Meet Ariel Jones she will be in 9th Grade at New Way Academy this fall. She chose this school because it has reading and speech therapy programs. At her previous school, she did not have a lot of services to help with class work and she didn’t feel like she was learning a lot in that environment. Ariel is happy being at New Way Academy and she likes the smaller class sizes, the teachers, having occupational therapy, and so much more.
When comparing her previous learning environment Ariel focuses on how at her other school she was struggling in math and reading because they only had one way of teaching students the curriculum. Now, at New Way Academy, having the reading program class helps her learning process. Her reading Lexile has greatly increased, and her speech classes help her with talking to people.
In addition to academics at New Way Ariel is a part of a variety of extracurricular activities. Prior to coming there two years ago she had never played soccer or done swimming. She is also on the volleyball team which is one of her favorite activities. She has participated in dance and music classes and performed dances and songs at assemblies and concerts. Ariel also helps with the younger kids in after school care.
This year Arial received a lot of accolades at New Way Academy. She was recognized for having outstanding attendance, as the Most Improved Soccer Player and she was Student of the Month. In addition, she received the New Way Academy Bob Reynolds’ Memorial Award, which is awarded to New Way high school students exhibiting exceptional character, leadership and academic performance.
Arial’s favorite subject is art because she loves to draw and put her ideas on paper. She is interested in becoming an interior or fashion designer and would like to attend UCLA.
Arial’s lives with her mom and younger sister. When asked about the impact that the Arizona Leadership Foundation has had on her education she had the following to say, “Although my mom works hard, she cannot afford to pay for me to go to New Way Academy. If it was not for the scholarship from the Arizona Leadership Foundation, there is no way I could go to New Way. Thank you so much for giving this opportunity to truly learn.”