Stem-Focused Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark to open in August

Pathfinder-Logo-Featured-ImageMESA, ARIZONA – Edkey Inc., the parent company of 16 Sequoia Charter Schools, has completed construction plans for the new $6.5 million Sequoia Pathfinder Academy at Eastmark, located on Eastmark Parkway, north of Ray Road in Mesa. The new tuition-free elementary school, which will serve 400 students, is scheduled to open in August for the 2014-15 school year.

According to Edkey CEO, Doug Pike, the Pathfinder campus at Eastmark is designed to optimize learning experiences in all spaces. Similar to a “children’s museum,” changeable interactive learning resources and demonstrations will be built into the common areas and learning boulevards (hallways) throughout the school. All 18 classrooms will have additional learning space to allow for small group activities and exploration of skills and concepts. The National School Lunch Program will be offered in the new cafeteria.

An outdoor interactive learning playground will help students make connections to learning and understand the relevance of curriculum on a day-to-day basis. A library will be contained in the student commons area. A computer lab will be accessible for all classes. Technology also will be available in the student common area and in the classrooms. A multi-purpose room for P.E., lunch, performances, school-wide events and activities open to the community will be a focal point of the campus.

“From the moment a child walks through Sequoia Pathfinder Academy’s doors, the campus will nurture the natural curiousness and creativity that every child is born with. By designing a fun, creative learning environment, students will be more motivated to learn in the classroom,” said Superintendent Curt Cardine.

According to Assistant Superintendent, Tamara Becker, academically, the new state-of-the-art campus will feature a proven approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Programs will emphasize learning behaviors that include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. In addition, free all-day kindergarten, music and art classes, and after-school programs will be offered.

“Education and lifelong learning is a core value at each DMB community. We are pleased to offer Eastmark residents and the surrounding communities another educational opportunity, and especially excited to introduce an education dimension as highly regarded as Pathfinder Academy,” said Dea McDonald, Senior Vice President of DMB and General Manager of Eastmark.

On Thursday, February 6, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the Pathfinder team will host a “Get to Know Pathfinder Q&A Chat” at the Eastmark Visitors Center, 10100 East Ray Road in Mesa. To RSVP, call (480) 351-8070 or email Enrollment is currently underway for the 2014-2015 school year. Space is limited. To pre-register, visit


About EdKey Inc.
Edkey Inc is the managing firm of 16 Sequoia public charter schools located throughout Arizona. Sequoia schools offer diverse learning environments including: traditional, online blended learning, project base learning and more. Whatever your child needs, we have it, including schools that have received an A letter grade from the Department of Education. Programs such as championship athletics, award winning performing arts, all day kindergarten, after school enrichment programs, science and technology, to over 100 online course options that cover virtually any subject of interest. We invite you to explore our family of schools and experience the Edkey difference. To learn more visit

About Eastmark:
At five square miles (3,200 acres), Eastmark is a vibrant, integrated and evolving regional community poised as “The Heart and Hub of the East Valley.” Eastmark sits at the center of a major transportation hub anchored by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, three major freeways, numerous businesses and acclaimed educational institutions. BASIS and Pathfinder Academy charter schools have selected Eastmark for their campuses offering residents and the region new educational opportunities, as well as Grand Canyon University that is planning a college campus at Eastmark. The expansive 106-acre Eastmark Great Park connects residential areas, resort components, employment cores, recreational spaces and commerce. Eastmark is the largest privately held, contiguous property in the Southeast Valley.

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