We Are Moving! (2.21.2024)
Even though we had hoped to finish out the school year in the current building on Bonito Street, we are very excited to be moving to another location to finish out the school year! This move brings us one step closer to our forever home, the new Flagstaff Junior Academy Middle School, located on Gemini Street!
Despite there not being much activity on the Gemini property itself, our builders are hard at work in their warehouses assembling our buildings, so they are ready for delivery as soon as the site work is finished this spring. We look forward to opening the doors of our permanent home next fall.
In the interim, we will have to move to another location, and our families are asking, “How do you move an entire school?” And the answer is with a PLAN and one box at a time! The administration has been busy developing a relocation and moving plan, working with our staff and teachers to make sure this temporary move is as smooth as possible, with minimum disruption for our students.
How might things look and be different for your student over the next month? Mainly, their classrooms will begin to look different. Teachers and support staff will begin to pack up our campus and classrooms over the coming weeks, beginning this Friday afternoon during our normal monthly all-staff meeting. Additionally, students might also see some extra people on campus, as a core group of volunteers and substitutes come in to lend an extra hand.
On a final note, there is one thing that WON’T change: Your students will continue to be cared for and educated by our dedicated and amazing teachers and staff. They are devoted to making sure all students have the best educational experience possible at FJA.
FLAGSTAFF JUNIOR ACADEMY SECURES PROPERTY FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS (11.30.2023)
(Flagstaff, AZ. November 30, 2023) -- Flagstaff Junior Academy (FJA) has secured the property located at 1800 North Gemini Drive in an agreement with Charter Schools Development Corporation, which is financing the project. Covering more than six acres atop McMillan Mesa, the new location will provide a permanent home for the school’s middle school campus, serving 250 students and staff members.
For more than 10 years, FJA has held a series of one-year leases with Flagstaff Unified School District for their current location, situated within the old Flagstaff Middle School at 755 N. Bonito Street. This location is no longer available after the 2023–24 school year as it is slated for demolition.
The new campus allows for expansion in student enrollment and an environment that more closely aligns with the school’s values. Featuring 16 modular classrooms and a large multipurpose building from builder Aries Buildings, out of Colorado, the facility will showcase sustainable structures that meet stringent energy codes as set forth by the State of Arizona, ensuring the greatest energy efficiencies. A future phase of construction will allow for a gymnasium, an additional instructional building, and more parking. “While our current location has served us well, we are beyond excited about the many opportunities and the long-term stability that the new campus will offer our community,” shared FJA Executive Director Dr. Carissa Morrison.
The Flagstaff Junior Academy relocation project is slated to cost $8.4 million dollars total, including property acquisition, building construction, sitework, landscaping, etc. The school has been fortunate to work with a team of talented partners to make this relocation happen, including APMI Architecture, Loven Contracting, Aries Buildings, Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, and Flag Homes Real Estate’s Jerome Naleski, who as FJA Board President waived his agent’s commission in support of the project.
“We are grateful for Jerome’s generosity and leadership during the FJA’s years-long property search. With our future middle school site now secured, our plan is to shift gears and fundraise
in earnest to ensure a successful relocation and expansion.” Dr. Carissa Morrison added, “We invite our entire community—former and current FJA families, friends of the school, and like-minded individuals who believe in the FJA mission—to go to www.givebutter.com/giveFJA to donate. Any amount is appreciated.”
Flagstaff Junior Academy is a free public charter school that serves PreK through 8th graders by educating the whole child through academics, experiential excellence, and community. Applications for the 2024–25 school year and more information about the relocation project are available at www.fjacademy.com