Phoenix's Millennium Worldwide Academy Sets Bar High for 5-Year-Olds

A lot of my Education Policy Center friends have been on the road this week at something called the State Policy Network conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Okay, so I don’t exactly get what it’s all about, they told me about a visit they had yesterday to a couple of excellent schools in the area. I’m only going to talk about the one today, because it seems this Millennium Worldwide Academy in south Phoenix has a pretty special approach to educating kids in my age group.

No, it’s not in Colorado, but maybe there are some school leaders or entrepreneurs looking to start a school who could learn a thing or two from Ms. Kelmer and her success with helping low-income kids from preschool to 4th grade.

My Education Policy Center friends said they were amazed to watch the knowledge put on display. They heard about the “Are You Smarter than a Kindergartener?” challenge. Not too many adults could name all 43 U.S. Presidents in order like the small group of 5-year-old children at Millennium Worldwide Academy did yesterday. The older kids knew the planets in our solar system and their distances from the Sun, as well as had a solid understanding of how the human digestive system worked. Wow!

Hey, I’m 5 … I better start learning all the Presidents’ names, too!

Thanks to Ms. Kelmer and her Millennium Worldwide Academy staff for their accommodations (apparently, they only moved into the new makeshift building less than a week ago), and to Liz Dreckman from the Alliance for School Choice for arranging the memorable outing. Next time I hope the Education Policy Center folks take me along.