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Dear Parents and Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to Southwest Leadership Academy. We are a diversified staff that works to put students first and help them excel at levels they have never experienced. With rigorous curriculum, Edgenuity and other programs at Southwest Leadership Academy, we have seen numerous students move on to college through academic and athletic scholarships. Our sports programs consists of football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, cheerleading, boxing, soccer with others on the way. We have won state championships in football, soccer and basketball over the last three years.

Southwest Leadership Academy offers CTE programs such as Culinary Arts that is being taught by Master Chef Dane Smith, Barbering classes that are taught daily, Cosmetology that has multiple programs being offered. We recently added an PC Pro Technician (A+) technical Career to give students a foundation to start their Computer Science Degree.

Southwest Leadership Academy is AdvancedED accredited and has grown academically and in population every year. Please come by and visit to see the exciting things that are taking place at Southwest Leadership Academy.

Queridos Padres y Estudiantes

Quiero darles la bienvenida a Southwest Leadership Academy. En el transcurso del ultimo año, hemos experimentado un gran crecimiento como escuela. Nuestros resultados de examenes son verdaderamente altos comparados a otros años y nuestro equipo de diciplina de deportes como basketball, soccer, baseball han sobresalido con un Campeonato en basketball y en Soccer. Nuestro compromiso con la comunidad es traer cambios positivos a la vida de sus hijos.

Vuestro estudiante experimentara un ambiente enseñanza rigurosa en el salon de clases acompañado con el soporte y cuidado de nuestro altamente calificado y certificado equipo de maestros, mentores, paraprofesionales y todo nuestro equipo en general. Southwest Leadership Academy ofrece una gran variedad de deportes, clubs y actividades enfocadas en atraer el interes de nuestros estudiantes que ahora llaman a SLA su segunda casa. Quiero agradecerles por su tiempo y espero conocerles a cada uno de ustedes en persona . Por favor visite Southwest Leadership Academy y vea lo mucho que le ofrecemos a nuestros estudiantes.


Dr. Greg Fowler


Dr. Philip Geiger

Rite of Passage is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Philip Geiger as the Southwest Regional Director of Education.  As a seasoned leader in education, Dr. Geiger will draw on his vast experiences to support the talented educators and leaders within the district through a spirit of collaboration. His role officially begins on September 11, 2017.

Dr. Geiger served as the education division president then Senior Vice President at MAXIMUS, an international consulting firm, for 13 years until the practice was acquired by PowerSchool where he also was a senior vice president. Previously Dr. Geiger was president of a school development company and served in the Arizona Governor's Cabinet as Executive Director of the School Facilities Board during which time the state developed, under his direction, a statewide educational technology program, the largest in the country at the time, which impacted every school district in the state. There he also led the development of more than 150 new schools in the state and $1.3 billion in facility improvements to create equity in Arizona school facilities.

Dr. Geiger has also been superintendent of schools in Lexington, MA, Piscataway NJ and Galloway Township NJ and Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools, NJ. He has also been a principal, chair of the child study team and mathematics teacher. He has more than 40 years experience in education. He was formerly president of a nationwide school management company providing management services to public and charter schools and was one of the early innovators creating charter schools in the country.

Dr. Geiger holds a doctorate in education, master of education and a master of arts degree from Teachers College-Columbia University where he also has served as an adjunct assistant professor. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in education from the College of New Jersey. He was an adjunct professor in international business and education at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and adjunct professor at Rowan University and Kean University in New Jersey. Currently he is the president elect of the Teachers College- Columbia University Alumni Council

Dr. Geiger was named one of the top 100 educational leaders in North America by Executive Educator Magazine; was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of School Administrators; received the "In the Arena Award" from Digital Technology Magazine, was chair of the New Jersey Department of Education's Statewide Task Force on Violence and Vandalism and a member of the Arizona Governor's Task Force on Efficiency and Accountability. "He has already hit the ground running... Dr. Geiger has worked with Southwest Leadership Academy in a consulting role and has made an immediate impact.  I am confident that he has the intellectual capability, organizational leadership and drive to accomplish the mission and goals of our schools," said Brian Heath, Executive Director.

Chef Dane Smith

Chef Smith is a culinary industry professional for 30 years and has extensive restaurant and collegiate Food Service experience. Chef Smith brings excellent cooking skills along with the business acumen to assist Southwest Leadership Academy towards its goal of establishing an outstanding food service program for Students enrolled at SLA.

AZ Tax Credit

Untitled Document The state of Arizona provides Tax Credit for certain programs and benefits public schools like Southwest Leadership Academy CTDS#078228000. At Southwest Leadership Academy, a charter school, sports and extra-curricular activities are very important to our students. Click to download the Tax Form: >>>