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All Saints’ Episcopal Day School Welcomes Authors for Earth Day

posted Mar 7, 2016, 8:43 AM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 8:43 AM ]

Children’s author-illustrator Brooke Bessesen visited All Saints’ Episcopal Day School to speak to students in lower school and share her popular picture books, including Look Who Lives in the Ocean. As part of the author visit, students spent one month researching a list of 501(c)(3) not-for-profit conservation organizations and voted for their favorite. The students chose the Humane Society of the United States and Bessesen then wrote the winning organization a check, donating her $800 speaking fee to the cause of the students’ choice. The donation was given in honor of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School.

As the founder and director of Authors for Earth Day, Brooke Bessesen will join participants in “supporting conservation through literacy.” Every year a team of award-winning authors and illustrators schedule special school visits, school visits uniquely designed to mentor young readers. To date, these participants have connected with tens of thousands of students around the world, allowing them to direct over $44,000 for conservation.

Authors for Earth Day
Authors for Earth Day is an international coalition of children’s authors and illustrators who care about kids and nature—and the future of both. The coalition promotes environmental awareness and actively helps young readers shape the world around them. For more information visit

All Saints' Summer Camp Registration Now Open

posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:57 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 8:45 AM ]

All Saints’ Summer Camp has received a reputation for flexibility and for enthusiastic teachers who offer unique and exciting classes. Those classes are designed by our teachers and provide them with an opportunity to share their passions, curiosities, and expertise with children! We are delighted that so many of our All Saints’ faculty and other educational leaders have offered their talents for this year’s summer program.  We’re bringing back our classic classes, such as Great Hikes, Museum Madness, and Penguin Parade. Be sure to check out our new and exciting STEM based classes offered in our new DreamLAB, that will include coding, robotics, and other skills to bring out the maker in your child. Additionally, we offer a variety of classes that will enrich learning and reinforce math, reading, computer, study, and writing skills. At All Saints’ Summer Camp your child has the opportunity to explore his or her interests and pursue new ones creating the perfect summer experience!

For general information on the summer program, view the All Saints' Summer Camp brochure online. Class descriptions, schedules, and registration instructions will be posted on the website at

The International School of Arizona Celebrates New Campus Purchase in Scottsdale

posted Dec 16, 2015, 1:43 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Mar 3, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

The only internationally accredited independent school in the Phoenix Metropolitan area - the International School of Arizona (ISA) - has purchased property at North 95th Street and East Via Linda in Scottsdale for a new campus, scheduled to open in August of 2016. ISA, which serves almost 300 students from preschool (age two) through middle school, currently operates two separate campuses in Scottsdale. This move, part of the school's 2013-2015 Strategic Plan, will bring all students together under one roof.

The purchased property includes a 59,500 sq. ft. three-story building on a 3.7 acre parcel. The local design and construction firm SPS+ Architects, working with Thrive Construction, has already begun the campus renovation. Besides classrooms, a library, and a music room, amenities will include a Commons and cafeteria with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a culinary sciences lab, and multi-purpose outdoor spaces. The new campus will be equipped with the latest technology, as well as enhanced security. 

"The International School of Arizona has been growing significantly over the last decade due to a greater appreciation of mastering a second (or third) language." said Dr. Ettie Zilber, ISA Head of School. "Our diverse community values cultural awareness combined with our rigorous academic offering.   Purchasing this beautiful new campus, allows us to offer this extraordinary education in a safe, state-of-the-art facility."

ISA offers a full language immersion program in French or Spanish, with French, Spanish, and American accreditations. It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Arizona Association of Independent Schools (AAIS). Currently enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year, ISA invites interested families to call the Office of Admissions at 480-874-2326 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Experience the inspiring feature-length documentary film "Beyond Measure" Thursday, January 14th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm Compliments of Summit School of Ahwatukee

posted Dec 8, 2015, 7:29 AM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Mar 3, 2016, 1:00 PM ]

Summit School of Ahwatukee  invites the community to experience the inspiring feature-length documentary film "Beyond Measure" on Thursday, January 14th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Summit School of Ahwatukee's campus, near I-10 and Chandler Blvd.

A trailer for the documentary is available at

The event is hosted by the school free of charge, however, registration is required.  Click here to reserve a seat.

Six years after 2010's award-winning movie "Race to Nowhere" rose to national prominence, Reel Link Films brings the inspiring film, "Beyond Measure" which shines a light on tenacious and cutting-edge alternatives to the stifling, high-pressure education system presented in its predecessor film.

Where many past documentaries have dwelled on the education crisis and the policies to blame, "Beyond Measure" follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. By spotlighting success stories, the film shows that it is possible to rise above America's fixation on achievement tests and build a richer, deeper, more empowering, and student-centered education culture from the ground up. The Summit School of Ahwatukee is very proud to be able to feature this documentary.

"Beyond Measure is a road map for communities looking to put true learning at the forefront of their school experience," says Timothy Quinn, Former President, Princeton Board of Education. "It demonstrates what students, educators and parents can achieve when they look beyond merely improving upon an outdated model of instruction to creating dynamic learning environments where every student can thrive."

Notable people featured in the film include Sir Ken Robinson (international education expert and presenter of the most watched TED talk of all time), Linda Darling-Hammond (education advisor for President Obama's 2008 campaign), and bestselling author Daniel Pink (Drive and A Whole New Mind). The film team includes Oscar-winning editor Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads) and Executive Producer Lynda Weinman, founder of The film coincides with the release of director Vicki Abeles' new book, also titled "Beyond Measure". The book, published by Simon and Schuster, examines cultural and educational symptoms of the academic rat race and suggests steps big and small that readers can take to reclaim their schools and children's lives. Called America's "wake-up call" by Maria Shriver and praised by New York Times bestselling author Brigid Schulte as "one of the most important books of the early 21st century," "Beyond Measure" is now available in book stores.

Summit School of Ahwatukee is located at 4515 E. Muirwood Dr., Phoenix, AZ, south of Chandler Blvd on the corner of 46th Street and Muirwood.

Reserve your complimentary seats today! click here.

All Saints’ Welcomes Renowned Educator and Psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:57 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 1:45 PM ]

All Saints' is excited to welcome Dr. JoAnn Deak back to All Saints’. Please join us on Monday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday, January 5 at 9:15 a.m.  for a dynamic presentation by Dr. Deak. In the last several years, there has been a burgeoning of research looking at readiness from a neurological perspective. The defining question: Are there areas of the brain that are most malleable or plastic during a particular age range? The answer to that question has been gaining more and more clarity to the point that the research is providing critical direction in child development. Dr. Deak will address this and other related topics as she shares her expertise in the field of brain research.

This presentation is free, but space is limited so please take a minute to RSVP using the link below. Registration is now open to the public, so we encourage you to reserve your spot as soon as possible. You are welcome to invite others who you think might enjoy this presentation as well.

Register HERE.

To learn more about Dr. Deak please click HERE.

Save the Date: All Saints' 2016 Charity Golf Classic March 11

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:54 PM by AAIS Administration

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2016 All Saints’ Charity Golf Classic and Cocktail Party hosted by the Tiger Dads Club. Join us on Friday, March 11, 2016 for a Noon shotgun start at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available! Email the Tiger Dads for more information and to get involved.

To register please click HERE.

All Saints' Annual Food Drive Provides Over 128,890 Meals!

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:51 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 10:07 AM ]

On November 19, The All Saints' community concluded a very successful food drive to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank! We are thrilled to share the results of your generosity—6,171 pounds of food were collected along with almost $17,531.31 in donations. With one pound equaling one meal and each dollar equaling seven meals, we were able to provide over 128,890 meals for people in need in the Valley!

Second Grade Service Day with Habitat for Humanity Featured on 3TV

posted Dec 1, 2015, 1:44 PM by AAIS Administration

The All Saints' Episcopal Day School Lower School Day of Service, specifically the second grade project, was recently featured on 3 TV. The second grade students partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help those in need. Please click HERE to see the clip.

Read more about our Lower School Day of Service. 

Making Private School Education More Accessible

posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:10 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 1:46 PM ]

Recently, the Arizona Republic featured an op-ed entitled, "Making Private School Education More Accessible" written by Leo P. Dressel, Head of School, All Saints' Episcopal Day School. Please use the link below to read the piece (shared through the Head of School's blog).

The piece highlights the Indexed Tuition model that was adopted by the Board of Trustees this past spring. To learn more about Indexed Tuition, please click HERE.

Read the piece HERE

All Saints Alumna, Elizabeth McGovern ’10, Performs with the Boston Pops

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:59 PM by AAIS Administration   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 2:06 PM ]

On September 25, All Saints’ alumna, Elizabeth McGovern ’10, performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow with the Boston Pops Orchestra at a benefit for Boston College. McGovern is currently a sophomore at Boston College.

During their time at All Saints’ each student is encouraged to explore art and to discover his or her own preferred form of creative self-expression. The arts curriculum includes instrumental and vocal instruction, performing arts, and a visual arts program with both a studio and an art history component. McGovern was a member of the Chorister program, based on the Royal School of Church Music curriculum, during her time at All Saints’.

You can watch here performance HERE.

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