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Giving Opportunities

Some people want to help with direct financial gifts. Here are some things to consider. You will want to read about tax considerations in the section below first.

Tax Considerations

In Arizona, there are several tax credit options if donations are given to private schools such as Christian Academy of Prescott.  Below are some of the organizations we use that can make your donation count as a tax credit:

Christian Scholarship Foundation (CSF) This is a nonprofit scholarship fund established to receive your tax credit as per the Arizona Tax Code.  Their purpose is to provide scholarships to students who attend Christian schools in the Prescott area.  These scholarships are based on financial need.  Visit CSF online at http://www.csf-info.net/contribution.html.

Arizona Tuition Organization (AZTO) This is a nonprofit scholarship fund that offers monthly grant disbursements to partnering schools such as CAP, students, and families.  Scholarships are awarded primarily on financial need.  Grants are funds in which a donor recommends a specific child.  For more information visit http://www.azto.org/ or contact AZTO  at admin@azto.org.

Tuition Organization for Private Schools (TOPS) TOPS was formed by individuals committed to giving every child the opportunity to receive a private education.  It is a nonprofit organization that utilizes credits from the State of Arizona to assist students in Christian schools.  Contact them at www.topsforkids.com.

Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization (ACSTO) Since its inception in 1998, ACSTO has awarded scholarships of more than $15 million to help children pay their Christian school tuition.  Nearly 20,000 visionary Arizona taxpayers have made this possible by donating to ACSTO, and taking advantage of Arizona’s unique opportunity to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against their Arizona state income tax.  For more information, see their website at www.ACSTO.com.

Institute for Better Education (IBE) This is a non-profit scholarship fund that offers scholarships and grants to children who desire a private education.  Scholarships are awarded primarily on financial need.  Grants are funds in which a donor recommends for a specific child.  For more information visit them online at www.ibescholarships.org.

Arizona School Choice Trust (ASCT) ASCT exclusively serves low-income children and low-income children who are also disabled and/or displaced. For more information, please visit: http://www.asct.org.

School Choice Arizona, Inc. (SCAI) SCAI awards scholarships to children of low to modest-income families and/or military families, and requires that children are either starting kindergarten at a private school or are switching from a public school.  For more information, please visit: http://schoolchoicearizona.org/.

Arizona Leadership Foundation This scholarship provides assistance to low-income families and families with disabled/displaced children.  For more information, please visit: http://arizonaleader.org/.

Arizona Tuition Connection Arizona Tuition Connection has three scholarships available: 1) Original Tax Credit Scholarship; 2) Overflow/PLUS Tax Credit Scholarship which includes children switching schools, entering kindergarten, active military families stationed in Arizona and those who have previously received corporate or Overflow/PLUS scholarships; and 3) Low Income Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship for those families that meet the low family income requirements.  For more information, please visit www.arizonatuitionconnection.com or call 480-409-4106.

Faculty & Staff

Administration

Susie Dandos
School Administrator – Susan Dandos

Susan Dandos has been the Administrator at Christian Academy since 2010. Ms. Dandos taught at CAP from 2005 to 2010 and has 15 years of teaching experience. She received her BS from Grand Canyon University, an Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and holds Arizona and ACSI teaching credentials. Mrs. Dandos attends Solid Rock Christian Fellowship and enjoys sports and spending time with her three children.

“I thoroughly enjoy working with kids, mentoring teachers, and creating a positive learning environment for all students. I want to reflect God’s light to students, families and the community.”

Stock, Susanne
Office Manager – Susanne Stock

Susanne Stock has been the CAP Office Manager since 2011. She is knowledgeable in all the functions of CAP and CAPP. For the past seven years she has worked in accounting and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Mrs. Stock is currently working towards an accounting certificate. She attends church at American Evangelical Lutheran Church and is actively involved in her daughter’s school and extracurricular activities.

Elementary Faculty

Hamdani, Surriya
Kindergarten – Surriya Hofmann

Surriya Hofmann joined CAP in 2015. She received both her Christian Services and Bible & Doctrine Diplomas from Global University’s Berean School of the Bible. She is also currently working towards her Liberal Arts degree from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Hofmann attends and volunteers at Heights Church in Prescott. She has recently gotten married and enjoys spending quality time with her husband.

First Grade – Brenda Lummer

Brenda Lummer joined CAP in 2015. Mrs. Lummer has taught school for over 15 years. She served at Living Word Christian School in Missouri and at Franklin Phonetic School here in the Prescott area. All of her teaching experience is in the primary grades. Mrs. Lummer and her husband Steve lead the Discovery Church here in Prescott.

Second Grade – Judith Garcia

We are thrilled to announce that Judith Garcia will be moving from Spanish to the second grade classroom. Mrs. Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and a master’s degree in elementary education, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has 4 years of experience in teaching Spanish here at Christian Academy. Mrs. Garcia has an ACSI teaching certificate and will obtain her Arizona teaching credentials in the coming year. Mrs. Garcia is married and has two daughters – one who attends CAP and one who graduated from CAP. The Garcia family attends FBC Prescott where Mr. Garcia is the Pastor to the Latino community.

Swenson, Kendra
Third Grade – Kendra Swenson

Kendra Swenson joined CAP in 2011. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and holds Arizona and ACSI teaching credentials. Mrs. Swenson attends The Church Next Door and enjoys hiking, camping, knitting, and spending time with her husband and their dogs.

“Watching my students grow to understand God’s Word and mature in Christ makes this one of the most meaningful jobs I could have. I have the pleasure of inspiring my students to do their best in all they do for the purpose of pleasing God.”

Power, Sue
Fourth Grade – Sue Power

Sue Power has lived in the Prescott area for just over two years. This is her first year at CAP, but her twentieth year of teaching. Currently, she is working on fulfilling the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She and her husband Don attend Cornerstone Church, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking with her dog Koleigh, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have three daughters.

Upper Elementary/Jr High Faculty

Hallstrom, Joey
Fifth Grade Home Room & Mid-High Science – Joanna Hallstrom

Joanna Hallstrom began teaching at CAP in 2012. Mrs. Hallstrom received her BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She and her husband attend Prescott Christian Church, where they serve as youth leaders. Joey enjoys sports, travel, and a variety of crafts.

“God is in everything! Seeing Him throughout our day in math or science excites my soul, and I love passing on that passion to my students. Education is exciting because it is how we learn more about God.”

Martin, Vanessa
Sixth Grade Home Room & Mid-High Language Arts – Vanessa Martin

Vanessa Martin has been teaching at Christian Academy since 2010. Mrs. Martin received her BSEd and MA in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and holds Arizona and ACSI teaching credentials with a reading endorsement and a K-12 art endorsement. She attends the Potter’s House Christian Center and is involved in costuming for their children’s ministry. Vanessa enjoys weaving, history, art, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.

“I retired from teaching when my children were little and now I am enjoying being back in the classroom full time. I love being able to share God’s word with students and help them develop their reading and writing skills.”

Jahnke, Gwen
Seventh/Eighth Grade Home Room & Mid-High Math – Gwen Jahnke

Gwen Jahnke joined CAP in 2000 and has 15 years of teaching experience. She received her BS in Management from Arizona State University, MEd in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and holds an ACSI lifetime teaching credential. Mrs. Jahnke attends Heights Church and enjoys sewing, hiking, bicycling, and scrapbooking. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are CAP graduates.

“God has called me here to prepare our country’s future leaders. I believe God places students at Christian Academy so they can be prepared to carry forward a Christian worldview into their adult lives.”
Other Faculty Positions

Monteze Deputy
Art – Monteze Deputy

Monteze Deputy joined CAP in 2014. She completed her BA in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida and holds ACSI credentials. Her background in art includes experience in many artistic media.

“With art as in life, beauty is found in knowing God is in the details, and that art connects us intimately.”

Score, Clyde
Music – Clyde Score

Clyde Score has been teaching music at CAP since 2008 and has been teaching music for over 20 years. Since completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Prescott College, Mr. Score has taught percussion, jazz, and guitar classes at Yavapai College. He has spent 50 years performing as a professional musician and has performed throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe. He currently performs on the Grand Canyon Railway, is on the artist roster for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. He holds an ACSI teaching certificate.

Thompson, Starla
Computers – Starla Thompson

Starla Thompson has been teaching computers at CAP since 2004. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and holds Arizona and ACSI teaching credentials. In addition to teaching computers, Mrs. Thompson orchestrates the technological components of the school, including the Headmaster system and the school library. She attends Heights Church and enjoys reading, genealogy, hiking, and a variety of crafts.

Eliason, Hannah
Spanish (Grades 4-8) – Hannah Eliason

Hannah Eliason joined CAP in 2015. She is a CAP alumnus who recently returned from a two-year mission to India, where she was developing audio Bibles in native languages. She received a BA in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Spanish from Biola University. Ms. Eliason is currently working towards a certificate in Spiritual Direction from George Fox University. She attends Canyon Bible Church in Prescott Valley and enjoys hiking, writing, and sewing.

Beyea, Christine
Physical Education – Christine Beyea

Christine Beyea is the new P.E. teacher at Christian Academy. This is her first year of teaching. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and currently holds ACSI teaching credentials. Mrs. Beyea is married and has one 6-year-old son. Her family enjoys spending as much time together as they can and they love doing anything outdoors. Mrs. Beyea attends The Ridge Church with her family.

Tutoring and K-3 Spanish – Michele Parent

Michele Parent has been with CAP since 2009 and is a Certified Advanced Level Barton Tutor. She attended NMSU and Dona Ana Community College. Michele has directed a daycare, taught preschool, and served as an elementary school librarian in the past. She has 17 years of experience working with children. She and her family attend Prescott Christian Church and enjoy nothing more than singing, dancing, and being silly together.

“I have found great joy and purpose in serving children who need intervention in their academic lives. My goal is not only to help with the nuts and bolts, but also to lift their hearts and spirits and help them grow in God on their journey.

Kuebler, Jennifer
Teacher on Assignment – Jennifer Kuebler

Jennifer Kuebler has been teaching at CAP since 2008. She holds a BA degree in French Education and a masters in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from the University of Arizona. She also has an Educator certificate through ACSI. Currently, she is working as a teacher on assignment. Jennifer attends Prescott Christian Church. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, and spending time with her family.

Academics Overview

We offer an academically challenging K-8 program.  At Christian Academy, we set high expectations for all students, and provide an Honors curriculum for advanced learners.  CAP test scores significantly out-perform the national average on the TerraNova Achievement Tests, a nationally-standardized test.  For the past five years, school-wide average scores have ranked in the top 25 to 30 percent of students tested nationwide.  We view teaching as a ministry- not just a job- and are dedicated to helping all students reach their full potential.

In addition, all students take art, music, PE, Spanish, and computer classes, which are important components of a comprehensive education.  Worship team, student government, and yearbook electives are also offered for students in grades 7 and 8.

Our Upper Elementary and Mid-High students are also provided many opportunities to participate in learning and serving outside of school.  This includes science trips to Catalina Island, Spiritual Emphasis retreats, mission trips, community service trips, and other academic field trips.

CAP is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI).  Accreditation, a national benchmark of quality, is a voluntary process involving validation by peer review and a systematic self-evaluation against nationally accepted standards.

Elementary Academics (Grades K-4)

We offer an academically challenging program, while also providing a well-rounded education, including art, music, PE and computer classes. Our elementary students study Bible as a core class and have chapel once a week.  Character development is part of our everyday emphasis, as we continue to grow kids in Christ.

Our curriculum includes:

  • ACSI Bible
  • ABEKA Language Arts
  • Reading Street
  • Spalding Phonics
  • ABEKA Social Studies
  • ACSI Science
  • Scott Foresman Math

Upper Elementary/Mid-High Academics (Grades 5-8)

Overview

Our 5th-8th grade program provides an academically challenging program, while also providing a supportive environment for students as they transition between elementary school and high school. Students are encouraged to grow in their walk with Christ and the knowledge of His grace.  Our curriculum, dedicated teachers, weekly chapel, and community service projects provide a place of spiritual shelter as well as a place of intellectual challenge.

Students attend homeroom, Bible class and specials/elective classes with their own grade level.  Students rotate to different classrooms and teachers for each academic subject – Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science.  This allows each teacher to focus on their particular area of expertise, and also allows students the opportunity to take classes a year ahead of their social grade level.

By the end of 8th grade, all of our students have completed an advanced academic program which significantly exceeds Arizona standards, including completion of Algebra, advanced Language Arts studies and Science.

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary includes our 5th and 6th grade classes.  Each class has its own homeroom, where they begin and end each day.   All 5th graders take art, music, PE and computers, while 6th graders are given their choice of electives, which also includes foreign language, drama, worship team and yearbook, in addition to the standard offerings of music, art, PE and computers.  As mentioned above, both 5th and 6th graders rotate to different teachers for their academic subjects.

Mid-High

Mid-High is a combined class of 7th and 8th graders.  Mid-High has its own homeroom teacher, and recess and lunch periods separate from the lower grades. Mid-High students are given their choice of electives, which includes music, art, PE, computers, foreign language, drama, worship team and yearbook. As for Upper Elementary, our Mid-High students rotate to different teachers for their academic subjects.

Our curriculum includes:

  • ACSI Bible
  • ABEKA language art
  • Progeny Press Literature studies
  • ABEKA Social Studies
  • ACSI Science
  • Scott Foresman Math
  • Prentice Hall Algebra and Pre-Algebra