Kyrene Traditional Academy - Sureño Campus

What is a traditional school?
Kyrene’s hallmark of child-centered education is incorporated with the core concepts of “traditional.” A Kyrene traditional education will embrace
  • a highly-structured, disciplined environment where students engage in learning through rigor and inquiry; study of classic literature and language; Kyrene curriculum with Spalding and Saxon taught as prescribed in program manuals.
  • During direct, whole-group instruction, students will be seated in rows facing the front of the room.
  • Other instructional times will allow for more flexibility in grouping and delivery mode, as appropriate for the lesson.
  • Prescribed dress code; and strong expectation of direct parental involvement in their child’s education. 
More information can be found at the school website:   
Overview and Mission
Leadership: Marianne Lescher, Ph.D.
12-year principal of Excelling and A+ School in Tempe
Former Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services
Mission: To provide a strong academic foundation for all students to excel, while ensuring a safe, supportive, and caring environment in partnership with families and the community. KTA students utilize fundamental and higher level thinking skills to achieve academic success. Students are respectful, self-disciplined, conscientious, and motivated members of society. The learning packet below provides parents with a basic overview of the structure of traditional schools and the most common instructional resources used by these schools. It is highly encouraged that parents who may wish to enroll their children spend additional time researching and studying the concept.

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The District provides interpreter/translation services in Spanish and other languages for applicants, parents, students and others, free of charge. If you need such assistance, please contact Dr. Shari Dukes, Director at (480) 541-1150 or via email at

El Distrito de Kyrene ofrece servicios de interprete/traducción en español y en otros idiomas sin costo alguno para padres, estudiantes y solicitantes. Si necesita asistencia, puede contactar a la directora Dr. Shari Dukes al (480) 541-1150 o