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New Way Academy

Private | K-12 | 118 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $59,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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Posted September 29, 2012

Our son is currently attending this school for the second year. We are thrilled with the education he is receiving. He is finally able to read. After three years in public school. This school is teaching him how to manage his dyslexia. This has been a struggle with three types to deal with. He has three types of dyslexia orthographic, phonologic, and dysgraphia.. We had no idea there were so many. The teachers and staff are the best. We love the school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2012

New Way is the best choice for children with Dyslexia and ADHD. The New Way staff reversed the damage done in the public schools within the first couple of months. Our son regained his confidence and self esteem. Today he smiles and is eager to go to school. He spent 4 years in public school and could not read, today he completes his first year at New Way and he is reading everything around him. Before, he was convinced he could not learn. Today he is inspired by all the subjects he is mastering and at ten years old he is talking about what he wants to study in college. If your child has learning differences you need to speak with the experienced teachers, staff and parents at New Way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2012

I am writing this to the parent or families that have lost hope or don't know where to go next after a learning difference diagnosis. I wish someone would have shared us any info on this school. Without hesitation, New Way has changed the life and future of our son. This is the first year that he has friends, his grades are at AZ state standards (he came in at a 2nd grade testing level) and is learning the social skills needed for different environments. We are so proud of him and so thankful for the staff that saw beyond the angry eyebrows and crossed arms. Now with the Bridgeway Program into ASU and U o fA he will get the help needed beyond high school. This school helps all children with learning differences (Dyslexia, Aspergers, Sensory Issues, Speech and Language Development etc). Walking onto campus, these students like all the other children in all the other schools, you would never know the difference except how polite they are to each other and adults. Check this school out, you won't be sorry!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 31, 2011

My daughter has gone to this school for 5 years after attending public school for 5 years. What an incredible difference it has made in her life and ours. The teachers and specialists are exceptional, not only in their professional expertise but in the personal interest they take in each child and family. In fact, the school is like a family with high family involvement and participation. We've made lifelong friends at the school, and our daughter is getting a quality education that will last a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2011

We moved from Philadelphia to Phoenix in large part so my son could attend New Way. He is in his 4th year, and still thanks us for moving because he loves his school. The staff is extremely dedicated from the receptionist to the teachers to the principal. The families are very involved as well and accomplish a great deal. Speech and occupational therapy are provided if needed. The school is adjacent to a huge public park and P.E. classes are often held there. My son is very happy to go to school EVERY DAY.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2010

NWLA has changed our son's life and given him a renewed self confidence. I am thankful every day that we have found this school and encourage any parent who has a child with dyslexia to give NWLA a call.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2009

NWLA really helped my son with dyslexia get up to grade level in reading. They have amazing teachers and a really caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2009

The best! After our eight year old twins attended seven previous schools we have found the perfect school! The school not only provides an IEP customized to meet each child's needs they follow through! Our twins now have self esteem and friends! This did not happen at the previous schools. We love every staff member that works with our children and Dawn Gutierrez, the executive director, is irreplaceable! I highly recommend this school to children with learning differences who are 'falling through the cracks'. That will not happen at this school! Another big difference here is that not only our your children highly respected by the staff, but the parents are as well. We do not have enough space here to say how wonderful this school is and how it has changed our lives!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2009

I am not writing here as an employee of this school but as a teacher who has seen the good, bad , and ugly of education. This school is the good. There was an unfortunate incident last year where people who may not have had the students best interests at heart were in charge, that has changed. Dawn Gutierrez has been reinstated as the Head of School and this year has seen an increased focus on curriculum planning and the achievement of accreditation, which was awarded. All of these things aside it is the environment at this school that is truly exceptional. I have never worked anywhere where the focus was so completely on the students and their best interests. I can not recommend this school enough, both as a great place to study and a great place to work.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted February 5, 2009

The school needs to work on its high school program,possible even consider a switch.Also there in desperate need of a athletics program. The teacher mr. Crawford has been a huge help to my son in his school life and social life. This is by far one of the best teachers i have ever. I believe this teacher and ones like at new keep this school afloat. There many kinks that need to be worked out i believe with the new broad this can all be solved and with there tech based lifestyle it is easy one of the best private schools in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2009

New Way is literally an answer to our prayers! My daughter has struggled in school for years and no one seemed to understand her, until we sent her to New Way. They say 'we teach the way your child learns' and its so true. My daughter actually loves school now. The teachers and administration are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2009

New Way is amazing! The quality of the individualized education is outstanding. Each student is appreciated for their own talents and abilities in an open and inviting atmosphere that just can't be found in a public school. If you have a student with language based learning differences look no further.

Posted March 24, 2008

New Way was a wonderful school for our son's high school years! He is in college now and doing well - because of the high quality teaching of the staff, the caring of support staff and the wonderful director Dawn Gutierrez. She is the best school director/administrator we have ever encountered. She balances sound education practices with unique instruction for kids with learnind disabilities, helps her staff grow and develop and ALWAYS keeping the growth and development of the children as her top priority. Our son has was one of 6 kids in his Algebra class - the teacher adapted the course to teach it to each of the students the way they needed to learn it. All were sucessful! It was a huge finacial sactrifice to our family to send our son here but he wouldn't be in college today if we hadn't done it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 10, 2008

a horrible school run by ego driven executive director and irresponsible board who have been negligent and humiliating children and teachers.hopefully the exec director and board will soon be ousted.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2007

Their class sizes go well beyond the published 6 students:1 teacher ratio, and their curriculum is no different than any public school in the area. We are very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2007

New Way is a God-send for families with special-needs children. New Way provides an individualized learning environment for each child, specially tailored to meet the student's unique needs. The teachers are highly-trained and completely devoted to the kids. The kids are also a terrific bunch. Each child at New Way struggled to succeed at his or her previous school(s). Most come to New Way lacking confidence; many lack appropriate social skills. But at the supportive New Way environment, the kids learn they can succeed and they begin supporting and encouraging each other. My own child has become a confident, capable student who is eager to learn and get involved in the variety of activities available to New Way students. The transformation has been truly amazing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2007

Great private school. Excellent technology and great parent involvement. They now have Art, PE. They have Yearbook Club. The principal, Dawn Gutierrez is really nice. The teachers are professional every day.
—Submitted by a student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 42%
Hispanic 6% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Michael Walker, Head of School
  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (480) 946-2657


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  • Special education
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments


Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
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5048 E. Oak Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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