Scottsdale school, Copper Ridge, celebrates 15 years

Scottsdale Unified School District’s Copper Ridge School is celebrating as it marks its 15th anniversary.

The community is invited to join staff, students, and parents 5-7:30 p.m. on May 4 as the school hosts an Art and Garden Walk.

The evening festival will feature a recycled materials art show, musical and theatrical performances, displays of student art work throughout the hallways and sessions on hydroponics and gardening. Admission to the event is free, according to a press release.

Serving more than 1,100 youth, Copper Ridge has a long list of exemplary accomplishments, programs and activities. Currently the school is pursuing recognition by the Arizona Educational Foundation as an A+ School of Excellence. The school promotes technology-assisted learning as students are encouraged to bring their own technology.

Additionally, each classroom has desktop computers, Smart Boards, audio equipment and a document camera in addition to computer and mobile labs.

Copper Ridge promotes STEM teaching and learning strategies. The school is one of 12 Arizona schools to be selected as an APS STEM-Focus School of the future and has a partnership with Northern Arizona University allowing teachers access to professional development training in effective STEM teaching and learning strategies.

The school offers engaging opportunities in art, athletics and extracurricular activities. Additionally, elementary age students have the opportunity to participate in gifted programming, and middle school students have access to an interdisciplinary honors program incorporating science, social studies and English/language arts to explore core concepts. Spanish is also offered to students in grades K-8.

Copper Ridge is part of the Chaparral Learning Community and educates students from preschool through eighth grade

To learn more about Copper Ridge, visit http://copperridge.susd.org or to learn about learning communities and program offerings available within the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit www.susd.org.

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