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ALA Brings Excellence in K-12 Education to the West Valley

American Leadership Academy is a K-12 tuition-free public charter school opening in Waddell, Arizona in August 2022! This NEW ALA campus in the West Valley will be conveniently located on Olive Ave and Citrus Road just West of the 303. ALA combines academic excellence and character development to create an exceptional educational experience where students can thrive as leaders in the classroom and in their community. 


ALA West Foothills has been working hard for your family to open your school for the 2021-2022 school year. However, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to begin construction due to pandemic-related delays in receiving the necessary building permits from the county. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of ALAWF until August 2022. It's important to share that the ALAWF administration and faculty will remain on staff and continue to prepare for the school's opening for the 2022-2023 school year. 

We believe this is the right decision to best serve your family, as it provides time to adapt for the upcoming school year. Further, it allows for predictability as we await county and local officials to navigate the backlogs and construction permitting delays. Most importantly, it ensures students will have the full high school experience they deserve from day one of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to build your school. If you have already enrolled, a member of our team will contact you to discuss the next steps. We will be contacting each enrolled family to have a one-on-one conversation about our fall 2022 opening. We are committed to bringing you more school choice in the west valley and keeping our promise to provide your student with the best educational experience possible in a moral and wholesome environment. 

Now accepting applications for the 2022- 2023 school year!

Click below to apply.

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Now accepting applications for Pre-K Program at American Leadership Academy, West Foothills! 

Check out our PreK and Preschool program for the 2022-2023 school year. 

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New charter school coming to the West Valley

We have heard your requests for more choice in education. ALA is ready to meet the demand and serve the families of Surprise by providing the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. At American Leadership Academy, you are not just a number, you are a member of our family! ALA West Foothills will open in August 2022 serving grades K-12. An elementary building and a jr. high/high school building will be located on the same campus for easy pickup and drop off for the whole family.

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Time-proven academics & curriculum

We take our responsibility to educate your child seriously. ALA’s highly qualified teachers and staff work hard to engage our students through Core Knowledge (not Common Core) curriculum for comprehensive, in-depth learning.

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Education based on R.A.I.S.E. leadership values

To us, education is more than a textbook and reading lesson. Education is an experience that nurtures our students' natural talents and helps them become well-rounded individuals and active members of their community. Through our R.A.I.S.E (respect, accountability, integrity, service, and excellence) values, we're able to help reinforce the values you teach at home in our classrooms.

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Meeting the needs of Arizona students

Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will make during their lifetime. At ALA, we are happy to be a partner in your child’s educational journey. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best learning environment for the families in the west valley community. So what can your family expect when they attend ALA?

  • An environment where students respect themselves, others, and their country
  • A program of rigorous academics with a values-based curriculum
  • Real-world learning experiences for high school students through Dave Ramsey financial literacy courses and Entrepreneurship Launchpad courses
  • A well rounded educational experience that includes a full spectrum of sports and arts.
  • A supportive school family where students are encouraged to be themselves and express their talents

Why choose our tuition-free charter school?

School choice in Arizona is coming to life with numerous options. Families have come to recognize American Leadership Academy as a leader in education and a welcoming place where students can thrive. ALA’s “A” Rated schools in the East Valley provide students with a well-rounded educational experience through elementary-high school sports, award-winning fine arts programs, and innovative classes and programs such as robotics, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, ballroom dancing, eSports, and more!

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