Principal Michael McConnell directs a tour of classroom space at the opening of Amphitheater’s Innovation Academy.

A year after breaking ground on its new school site, Amphitheater Public Schools is celebrating the opening of the Innovation Academy.

The K-5 elementary school is designed to weave the sciences into all aspects of learning, engaging students in hands-on curriculum and instruction. The Innovation Academy will also use technology and the arts to enrich and encourage learning.

The open-enrollment science, technology, engineering and math school for K-5 also has a preschool.

Innovation Academy — at 825 W. Desert Fairways Drive, north of La Cañada Drive and Moore Road — is an open-enrollment school, meaning it has no neighborhood attendance boundaries and students from across the Tucson area are eligible to apply.

The library will be named in honor of former Amphi Superintendent Vicki Balentine. The performing-arts center will be named in honor of Dorothy Dyer Vanek, a local philanthropist who made a significant contribution to fund the music equipment for the school.

Wall art throughout the school developed by Amphi Schools is part of the curriculum for all K-5 students at Amphitheater Schools Innovation Academy, 825 W. Desert Fairways Dr., in Oro Valley on June 2, 2017.

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The first day of school is Aug. 10. A community open house is planned for the beginning of the school year.

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