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La Tierra School to offer 7th, 8th grade classes

Beginning this school year, La Tierra Community School will open its doors to include students in both 7th and 8th grades.

La Tierra Community School, located in the heart of Prescott, is the only elementary and middle school in the quad-city area to offer students the Expeditionary Learning model.

The Expeditionary Learning model is focused on supporting growth, as students become self-motivated learners who discover their capacity to think critically about diverse issues in a globally connected world.

"As a school community, we are thrilled to announce that La Tierra is now offering a 7th and 8th grade class, allowing the opportunity for 7th- and 8th-graders to have access to Expeditionary Learning," said Brian McVickers, La Tierra Community School governing board chair. "This way, we are able to offer our comprehensive and vigorous learning model from Kindergarten through 8th grade."

Seventh- and 8th- grade students will join the campus at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Information sessions are planned for Wednesday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 9. Enrollment is currently open. For inquiries, to enroll, or for more information, visit the school website at

"At La Tierra, we work together to instill a strong sense of community responsibility through collaboration, service, and leadership," said Jennifer Roderick, La Tierra School director.

La Tierra class size is intentionally kept low to allow deeper teacher-student interaction. In addition, Spanish is taught daily and all students have access to technology.

"The students of La Tierra Community School realize the joy of discovery, the power of collaboration, the pride of quality work, and the satisfaction of making a difference," Roderick said. "We believe that learning and achievement flourish when students are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous and meaningful. We offer an education both parents and kids can become wholly invested in as they prepare for success in high school and beyond."

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