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ACA is Named '100 Best Companies in AZ' and Given the 'Best of Heart' Award

Arizona Charter Academy has earned a well-deserved reputation for its outstanding curriculum and caring staff and teachers who are devoted to bringing out the best in their students.

In addition, the school’s administration strives to ensure that they provide a supportive and encouraging workplace for the teachers and staff, while contributing positively to the community.

Recently, Arizona Charter Academy was recognized for its many positive efforts both within the school and the surrounding community. The school was just named as one of the 100 Best Arizona Companies for 2022 by BestCompaniesAZ

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the list, which highlights 100 organizations that have been instrumental in making Arizona a great place to work and live.

Melissa Holdaway, Chief Executive Officer for Arizona Charter Academy, said the school was included in the “Best of Heart” category, which is awarded to companies that show how much they care by building positive relationships with employees, customers and the community.

The Best Arizona Companies awards are only given out every 5 years, Holdaway said, adding that this is the third time the school has won the prestigious title.

The “100 Best” are chosen by invitation only and will be featured on the exclusive regional employer branding website

Teachers and staff at Arizona Charter Academy said they were thrilled to learn that the school was once again named as one of the 100 Best Arizona Companies.

Donna Smith, a kindergarten teacher at Arizona Charter Academy, said she sees firsthand how much the administration cares for both the students and staff.

“‘Care, compassion and love’ is my description for the top team of innovators. We are a family at ACA,” she said.

Dean of Students and Athletic Director Gabriel Sandoval said that in the almost two decades he has worked in education, he has had the best experience at Arizona Charter Academy.

“The staff is welcoming and passionate about their work, and everyone is willing to roll up their sleeves to help. I feel truly blessed to be part of this remarkable team of people."

“This award is especially significant and we are honored to be named in one of the top 6 award categories ‘Best of Heart,’ which recognizes us for building relationships with our employees and community,” Holdaway said.

“This is a true testament to our amazing staff who have an incredible heart to serve our students and community. I am incredibly blessed to be a part of it.”

Holdaway said that Arizona Charter Academy looks forward to continuing to offer excellent education options for students and families in both El Mirage and Surprise.

***ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST***For more information about Arizona Charter Academy being named as one of the “100 Best Arizona Companies” for 2022, and/or to interview teachers or other staff members about the award, please contact Melissa Holdaway at 623-974-4959, extension 334.

About Arizona Charter Academy:

Arizona Charter Academy is an A rated, K-8 public charter school in Surprise, AZ, whose mission is to provide outstanding education to enable students to create positive change in their community, country and world. ACA accomplishes this by promoting and expecting excellence, embracing diversity, teaching students to effectively express their viewpoints backed with evidence, and serving our community. ACA has intentionally small classrooms, with a 24:1 student/teacher ratio, promotes personal student attention, and supplemental and enrichment programs including STEM, Art, Music and wide variety of clubs are available to students at no additional charge. For more information, please visit


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