Letter from the Director
I want to thank you for your role in the tremendous year we had, our inaugural year at the American Leadership Academy Gilbert North campus. Everything we’ve done has represented a commitment to fulfill the mission of ALA, “To provide the best educational experience, to as many students as possible, in a moral and wholesome environment.”
Our first senior class of 71 graduates secured $1.9M in scholarships and produced ALA’s first appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition, we became NCAA accredited, started our AP program, began a National Honor Society chapter with 35 new inductees, and rolled out the Entrepreneurship Launchpad, where 221 students started with 221 pinecones and ended with $48,329.
Our athletics teams bought into Coach Ricedorff’s philosophy and culture of “Character + Chemistry = Championships.” Boys football, girls basketball, wrestling, boys volleyball, girls soccer, golf and boys baseball all won state championships, in addition to multiple individual state champions in swim, wrestling, tennis and track. Seven student athletes were awarded “Eagle Elite” status, as three sport athletes with a GPA greater than 3.5.
Our fine arts programs grew in both size and excellence over the course of the year. Our band percussion went from playing on paint buckets to a full drumline. Our choir was awarded the highest honor at the NAU Jazz Madrigal Festival, earning a Superior rating. Our theater department performed the musical Bye Bye Birdie. Our orchestra, dance and visual arts programs all demonstrated excellence in their performances and work.
Because of the “best educational experience” that students had, we enrolled more than 350 students after the first day of school. We filled our campus to capacity for 2018-2019, and as such, we will have as many new students in August joining us as we had the first day of school last year, with a waiting list in most grades!
We are grateful for our many parent volunteers who got involved in our Booster programs and in serving our teachers. Many thanks to those who brought in meals for teachers to express appreciation, wrote notes and who donated to the “Treat Your Teacher” lunch program. We are grateful for our corporate sponsors who supported and enhanced many of these grass roots fundraisers, like Modern Woodmen, Chick-fil-A on Power Rd and the 202, Sound Capital LLC, Cambridge Financial Services, Rhodes Investments, Dr. Paul Kelly Maxillofacial, and Christian Brothers Automotive.
Going forward, we are committed to the mission of American Leadership Academy. As good as this past year was, we are looking to improve in all areas. We want to strengthen our academic offering, with greater intention, relevance and rigor. We want to enhance our “moral and wholesome environment,” building on the foundation of our RAISE values, encouraging, teaching and leading every student to commit to demonstrating respect, accountability, integrity, service and excellence. We want to continue to give students opportunities to develop character, become leaders, be involved in extracurricular activities, and develop the 21st Century skills to empower them to be successful in life.
Thank you again for your role in such an incredible year. We look forward to another great year together.