Home of the Warriors

Hello, and welcome to the Ironwood K-6 campus of American Leadership Academy. We are proud to offer an exceptional educational experience to students in Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Florence area. Our campus is located on Combs Road just west of Gantzel Road. 

Parents' Corner

There's always something fun happening at American Leadership Academy, Ironwood K-6. View our calendar for updates on upcoming events, school breaks, and half days.

Open Calendar

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School calendar

It's never too late to apply or re-enroll, parents! Access our online enrollment forms and links to get started. We currently accept students between K-6th grade.

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Application & re-enrollment

Searching for student and parent information? Uniform guidelines? Our K-6 school handbook? Lunch menus? Supply lists? Find all of these resources in our "Parent Resources" tab. 

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Parent resources

American Leadership Academy is dedicated to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students - starting with uniforms. Learn about our uniform guidelines and purchase online.

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Uniform policies & online store

School Leaders

Mitch Henderson, Director

Mr. Mitch Henderson is the Director of the ALA Ironwood Elementary Campus. Mr. Henderson has great familiarity with Ironwood families because he most recently served as Assistant Director of Academics for Ironwood Junior High and High School. Mr. Henderson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and a principal certification. Prior to joining ALA, Mr. Henderson dedicated his more than 20 year career to serving families in the field of education as a teacher and administrator with Chandler Unified School District, and principal of several private day schools. He has also served as a director within the nonprofit sector where he assisted individuals in improving their financial and educational situations.

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Emily Malfitano, Assistant Director

Mrs. Emily Malfitano is the Assistant Director at the Ironwood Elementary Campus for American Leadership Academy. She has been in the field of education for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Ironwood K-6 staff, Mrs. Malfitano was at ALA Anthem South K-6 teaching fourth grade. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. In Michigan, Mrs. Malfitano taught Kindergarten, first, and second grade. After moving to Arizona, she has enjoyed teaching fourth grade for the past 12 years.

Mrs. Malfitano has a passion for fostering environments that embody the RAISE values. Through leading by example, we can guide our students to become lifelong leaders. Mrs. Malfitano is proud to be a part of the ALA family and will lead IWE to achieve its mission, vision, and values.


Student Spotlight

Sydney Feng, District Spelling Bee

We are so proud of Sydney Feng  for winning the District Spelling Bee. Great job Sydney! 

Aubrey Drexler, Scholastic Summer Reading Champion

We are so proud of Aubrey for reading the most minutes on campus with our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. 

Hudson G., Matthew W. & Tiger T., District Battle of the Books Winners

Congratulations for representing our school at the District Battle of the Books Championships!

The ALA Life

Leading The Way

At American Leadership Academy, we don't just teach our students to be smart, we R.A.I.S.E them to be leaders. Learn more about Ironwood K-6's R.A.I.S.E values and our community leadership.