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School Notes: Charter expansion, ‘best’ high school, inventive camp

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Michelle Reese covers education for the Tribune and blogs about motherhood and family issues at Contact her at

Michelle Reese covered education for the Tribune, also blogging about motherhood and family issues at

Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:44 pm | Updated: 3:34 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

Talk about an in-demand job.

Legacy Traditional School District, a system of charter schools, plans expansions across the state, including a near doubling of its Queen Creek campus. As a result, the charter district reports it’s received 1,400 applications from teachers seeking positions, prompting the need for nearly 20 interviews a day.

Legacy Traditional School Queen Creek is a tuition-free, K-8 public charter school. The campus, located in Ironwood Crossings at Fulton Homes, will be adding 12,500 square feet of classroom space, allowing it to grow by 350 students in the fall. With the expansion, more than 1,100 students will attend the 10-acre campus.

Newsweek honors Chandler High

Cream of the crop — that’s what Newsweek magazine calls Chandler High School. The magazine listed the school in its “America’s Best High Schools 2012” list, putting it at No. 543.

The accolade puts Chandler High as the top, open enrollment public high school in the state based on Newsweek’s ranking, which examined graduation rates, matriculation rates, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken, SAT/ACT scores and Advanced Placement classes offered.

“Congratulations on a job well done, and thanks for being the teachers and staff that our students need,” principal Terry Williams said in an email to the staff.

Congrats indeed.

Camp Invention seeks counselors

A week learning about science, through the use of magnets, inventions and broken machines sounds like a winner.

But there’s another piece of Apache Junction Unified School District’s summer plans that caught my eye: the need for junior high and high school students to help lead the youngsters.

Camp Invention is a weeklong adventure in science creativity to be held next week, June 11-15, at Superstition Mountain Elementary School for students entering grades one through six.

Camp Invention is also seeking seventh- and eighth-graders to participate as junior counselors and high school students interested in paid counselor positions. For more information, call the district at (480) 982-1110, Ext. 2603 or Ext. 2049.

Parents can register their children by phone at (800) 968-4332, or online at

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