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Accepting enrollment: ESA funds fuel 2 free Arizona online private schools

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These schools are tuition-free with use of the ESA program to all students who reside in Arizona and are staffed by state-licensed teachers. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Arizona online private schools available to all K-12 students

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Enrollments are now being accepted at two Arizona online private schools, providing families with an opportunity for a private education with 100% of tuition costs paid for by Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

Arizona families have unique options for an online, private education curriculum suited to their child’s specific needs provided by Stride K12, one of the nation’s leading online learning providers, according to a press release.

Because these programs are virtual, students located anywhere in Arizona with an internet connection can access all of the educational options available. Those options are:

  • Grand Canyon Private Academy (GCPA), launched this past fall, a new online private school serving grades K–11 for the 2023-24 school year. The school’s curriculum features a dual enrollment program that enables students to graduate with an associate degree, seminar-based instruction with a collaborative and discussion-focused approach and an Early World Language Program that gives students the opportunity to graduate trilingual.
  • FaithPrep Arizona, providing Arizona families with access to a private online Christian school and homeschool program for students in grades K-12.

These schools are tuition-free with use of the ESA program to all students who reside in Arizona, and are staffed by state-licensed teachers. They offer an individualized approach to learning, delivering rich, engaging designed to assist students who seek alternative pathways to education. The ESA program is being utilized by almost 50,000 Arizona students, providing them a pathway to a private school education at virtually no cost to their families.

“Students across the state — whether in urban or rural areas — can have the same access to a quality private education at no cost to their families,” said Janice Gruneberg, senior vice resident and superintendent of schools for Grand Canyon Private Academy. “The ESA program has truly leveled the playing field in providing opportunities for students that did not exist before.”

ESA scholarship dollars can contribute to or even fully cover the cost of tutoring services, learning materials, and private school tuition. The ESA fully covers full-time tuition, including all materials, at Grand Canyon Private Academy and FaithPrep Arizona. This means Arizona students can earn a private school education 100% tuition-free.

Arizona’s ESA provides approximately $7,000 per student for most families, regardless of household income.

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