At the Aug. 18 Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a K-8 model for Grayhawk Elementary School and Pinnacle Peak Elementary School.
Starting with the 2017-18 school year, Grayhawk Elementary School and Pinnacle Peak Elementary will add seventh grade classes. The completed transition to the K-8 model will be made with the 2018-19 school year when eighth grade classes are added, according to a press release.
“After an in-depth exploration process and with careful input from the families at Grayhawk Elementary School and Pinnacle Peak Elementary School, we felt that the K-8 model would be a more desirable option to meet the educational needs of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee, in the release.
Grayhawk Elementary School and Pinnacle Peak Elementary School are located in the northeast section of PVSchools without a neighborhood middle school. Parents in these communities have expressed a desire to have a middle school option in closer proximity to their neighborhood.
The benefits of these K-8 schools includes:
- Smaller learning environment
- Neighborhood schools
- New extracurricular opportunities such as lifetime sports, clubs and activities
- Another choice for parents and students
- Potential to attract and recapture students choosing alternative learning models
For families who would like to have their child attend a K-8 model school and do not live within the Grayhawk or Pinnacle Peak boundaries, PVSchools will start accepting open enrollment applications for the 2017-18 school on Sept. 1. Visit http://www.pvschools.net/domain/1926 for more information on enrollment applications.
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