There are 75,000 children the Maryvale community in west Phoenix. There are zero high schools with an “A” rating from the Arizona Department of Education in Maryvale.

Each year in the United States, there is demand for 140,000 computer science and engineering jobs, but our schools are graduating only 40,000—a discrepancy of 100,000 skilled graduates.


Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy exists to transform Maryvale by improving low-income west Phoenix students’ opportunities for advancement in the global technological economy by providing needed preparation for the academic rigors of college graduation leading to career success.


Western CFA proposes to sustainably address the educational and economic needs of Arizona’s Latino youth. When the school is successful, it will provide a proof point in the Maryvale neighborhood that low-income underserved youth can access the educational skills necessary to be successful in the new economy, be prepared for college persistence and graduation, and become integral parts of Arizona’s new global economy. Western CFA aims to be the first “A” rated high school in the Maryvale neighborhood.


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