New school features a teacher per student

Flexible, customized learning methods, coupled with a one-teacher-per-student instructional model, are being introduced by a newly arrived private school in west Chandler.

The Chandler campus of Brightmont Academy reportedly joins the group’s Scottsdale location as part of an ambitious expansion initiative in Arizona.

West Chandler campus director Marlene Kensrud said enrollment options enable students to attend full time and earn a Brightmont diploma; take courses to earn credit toward a diploma issued by their local high school; or receive intensive tutoring support.

“The one-to-one instruction fully individualizes the learning process to effectively address a wide range of learning needs,” said Kensrud.

“This includes students who have learning difficulties, who need learning support to graduate or who want to accelerate their studies. At every step the teacher evaluates and adjusts instruction to accommodate each individual’s specific academic needs and styles,” said Kensrud.

Executive Director Kirt Nilsson said the Chandler campus is part of a template being developed to be operational in all of the Brightmont schools.

“Parents and students have embraced the opening of our Scottsdale campus, and we’re excited to be opening our second campus in the area.”

Highlights of the new location include individual learning rooms, which are said to increase a student’s ability to focus—an advantage school officials say enhances the one-to-one concept.

A dedicated science room allows students to perform wet and dry labs designed to increase their depth of learning and engagement in biology, chemistry and physics.

A student commons provides a casual, supervised area for students to study independently or take a break and socialize.

Fully accredited Brightmont, at 5540 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, holds information sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April.

The schools have served 1,200 students since 1999, with six campuses in Washington, Arizona and California.