La Paloma Academy-South Sets Enrollathon, June 11-13

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South Campus offers character based common-core curriculum, small classes, free full-day kindergarten and before- and after-school care.

La Paloma Academy- South Enrollathon

La Paloma Academy South, located at 5660 S. 12th Ave. near Drexel Road, invites families to a fun three-day Enrollathon starting Wednesday June 11th.

With public school options decreasing, the tuition-free charter school provides parents a much-needed option for their children in grades K-8.

La Paloma Academy South, located at 5660 S. 12th Ave. near Drexel Road, invites families to a fun three-day Enrollathon starting Wednesday, June 11th.

Complimentary food, fun and games will be on hand for children, allowing parents time to tour the school, chat with school staff, and learn about La Paloma Academy’s tuition-free private school environment.

Times and dates for the Enrollathon are:

  •     Wednesday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  •     Thursday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  •     Friday, June 13, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Enrollment is simple. All students who apply are accepted, as long as there are openings in the child’s grade level. Parents are asked to bring the following required records to enroll their child at the event:

  •     Child’s birth certificate
  •     Child’s immunization records
  •     Emergency medical & first-aid form

New students who are enrolled in the three-day event will receive a La Paloma Academy Frisbee to welcome them.

With public school options decreasing, charter schools provide parents a much-needed option for their children in grades K-8. La Paloma offers a character-based curriculum, full-day kindergarten, before- and after-school care and a breakfast program, all without charge.

Established by popular request from Tucson parents, La Paloma Academy South opened in August 2012 and has just completed its second school year. It features 22 classrooms, two computer labs, a library and multi-purpose rooms, plus basketball courts, playground equipment and playing fields.

“Our goal has always been to build a solid foundation for every child,” said Founder and Charterholder Raena Janes. “That’s why we’re thrilled that our South Campus has met this goal for even more families in the City of Tucson. The south side of Tucson requested a campus for some time, and I’m proud it has been an educational success.”

Paul Bummer, an Arizona Certified principal who started working for La Paloma Academy in 2009, is the South Campus’s principal. A native Arizonan, Bummer has lived in Tucson for four years, previously serving as an assistant principal and ELL (English Language Learner) teacher. He has also worked for the Marana Unified School District and spent 18 years teaching physical education, health and other subjects in Phoenix.

To find out more about La Paloma Academy South campus or the June 11-13 Enroll-a-Thon, please visit or call (520) 807-9668.

To interview Raena Janes, founder and charterholder of La Paloma Academy, please call the contacts listed at the bottom of the press release.

About La Paloma Academy
As the largest and fastest-growing charter school system in Southern Arizona, La Paloma Academy continually discovers new fun and innovative ways to make the educational experience at each of its campuses entertaining and challenging. In just a few short years, La Paloma experienced unprecedented growth, expanding from one campus in Tucson with 350 students to three campuses with more than 1,800 students. Raena Janes, the founder and charterholder of La Paloma Academy, focuses her efforts on education with individualized instruction, incorporation of extracurricular activities and emphasis on the importance of family and community values. La Paloma Academy was awarded the State of Arizona’s 2005 Excellence in Education Award. In addition, Ms. Janes was named as one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 in 2006, Phoenix’s 40 Under 40 in 2011 and Tucson’s Mentor of the Year in 2008. Visit the school’s website at

Christina Thompson
O: (520) 882-6262
M: (623) 229-2597

Diego Romero
O: (520) 882-6262
M: (520) 401-1693

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