McKinney-Vento/Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Support for Homeless Students

Great Hearts Academies shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.


According to Federal law, every school district and charter school must designate an appropriate staff person as a liaison for students in homeless situations. This person for the Great Hearts Arizona Academies is:

Melissa Penniman, McKinney Vento Homeless & Foster Care Liaison
(623) 438-7045

Rita Rodriguez, State Homeless Education Program Coordinator
(602) 542-4963