offers multiple options for high school students looking to attend college, professionals looking to change careers, or others looking to earn primary or secondary degrees.
With two locations in Flagstaff and one in Page, Coconino Community College offers students a rewarding academic experience. Whether a student is in pursuit of a degree or certificate, interested in workforce training or has plans to transfer to a four-year school, Coconino Community College is here every step of the way.
Associate degree and certificate options at Coconino Community College include business, hotel and restaurant management, construction technology, fire science, nursing, computer science and visual arts. The college also offers a variety of non-credit courses for those interested in continuing learning, provides free lectures and is a gathering place for community events.
For more than 120 years, Northern Arizona University has grown as a public university through its dedication to research, public service, innovation, and academic programs.
At Northern Arizona University, students are first priority. As of early 2018, the university boasted an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, an 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and close to 160 degree programs. Additionally, Flagstaff was ranked as the third best college town in 2017 by Business Insider.
The university offers students a variety of learning platforms. Students can take in-person classes at the historic Flagstaff campus, other statewide locations, or online. In fact, BestColleges.com ranked Northern Arizona University among the “100 Best Online Colleges” for 2018.
Founded in 1958, Indian Bible College offers academic degrees in a faith-based setting. Indian Bible College is one of only a few schools with the goal of training Native Americans for Christian leadership roles. Students enjoy a low student-to-teacher ratio, which makes room for personalized instruction. Programs of study include certificates in Christian ministry and Bible studies, an associate degree in biblical studies and a bachelor’s in biblical studies.
CollegeAmerica is dedicated to helping students graduate and get a much better job sooner. It proudly invests in providing the highest quality, career-focused degree programs. The institution focuses on educating people for rewarding careers and enriching lives. The goal is for students to achieve success in career-oriented programs and enhancement of skills in critical thinking, communication, problem solving and using technology culminating in satisfactory career placement or advancement in current employment.
As a private, nonprofit college, CollegeAmerica is independent and is uniquely suited to putting student needs and goals first. The college supports individuals and organizations in the community through high-value degree programs and its Good Neighbor Initiative.
Through this initiative, CollegeAmerica invests in the community, which strengthens neighborhoods and families. The college offers GED preparation classes at no cost. These services provide a bridge to degrees that can change lives for the better. As a Good Neighbor to the Flagstaff community, the college also offers no-cost training workshops for employers and organization partners. In addition, the college holds community events throughout the year, such as blood drives and an annual Back to School Bash.
CollegeAmerica offers training and meeting space to companies or groups. Currently, the college hosts Plaza Vieja, Chamber Code Camp, AARP Tax-Aide and is a polling location for Precinct 9. In addition, the college is a testing facility for PearsonVue GED, Arizona State Board of Nursing CNA and the National Center for Competency Testing.
Today, CollegeAmerica is known for its high educational standards. Academic majors are designed specifically to meet the changing trends and requirements of the business, technology, and medical employment markets. Business, technical and medical leaders have come to recognize CollegeAmerica graduates for their superior training and their outstanding professionalism. ◆ Information in this article was provided by FUSD, Haven Montessori, CollegeAmerica, Coconino Community College and Sarah Lancaster.
Coconino County Education Service Agency
2384 N. Steves Blvd., Flagstaff
Flagstaff Unified School District No. 1
3285 E. Sparrow, Flagstaff
Haven Montessori School
621 W. Clay Ave., Flagstaff
Foresight Learning Center, Inc.
8245 Koch Field Rd., Flagstaff
Montessori Schools of Flagstaff
(928) 226-1212 x. 10
850 N. Locust St., Flagstaff
1700 N. Gemini Dr., Flagstaff
Flagstaff Junior Academy
306 W. Cedar Ave., Flagstaff
311 W. Cattle Drive Tr., Flagstaff
Northland Preparatory Academy
3300 Sparrow Ave., Flagstaff
Coconino Community College
2800 S. Lone Tree Rd., Flagstaff
Northern Arizona University (NAU)
Knoles Drive, Building 51, Room 200, Flagstaff
NAU Athletic Department
1701 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff
NAU W.A. Franke College of Business
20 E. McConnell Dr., Building 81, Flagstaff
399 S. Malpais, Second Floor, Flagstaff
Indian Bible College
2237 E. Cedar Ave., Flagstaff
Flagstaff/Coconino Public Library