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Chandler, AZ
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1150 W. Erie St.
Chandler, AZ 85224

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(480) 424-8000
(480) 224-9268
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March 13, 2015
I'm a tenth grade student who has spent the last 4 years at this school. This school is my favorite place in the world, and I appreciate its affect on my life greatly. The students are all friendly and supportive, and we all interact with all groups of students- there's no cliques, drama, or social classes. The teachers are all wonderful and I'm very thankful for the work they've put into enriching our lives. There's an abundance of clubs, athletics, and events, giving countless opportunities for all to get involved and make the most of their high school experience. I will forever treasure the memories made due to this school. I can't think of a single area where this school is lacking. The work load is manageable and beneficial. I feel like I have a connection with every member of the campus and I wouldn't find this environment elsewhere. I'm in love with this school, a place I consider my home. I should end with the cliche promise that the students constantly "strive for the impossible" and are "extraordinary," because it is surely the truth.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2015
Honestly ACP is not for everyone. I usually end up doing homework for six to seven hours a night. Most of the teachers don't seem to care that all the students are drowning with the homework load. We all pretty much have no life outside homework at acp..

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2015
My family and I are moving to Arizona area in August 2015, and I would like to know more about your school, due to my son will be entering the seventh grade, and we're looking for schools in the neighborhood, thank you for your help.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2015
Please read this if you are considering acp erie for your child. Acp erie is not for everyone which is why you need to test into this school. If after a couple weeks your kid is still spending hours on homework this may not be the school for you. My daughter has attended acp for two years now and has never spent more than an hour to an hour and a half on homework. A lot of days shes done in under 30 mins. If you're smart, organized, and have good study habits you'll do just fine. The kids here are really supportive of one another and because it's uniforms no one cares who's wearing what. Not a lot of drama either.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2014
To whoever said ACP doesn't overwhelm the students.... their children obviously don't communicate to them completely, because pretty much everyone I know says they're overwhelmed. I mean, who isn't? Every teacher says there's only 1 hour of homework per night. That is true. But considering we have 6 classes, that's 6 hours of homework per night. Think about it. There's 24 hours in a day. 7 hours of that is spent in school. That leaves 17 hours. Now take away 6 more hours for homework/studying. That's 11 hours. Now, take the amount of sleep that researchers say is ideal for teenagers to grow properly- 9-10 hours per night. That leaves only 1-2 hours for clubs/athletics, family time, social time with friends, etc. Don't go here.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2014
This is the perfect school for students to learn in a supportive environment. The kids get the right amount of homework each night. They are challenged to think but they are not overwhelmed with work. The teachers are incredibly helpful and everyone on campus is friendly. This school is the perfect school for kids that want to excel and have a great opportunity to go to college. The work level prepares the students in the best way for any college level classes. Students at this school learn how to work with others, how to manage their time and how to work in a community. Since ACP-E is a small school, there are less distractions which leads to students focusing on academics and exceeding in their classes. ACP provides opportunities for students to interact with each other with fun campus events. The campus environment is friendly and welcoming for any student. My children go to ACP and they're both very happy with every part of ACP from the teachers, to the academics, to the social environment, to the community aspect of the campus and athletics. I would recommend ACP to any parent who cares about their child's future because this school will prepare them in the best way possible.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
I am a student at ACP-Erie and I have no doubt in my mind that this is a great school. All of the teachers are very supportive of every single student and they are all so dedicated to their work. All of the teachers work hard to make sure every student understands the lesson. The social life on the campus is also very relaxed. Since the school is so small, everyone gets the chance to really get to know their peers. The campus becomes a community where everyone helps each other out and spends memorable moments together. Everyone is very friendly and supportive of each other. There are many clubs and programs that people can join. All of the clubs are fun and a provide a great way to meet new people. The athletic program at ACP is also very dedicated. They teach athletes how to manage their time which is a valuable lesson that can be applicable in any situation in the present and future. I am personally very happy to say that i go to ACP. The atmosphere is fun and everyone is friendly. All of the staff is very hardworking and dedicated. This school teaches us to work hard and to put effort in everything. Our motto is "Strive for the impossible and be extraordinary."

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2014
ACP's academics are great though some of the teachers can be very rude. The homework load is about an assignment for each class a night. The students are very groupy and opinionated but once you have a group you will have fun. Their is also a lot of drama on social media and anonymous people stocking others life and even making fun of. On the positive side ACP's Drama club is a great program. Lastly,the school principal of the school is such a great guy and also very open to any comments and ideas

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2014
I am a student at ACP. I love my school. I chose to come here and have been here since we officially became ACP, rather than Hamilton Prep and Chandler Traditional Junior High. We have a small, family feel, little social system, mostly good teachers, and we have a passion for school pride and being the best we can, "striving for the impossible and being extraordinary". True, the increased number of students for 2014-2015 school year has me concerned, unused to not recognizing everyone's faces in these oddly crowded halls, but ACP-Erie is still great. Let our actions speak for themselves.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2014
Congratulations to ACP for being ranked as one of the best schools in AZ again! (highest in composite points)

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
When the school was housed at Chandler Christian Church and it was known as Hamilton Prep, the school was much better. It was smaller and the teaching staff was much better. Now that the school has grown, I feel that the quality has deteriorated. Many of the original staff have moved on and some of the new teachers are not on par with what is required to teach the curriculum. The high turnover of staff has continued this year and with the exception of a handful, the teachers that opened HP a few years ago are all gone. Mr. Bickes is a tremendous administrator and he deserves better. If not for him, the school would have never gotten off the ground. I have never seen a more dedicated principal to his school. He constantly thrives to make ACP the best it can possibly be.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
ACP Erie is simply amazing. My daughter started when the school was Hamilton Prep. My son now attends this school. The school has moved into a fantastic facility that used to be Erie Elementary. Everything is nice and new. The teachers really strive to challenge the kids. There is a lot of homework but is varied and really forces the kids to think out of the box. Excellent problem solving excercises and creative writing activities keep things from getting boring. The Spanish, Science and Math departments cannot be beat. The front office is helpful and professional. This is a small school where everyone knows everyone else and they all get along. There are team building excercises between the grades that make things fun. Amazing clubs (tons of choices!) for the kids to join and it is relatively easy to get on the sports teams since this is an 'academic' based school. None of the drama or riff-raff from the huge junior high or high schools. Private school education for free. How could we be so lucky to have this amazing school? We are truly blessed. I disagree that Whites make up 70% of the school. We are very diverse, lots of Asian and Indian kids who's parents work at Intel.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
Excellent school in any measurable way and a better school in unmeasurable ways. Wonderful education , staff is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I think my school is a great place and the teachers are helpful and care a lot about there students. Most of the students are nice as well. My only concern is the homework, especially for Junior High students. I was told at the beginning of the year that I would get used to having large amounts of homework every week, but I still haven't gotten used to it. I think it's stressful and teenagers shouldn't have to deal with this much stress. I, for example, start my homework around 4:00 and I still don't end up being done until late at night, like somewhere between 10:00 and midnight. The homework is my only problem and the block days, I don't really like those either. But the people are incredibly nice and I love learning new things every day. It's a great environment and I enjoy going to school. - Written by a student

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2013
Going to ACP was the best choice I ever could have made. I've been here for three years. At my previous school, I had had a horrible experience, particularly because for years I had suffered in the same classroom with really mean girls who cared about only themselves and not the other kids' feelings. At ACP, I found that even the popular kids were genuinely nice and tried to include everybody. Also, uniforms can really took off the pressure of being a teenager. Academically, because Spanish is required and all students are on the honors course even in math, these students are completely ready to compete against other kids. There may be a few teachers who aren't the best, but that's true in any school. The majority really care and can connect to kids, too. While there is homework, teachers and other students are always willing to help. If you know how to manage your time well it isn't a problem, even after factoring in outside sports, instruments, family time, lessons, etc. Finally, if sports is a big issue, it still is very possible to win games because ACP does not compete with the other big high schools (Hamilton, Chandler, Basha, Perry), but with schools of the same size.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
I like some of the things about Erie, however there are some teachers are mediocre at best, and some new teachers who have been thrown into the fire so to speak. I find most of the homework is route memorization and there is little attention and direction encouraging students to think on their own. I am concerned that this elementary level of thinking will not create the type of learner who will ultimately be a problem solver and think outside the box...they are learning, but not applying anything. My daughter likes the environment, however I am less than impressed with the direction of the education. Why are we not challenging our students to think for themselves...and enjoy learning?

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
I am sad that this will be HP last year. Next year they will be known as ACP. If you want a challenging school with the same experiences you had when you went to HS, then this is it. Most of the negatives about this school is the sports my kid plays at school and also in the sports league she is one of the superstars. A few of her schoolmates play in the league too, so I don t see why sports should be an issue. We all have our priorities my kid has chosen academics over sports. No wonder this country is behind in school compared to the other countries - a lot of kids want to be like sportsters like Kobe, Shaq, Tiger Woods, Gossip Girls or in Jersey Shore Hamilton Prep is no place for slackers or wanabees.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
There is way too much homework for junior high students. Up to four hours a night make it stressful for students and their families and makes it nearly impossible to play sports or participate in extra curricular activities. The teachers assign homework like their class is the only class. There are not very good sports teams for the junior high level. The students can hardly compete with the other schools because there are not many athletes at this school. Some of the teachers are wonderful, and they care about the success of each and every student, but others have way too high expectations and fail to help the students enjoy learning. they assign too much busywork and do not give good lectures in class. (i.e. the student must learn from the text book on his/her own at home) Many of the students are automatically accepted into the school because they have older siblings that already attend Hamilton Prep. Many of these students can not handle the high expectations and fail to follow the school guidelines. in other words they would not have been accepted into the Hamilton Prep through application and placement test. There is a friendly and safe environment in and out of class.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2011
I welcome alternative to the traditional Jr High. High expectations and standards for academics as well as personal conduct.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
I have been attending Hamilton Prep for the past three years now, and have found it to be the best school I have ever had the pleasure of attending. The teachers are committed to my success as a student as well as my success as a growing human being. It is easy to participate in clubs and know other students because of our smaller sizes. As a high school student they make it possible for you to participate in sports and arts offered on the bigger Hamilton High campus. Hamilton Prep is a wonderful place to be.

- submitted by a student
April 11, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2009
I have been attending this magnificent school for 3 years now and it has been the best three years of my life. The teachers are so understanding and caring, they really can help you with anything. All of the students know one another and we are all a close-knit family, we help each other through rigorous studying and homework and we always persevere. Enroll your son/dauhter into Hamilton Prep and I can guarentee you that you and your family will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 05, 2009
Our daughter has been at Hamilton Prep for two full years. I have nothing but good to say about the academics at this school. She'll be starting high school next year on a track that is on par with most juniors which means she will be working on college credit in her last two years of high school. Prep is not the place for you kid if competitive athletics is a big deal for you.

- submitted by a parent

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Arizona College Prep Erie Campus
1150 W. Erie St., Chandler, AZ  85224
(480) 424-8000
Last modified Arizona College Prep Erie Campus is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arizona College Prep Erie Campus Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top