To provide a safe, nurturing environment where students can succeed as they prepare for college, career, and life.


    To prepare every student for success, we provide quality learning through personalization.


    Starting in 2001, as Suns-Diamondbacks Education Academy (changed to Linda Abril Educational Academy in 2016), this alternative program is designed to help students complete their high school education in a small learning environment with specialized classes and schedules. Graduation ceremonies are held twice a year in December and May. Graduates are recognized at the end of every term during an awards ceremony.

    LAEA is intended for juniors and seniors who have fallen behind in their credits and will benefit from the small school environment. Students are selected for admission based on transcript, discipline, and an interview process. Students are admitted at the start of each 6-week term throughout the school year.

    The daily class schedule consists of classes that range from 138-150 minutes. Regular classes are offered in Math, English, Social Studies, Business and Technology, Science, Health, as well as a limited selection of electives. Minimum assistance and resources are offered to our special education students.

    LAEA is located in a new, state-of-the-art facility on 19th Avenue and Thomas Road, and accommodates up to 400 students.

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  • Abril Academy Teaching and Learning Schedule 

    7:30am- 10:30am - Teacher Planning, Collaboration (PLCs), Grading, Meeting Participation, ESED/Student Contact, and Office Hours

    10:30am - 11:30am    Block 1 – Teachers available for student FAQ’s and assistance

    11:30am - 12:30pm    Lunch – 40 Minute Duty-Free Lunch, 20 Minute Planning and/orOffice Hours (as per district plan)

    12:30pm - 1:30pm    Block 4 – Teachers available for student FAQ’s and assistance

    1:30pm - 3:30pm     Planning, Grading, Every Student Every Day Student Contacts, and Office Hours

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    • I hope everybody is staying safe and adjusting as best as possible to these uncharted waters that we are in.During this time of uncertainty and transition, you may be feeling a wide array of emotions including anxiety, lack of motivation, fear, doubt, and more.  You may feel a combination of one of those emotions or none of those emotions, and that is OKAY!  Posted below are the ways to contact me via technology while our school buildings are closed. Please do not hesitate to contact me when you see/hear situations with our students where are concerns, needs, or crises (danger to self, danger to others, anxiety, abuse). 
      • During our professional hours of 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM on Monday through Friday, I am available to text/call from the following phone numbers:
        • My Google Voice number is 480-648-1751.
        • My office phone number of 602-764-0081 will be forwarded to me, as well.
      • I can also be reached via Microsoft Teams, the Remind app, and my email at rerickson@phoenixunion.org.
      In my communications with students, parents, and families, I will offer social-emotional support, any community resources, and guidance to the correct staff member for academic/transcript questions.  Tambien se habla espanol.  Thank you!  Mr. Erickson
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