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iLearn Academy relocating to Ukudu Village

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Students at Guam's newest charter school may see a change in scenery as the school's administration has big plans for the coming year. Earlier this year iLearn Academy Charter School announced a change in venue, with construction of its permanent facility set to be completed by 2017.

But according to assistant principal Rachel Alquero, students will actually experience a change in venue much sooner than expected. She told KUAM News, "Our permanent facility will be in Harmon, but that won't be completed for another two school years, so we don't expect to be in that facility until school year 2017 and 2018. And so in the meantime we've been trying to look for a larger facility, a larger location where we could accommodate more students, where we'd be able to grow the program we really want to implement for the school. So we were blessed that our contractor, CoreTech, had a facility available that we could look at and see if we were able to use it and we were."

"So we are moving to our new location in Ukudu Village right off of Route 3 along NCS Road, so we'll be there for the next two years," she revealed.

Alquero added, "We're looking at hopefully being in there by August 3 - that would be our move-in date for the facilities, the office, the teachers to come in and start training and setting up their classrooms. We are still shooting to start our school year on August 17." She said the new facility provides a host of new amenities, noting, "It provides the space that we need, we can accept more students, we'll have our 5,000-square foot playground that we didn't have here, and a cafeteria that will seat more students."

"We'll have a robotics room for the students to use we'll also be able to have we're going to call it an exploration room for our resource center. Basically just the amount of space that will be given to us we'll be able to utilize to really implement the program that we wanted to here," she said.

Another new feature of the Ukkudu campus is a space for a community garden as part of a new agriculture program the iLearn Academy is considering. "Agriculture is something that always has to be done and learned and so the students will be able to grow and plant stuff," said Alquero. "What we're looking at is how we'd be able to use technology to form an irrigation system for the community garden to be watered and to grow. But really, it's a first step to hands on learning toward a real-world issue."

Alquero said the move will also allow iLearn to accommodate up to 450 students by October 2015, and up to 900 students the following year. Registration is still ongoing, and parents can call 989-3789 for more information. 

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