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Mesa Arts Academy

Mesa Arts Academy provides a rigorous K-8 academic program with a focus on the arts and technology. We’ve discovered that incorporating the arts and technology into our academic program creates a more hands-on learning environment that better suits our diverse student population’s learning styles. To achieve this, we employ only Arizona certified teachers in areas and seek partnerships with volunteer organizations, schools of higher learning, and community businesses. A variety of community artists collaborate with our students to foster a positive environment that recognizes each student’s unique talents.


In each of the nine classrooms, MAA has a full-time accredited teacher and a highly qualified aide. They also have a full-time arts and special events staff that ensures each student has access to a variety of performing arts throughout the year.


The Boys & Girls Academy of Mesa, (a collaboration with Mesa Public Schools, the City of Mesa, and the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, housed at the Grant Woods Branch of Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley), has as its mission the providing of an excellent basic education for middle school students (K through 8th grades) through the use of an arts-based curriculum which provides a continuum of education using the mediums of art, drama, dance, music, etc., using techniques such as television and radio, which target the development of a heightened interest in continuing education, and the development to the fullest possible of the skills and talents of the youth attending its programs.


  • Respect

Treat everyone like GOLD, Be nice, Patience pays

  • Enthusiasm

Jump to it! Focus, Bring an A+ attitude

  • Achievement

Top quality, Achievement first

  • Citizenship

No excuses, Be honest, Help others

  • Hard Work

Bring supplies, Act like a college student today


Mesa Public Schools wanted BGCEV to be an alternative program when they first approached them about becoming a charter school as an extension of the public school. The Board of Directors, as well as Gary Yazwa, the CEO at the time, desired more. This became their platform after they had success with providing performing arts programs as part of the Club experience.

They desired that children be able to express themselves creatively through the arts.

The program was piloted to 5th and 6th grade in the first year, expanded to 7th grade in the second year, and established a K-8 grade elementary/junior high program in the third year. For the first two years, teachers were on loan from Mesa Public Schools as the charter grew and developed.

When it was determined that BGCEV/MAA had a solid foundation, the teachers were given the option of returning to the district or remaining with the charter. The charter school retained all of its teachers. We hired a full-time principal in year two, Sue Douglas, who stayed with us until her retirement in 2017.

MESA ARTS ACADEMY McKinney – Vento Homeless Act

Program for Families in Transition (Homeless)

The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted to help homeless children and youth enroll, attend, and succeed in school. This legislation ensures that homeless youth receive the same educational services as other students in order to meet challenging academic standards. The Act also requires that homeless youth receive an education in their neighborhood school or in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason;
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
  • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals;
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.);
  • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations; 
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situation

Awards and Recognition

  • Mesa Arts Academy was named one of the top three schools in Arizona for increasing student achievement by the Arizona Charter School Association.
  • The Arizona Department of Education recognized us with the Math Excellence Award in 2011.
  • Mesa Arts Academy was voted best charter school in 2017 by Mesa residents.
  • In 2018, the Junior Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts was recognized.
  • Lighthouse school for academic interventions in 2013-2014.


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer

The Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Grant Woods – Mesa Branch offers after-school care onsite. All students enrolled at Mesa Arts Academy have opportunities to sign up for sports.

Music and Arts

  • Art
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Theater


  • Art Room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria (Onsite food service)
  • Garden
  • Gymnasium
  • Kindergarten Playground

Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of many of the state’s best middle schools.  Here’s a shortlist you should check out: 

  • Santa Maria Middle School
  • Cooley Middle School
  • Self Development Charter School
  • ASU Preparatory Academy- Polytechnic Middle School
  • Heritage Academy Laveen
  • Mesa Arts Academy
  • Imagine Schools East Mesa Elementary and Middle School
  • BASIS Mesa
  • Mesa Distance Learning Program

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!


Contact Us

Phoenix Location

7319 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 | 602-870-9700

Mesa Location

1630 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 212, Mesa, AZ 85204 | 480-985-4000


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