Who we are

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Meet our founders

Twenty First Century Charter Schools, Inc. was one of the first charter schools in Arizona. Dr. Bennett and Mr. Bennett designed the schools based on their philosophies of education in America, and what might be done differently in your neighborhood schools. Our attitude is College prep. Even though we are elementary schools we know that the basic building blocks for a college education must start there. Of course, the mind-set should start at home, and if it does not, we attempt to instill that.

We believe in America. We know the Melting Pot-we have lived it in our lives and our work. Mr. Bennett (Lt. Col. Bennett) retired from the US Air Force in 1991. He of course worked with persons of many backgrounds. Dr. Bennett was a special education teacher during her initial career. She worked in the Glendale, Isaac and Avondale School Districts. She has known children and their families from all walks of life and from all races and many nationalities. We know what America is made of, and we are proud to be Americans. A pioneer in her field, Dr. Nancy Bennett shares with her husband the distinction of founding one of Arizona’s first 43 charter schools. Arizona was the third state in the U.S. to have the charter school law at the time (1995). Arizona provided Dr. Bennett with the freedom to expand her ideas and a new frontier in which to pursue her lifelong dream of developing schools. She now celebrates 22 years at the helm of Twenty First Century Charter Schools, Inc. Today Dr. Bennett is in charge of two charter schools, one serving K-3 and the other serving 4-8. Both Schools currently utilize the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards and the E.D Hirsch Core Knowledge Sequence, an approach to education that emphasizes specific cultural and scientific content knowledge for students to learn.

Staff and Teachers