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Leadership Message

Photo of Executive DirectorWelcome to Flagstaff Academy!

Since our founding in 2005, Flagstaff Academy has built an exceptional educational environment that values developing the whole child through an award-winning Pre-K to 8th Grade Core Knowledge academic program. Our curriculum is rich with experiential arts, hands-on science exploration, character education, and innovative technology integration.

As a founding family member, and in my role as executive director, I have seen Flagstaff Academy grow from a small, 250-student school into a vibrant campus of more than 900 students and over 100 staff members, all of whom are proud to call themselves Flagstaff Academy Dragons. Dragons signify the heights to which our school soars, from our academic achievements to our culture of caring and respect.

I’m also the proud parent of three Flagstaff Academy graduates, knowing that they have been well-prepared for high school and college by their Kindergarten through Eighth-grade experience. I am a Dragon to the core. In fact, over one-third of our staff members have children or grandchildren attending Flagstaff Academy. I am confident that Flagstaff Academy is the best and safest educational environment for my children and the thousands of children who have attended or are currently enrolled. I am positive that you will discover Flagstaff Academy is the perfect place for your child to grow into an ethical world leader with a foundation based on science and technology.

It is my mission to provide the safest, highest-quality educational environment for your child to grow.

I look forward to you joining our Dragon Family.


Wayne Granger
Executive Director
Safety, Finance, and Operations
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Katie Gustafson, Executive Principal photoAt Flagstaff Academy, your student will receive what we consider to be the critical part of a child’s development - Character Education through Core Virtues. We focus on the whole child, from movement and “brain breaks” through the day, to social-emotional learning, and our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program that is integrated into our entire prek-8th grade curriculum.
One of the benefits of sending your child to a prek-8th grade school is that students in this kind of education environment experience less bullying, have improved academic performance, higher test scores, and higher levels of social confidence and connection. They build relationships with staff and peers throughout their years at Flagstaff Academy and become part of our Dragon Family.
  • Preschool: Flagstaff Academy offers a high-quality, part-time preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. The fee-based program, founded in 2009, incorporates the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum and Early Learning Developmental Guidelines. Children in the preschool program develop both socially and academically, meet new friends, and discover that learning is fun through play-based activities. They also are fully integrated into the Flagstaff Academy “culture”, making for a seamless transition to kindergarten and beyond!
  • Elementary School: As a science and technology-focused school, and in addition to our Core Knowledge curriculum, Flagstaff Academy offers “essentials” classes in the visual arts, music, physical education, with dedicated classroom space specifically for science and technology, as well as Spanish instruction for grades 3-5.
  • Middle School: Flagstaff Academy’s Middle School was named a 2022 “School to Watch” and provides crucial relationship and leadership building opportunities, a challenging and supportive academic environment, as well as an exciting selection of “essentials” classes (electives), and competitive sports. Your middle school student will make lasting connections with their peers and teachers. Our Dragon alumni excel in high school and beyond!
But the best reason to send your child to Flagstaff Academy is our incredibly dedicated, caring, and highly professional staff. When you enroll your student, they become a Dragon, where they will be encouraged and nurtured along their learning journey. After all, it takes a village (or a Dragon family!) to raise a child. 
Should you have any questions, please reach out to me! As always, we are here for you and your child. 
Mrs. Katie Gustafson
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy