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January 23-29 Is National School Choice Week

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On January 23-29, organizations and individuals across the country will be shining a light on the many different educational opportunities available to parents.  National School Choice Week is something we are very excited about at Flagstaff Liberty Alliance. School choice and competition lead to innovation and success! Flagstaff offers some incredible alternatives to the status quo with several new options being added for the 2011-12 school year. Whatever educational route we choose for our children, it is always comforting to know that so many options exist. Here are just a couple examples that I would like to highlight:

BASIS School

Today, the Arizona Daily Sun had a fantastic article about the new BASIS charter school:

BASIS gaining momentum in Flag

I attended their first public meeting at the Orpheum on May 24, 2010 and was very impressed with the presentation. The theater was packed with excited parents who were all enthusiastic about giving their children an exceptional education. Their new campus will accommodate 650 students, with 550 being the ceiling for the 2011-12 school year. Be sure to check out their website: BASIS Schools.

Arizona Connections Academy

Arizona Connections Academy is a home school charter that has really taken off over the past year in Flagstaff and across Arizona.  Not every parent can stay home and be their child’s learning coach but for those who can, this is an excellent choice. I have attended their science camp in Prescott and been on several of their field trips and have nothing but good things to say about them. Unlike most charters, Arizona Connections Academy does not have a waiting list. Very convenient for parents who are in a hurry to improve their child’s learning experience.

Many other public, charter, private, and home education choices exist.  National School Choice week is about encouraging parents to look into all options before choosing which school to send their child to. All kids are different and learn in different ways. Finding a school that works best for each individual child is essential. It is exciting to see school choice take priority as it becomes a mainstream movement.

Over the week of January 23-29, there will be many events planned across the country. You can find some of them listed on the School Choice Week website. For those of us in Arizona, there will be a screening of the film The Cartel on January 25th in Phoenix. More info HERE.

Watch the trailer:

During school choice week, please consider tracking down one of my favorite documentaries:  The War On Kids. It’s available at Netflix and you can buy it HERE.

Watch the trailer:

Keep up on Flagstaff education news and local schools by joining the Flagstaff Education Forum on Facebook. All are welcome and discussion is encouraged.

Our children deserve the best education possible. We can’t let them down!


  1. Brittany
    January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great post Elisha! I’m excited to see how BASIS does in Flag- seems like it will provide a terrific new option for parents.

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