Sequoia Charter School planned location

Edkey Inc., also known as Sequoia Charter Schools, paid $2.9 million for 9 acres in Buckeye Parkway Center, where it plans to open “a high-performing elementary school” this fall. (Image courtesy Edkey)

Buckeye is the fastest-growing city in the United States.

With about 30% of the Buckeye population under 19, it means a sharp demand for schools.

Enter Edkey Inc., also known as Sequoia Charter Schools.

Edkey recently purchased 9 acres in Buckeye Parkway Center on Verrado Way, just south of Interstate 10. 

Edkey paid $2.9 million for the site, and plans to open a school there in months.

A company press release said Edkey plans to open “a high-performing elementary school” this fall.

The planned charter school would be within 10 minutes of two public schools, 4 miles south of Verrado Heritage Elementary School and 6 miles north of Freedom Elementary School.  

According to its website (, “Here at Sequoia Charter Schools, we believe in providing every single student with the tools and individual treatment they need to develop. We focus our schools and your child’s educational experience based on the specific interests and needs of our students. As part of our goal of providing a holistic education, we provide a broad range of services based on allowing your child to continue to grow in their academic pursuits.”

According to a press release, Mesa-based Edkey operates 14 schools throughout Arizona. Edkey/Sequoia schools are in Phoenix, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Snowflake, Maricopa and Show Low.

Edkey purchased the Buckeye property from Nevada Holding Company/Sunbelt Investment Holdings.

Brian Woods of Colliers International in Arizona represented the seller in the transaction. Dave

Carder of Cushman and Wakefield represented Edkey.

“Buckeye’s explosive growth has brought significant interest in this high-profile site, which is adjacent to Interstate 10,” said Brian Woods, who represented the seller. 

And, Woods hinted, there may be more to come here soon:

“We are confident Edkey will thrive at this location and we look forward to announcing more additions to Buckeye Parkway Center in the near future.”

According to the SIHI website, Buckeye Parkway Center is 63 acres. “The property is zoned for Commercial Center (CC) and is fully served by all utilities. Allowable uses include retail, automotive, restaurants, gas stations, single and multi-family residential, office, health care, hotel/motel and light manufacturing.”

Mark Plitzuweit, president and CEO of Edkey, thanked the city of Buckeye “for the opportunity to present this high performing elementary school model in the Buckeye Parkway Center.

 “We look forward to serving the Buckeye, Verrado and surrounding communities beginning in fall 2020.”

City officials expect this year’s census count to put Buckeye near, if not over, 100,000. 

That would be double the 2010 population, and more than 10 times the 2000 count.