About Us

East Valley Academy is a free charter school, serving grades K-6 with a $300 fee per month for all-day kindergarten. We specialize in academic excellence fostered by a solid foundation of basics, cognitive learning, and mastery. We are an excelling school (under the AZLEARNS Achievement Profile). We were rated one of the five best charter elementary schools in Maricopa County by Phoenix Magazine (August 2010 issue). Our profile can be found on greatschools.org and at ade.az.gov.

We combine E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge and Calvert school curricula with a strong systematic phonics reading program that provides a firm grounding for independent reading skills by the end of K/1. Principles of grammar that reinforce proper written and oral expression are emphasized. We also use the success-oriented Saxon math program. Science, geography, and history broaden the academic program. Music, art, and drama are included to encourage creativity and expand cultural horizons.

East Valley Academy is a preparatory school based upon respect for the mastery of solid academic skills and a highly structured curriculum. We believe children acquire confidence from the excitement of achievement and intellectual challenge and we have high expectations for student achievement.

We are committed to:

  • 18:1 student / teacher ratio, allowing time for individualized attention.
  • Mastery based learning / British form system.
  • Uniforms
  • Five and one half out of six and one half hour school day dedicated to academic study.
  • Orderly, disciplined, and safe learning environment.
  • Theater (including the Shakespeare for Kids Project), music, and art.

The Team

Janet Stoeppelmann

Ms. Janet Stoeppelmann has a B.A. in Music from Barry College, Miami, FL, and M.M. from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Her background experiences include: (a) Instructor at Phoenix College, Scottsdale Community College, Judson and Tesseract private schools; (b) classical music radio program host and writer; and (c) volunteer coordinator with Tempe Community Council and Arizona Project Challenge (a military youth corps/GED program). She is the Co-director (with her husband) of East Valley Academy Charter School, Mesa, AZ (1999-present). Resume available upon request.

Ken Ryan

Mr. Ken Ryan has a A.S. and a B.A. in Chemistry, with minors in Mathematics and Anthropology from Arizona State University. His background experiences include: (a) Interpreter at Casa Grande Ruins, Coolidge, AZ (Dept of Interior, National Park Service); (b) Naturalist for The Phoenix Zoo and Director of the Zoomobile Program; (c) Lead Instructor and Instructor Trainer, OSHA Division, Arizona Chapter National Safety Council; and (d) Level IV Arizona Supreme Court Certified Defensive Driving Course Instructor. He is the Co-director (with his wife) of East Valley Academy Charter School, Mesa, AZ (1999-present). Resume available upon request.

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8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.


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#1 performing charter school in Arizona!

100% passing rate for the past 3 years!

Now in our 20th year!

We look forward to meeting with you and helping your child acquire a superior charter school education.

East Valley Academy

Charter School

1858 E. Brown Rd.

Mesa, AZ 85203