A Nogales-based charter school focusing on bilingual education will make its debut in Tucson in August.

Mexicayotl Academy will open a campus serving kindergarten through second grade, with plans to eventually expand to eighth grade.

The school will be at 667 N. Seventh Ave., near East Sixth Street and North Stone Avenue.

School officials decided to expand north from Nogales after they saw a need in Tucson for a school that will teach children in English and Spanish, said Executive Director Baltazar "Balty" Garcia.

"It seemed like a natural step to partner with people in community and find out specific needs," Garcia said.

The school, which received a B rating from the Arizona Department of Education, was started in Nogales 15 years ago.

Students can take part in after-school activities such as mariachi music, ballet folklorico, capoeira dance, chess, gardening and other activities.

The school will cater to 120 students, with 20 children per class and two classes at every grade level, he said.

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