Halfway done

Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Assistant Project Manager Sean Randall, left, and Superintendent Sean Waisner are pictured at Ridgeview Preparatory High School, which has reached the midpoint of construction, in San Tan Valley.

SAN TAN VALLEY — Construction is halfway complete on Ridgeview College Preparatory High School, a new charter school in Pinal County, the contractor announced.

Construction on the 37,000-square-foot campus at 1645 W. Skyline Drive began in March and completion is expected in early July. Ridgeview is a tuition-free, nonprofit public charter high school that seeks to help students in San Tan Valley and surrounding communities get an early start on college, trade school or other career-focused learning.

Designed by Carhuff & Cueva Architects, the campus will feature a regulation-sized gymnasium, science labs, technology-rich classrooms and indoor/outdoor learning spaces. The school is currently enrolling grades nine through 11 for the 2021-22 school year, and 12th grade enrollment will begin in 2022.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction recently crossed the project’s construction midpoint.

“Construction on Ridgeview College Preparatory is progressing quickly, and we’re committed to delivering the finished school to The Leona Group (which will manage it) prior to the start of its inaugural semester in July,” Scott Salyer, regional manager for AP, said in a news release.

“This project is just one of many K-12 builds AP is working on in the region. Like all of them, we’re dedicated to the quick and safe construction of a well-built school that enhances students’ education across the Phoenix metro area,” Salyer said.

“We’re excited to see the beginnings of what will become a transformational journey in the lives of so many East Valley students and educators,” said Michele Kaye, chief operating officer of The Leona Group. “This milestone is an important one in the life of the school. It’s where our plans to create close and collaborative mentorships begin to take shape in the built environment.”

AP has maintained an office in Phoenix for 30 years with a history of providing repeat construction management services for educational institutions throughout the region. AP’s past and current area projects include campuses for the Academies of Math and Science, BASIS Charter Schools throughout the Valley, Williams Field High School, the Maricopa Institute of Technology and the North Scottsdale Campus for Candeo Schools Inc.

The Leona Group was formed in 1996 in Michigan by William Coats, a national leader in education reform. It has grown from four academies serving fewer than 1,000 students to more than 15,000 students in more than 45 schools across four states. The Leona Group is among the largest public charter school systems in Arizona and is also among the largest education service providers in the United States.

In 2000, The Leona Group moved its corporate headquarters to Phoenix, where it oversees all its public charter schools in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Arizona.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.