2015 Grant Recipients

2nd Year Grant

Agency Background: Pima County Adult Education founded the Educational Group Effort (EDGE) in 1985. EDGE was a grant funded program designed to provide a self-paced, counseling intensive, educational alternative to youth who had dropped out of school or who were at risk of dropping out. It operated as a grant funded educational arm in cooperation with Sunnyside and TUSD. In 1995, the recently enacted charter school law made it possible for EDGE to serve the same student population under a more stable funding base of AZ state educational funding as a charter school. EDGE became Pima County’s first charter school and one of the first fifteen charter schools in the state of AZ. Since that time, EDGE has maintained small campuses in areas of greatest need including central Tucson, northwest Tucson, Sahuarita, Paascua Yaqui nation and a campus for teen moms in partnership with Child and Family Resources.

Focus of the 2015 SCCF Grant: Back on Track-Student Motivated Learning Focus is to build students’ connection and engagement to their learning which will directly impact their interest level in school and their ability to get and stay on track to graduate. The goal in each of Edge classrooms is that the learning is constant, for all students, and that the time and instruction we provided are variable to meet the needs, interests, and skills of the student. In most classrooms and schools, student learning style is not determined; teaching methods and instruction are deemed sufficient. Teaching to students without knowing their preferred ways of learning is not effective enough, and for our students it is a significant barrier to their success.

Measurable Results: Edge High School: This is a single year program- expected results are aimed at improving a student’s ability to get on track, stay on track and graduate.

Contact: Rob Pecharich, Principal robp@edgehighschool.org