Tempe Elementary School District
The Tempe Elementary School District is located in the heart of the “Valley of the Sun”. It encompasses an area of approximately 36 square miles (93 km2) including not only Tempe but also parts of Phoenix and the Town of Guadalupe. Arizona State University, the fifth largest campus in the nation (with more than 50,000 students) is within the district’s boundaries providing professional and educational opportunities.
The 25 schools in the Tempe Elementary School District consist of 18 elementary schools grades kindergarten through five, a developmental special needs school, an Intervention Learning Program middle school, four middle schools grades six through eight and a K-8 traditional school, Ward Traditional Academy, newly opened fall 2005.
Native American absenteeism
In 2007, it launched a program to reduce absenteeism among its 1,200 Native American students. A district supervision commented that some Native American parents had negative perceptions of schools. The program includes liaisons with parents and help with resources ranging from alarm clocks to transportation.
- School aims to cut Indian absenteeism The Arizona Republic; Sept. 24, 2007
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