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Sunset Ridge at a Glance

Sunset Ridge is a kindergarten - 8th grade school located in Glendale, AZ. We are proud to offer a Digital Communication Academy that focuses on preparing learners to communicate effectively in a digital world. Each grade level has a focus to learn and build skills including, internet safety, ethics, publication, conferencing, publishing, and much more. Additionally, we offer opportunities such as eSports, Athletics, Clubs, Art, Music, and PE. Our school also participates in Project FUSE, where students have access to a project-based STEAM environment to foster innovation and creativity in solving real world problems.

Sports

Participating in sports at an early age offers several benefits that extend well beyond the physical aspects of regular exercise. Specifically, the social benefit of sports participation provides an unparalleled environment for hands-on learning and behavioral growth.

Here are the sports we currently offer throughout the Pendergast Elementary School District:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Cheer
  • Track & Field
  • Flag Football
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eSports

Competitive gaming has set the world ablaze! The Pendergast Elementary School District is excited to announce the Pendergast eSports League, which aims to captivate students' passion for video games through organized competition in a safe and secure environment at every school throughout the Pendergast District.

eSports is a form of competition using video games. In most cases, eSports are organized multiplayer video game competitions between competitors, which can take place individually or as teams. eSports are more than just video games; it is community, engagement, and relationship building.

As the eSports industry continues to grow, we are beginning to see an increase in eSports teams as an extracurricular activity in schools. Because eSports revolves around some of the video games that students play at home, many families struggle to understand how this extracurricular activity is beneficial to a student’s education.

Recent studies show that eSports can help a student’s well being, improve their reading skills, help develop problem solving skills, improve their social connections, and will even enhance their imagination and creativity. Furthermore, eSports promotes teamwork and cooperation with others and shows students the importance of community. Giving students early exposure to all facets of the eSports world can spark interest and help prepare them for future opportunities in graphic design, coding, leadership, video production, and even art direction.

Competitive gaming has set the world ablaze! The Pendergast Elementary School District is excited to announce the Pendergast eSports League, which aims to captivate students' passion for video games through organized competition in a safe and secure environment at every school throughout the Pendergast District.

eSports is a form of competition using video games. In most cases, eSports are organized multiplayer video game competitions between competitors, which can take place individually or as teams. eSports are more than just video games; it is community, engagement, and relationship building.

As the eSports industry continues to grow, we are beginning to see an increase in eSports teams as an extracurricular activity in schools. Because eSports revolves around some of the video games that students play at home, many families struggle to understand how this extracurricular activity is beneficial to a student’s education.

Recent studies show that eSports can help a student’s well being, improve their reading skills, help develop problem solving skills, improve their social connections, and will even enhance their imagination and creativity. Furthermore, eSports promotes teamwork and cooperation with others and shows students the importance of community. Giving students early exposure to all facets of the eSports world can spark interest and help prepare them for future opportunities in graphic design, coding, leadership, video production, and even art direction.

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Music

Music classes are available at every school site throughout the Pendergast District. The focus is to provide students with many enjoyable experiences in music and the opportunity to learn and develop a variety of music-related skills. Through singing, playing, listening and reading, students experience the various elements of music. In class, students are introduced to various styles and kinds of music. They will have many opportunities to excel in musical performance, reading music and musical literature, and evaluating musical form with varying structures.

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FUSE

In the Pendergast District, you will find robotics, jewelry design, coding, architecture, and music production at every school throughout the Pendergast District. In FUSE, students choose what to work on and set the pace. This means they emerge engaged, excited, and eager for more. STEAM Challenges are designed to get harder as students progress. FUSE teaches students how to use real world technologies while exploring topics they already love. Since challenges are designed around student interests, there is something for everyone to get excited about.

As students learn, they naturally share their new discoveries. A new culture of learning emerges as students celebrate each other's successes and overcome any setbacks along the way.

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Message from the Principal

Hello Sunset Ridge Community,

I am Mr. Mitteness, the proud Principal of Sunset Ridge Elementary School. I look forward to the opportunity to partner with the Sunset Ridge community this year to provide our students a safe, positive, and engaging learning environment. Together we share the commitment to making Sunset Ridge a high- performing, collaborative community that prepares our students to compete in a globally connected society. 

Sunset Ridge is proud to be home of the Digital Communications Academy.  The Sunset Ridge Digital Communication Academy enables students to explore digital media production through digital storytelling, examine human experience through podcasting, and learn video production through rigorous project-based learning opportunities that help students thrive in an ever changing digital world. Student-centered learning at Sunset Ridge will focus on preparing students to stand out in a globally connected world.

I invite you to engage with us during the 2023 - 2024 school year. Please know that my door is always open to you. I welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year as we keep our students as the primary focus of our work.

Sincerely,

Mr. Jon Mitteness
Principal

Sunset Ridge Open Enrollment Capacity