TEMPE, Ariz. – Banner Academy, formally known as Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, has created its very first mascot in the school’s history – the Banner Academy Bears. The mascot will help rally students during school assemblies and help the school to more strongly identify as an academic institution.
The Banner Bear mascot was conceptualized entirely by the students, and, in fact, the academy had more than 10 submissions. After careful deliberation the students chose the bear that had a positive and accepting expression on his face as opposed to a fierce or ferocious look.
"This is a very momentous time for our school and our students," said Shari Carlsted, Banner Academy principal. "Here at Banner Academy, we are accepting and tolerant of all students with all sorts of learning and social challenges, and I believe that our new mascot will help rally the students together and create a strong sense of school pride and camaraderie."
Banner Academy has served the community for more than 30 years and is located in Tempe. The academy is accredited by the North Central Association, a division of AdvancEd, and approved by the Arizona Department of Education. It focuses on teaching and nurturing emotionally fragile students, including those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The academy serves students in fourth through 12th grades.
One of the cornerstones of the school’s mission is to help its students prepare for life after high school. Specific educational program focus areas include culinary arts, agriculture, exotic animal care, computer skills, life skills and social skills development, job preparation skills, photography, food services, and environmental education.
Banner Academy, formerly known as Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, is a nationally-accredited private school which offers small classes, highly qualified faculty and an individualized curriculum to help students reach their full academic potential.