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The University of Arizona Eller College of Management’s announced that it will move its satellite location to Downtown Phoenix, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Rather, the rising population of students is further indication that the academic culture in Downtown is flourishing. In fact, it is home to several higher education institutions, community colleges, and high schools, some with emphases in arts- and science- based learning.
Not only are these schools located Downtown, but students are choosing to live in an urban setting. For instance, despite having no Downtown satellite location, many Grand Canyon University students reside at Roosevelt Point, which welcomed its first residents last year.
These urban learners bring vitality, attention and dollars to Downtown and can provide an important voice as the Urban Core continues to grow and develop. (Such as at the upcoming design charrette for The SPACE_BETWEEN.)
Founded in 1995, ASA is an award-winning charter school that focuses on college preparation through immersion in the performing arts. It officially found its home in Downtown in 2008 and currently offers curriculum for grades 5-12.
Over 11,500 students are enrolled at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, which is comprised of several colleges and schools. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Public Programs, the School of Nursing and Health Innovation, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and, by 2016, the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law all have a presence on the Downtown campus.
The School for Integrated Academics and Technologies is a free public charter high school that helps students get back on track to graduate. It was founded in 2001 and has graduated 856 students to date.
The Metropolitan Arts Institute is an independent charter school that places an emphases on college preparation through a balanced program of academic and visual, performing and literary arts courses. It was founded in 1997 and currently has 250 students in grades 7-12.
A combination of medical- and bioscience-related entities is based on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, where many of Arizona’s leading institutions offer programs in health sciences field. Phoenix Bioscience High School, ASU, UA College of Medicine and Northern Arizona University all have a presence on the PBC.
Phoenix Bioscience High School
With 303 students in grades 9-12, the Bioscience High School offers a full academic program with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
UA College of Medicine
The college admitted its first class in 2007 and with a current enrollment of 454 students, has so far had three graduating classes for a total of 114 graduated students.
Northern Arizona University
Opening its Downtown campus in 2012, NAU expanded its College of Health and Human Services offering physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs in Downtown. The downtown campus will see its first graduating class this year.
Located in a historic building, Phoenix College’s Downtown campus offers a variety of courses as well as workforce development, community education and online courses.
The Rio Salado College Downtown campus offers a variety of programs including College Bridge Pathways, adult basic and secondary education, high school equivalency preparation, english language acquisition and more.
Summit High School is a public charter school founded in 1998, which currently has 282 students.
Photos (top to bottom): from Arizona School for the Arts website; by Luz Bratcher; by Brandi Porter; from Metropolitan Arts Institute Facebook; courtesy of UA; from Rio Salado College website.