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Arizona-based Great Hearts Academies is expanding its network of nonprofit public charter schools. 

Roosevelt Preparatory Academy is slated to open Fall of 2022 in Buckeye, and the doors of an upsized and newly built permanent home for Anthem Preparatory Academy will open for the 2022-23 school year. 

In addition to the two new builds, Great Hearts is also expanding its current Trivium Preparatory Academy to increase capacity. 

The first is the expansion of the Archway Trivium and Trivium Preparatory Academy. The demand in the West Valley has increased, and to accommodate this growth, Great Hearts will add two sections per grade at Archway Trivium to serve more students, adding classrooms for Trivium Prep, building an additional multipurpose room, and readjusting the football field on the current plot of land that Trivium occupies. 

“With over 8,000 waitlisted students across the Valley, Great Hearts is honored to have the opportunity to serve more families,” said Great Hearts Arizona President Erik Twist. 

“A new K-12 academy in Buckeye will bring over 1,000 new seats into the West Valley. We are also pleased that our Anthem students will soon be walking through the doors of a new campus, providing them an exceptional setting for world class academics, athletic and after-school activities.”  

Anthem Preparatory Academy’s new two-story design will include a large gym, football/soccer field, lab rooms, special education rooms and library to serve students in grades K-12. The ground-up build will be bigger at approximately 82,000 square feet. Upon completion, Great Hearts will move the students from the current Anthem Prep Academy to its new location on a 10-acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of Gavilan Peak Parkway and Arroyo Norte Drive. The new Anthem site is approximately 2 miles from the school’s current location. 

The Roosevelt Campus is named after Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, and First Lady Edith Roosevelt. The new school’s mascot will be the Aces, a nod to Quentin’s career as a pursuit pilot during World War I. Quentin made the ultimate sacrifice in aerial combat over Germany fighting for freedom.   

Roosevelt will be the 24th school and 13th campus in Arizona for Great Hearts. The 25-acre campus is the largest of any of the schools and will be built from the ground up. Roosevelt Prep will be the first Great Hearts school with a new architectural design that lends to a more classical look with large roman columns throughout. 

The school will serve approximately 800 K-8 students when it opens and will expand each grade level until it becomes a fully enrolled K-12 campus. At full capacity, Roosevelt will accommodate about 1,100 students. Roosevelt Preparatory Academy will be located at Jackrabbit Trail and Van Buren. Construction will begin Fall of 2021. Applications for Roosevelt Preparatory Academy go live on Monday, Nov. 8.