Model Program

Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Inc. (AAEC)

2002 E Baseline Road
Phoenix, AZ 85042-6906

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Contact Information:
Dr. William Conley
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center Inc. is an independent (charter) district that operates on four campuses. The AAEC schools offer a superior academic program that meets students where they are academically and socially, and prepares them for college. AAEC offers advanced coursework, comprehensive student support services, small classes and an intimate high school environment. It also offers students the option to enroll in community college classes and participate fully in the life of the post-secondary partner. The Center services low income teens and young adults who are at risk of not completing high school or who have documented academic, personal, or vocational barriers to school and workplace success. AAEC originally incorporated educational modules on agribusiness and equine activities, which continue at some the locations.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Early Childhood Education, Extra Curricular, Middle/Early College, Students with Disabilities, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2007
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


South Mountain Community College

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level