Here in Arizona, families have the ability to choose among district and charter public schools, where they feel their children will get the best education. Charter schools are open-enrollment, non-profit, public schools that operate based on a contract with their authorizer. Ball Charter Schools provides parents and students an alternative to traditional public school systems. We have high expectations and standards and value the school-home partnership as essential for student success.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the period prior to the start of each school year when parents/guardians can complete an application for each child to their desired school(s). Open enrollment dates for the upcoming school year will be in February 2021. Applications received after the Open Enrollment period will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Required Documentation for Enrollment

Enrollment application packets may be completed and brought at any time to the registrar during the current school year. Parents should complete the process by submitting a complete enrollment packet and presenting a birth certificate (original or certified copy), proof of residency and proof of immunizations.


Ball Charter Schools may limit admissions based on age group or grade level, but will not limit admission based on ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disabling condition, or proficiency in English.
Entry of eligible students into any Ball Charter School is based on space availability. Preference for any available openings will be given to returning students and siblings of students currently enrolled at Ball Charter Schools and the children of staff and Board members.

Click here to view the Enrollment application.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As the principal at Hearn Academy for nine years, our school has earned recognition as one of the top thirteen highest academically performing schools in Arizona. “A” rated, Hearn Academy is focused on creating a school environment that fosters good citizenship and best learning opportunities for each child to excel academically. Our school is focused on student learning and academic achievement by working with each family to help grow your child’s potential. Teachers are the heart of the learning experience that a school offers; Hearn Academy has highly qualified and certified educators who provide a comprehensive and engaging instructional context to maximize learning.

My educational background includes a Ph.D. from University of Denver in Educational Leadership, Arizona certification as both a principal and superintendent K-12, an M.A. and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining Ball Charter Schools, I taught school administration at the college level, and worked as superintendent of Continental School district where our schools received a Certificate of Recognition from ADE as the top achieving school district in Pima County. Before becoming superintendent, I served for four years as high school principal at Cactus Shadows High School where we earned state and national honors as one of Newsweek Magazine’s Best High Schools in America. The Rodel Foundation awarded me the honor of being selected as an exemplary educational leader in 2014.

I moved to Arizona from my home state of Colorado where I had worked as a principal for six years in Garfield School District, for two years as principal for the Coalition of Essential Schools high school, and as Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent in Denver Public Schools. National honors include: The Authentic School Project, and a Gates Fellowship. I am a Gallup certified Perceiver and a contributor to The University of Northern Colorado’s Tointon Training Institute for school administration.

Dr. Gaye Garcia Leo Ph.D

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