As one of the fastest growing districts in Arizona, Queen Creek Unified School District offers rigorous academic programs, STEAM-based learning and leadership skills to all students. Elementary School #7, soon to be located in the Cadence at Gateway subdivision at Ray and Ellsworth roads, will offer preschool through fifth grade.
Under the leadership of Principal Allison Carmichael, the school will offer free all-day kindergarten, plus before- and after-school enrichment classes. With 17 years of experience in public education, Carmichael knows the importance of providing enriching and engaging programs to families.
The school features technology-rich, collaborative learning spaces in the 89,000-square-foot school. Multiple buildings will frame a central courtyard, extending learning and gathering opportunities to the outdoors. Large garage doors open to make room for large group activities, dining, assemblies, and events in the courtyard. The top-rate facilities include:
- Wet Lab Makerspace
- Smart Lab, Library and Media Center
- Cafeteria/Commons area
- Gymnasium/Performance space
- Music and Band rooms
- Playground and Athletic Fields
Students will have daily exposure to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), which develops both problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Administrators describe STEAM learning as sort of a 21-century do-it-yourself shop class, where students design, experiment, build and invent. The end results are individuals who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. The process provides authentic preparation for the real world through simulating real-world challenges.
Queen Creek Unified Schools received “A” rankings from the Arizona Department of Education and have received top district ratings from GreatSchools.org.
Carmichael is currently the principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy and said she is very excited about the opportunity to continue working with the students and families in the area to build a top-notch learning community.