ALA Anthem South

American Leadership Academy Anthem South, a new, tuition free 7-12 public charter school, will be located on the same footprint as ALA Anthem South K-6 campus in Florence. It is expected to open in August of 2022.

FLORENCE — The town will have a new junior high and high school next year when American Leadership Academy Anthem South opens next to the existing ALA K-6 School on Hunt Highway across from Florence Hospital.

ALA Anthem South will be built to serve 1,100 students in grades 7-12. A groundbreaking event is being planned for fall.

“We are expanding the campus, as our families have asked for a new junior high and high school choice in the area,” spokesman Melody Hudson told PinalCentral by email. “…As those students and families are ready to transition to junior and high school, and as new homes continue to sprawl in the area with ongoing growth, we are creating a new school choice to meet the area’s demand.”

The tuition-free public charter school will be the newest campus for ALA, which serves more than 12,000 students and is growing across the Valley. It will only be about 13 miles from the company’s ALA-Ironwood 7-12 school in Queen Creek. The company is also adding a new location in the West Valley, ALA West Foothills K-12, set to open this fall. A new online school, ALA Virtual 7-12, is now accepting applications.

While the new Florence school will resemble its sister high schools in the Valley, it is being planned to be one of ALA’s best, Hudson said. This includes a “state-of-the-art” grades 7-12 athletics program, with a football/soccer turf field.

“The all-new home of the Titans will also feature the only A-rated curriculum for a high school in the area, along with a full high school experience that provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities,” Hudson said. “ALA Anthem South 7-12 has completed and acquired all necessary approvals to move forward, and we are excited to welcome families to the new school in fall of 2022,” Hudson said.

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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

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