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When does the conference begin and end?
The conference officially begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, October 14 with most attendees arriving Tuesday evening. The conference concludes at 12:00pm on Friday, October 16.

How do I make hotel reservations?
Reservations at the Hotel Valley Ho are first come, first served, and you can make your reservation in either of two ways. To reserve your room by phone, call the hotel directly at 877-587-8013 and let them know that you are with SPARC. Or you may reserve your room using the online reservation link and group discount code SPARC2020.

The discounted room rate is extended 3 nights before and after the conference so feel free to extend your stay to enjoy Phoenix and Scottsdale. Once the reserved block of hotel rooms has been fully booked, the rates are subject to the Valley Ho’s pricing when booking.

Are meals included in the registration fee?
Yes, breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided to all attendees on October 14 and October 15, and then breakfast only on Friday, October 16. There will also be an evening reception on Wednesday, October 14, on the Skyline Rooftop Terrace overlooking Camelback Mt. and downtown Scottsdale.

What is the closest airport to the conference?
The Hotel Valley Ho is 7.5 miles (approximately 15 minutes) from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Taxi is recommended.

What will the weather be in Scottsdale?
The typical average temperatures in Scottsdale in late October range from a high of 85 degrees to a low of 60 degrees. And sunshine is abundant!

What are the registration cancellation policies?
Cancellations made prior to July 31, 2020 will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made on or after October 1, 2020. All registered participants who do not cancel and do not attend are liable for the entire registration fee. We are unable to make exceptions for emergencies, however you may send someone from your same organization in your place.


“I’ve attended several conferences in my time in Independent Schools and I will say that SPARC was unique in the way that I felt every session had something integral to the success of my program and my role.”
2019 Attendee