The Linda Abril Educational Academy Has Permanent Home

Posted by Communications on 8/11/2016

Three days before students arrive, and 16 years after the small alternative school began, the Linda Abril Educational Academy has a permanent home. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for its newly-constructed building was held Friday, August 5. Over 200 students showed up on the first day of classes, August 8. Named after Phoenix Union Governing Board member Linda Abril who has served 22 years, the school was formally known as Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy. It has helped students at risk of dropping out earn high school diplomas through credit recovery in a personalized, flexible environment. The school has graduated over 1500 students and another 500 who were able to graduate from their home schools. The school had been housed in three different locations, but continually outgrew those locations. The new two-story building, at 3000 N. 19th Ave. adjacent to the Metro Tech campus, will accommodate up to 400 students. Principal Rick Beck who has been with the school 14 of the 16 years joined Dr. Chad Gestson, Linda Abril and other dignitaries, staff and students, and construction partners CORE and ADM Group to celebrate the occasion. 

“How a little Latina girl from the Grant Park Barrio, who didn’t finish high school, could have her name on a school that now enables others to earn their diplomas, is surreal,” Abril said. “And now, my educational struggles symbolize the hope for many, many other young people.” 

Built with funds from a 2011 Construction Bond, Linda Abril is the second small school opening this school year. The Phoenix Coding Academy welcomed students, August 8.