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300 Isaac parents to learn how college is attainable for their children

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  • Emily Broome/Isaac School District


Eight buses filled with 300 parents from Isaac School District’s 10 elementary and middle schools will ride to Grand Canyon University Arena on Tuesday,  Jan. 27  in an effort to change parental thinking, historically and culturally, that college is not attainable for their children.

The parents will hear from Isaac School District Superintendent Mario Ventura, Grand Canyon University leaders, view a GCU video, tour the campus, and end with lunch. Parents will be wearing t-shirts with “Proud Isaac Parent of a Future College Student” written on the back.

300 Isaac parents to learn how college is attainable for their children IsaacStudentHP2Dr. Luis Cruz, a former teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle school and high school levels will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Cruz is a native from Los Angeles and oldest son of immigrant parents from South America.

Cruz, the former Principal of Baldwin Park High School in Los Angeles, delivers his advice to parents with enthusiasm, humor, practical application and sincere zest for student achievement.

Isaac School District Superintendent Dr. Mario Ventura will also share his three take away tips for parents:

1. “It’s never too early to discuss college or technical training with children.
2. Be actively involved in your child’s education.
3. Be aware of what your children need to know and do to succeed.”

According to the 2010 American Community Survey of the Carl Hayden Neighborhood residents who were 25 years and older only seven percent had a college degree. Residents who were 25 years of age with no schooling or less than a  middle school education made up 29 percent of this population.

Isaac School District serves approximately 7,500 students in the Maryvale community and is located in the West Phoenix Metropolitan area. Isaac has 11 schools total, 2 middles schools, 1 K-8th grade, 7 Elementary Schools and 1 Preschool. Isaac is a one hundred percent Title 1
school district and provides free and reduced lunch to all of our students. Our population is approximately 98 percent Hispanic.

For more information, please contact Emily Broome, communication Specialist by emial at, by phone at (602) 455-6771. For more information about Isaac School District go to and