A new $70,000 grant aims to help the Nogales Unified School District and Mexicayotl Academy formalize a decades-long district/charter educational partnership.
The funds will allow NUSD and Mexicayotl to hire a shared curriculum coordinator “to develop a streamlined STEM curriculum with an emphasis on the unique environmental challenges of the Sonoran Desert,” grant awardee A for Arizona said in a news release. STEM refers to instruction in science, technology, engineering and math.
“In Nogales, we see a district/charter partnership defying convention. The leaders of Nogales Unified and Mexicayotl Academy believe that all students in Nogales should have access to a great school and they are working together to raise expectations,” said Emily Anne Gullickson, executive director of A for Arizona, an organization that supports high-performing, low-income public schools.
The grant for NUSD and Mexicayotl comes from A for Arizona’s public school expansion fund, designed to help Arizona’s best district, magnet and charter schools expand to serve more students in their communities. It was one of five such grants awarded statewide for a total of $300,000.
“Mexicayotl Academy, an ‘A’-rated K-8 charter school in Nogales, has a long standing track record of delivering dual language and culturally sensitive curriculum to families in the border community,” the organization said in its news release. “Likewise, Nogales Unified schools have shown a deep commitment toward constant growth and improvement of academic outcomes across the district.”