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Local charter school opening online classes to all students

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 13:14:26-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Da Vinci Tree Academy is opening their virtual doors to all K-8 students in Southern Arizona for free.

"We know that not all schools are prepared for this shutdown," said Matt Roll, Principal and Founder of the charter school. "As such, we are making our class offerings open to any student from any school district or charter so that anybody during this time can stay enrolled in their school of choice but still receive an education while they’re at home."

Registering your child is easy. Starting this weekend, visit DavinciTree.Academy, and select their grade to get the appropriate guides for the week.

"Our content will be posted on our website and on YouTube and there will be no charge for anyone to participate," said Roll. "We’re actually publishing the completely redone version of our site Thursday, in part to allow people with disabilities to be able to navigate it and participate in our classes."

The school was founded as a nonprofit in 2018 and currently serves 150 students, offering a "STEM program, small class sizes, clubs, and plenty of tutoring and homework help," according to their website.

Roll and his staff aim to make this a productive activity that kids can look forward to during these challenging times. "We believe there is no substitute for an in-person education, but since we can’t do that right now, we hope this will be a bridge to help kids continue learning in a cheerful and supportive (virtual) environment," he said.