WHAT: Phoenix Union’s newest small specialty school, the Phoenix Coding Academy, will have a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newly constructed building. Attendees will also be able to tour the facility.
Billed as an Innovation and Technology High School, the school will focus on computer coding and technological skills in an inquiry-based model valuing student curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, engagement and relevance. Opening with a first class of ninth-graders in August, students will prepare for college and future careers, learning software development, including game design, web and app development, networking, information security, automation and other concepts in a project-based environment. Partnerships with the local tech industry will afford opportunities for guest instructors, internships and career pathways, preparing a more diverse future workforce for high-demand jobs within the technology sector.
WHERE: Phoenix Coding Academy
4445 N. Central Avenue (adjacent Central High School)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, at 10 a.m.
WHO: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Vice-Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, Interim Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson, Governing Board members, Advisory Council members, Principal Seth Beute, construction partners, Coding Club students from Central, Camelback
CONTACT: Craig Pletenik, PUHSD Community Relations, (602) 764-1530
PHOENIX CODING ACADEMY FACTS
Address: 4445 N. Central Ave.
Phone: (602) 764-5700
Enrollment: 400 9th-12th graders. First year- 100-120 ninth-graders. A freshman class will be added each year. Student selection based on an application and interview process. Applications at www.phoenixunion.org/CodingAcademy
First Day of Classes: August 8, 2016. The school will be used for Open Houses/tours, Coding Camps and Summer School
First Year Staff: 18, including 7 teachers, counselor. Principal Seth Beute
17th PUHSD School. Third small specialty school in PUHSD, joining Bioscience and Franklin Police and Fire High Schools.
Career Pathways: Software Development, Web Development, Networking, Engineering-Robotics
Features: Two-story, 42,000 square feet. 16 classrooms, including two science labs, two computer labs, a network lab and student server room, maker space, library, multipurpose “cafetorium” and full service kitchen. 46 parking spaces, including 22 covered parking with solar panels.
Each student will have his/her own laptop computer.
The first LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold Building in the District, featuring energy management, water efficiency, outstanding indoor air quality, and innovation in design concepts. A Sustainability Management Kiosk invites students, staff, visitors to learn about the school’s sustainability practices, analyzing resource usages.
Advisory Council Partners: City of Phoenix, Google, Cisco, GoDaddy, Microsoft, Apollo Group, Foresold, The Nerdery Phoeniix, CO+HOOTS Foundation, U-Haul, Big Bang Entertainment, The Legacy Initiative
Design: ADM Group
Construction: CORE Construction
Cost: $12 million. Funded through 2011 Construction Bond