SOUTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITY ACADEMY (SACA) is a cutting-edge, tuition-free charter high school located in Arizona. SACA students have the option of studying on-site at our headquarters in Tucson, or attending SACA online from anywhere in the state. Students may also choose to utilize a third hybrid option of studying both at the Academy and online.
With a focus on developing students who are critical and creative thinkers who will be ready for a life of continued learning upon graduation, SACA provides a truly individualized education and curriculum with self-paced courses and flexible hours. The key component that sets SACA apart is our community. Our staff is a dedicated team working together to support each individual’s academic pursuits and their dreams well beyond a high school diploma. We also believe parents, grandparents and guardians are partners with us in each student’s growth and positive learning experience. As evidenced by our graduation ceremonies, these celebrations are such a personal tribute to each student who has achieved their goal of graduating from high school, now with a firm foundation, ready to soar to the next level of success.
SACA was chartered by the Arizona State Charter School Board in May 1999 as a public school. Further, SACA earned approval from the State to expand as an Online High School in 2014. Today, the Academy has succeeded as an alternative school whose mission is to prepare mature students academically as well as emotionally, with strength and fundamentals to carry with them their entire lives through.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITY ACADEMY is an alternative school whose mission is to academically prepare students to achieve their personal goals and meet the requirements of the Arizona State Board of Education, as well as to become lifelong learners by providing a creative setting that includes a one-on-one personalized learning program which fosters critical thinking skills, social responsibility and ownership of success.
SACA ONLINE MISSION STATEMENT
SOUTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITY ACADEMY ONLINE expands the continuum of the mission of SOUTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITY ACADEMY by providing further flexibility and enhanced one-to-one communication between students and instructors throughout the state of Arizona.
SACA HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICY
Southern Arizona Community Academy is proud to continually place great emphasis on the overall wellness of the individuals within our community, both students and staff. We strive to provide an environment where students will possess both the knowledge and skills necessary to make decisions to feel and be their best every day not just here at SACA but throughout their lives. In addition, SACA’s staff is truly encouraged to model healthy behavior as a valuable part of daily life. We are a health-conscious hub! To ensure the health and well-being of all students, we are committed to the following foundational core elements:
The selection and primary goal of all foods available to our students in school during the day will be to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity.
We are committed to providing quality information for our students so that they can make informed decisions learning to eat right and feel great. Beyond offering a general atmosphere of healthy eating, we also encourage our instructors to present and discuss healthy eating concepts in the mandatory “Creating your Future” coursework. In addition, healthy eating tips are available for our students as handouts and promotional slides featuring wellness can be found on the big screen television in our lobby as well as on the school’s social media pages.
We provide all students with the opportunity to participate in our athletic program. Those students who are a part of this strong tradition gain an understanding of how playing sports is a vital part of leading a healthy life. We offer Girls and Boys Basketball, Coed Flag Football, Weightlifting and Soccer.
A necessary component of any successful program is support and buy-in from the community. At SACA, we aim to continually find compelling ways to involve and engage not just the students, but their family members and our staff. To ensure that our action plan remains current and relevant, we have committed to a regular review of our wellness policy at least once a year, being open to changes that might have a greater impact and influence in the lives of our students and community members. To that end, student surveys each year will also help to ascertain the effectiveness of this policy in promoting healthy eating and lifestyle decisions. FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM SACA’s food service program employs well-prepared staff who understand and are committed to the importance of offering appealing choices of nutritious foods. The designated eating area is clean and pleasant with adequate time for each meal to allow for unhurried eating and conversation. The food service program is an echo of the general overall school environment that prides itself in encouraging our students to make great food choices and take excellent care of themselves. It is acknowledged that the feeding of children is primarily a family responsibility. However, to supplement their efforts, we operate this program to ensure that all students have affordable access to the varied and nutritous foods they need to stay healthy and learn well. During each school day, SACA’s food service program shall offer breakfast and lunch under the nutritional guidelines of the USDA’s National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. SACA also makes sure that our families are aware that the free and reduced food program is available to all students. The menus meet nutrient guidlines set forth by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. and the most current menus have input from students, parents, alumni and staff.
ADDITIONAL VITAL INFORMATION
We also continually provide information about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use and other risky behavior. Not to mention, health and hygiene information is also available.
SACA 2016-2017 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Please find the following enclosed Notices of Public Meetings for the 2016-2017 school year:
Post Date: May 10, 2017
Meeting Date: May 11, 2017
Post Date: December 7, 2016
Meeting Date: December 8, 2016
Post Date: December 7, 2016
Meeting Date: December 8, 2016
Post Date: December 9, 2016
Meeting Date: December 12, 2016
SACA 2015-2016 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Please find the following enclosed Notices of Public Meetings for the 2015-2016 school year:
Post Date: July 7, 2015
Meeting Date: July 8, 2015
Post Date: October 6, 2015
Meeting Date: October 7, 2015
Post Date: February 9, 2016
Meeting Date: February 10, 2016
Post Date: May 10, 2016
Meeting Date: May 11, 2016
Post Date: June 26, 2016
Meeting Date: June 27, 2016
Post Date: July 10, 2016
Meeting Date: July 11, 2016
SACA 2014-2015 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Please find the following enclosed Notices of Public Meetings for the 2014-2015 school year:
Post Date: July 9, 2014
Meeting Date: July 10, 2014
Post Date: October 13, 2014
Meeting Date: October 14, 2014
Post Date: May, 12, 2015
Meeting Date: May 13, 2015
Post Date: June 24, 2015
Meeting Date: June 25, 2015
Post Date: October 7, 2015
Meeting Date: October 8, 2015