Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for the Linda Abril Educational Academy

Posted by Community Relations on 9/30/2015

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Linda Abril Educational Academy, September 30. The 42,000 square-foot two-story school building will be built at 3000 North 19th Avenue, adjacent to Metro Tech High School. It will open in August of 2016. The small alternative school has been known as Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy since its opening in 2001. The new building was renamed after long time Phoenix Union Governing Board member Linda Abril. Abril has been a champion of alternative schools during her 20-plus years on the Governing Board. She is the third-longest serving board member in the 120-year history of Phoenix Union, serving her sixth term. The school caters to students who are credit deficient, and through accelerated, flexible and personalized learning, students are able to graduate high school, rather than dropping out. The school has leased two different buildings in its short history, but now has a permanent home, with a capacity of 400 students. Over 1500 students have received diplomas through this alternative school.