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There’s a new school in town for Palmdale families wishing for more educational options. The School of Choice will compliment the existing Cottonwood Elementary in the Westside Union School District with a special emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum.

“We are thrilled to announce Cottonwood as our next School of Choice to provide more opportunities for Westside families,” said Regina Rossall, superintendent of the school district. “The district has witnessed a high demand of enrollment from our current school of choice and choice programs offered at the middle school levels. Our board of trustees had a vision to modernize Cottonwood to meet the high demand as we begin plans to transform some of our campuses into a School of Choice.”

Cottonwood is undergoing modernization to bring in new permanent facilities and programs focused on engineering and art for grades K-6. One of the facilities there will feature reconfigurable classrooms that will be used for art and science classes. The school will provide students with instruction in robotics, coding, makerspace education (a professional development tool for teachers), music and the arts.

The school district offers another School of Choice at Gregg Anderson Academy, as well as two choice programs for sixth graders at Joe Walker STEALTH Academy and at Hillview Middle School.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year at any of the School of Choice academies will be accepted through April 28.