Home of the Warriors

Hello, and welcome to the American Leadership Academy, San Tan Valley Pre-K-6 campus. We are proud to offer an exceptional educational experience to students in the San Tan Valley area. 

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Parents' Corner

Get a preview of upcoming events, holiday breaks, and early release days at San Tan Valley K-6 by visiting our "Calendar" tab. There's always something exciting happening at our campus. 

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School Calendar

Don't miss out! Ironwood K-6 is now accepting students from kindergarten to 6th grade. Start the application process online or finish your re-enrollment tasks before August 6th. 

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Application & re-enrollment

Searching for parent/student information? The login link for the parent portal? Uniform and handbook information? All of these documents and details can be found online on our "Parent Resources" page.

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Parent resources

Uniforms play an important role at our school, helping students stay focused and eliminating issues with the dress code. Learn more about our uniform policies and order your American leadership Academy uniforms online.

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Uniform policies & online store

Meet the Director

Melissa Cowper

Mrs. Melissa (Missy) Cowper is honored to serve as director of the San Tan Valley Elementary campus. She has been a part of the ALA family for several years, teaching 6th grade, and serving as the Assistant Director and Director. She earned a master's degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in addition to. a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She has worked in education since 2014. Previously, she taught in rural Kentucky, Phoenix, and Detroit suburb schools servicing inner-city youth.

She was born and raised in St. Clair, Michigan where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Matt. They have two sons, Noah and Isaac. They enjoy camping, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

She is energized at the opportunity to serve our Warriors to "Learn. Lead. Change the World!"

Letter from the Director


Anthony Ruta, San Tan Valley Pre-K-6 Parent

All my kids went here. We absolutely love it here. The teachers, staff especially the principal and office staff are THE BEST. Very happy and friendly people. Thank you.


Hammer Family

"As soon as we toured ALA Gilbert North , and [our kids] saw and felt what was there, it really changed their outlook on their future years at high school."  Learn more.

Chelsey Davis

"It's everything that we've envisioned for our children!" Learn more.

Michelle Sorensen

"The teachers go above and beyond..." Learn more.

Gomez Family

"...The one-on-one connection that they have with their teachers is really important." Learn more.

Cassie Moore

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Teaching Students, Raising Leaders

American Leadership Academy, San Tan Valley Pre-K-6 stands apart from other elementary schools because of our integrated R.A.I.S.E values and passion to help students become leaders. Learn why so many students and families love our school.