Children First Leadership Academy
A Charter School in Phoenix, Arizona

The Children First Leadership Academy inspires students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and active citizens. The school serves the whole child by providing hope, fostering strength, facilitating self-determination, and developing leadership qualities.

The Children First Leadership Academy delivers an educational leadership model with a specific attention to detail to each of its 250 K-8 students. Smaller classroom sizes and additional resources enable students to participate in a stable, stimulating, and supportive environment that instills confidence and eliminates the obstacles that might otherwise stand in the way of a quality education.

The Children First Leadership Academy recognizes that educating children requires more than a classroom, desks, and textbooks. We provide the following for our students and their families:


Our fleet of buses travel over 450 miles a day. Our small school size enables us to change routes daily, if necessary, to accommodate the needs of our students and their families resulting in consistency and stability for all students.

Food & Clothing

As a result of generous community donations, our students and their families have the opportunity to receive, free of charge, clothing, furniture, various household items, and food boxes as needed.

Social Services & Medical Care

The school offers free counseling through Phoenix Children’s Hospital and its own counselor for students who may not have insurance. Free parenting classes are also offered through the school’s network of partners and trained professionals.

Onsite medical and dental care, through a partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Community Dental, is also available. These services include immunizations, health screening, and vision and hearing assessments.

To learn more about the school or to learn about volunteering, please contact Jerry Lewis at

To learn more about monetary or in-kind donations, please contact Tony Banegas at>

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Sequoia Wellness Committee and Our Updated Wellness Policy

Posted On: 2017-07-24 04:46 PM
Sequoia Wellness Committee has adopted a wellness policy that emphasizes nutrition, physical education, and community involvement goals and guidelines. All are invited to give input to the wellness policy and join the Sequoia Wellness Committee.
Alan Ram helped transform an old Food City into a charter school. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Alan Ram helped transform an old Food City into a charter school. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Pilot killed in crash was generous donor to school for homeless

Posted On: 2017-07-20 09:04 AM

A local pilot killed in a plane crash in Mesa was a generous donor who contributed to Children First Leadership Academy. According to an assistant superintendent of Sequoia Schools, Ram was enthusiastic about gathering donors for CFLA.

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