Genesis Academy High School


An Introductory Letter from Our New Genesis Academy High School Principal


Dear Genesis Academy High School Community,


It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Genesis Academy High School and to join this extraordinary school community. We were recently labeled an “A” school ranking in Arizona. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each day while providing them a world-class healthy learning environment.


I bring 20 years of educational experience to Genesis. I have been an ASU college professor, a Dean of Students, a District Athletic Director, SHAPE America and Arizona District Teacher of the Year and currently your new building principal. In addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a father and a soon to be husband to an amazing woman, Angela. We have four children: Emma, a high school sophomore year; Alex, a freshman; Ellie, seventh grade; and our preschooler, Ivy. I look forward to introducing my family to the many wonderful people that call Genesis “home”.


I am an advocate of CDC’s Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Model approach to education. I believe with a comprehensive healthy learning culture every child can excel and that the partnership between a healthy home, school, and community builds confidence in students to use their abilities to shape our future.


My conversations with staff and families over the last few months have brought me privileged insights into the core beliefs and values that underlie Genesis. With my goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to communicate with parents and community members effectively. We will be meeting with parents, students, and as a staff throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate and culture, and parent communication. We welcome volunteers to help us with this mission, or feel free to stop by anytime and say hello.


To our current and future students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited about learning and growing together as a Genesis family. I welcome your ideas and collaboration on making Genesis a healthy place you can call home.


In closing, please know that my door is always open to you all. I welcome your collaborative input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students, the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the current and next school year.


Dr. William S. Hesse
Genesis Academy High School



Your Chance for a New Beginning

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Genesis Academy Mission Statement: Genesis Academy serves high risk, over-age, under-credited, and out of school youth by offering them a rigorous academic experience tailored to their individual needs. Genesis empowers students to enter college or the work force with the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to become lifelong learners and contributing community members.


Why Genesis Academy is Right for You:

  • Fast Track Credit Recovery Programs
  • High Academic Standards
  • Earn While You Learn
  • Credit Recovery
  • Fun Extracurricular Activities
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Shorter School Days
  • Free Individualized Tutoring Program
  • Preparation for College
  • Robotics Crew
  • GIS Training
  • Free College Classes
  • Fine Arts World Cultures Program
  • College Scholarship Assistance
  • Family Counseling Services
  • Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities
  • Winning Sports Teams
  • Social Service Referrals
  • Jobs


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