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7-12
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Phoenix, AZ

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10215 N. 43rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051

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October 31, 2014
The October 8, 2014 post that says, "This school post great grades for the students but ask them why 20% of the seniors graduate" is just one more reason why sites like Great Schools can not be trusted. North Pointe actually has one of the highest graduation rates in the state among all public high schools. Utilize the Dept. of Education's website regrading statistics about North Pointe, not a site that promotes inaccurate information.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
This school post great grades for the students but ask them why 20% of the seniors graduate.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
This is our second year. Some things we have seen: 1. The principal has zero tolerance. We appreciate that! We have seen kids that bullied other kids get suspended. Parents that just walk in the school with out authorization being asked to leave campus and get upset and yell when the staff is just trying to keep kids safe. Mr. Gow enforces the rules; keeps the kids safe and makes them accountable for their actions. 2. Some teachers do not know how to teach and that is why they get rid of them. Last year we had a Math teacher that played videos for every lesson, kids would fall sleep in his class, thankfully he's gone this year. 3. Most of the junior high teachers are wonderful. Can't wait to meet the High School faculty! This school is not for everyone, I recommend that you take the tour with the principal, consider what North Pointe has to offer and think about your child needs and personality. Not every child will be a good fit for North Pointe. Also consider yourself as a parent in the decision, Mr. Gow would not be holding your hand. If you chose North Pointe and didn't like it don't blame Mr. Gow, blame yourself for making the wrong choice for you and your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2014
It is interesting that holding students and teachers accountable to clearly communicated Student Handbook and Employee Handbook polices are characterized as 'bullying' by those who can anonymously post anything on Great Schools - regardless of how factually inept the accusation are. I am very grateful that my child attends a school where disruptive students and ineffective teachers are held accountable. The standards are high at North Pointe for both students and teachers. This type of culture is not for everyone - but it is for our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
This school claims it is one of the most "acclaimed charter schools in the state". If this is the case, then why is teacher turnover so high? Why are basic supplies, such as textbooks and desks, in such poor shape? Why does the principal of this school also serve as the districts superintendent, making him a dictator that bullies everyone? This school makes many claims, and looks good from the outside, but those who have previously worked there will tell a much different story.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2014
Beware of this school and the clever front it puts up...the principal is unprofessional and verbally abusive, and nothing is done against him because he is also the assistant superintendent of the district. If you want a quality education for your children, don't send them here. If you want a professional working environment, don't teach here.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2014
I would encourage all parents and students whom have been bullied by this principal and administration to contact the AZ dept of Education, US. dept of Education. There are laws to protect students and families from Bullying.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2014
As a teacher at North Pointe Prep, I can honestly say that I look forward to going to work every day. Our students are the best: hard-working, fun-loving teenagers who love being at school. Our administration backs teachers by swiftly removing any disciplinary problems and providing us with the tools we need to do our jobs. This, in turn, lets us focus on the task at hand: inspiring our students to do great things. It is a joy to work at such a progressive educational institution.

- submitted by a teacher
January 16, 2014
As a teacher at North Pointe I have had many positive experiences with fellow staff members, faculty, students, and administration. I am proud to call North Pointe my family. They represent what is good about education. The administration has a vision of excellence that in most schools would be unattainable, but here at The Prep, that is not the case. This vision drives our students and employees to devote themselves to the success of the school, academically, through the arts, in athletics, and the nationally acclaimed activities. The commitment required to be part of this family sets the standards above the competition. The school creates leaders and promotes personal growth in students and employees. It is a great place to call my school and when I talk about it to others I frequently refer to it being THE BEST!

- submitted by a teacher
January 15, 2014
North Pointe Preparatory I am a teacher at North Pointe. I have taught at several public schools and wanted to quit every week because the lack of support from administration. This is not the case at North Pointe. I look forward to coming to work and working with the students at NPP. I believe everything our administrators, faculty, and staff does is for the betterment of our students and their education. I have worked at North Pointe Prep for several years. I am proud and happy to be working here. Sincerely, North Pointe Teacher

- submitted by a teacher
September 24, 2013
I applaud the administration for sticking to the policies set for the students. I appreciate the zero tolerance enforcement. When my son started there as an incoming 7th grader, we attended an orientation. Parents and student alike were all given the same information....as he addressed the students... "there is no 'warning'... consider THIS your warning". I thought that was an awesome way to demonstrate to the students that life doesn't always give a free pass to breaking the rules. We are all given a student handbook - it's up to each student to abide by the rules and it's up to each parent to support the discipline we agreed to by enrolling our students there. If you can't appreciate what a charter school is trying to do for your student - you can elect to take them to another school. That's the beauty of Charter. Charter schools are schools of CHOICE - make the right choice for your student and you'll have a lot LESS disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
We are so thankful that we have choices when it comes to the education of our children. North Pointe has provided them so many opportunities especially in the Arts. When most districts are cutting these programs, NPP continues to enhance and improve them. The school is always innovative in their approach to student involvement. Students are excited to go to school here, they feel so safe, they are full of school spirit and pride, and there is a no nonsense approach to discipline. My kids attended a district middle school before coming here and were bullied because they didn't quite fit the "mold". At this school, kids are accepted for who they are and the school has a ZERO tolerance policy towards bullying and fighting. Academically, there is a wide array of options, especially for a school as small as this one. My kids are engaged in their learning and have excelled beyond their potential. Do they go overboard on school activities? YES, but not to the extreme as some have stated. The school likes to "Prep Up" events and to this mother of 5 that means Going Above and Beyond. Thanks North Pointe for not being an "in the box" type of school and for being Falcon Awesome!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Reading some of these reviews, I can't help but laugh a little. I went to North Pointe & graduated from there; I couldn't have had a better HS experience anywhere else. I see a couple of parents trying to label the school as a "party" school, that is not the case. I never once went to a party while I attended there, or heard of parties going on all the time. I participated in sports & theatre. There is honestly something to for everyone! I loved how the school inspires you to get involved, even if it's not with a sport or an art, there tons of other activities. I didn't live in a good neighborhood growing up, my feeder HS was Alhambra. I did NOT want to go there. I was thankful that North Pointe did not have district boundaries & did not have tuition fees, making it possible for me to attend. When reading comments keep in mind who typically are the people to take the time to write reviews. It's usually the people who had a negative experience & wish to "scare" others away because their student was disciplined, trying to get back at the school. The parents who love the school aren't the people going online checking for reviews. They are busy checking their student's grades online.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2013
My granddaughter goes to North Pointe and I could not be more proud of the principal and teachers there. To have a principal connect with his students in this manner is outstanding. I would like everyone out there to remember " What they see is in the eye of the beholder". If they see dirt, that is what's there, but if they see humor, that is awesome!

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2013
I have read many of the reviews and I have to say I am proud of those who have taken the time to be honest about the school and its issues. It is true, if you are looking for a place that prepares your students for partying- this is the place. As far as academics, the teachers are wonderful but the policies of the school make it hard for teachers to keep high expectations. I agree with other reviews, students need to know how to be organized and complete homework in multiple classes in order to be properly prepared for college. My son really wanted to stay with his friends and attend NP, but as a parent I could not allow him to make that call. I want my student to have structure, meaningful homework, a supportive/positive Principal, and those things are not available at NP. The classrooms are worn down to say the least, classes tend to be overcrowded, textbooks are in terrible shape, and the school's focus seems to be spending money everything but academics. I have heard many students complain about the teacher turnover due to being mistreated by the Principal. If you value education and hope to be involved in your child's education this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
My children attended North Pointe & Point schools for 5+ years and I have watched what were once good schools deteriorate as the current administration took over and made "changes". Wonderful tenured teachers were let go and replaced by inexperienced, academics and actually preparing students for college are seemingly not a priority, and parental involvement or input are not welcomed whatsoever. Even when "issues" arise the staff will not go one ounce out of their way to actually help you or resolve the issue but do their best to brush you off or get you to go away. Expect at best a curt email for a reply with nothing but "their way"/ policies. One of my 2 kids moved to a public school (not for disciplinary reasons) and it has been both an academic and extracurricular improvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
As my son approaches the end of his senior year I find myself reflecting on the past and the memories he has made. We are a long time Pointe School family. He came to the Prep from one of their sister elementary schools. When we joined Pointe schools the then dean sold me on a vision of a school where students not only got a top quaility college prep education but were exposed to a large varity of experiances and give mulitipule oppertunities to excel. As I look back I have to agree that this is exactly what Pointe schools provided. My son has been accepted to every college he has applied too. Giving him his choice of educational oppertunities. He has been involved in so many afterschool activities that I could not list them all. The sheer number of activities has helped to keep him from falling into the unhealthy activities that so many teen struggle with. The prep simply keeps its students so busy having good clean fun that they don't have too look for other ways to have fun. No school is perfect and the prep has room to grow but overall the positive has far, far out weighed any negative.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2013
I am a student at NPP, and honestly the people who dislike it are the ones with the rude and disrespectful kids. If you yell at the principal, because your kid did not follow rules, than of course he's not gonna take it. That's life, and that's how it is at a job too, you don't just yell at your boss. The principal is not rude or "scary", he's just professional. All students here are treated with respect and are held high. We do not allow bullying what-so-ever, and we get very good grades. I have always struggled with courses, but ever since i came to NPP, i became an A student. Most students here have good grades also. The teachers are amazing. Staff is amazing. Who doesn't love rewards for having good grades? Activities give us school spirit and also a break from being in class...Rock Lobster is a reward for AIMS. There are a lot of people waiting to get in this school, and we have no room for uptight parents who complain about how awesome this school is.

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2013
After reading reviews carefully and going to the school to have a tour with the principal, we decided to give North Point a try. It seemed good and that the administration had the kids best interest at heart. Afterall just look at the test scores. It didn't take long to realize it was all a well orchestrated ruse. I have never met a more unreachable administration that is uninterested in parental concerns. Look at the reviews on this site, administrative avoidance and lack of compassion is a large part of the complaints. The principal can ONLY be reched via email and typically responds in a highly "Reactive not Proactive" manner. They take an extreme "Our way or the Highway" approach to parental concerns. I have even witnessed the police called on an upset but rational parent by the principal who not once asked "What is wrong or how can I help". If you are looking for a school that is, Good on the surface" this is the place. The school is ran like a business and children are treated like inventory. I would liken the administrations availability and indifferent approach to education to a foreign call center. If you truly care about eduction....this isn't the place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
After an extensive search for a decent Junior/High School High that is not filled with drugs and gang members. I picked NPP because of the ratings it received from independant websites for the amazing AIMS test scores and for the ratings parents and students gave it. I made serveral visits to the school with my son before making the decision to enroll him. He loves NPP and is a straight A student. He achieves "excellent" on his AIMS test scores, but most importantly, he is happy going to school there. I wish there was a school like NPP when I was attending Junior/High School. I couldn't be more thrilled with the teachers and I am happy that Mr. Gow is strict. The kids don't want to visit him and that is the way it should be. Zero tolerance for bullying and for drugs!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
I find it absolutely ridiculous that there are people out there only focusing on one week out of the entire school year to base their opinion of NPP. My kids have been in the Pointe Schools system since elementary school and we have watched numerous people leave, only to return a few years later. There is no perfect school out there, you need to find what works for you and your family. Even though we sometimes disagree with some things, as far as we are concerned, NPP has served our children well. This is a relatively small school environment where the administration and teachers know the kids if not by name, at least by face, and that is one of our biggest reasons for putting our kids here, next to the excellent education. Of course, our kids love it for the over-the-top events that the school puts on throughout the year too. Thanks NPP for making all of us happy!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
I have been attending North Pointe for five years now, and so if you are a prospective student reading this review, I would take student reviews into more consideration than the parent ones. Not to say the parent reviews are not important, but many of the unfavorable parent reviews are directed towards the administration instead of the entire schooling experience. Now, our principal is, well, dictator-esque. He isn't warm, he isn't friendly, and he definitely is not personable. However, boy does he know how to run a school! My education has sky rocketed at North Pointe, and I am adequately prepared for college because of it. I have taken extremely rigorous courses and have still been able to participate in band, NHS, athletics, and activities outside of school as well. As for Rock Lobster-- yes, of course it's unprofessional! We are still kids, remember. Do I need to remind you of the partying that happens in college? This is good, clean fun, so let us have it! (Also, there is no "no homework policy" for AP courses. For other courses, the "no homework policy" means that students get a little time to finish their "homework" in class, deeming it "classwork" instead of "homework".)

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2012
What's wrong with "Rock Lobster"? Yes, they have a wet t-shirt contest. Classes soak each other and then wring out the t-shirts to fill buckets of water. It's a great way to blow off the stress of the previous testing week. Rock Lobster is after AIMS and the other required testing. Yes, they wear swim suits. Guess what these kids are not extremely self conscience about their bodies. They are smart, know how to study and have fun. If you want your child/teen to act "professional" then this is not the school for you. As for the parent who thinks this is "not appropriate", it's not appropriate for YOU. The whole point of charter schools is choice! I wonder how often the professional students ditch class. My kid is there every day and getting college credit for classes.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
I am a Junior going to be a Senior. I have been in this district since 6th grade. Half of these Reviews that are bad are a joke. i personally LOVE this school. They give you a great curriculum, and truelly care about your opinion. They listen to your problems and try there best to help each student with them. Your class choices are taken into consideration, and you get a personal meeting to discuss your plans. The teachers are excellent and are picked out my the amazing Mr. Gow (principal) himself. If any problems, he takes the students and parents input on that teacher as well as grades and his personally known facts on how they maintain a classroom. I would recommend anyone go here for their excellence in balance of the 4 A's (Arts, athletics, academics, and activities). Not everyone will be satisfied with this school, simply because they do push you and they also include fun. However, you can always find a good friend here, for ANYONE, and you have a good opportunity to find new ones within every activity. Please choose North Pointe:) It is absolutely fantastic!!

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2012
My daughter has been attending North Pointe Prep since the 7th grade. She is currently a Sophmore and has grown exponentially over the last 4 years thanks to Mr. Gow (the Principal) and his team of talented staff and faculty. I give props to a Charter School that delivers on the same level as a private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
I personally like that this administration doesn t take bullying from anybody . My ex-wife tried to talk the principal out of suspending my son, but it didnt work and I am glad. He needed to learn a lesson (good kid did something dumb doubt it will happen again.) When the principal called me he was to the point and professional. Solid academics. No game playing or favorites. Basketball team just made the playoffs. They aren t always asking for money and dont make my son sell stuff for fundraisers. Good School.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
As long as you do not have an issue that needs attention from the office staff and/or principle, this is a good school. Teachers really care about getting the best out of their students and, for the most part, there is very little bullying that goes on. But do not be fooled, there is bullying that goes on from both the girls and boys. The principle rules the school as a dictator, not as an administrator; It is his way or the highway. And if you try to talk to him about an issue he will get annoyed and passive/aggressive. If you try to continue the issue he will just threaten to have you barred from school grounds and hang up. Then, when you try to go to his boss, the school superintendent, you will find out that she is just a figurehead and the principle will respond to you in his capacity as assistant superintendent and tell you to go away. The school's high grade standards are because they are very selective as to which kids get to attend. And if your child's grades starts to slip, they will attempt to make them leave. Just be aware of the principle's dictatorial tendencies and any lack of district over-site.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
My child has attended this school for the last two years and the teachers are great but the administration is horrible as well as the athletic coaching. They talk to the kids in a manner that is not appropriate and getting anything resolved is almost impossible. The education is good but the administration is no good.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
Recent reports show that NPP has a very successful advanced placement program. Students not only test well, they also do very well in the advanced placement classes. NPP is concerned with the whole student (academics, athletics and the arts). My child has been with Pointe Education since 6th grade at Canyon Pointe and is now a freshman at NPP. Many of her friends have transferred to this school and their parents are thrilled with the result. Yes- the administration can get petty, but that happens at all schools. North Pointe is the best education for my daughter, with or without tuition.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
I think it is important that this school has less than 1% free/reduced lunch and a population of more than 75% white students. And, few special education students. Traditional, public schools in the area have a higher number of minority students, English Language Learners, students of lower income, and a special education population. I withdrew my niece when I finally realized the lack of diversity at this school and the fact that their competition in the public schools is rated the same or one point lower. With the lack of all of the extra challenges traditional public schools face, North Pointe's rating should be much higher than its competitors. As long as people keep pulling their kids out of traditional public schools when things don't go their way, kids aren't going to learn all of their lessons in the real world. And, our neighborhood public schools (the hearts of our neighborhoods) will not get better. If you don't like something, don't run away from it. Exercise your democratic right and duty to help fix it and protect it.

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2011
This is not just a good school, but a fabulous one. My daughter has attended North Point since 8th grade and is now a junior. Every second at this school has been a joy and my daughter has thrived since she got there. After so many years in the public school system where my child was bullied, where teachers lost her work and blamed her, and treated like a criminal for something as simple as forgetting a school id, going North Pointe was like being on another planet. The teachers are among the most dedicated that I have seen anywhere, the kids LOVE going to school, and the administration goes so far above and beyond to make school a fun and exciting experience. When other schools are dropping arts programs left and right North Pointe is adding more. The opportunities to excel academically are there as evidenced by over 1/2 of the entire school either on the honor roll or principals list each semester. On top of all that the kids are taught to be good human beings through community service and mentoring projects. If there is a better school out there I haven't found it. I commend the administration and the teachers for creating a great learning environment. Keep up the good work!!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2010
I am now in my fifth year as a teacher at the Prep. I can say without reservation that the school as a whole is amazing and continues to strive to excel on all fronts. I honestly wish I had gone to a school like this back in the day; my high school was good, but the focus that NP has on the EVERY student (and not just the scholar, the athlete, or the artist) is amazing. Our student population is top-notch, and there is not a single colleague I have who is anything less than wholly dedicated to providing students with the best education possible. The students are here because they want to be, and the teachers are here because we have proven to be effective and engaged. Our retention rate is very high, and the diversity of our extracurricular programs is simply unprecedented for a school of our size. No school is perfect, of course, but the staff at NP does our best to make sure that every student who comes through here gets the best education possible. I am proud to be a teacher here and look forward to an amazing future!

- submitted by a teacher
October 06, 2010
My daughter has been attending NPP for three years now! My other children attended a high school in Deer Valley district. I wish I had found NPP for them. My daughter is able to be involved in band, sports AND student government. She maintains a high GPA and does have homework! She is excelling in math. We love what NPP, its administration and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
Just went to graduation and was amazed by the feeling of community and celebration of individual students. So glad we chose NPP for our kids. don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about regarding a "no homework policy." My kids have homework! However, I appreciate that they aren't given busy work. The handbook spells out the school's philosophy and I, for one, appreciate not having to buy glue sticks and craft supplies for homework "projects." I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I love North pPoint, I have two kids there, both have been there since the 7th grade, one a Sophmnore and one a Junior, both are college bound and get straight A's and B's. I don't like that a college prep school does not have home work though, I have attended 6 years of college as a single mother and don't think that no homework is preparing them for college. I love the extra curricular activities, the football and band programs really rock, I love the theatre, the academia. I have heard the kids both complain about the unfairness of which some of the teachers have been treated. I love the friends that the kids hang out with, they have great values and are kids that at 16 and 17, I have never heard a complaint from another adult about either one of them. Both kids love this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
This high school has/had some of the most amazing teachers I've ever met. They genuinely care about each student and will go to great lengths to make sure they succeed. Unfortunately, this school, or more specifically the administration, has chased away most of those teachers. More keep coming, but they won't stay for long. I can't even count how many one year teachers have come through North Pointe. It takes it's toll on students, especially those who are in there later years, since they've had to change teachers to frequently. This is partly due to one of the most frustrating administrations I've ever seen in education. If they don't like it, it goes. They can fire on a whim. On day a teacher will be going about his or her business; the next day they'll be gone because they rubbed the principal the wrong way. There is simply no accountability.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 31, 2010
I can't accept that the principle has decided that the students don't need to do any homework, this is not good for the students learning wise nor is it teaching them that their not going to go through college without homework. Certainly makes it easy easy for the students so they can play on the computer when they get home though.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
My daughter has attended North Pointe since 8th grade and is now in 10th. It has been the best school experience of her life and she could not imagine going anywhere else. After so many years in the public school system dealing with bad teachers and and Cholla middle school that treated the kids like they were all criminals, it was great to finally find a place where the teachers care about all of the kids and give them opportunities to excel, encouragement to be their best, and have fun doing it. Their curriculum is based on AP and Honors classes which push the kids to exceed their limits but over half of the student body is either on Honor Roll or Principals List, so they must be doing something right. I highly recommend North Pointe to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
I am a student here at North Pointe and it is a great school but they don't really have good career driven classes like most bigger high schools do. North Pointe is a much smaller school but they try their best to try and accomadate and meet most expectations. I love it here and would reccommend this school to anybody.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
My boys have been going for a few years. we left one year to try another school and we were so disappointed. We came back. Mr. & Mrs. Hutson (band) are great. My oldest is a senior this year and i am confident in what he has learned and know that he will be able to go to college and succeed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
This is my first year at North Pointe Prep as a 7th grader and I love it here. I'm glad I 'm going to this school, it seems way better then Cholla Middle School. This is a school I would really say any 7-12th grader should go to.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2009
I'm a student at North Pointe Prep and it is the best school i ever been to. We have loads of fun but we work hard. The sports is awesome. The High School Girls Basketball team coached by Coach H. Almost went to state. The High School Cheer Squad got 1st place in West Coast Championships. Really good staff too. I love it here. I have cousins and sisters going to attend next year.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2009
I am a Sophomore at North Pointe, and have been going there since the 7th grade. I love it and it has improved every year since I've been there. I get help when I need it, the teaches are awesome and there's not a one that really dislike. I like that we have several directors instead of one principal. They're all friendly and fun and get rid of those trouble makers! Even though I am not in jr. high anymore, it is sad to see that they're area for the website is almost never updated They want pictures too!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 12, 2009
We moved our child from our neighborhood middle school to NPP. Thank God we did! It has been a whole new world! Not once have I heard of a fight, or drug use..... just the kind of environment our children deserve! The directors have been fabulous. Primarily Mr. Mckinley. Always so positive and any issues that arise are dealt with immediately. Thank you North Pointe! I will be sending my younger children there in time as well. We drive half an hour each way, but it is well worth it. Great education and so much support! I am overjoyed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2009
The Prep is an excellent school. It offers students more opportunities than any other small school I have seen. The current administration is both competent and caring. Lots of very involved teachers, too. I have been to other schools and done the research and I wouldn't send my daughter anywhere else. This is the first school she has attended that she actually enjoyed going to school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
I love North Pointe. Lots of things are good. But i think that we should update the website more often. Im speaking for Jr high... we've had 3 more dances and no photos whatsoever. Id like to see more pictures. I go on about every few days. Nothing new. But a very good school. Ive been there since 7th grade, making it my 2nd year. :)

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2008
This is our 2nd year at NPP. My kids got involved right away and they have loved every minute of being there. They have an opportunity to involved as much as they are able and willing. Practice conflicts have been worked around in order to make participation possible. Teachers are accessible through email or phone messages. Communication is good, but not always 100%, although there has been great improvement this year. The idea of 5 Directors instead of 1 principal is a good idea, but it's not always easy to find which director to ask a specific question. A little persistance helps. NPP can prepare my kids for college if we ask questions and make it our goal. They offer the education, activities, and the assistance to reach our goal. As with any school, this one is not perfect, but our family is very satisfied and thankful that we found NPP.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
North Pointe Prepratory is an average school with potential for excellent ratings. I believe they are not an excellent school because they do not have the appropreate leaders in play with the organizational skills and vision for the future needed. This school has an extreemely low rating for students passing college tests, thus college credits earned on a high school level in this school are rare. The students are not taught on a whole that academics alone will not get you into the college of your choice. It takes acadamics, sports, and comunity service to have a chance to get into the school of the students choice. Just getting by and having the school with a high rating is no enough to be an Excellant school! The school does not inform the parents or encourage them to be involved!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
My child had to wait most of the year to attend NPP they had a waiting list since last spring. We chose this school when we saw how awsome the events were. Even though our child was not enrolled yet they allowed them to shadow at a spring shadow day. Since attending North Pointe my child has been able to bring home grades every few weeks in a check point and I am able to access teachers and staff by e-mail at any time and they respond quickly and efficiently to my questions. My daughters health issues were addressed immediately. The teachers and staff have been extremely helpful and Preptv really has wonderful daily announcements so I know what's happening continually. They do all their communication online and in this day and age it is a great tool.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2008
While I have seen the changes in the past few years with NPP, I sure do notice it's ability to spend time with the students teaching them what will be required for college. Duuuhhhh it's a college prep school!!! Not for the ungifted student. Or for those who get C's or D's and have no parental support at home. Our household is a 2 parent working to survive household so we are glad we chose NPP, but our children are smart and are willing to work hard and do the work and have good study habits at home so they succeed! Maybe parents who don't want academics and extracurricular and college as an option shouldn't be in this school. I have a student who graduated top of her class last year and is now attending ASU with a scholarship in academics. That is what we all want. Don't we?

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
I was very impressed with the high standards they offered in 2004. I chose this school for my daughter for that reason. Then I watched the faculty and administration change yearly or more often, as did the curiculum. I had her there for 3 years. I regret that alot and am disappointed that the school did not meet its promises and would not recommend it .

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
North Pointe Preparatory is a school with heart. The enthusiasm of the administration and teachers transcends to the students and it is truly one of those schools that makes a difference in a student's life. We are building our future here!

- submitted by a teacher
July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
The Prep is an excellent school that just keeps getting better. It offers students more opportunities than any other small school I have seen. The current administration is both competent and caring. Lots of very involved teachers, too. I have been to other schools and done the research and I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
NPP is a horrible school. I am a student at the school and i will be leaving this year. The teachers are okay. Some are very good, but for some reason they get fired or they do not get asked back by the school. The administration tries to be friends with all the students when they should be teaching us. I am an athlete and they do have favorites. I am one of them. The way they run the school is horrible. They give no information.The only information they give is on there website, and most do not even read it. I would encourage every parent to pass this school and look for something else.

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2008
In response to the schools 'unique structure' It can deffinetly be VERY frustrating trying to get an answer when there are 5 different directors and not one of them will return your call. We had an incident which should have been handled by the Director of Student Services and the situation was ultimately handled solely by the Ass. Superintendent. How does that happen? It appears even though there are different Directors, there is still only one in charge. I hope the school re-thinks their 'unique structure'

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
This school is improving everyday, particularly over the past year and a half. There is a dedication to the 'whole' child with very strong programs in both arts and athletics in addition to college prep academics. My children are receiving a quality education in a great environment. My wife and I could not be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
This is a great school with wonderful teachers who will bend over backward to personally help your child. Sure there are problems sometimes but there are problems at every school. You won't find better than this one for a high school or junior high. If you think you will, go try a local public high school for a week and see what you think. Those schools will never give the individual attention to your child that they will get from the teachers at North Point. I am very grateful for the Prep and don't know where we'd be without it.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
I am just completing my first year at the Prep and I have found the students to be great. It clearly makes a difference when the environment is such that the parents made a conscious choice to send their kids to the school. Add the kids into the mix of a very supportive administrative team, and you have happy teachers. I can't wait for next year. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a teacher
April 16, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2008
The school has a large turn over of teachers and the Admin does not work with the teachers. The teachers themselves are very dedicated. The Administration lacks commitment. tJust tries to cut cost at the expense of the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
The Administration is very hard to communicate with. It is real sad because the quality of the individual teachers are great. It is really sad because there is so much potential and the administration does not call back parents when parents want to get involved to improve the quality of their children's education. The Administrative Staff either has a hard time coordinating things or do not care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2008
When we started at this school 3 years ago, I was very impressed. There seemed to be a more selective process about which students would be able to attend, due to morals, integrity, grades, etc. This year, 2007-2008, child now in 9th grade, too many administrators, don't know and don't care what each other is doing, parent association disbanded by district administration, seems all about the money now. Not the philosophy when we started 3 years ago. Really disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2008
Poor leadership, the administration never calls parents back, they have a secretaries return calls. Classes are always cancelled. teacher quality is not so bad.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
Seriously, This is a great school that just keeps getting better. Newsweek named it one of the best schools in Arizona. Academic and behavior standards are high but not unrealistic. There are a lot of really nice kids at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2007
I am an alumni student of North Pointe. I enrolled in 8th grade and graduated in may of 2007. I can't express how impressed I am with the administration on a large scale, but on a one on one basis with the students, it's not so hot. I love that it's a small school where everyone knows everyone and there are really no cliques. It was a good school, not a great school, with great teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 21, 2007
I'm curious to know the criteria for a top school. I'm not seeing this in the leadership. There is no parent participation. We have no voice at this school. Communication is viewed as 'go to the website'. This is ineffective. Have they realized effective communication occurs is several modes not just one? We had a band performance outside this week. It was extremely cold. The students had a great performance. Do you think the school should have planned to have the performance in the gym or the theater. Poor Planning. If the Jr High is any reflection on the school, I'm afraid to know what goes on in HS.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
Money spend on big coach buses instead of athletic equipment or jerseys. Classes canceled. Teacher turn over every year. Kids with good grades told they can't play sports when they have played for 3 years, because they are homeschooled. Its the administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2007
Lots of classes/extra-curricular classes that were promised at orientation have been cancelled. Never got calls returned from the Administration. High teacher turn-over.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
This is our second year at North Pointe and we are very happy with the school. I have had no problem getting responses from teachers and staff when I've had questions. I like the fact that check sheets come home every two weeks so I can keep tabs on my son's academics. The sports are wonderful too.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
My son is a new freshman at North Pointe, coming from Carden Traditional School. So far, I am thrilled with almost everything. My son has great, involved teachers, challenging classes, and great extracurricular activities that he wants to participate in. Our only concern is that his math teacher knows a lot of math, but seems to have some difficulty teaching what he knows to the students. But, all in all, it has been great! Thank you to the staff and leadership at North Pointe Prep!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2007
I pulled my daughter at the beginning of the school, there is alot of favoritism with the administration. I never had my calls returned. I truly believe 'status' is the only thing this school is about, not educating our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
Yes finally a school with respect for parents and children. Very organized and profesional.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
NPP has really gone down in the last couple years, seems like the school only cares about looks and status not about our children's education, it is very sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
I agree with the Great Schools ranking - 9 of 10!My kids have attended this school for the past 5 years and we love it there. I believe that the new administration is much more responsive to parents than last year's was so I don't agree that all turnover is bad. The school sends home grades every 2 weeks and teachers are great about returning calls.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
It is sad when an administrator must write a review of its school. The turnover at the Prep reflects poor leadership. It is that simple.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
I also am very concerned about the turn-over of Directors. I just wish they could keep the same staff for two weeks so the website could have a contact list. As the administrator's comment so elequently expressed...they are all about the experience, which is great, I just hope the education will get the students into college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2007
I agree and have mixed feelings about the school. In all the years my child has attended this school. They have had alot of teacher and administration turn over. I don't believe the school is a College Prepratory. The school doesn't treat all the students fairly because of much favoritism by the teachers. Very unorganized they have plenty of updates on the school sports ect. but no faculty and administration contact information found on the school website. I would not recommend this school to another parent I wish I could.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
We were in North Pointe Prep for 7-8 grade, and I have mixed feelings. Some of the teachers were terrific, while others seemed to have no academic standards. However, almost all of the teachers I met cared about their jobs and the kids. The school was very disorganized and it's frustrating. There was an unspoken pressure on the teachers to give a's and b's - in my opinion not good. I want to know my child is learning and have a true read on how he is doing. It is not a college prep school in terms of curriculum or standards, so don't expect that. However, it is a small-school atmosphere, so your child will get to know people right away and have more opportunity to play if involved in team sports.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
My kids have been attendind this school since the 7th grade and are now in 10th and in the beginning it was the school that we dreamed of! But as the years passed by its 'greatness' dissapeared! The quality of the teachers was decreasing and most were unqualifyed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 22, 2007
There is arts program there and I was impressed with that. But if you arnt intrested in you kids experiencing a great arts program I reccomend looking somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
We have decided to leave after 5 years of dealing with Pointe Educational Services. I suggest choosing a different school than this one.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
This school does not apeal to me or my kids! Yes there has been some good things about it like drumline and other ats and such, but what really gets me is the lack of adminastrative responsibility! There is great potiential but there are a few roadblocks that have to be overcome first.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
My kids are very happy st this school. My son is into sports and my daughter is into the arts and they both excel academically. No other charter school has this combination of Academics, Athletics, and Arts. Also, this school has a district administration that is committed to finding the right teachers and leadership. The standards are high and 'okay' just isn't good enough. This school isn't afraid to replace an ineffective teacher or principal. Too many schools just keep them because getting rid of them and finding good ones is too much work. If the new principal didn't work out and left this summer, well, I am glad that they figured out it wouldn't work before school starts.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
I have attended npp and still am. In some aspects the teaching is above and beyond a normal level but some of the teachers need to step it up. I think that the people incharge of hiring should make sure that they are hiring a good teachers so they dont get fired 1/2 a year later. I sugest before enrolling to npp really find out the details, good and bad, about the school before enrolling, just to make sure it is up to your standards.

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2007
I have two children that attend NPP. We switched to this Charter Dist. years ago believing in the vision of a better education. Aware of the schools growing pains and management turmoil we are concerned about the Admin. turnover. The newest principal has left after 6 weeks of summer employment and the last Dir of Acad. left after only 3 weeks. We are concerned about the stability and with less than 2 weeks till school starts without a principal we fear we will have to check other options for our childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
Originally my children and I were very excited to start NPP, but after a year, I am not so sure. I cannot get any feedback from my children's teachers, and my phone calls to the administration are being ignored. My child's IEP was not properly followed this past year. Seems like NPP is only for the very smart. My child will not be returning to NPP. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
I had my Son at @NPP for 1 year and as a parent I have seen a lot of teacher turnover and bad decision making by the administration. This could have been a great school for my child but high teacher turnover and low academic scores and poor leadership form the superintends have made us go to a public school. Take my advice go somewhere else you will do yourself a favor. Also the website is terrible it always had inaccurate information and it never updated.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
I pulled my son out a couple months ago due to the lack of good administration. They recently changed their philosophy and the way of teaching. My son and I were very unhappy with the new changes. I also have a child at their elementary school, and they're principal is gone also. All the last-minute changes really saddens me and my kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
I am a teacher at the prep and have decided to leave. The school has begun to spiral and I don't think that it will recover. This school needs quality leadership and guidance. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2007
North Pointe Preparatory used to call themselves a college prep school. We were excited at first. We saw great things at first, but after two years of watching good teachers and administrators leave or be asked to leave, we are taking our children out. The curriculum is not college prep in quality and the school doesn't even call themselves a college prep anymore. How can a school change its philosophy mid year? Six administrators have left in the last 7 months from the three schools. The upper administration is disrespectful of its parents and employees. The last few months have seen a great decline in many aspects.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
My daughter has been going to NNP for three years now and it has changed. The academics have gone down . They are not required to fullfill all the previous credits in the years before this next schoool year.They have taken away the nearly year round school year, which I liked very much. To say that my girls are challenged in this school, some classes they are others they are not. The school definitly needs better administration and a better hand book that explains why parents have to have a doctors note every time that their child is sick. I do not see alot of parent involvement and with the gates being lock so quickly after school it makes parent

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
Academic programs are good, but high teacher turn-over. My children have been through 4 teachers this year so far. Administration is weak. Good club choices.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
The quality of the curriculum is good, the teachers are acceptable, a couple are very good teachers, but the administration is weak.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
I have been very impressed with the majority of teachers. They show they care about the students being successful. However, I think the Administration very week. Like others have say, they show a lot of favortisms.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
I have 2 kids who attend this school and they are both doing very well there. Principal Kisselbach and her staff are caring and professional. The Falcon Check Pointes come home every two weeks and are a great way to know how my kids are doing in their classes. We never had that kind of feedback in the regular public school. There are a lot of extracurricular activities available for school this size. My wife and I have been very pleased with North Pointe Preparatory and I recomend it to everyone I know.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
December 05, 2006
north pointe academy is a part of north pointe prep. My little girl went there for a year and by the end of the semester we could not wait to take her out and to a (believe it or not) public school. She would have been going to the prep the next year. Really bad administration and the requests for reams of paper and the request for us to go out and buy from bookstores our own textbooks for history because the school does not supply them was too much. This school is run on a shoestring and the money coming from the government that they get for each student makes me wonder where it goes. Go somewhere else and spare your kids the ordeal.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
Good Philosophy, poor administration. My kids are out as of today.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
This school is highly recommended. There is just enough structure and fun to make a great learning experience for teenagers! Sure, a bit of confusion at the beginning of the year, but everything has been rectified. I know my son would not choose another school now, but had reservations when it came time to make our decision to attend NPP. The staff is absolutely wonderful! When you need to count on them you can! I think, the community as a whole is awesome. I have never felt as comfortable with parents, staff, and students as I do with the NPP bunch. Thanks for everything! Kudos to NPP and NPA. The BEST PRINCIPAL'S!!!!!!!!!!!!1

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
Good philosophy, but high teacher turn-over. As soon as my son got used to a teacher, they were gone in a blink of an eye.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
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- submitted by a student
August 02, 2006
This is my son's first year at NPP. I have to say that there was a bit of concern coming in since the transition from 6th to 7th grade can be very trying but NPP has been wonderful. They have made the transition for him seamless and effortless. The staff makes itself readily available for any concerns and has been very welcoming and family like. There was a bit of pandemonium the first week with getting classes straight but it was taken care of without any ill effects. My son loves all of his teachers and couldn't be happier. We're looking forward to a long and learning relationship with NPP and I can't wait to enroll my youngest when he is ready. Thanks NPP you made what could have been a nervous disaster into a smooth and easy switch.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
PrepTv, along with other classes have been canceled. After we registered our child. There is a lack of leadership at this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
The school has high teacher turn over due to the lack of support from the leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
June 05, 2006
2005-2006 was our first year at North Pointe Before making the decision to move our kids to North Pointe, we did much research, soul searching, prayer. Sacrifices had to be made. For example, just getting them to and from school and activities requires driving 700-1000 miles per week. has it been worth it? Absolutely! All three of our children have done better academically and socially than they have ever done in any previous school. They have all been Honor Students for the entire year. They have all mixed socially without pressures and conflicts experienced in previous schools. They have all matured mentally. Each of them has (on their own) made significant decisions concerning their life-style, acquaintances, and activity participation with only minimal guidance from Mom and Dad. We look forward to our future at North Pointe.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 26, 2006
Safe school that really cares about kids.

- submitted by a administrator
May 10, 2006
North Pointe has an always improving sports program which is what attracted us to the school. I was hoping for more push academically - my kids get A's and B's in advanced classes with almost no effort and with very little actual teaching. Communication needs much improvement. The parents' group tries to be a 'presence' but very few parents choose to participate.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
The students at North Pointe seem to act on any changes in a passive manner. They don't get involved as much as i'd expect them to. They don't seem to attach themselves to the teachers or curriculum. The extracurricular activities are a good time-consuming portion of a student's day to day routine.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
I am currently a senior at this school. I started going here last year, and I'd have to say it was the best choice I have made my whole life. This school is amazing and is continuing to excel.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2006
My son is in seventh grade and it is his first year at NPP (obviously). I have found the staff to be very available to talk with parents when necessary. My son was pushed to do his best. This is important because too many times children do not develop the skills needed to acheive and it becomes ok. When children have to work for their grades they feel rewarded in their efforts rather than just giving them a passing grade to become a 'perfoming' school etc. I do notice that cheerleaders are a main focus but as the school multiplies and other extracurricular activites acheive this focus can become school wide. I haven't seen favoritism yet and hope that I do not. There is no comparison with the other JHS in the area. Drawback not a 4 or 5A school for highschool sports!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 04, 2006
Classes are small and very personable and teachers are actually very caring and assign a reasonable amount of homework for a college prep. My son has received tutoring at lunch and teachers and administartion are easily availabe and always eager to help my son and I. This school has a lot of school spirit which means a lot to my son and us, its the way my husbdand and I were raised. Education and safety is the main focus. Parent involvement is great, parents help out at games, events, etc. They are very eager to let all in on the events. I am very pleased and feel very secure with my son at this school. I am very grateful to have found such a good school, we drive very far everyday to bring him and will continue to do so until he graduates from 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
The school has grown since my son has attended three years. I think that has been a good thing as long as the administration doesn't lose sight of the students needs. I would hate to see it change to a public school atmosphere. The biggest problem is favortism to the cheerleaders and sports.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
September 10, 2005
North Pointe Prep has a great vision, but is unable to achieve them. The communication in the school is slow to non existent. 10 graders are pushed so hard there is no time for any extra curricular activities, and at least 3-4 hours worth of homework per evening. The most important problem that the school is experiencing, is obtainng and retaining quality teachers. Some years my student went through three teachers in one class. Last year unacceptable teachers were allowed to stay, and let go at the end of the school year. Parent involvement is very low.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 14, 2005
Classes are short and teachers assign a lot of homework each night, which is not necessarily the best way to help kids learn. No tutoring, library time, or study time is available. Extracurricular activities are mostly run by parents. Girls cheerleading is the main focus. Parent involvement tends to be a very exclusive group, hand-selected by administration. Front office personnel are not readily available.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
I think this school has great extracurricular opportunities and a thorough admin staff, good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
We have been pleased by the caring teachers and staff at NPP.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
My three children attend North Pointe Prep, and I have to say that it is the best charter school I have seen in Arizona. I have done a lot of research on charter schools and they are truly what they say they are all about. They definitely follow their mission statement: Knowledge, Character, Leadership. The high school students get to take classes at GCU during the school-day to accumulate college credits! It is truly a college prep. The teachers and staff really care about their students, they are not just another body or number as in large public schools. I would recommed this school to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
My daughter has been going to NPP for 4 years. We both think NPP has a good academic program and extra curricular program. My daughter is a cheerleader and has the same expectations set for her as everyone else. I love the school because it is a safe and nurturing environment for my daughter to learn, and grow. I would highly recommend this school. Mr. & Mrs. Davenport are very caring and good hearted. This is the BEST school around.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
I have a student who has attended NPP for many years. The teachers are the most dedicated I have seen in a public school. They are the backbone and strength of NPP. Dean Johnson works extremely hard to make all students feel welcome. Yes, there are some things that could be better. Parent involvement at all decision making levels would be appreciated. Even with that said NPP has been great for my college bound child. Great teachers, good friends and a great atmosphere for kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 02, 2005
Quality of academic program: EXCELLENT! Availabity of extracurricular: My son does music, basketball and flag football. In my opnion Wonderful availability! Parent involvement: I see an above average level of parent involvement. If we were staying in the area I would NEVER move my son from this school. It is an excellent choice for kids to make great like minded friends that work for good grades and athletics.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
Two of my children are enrolled at NPP, and we are very happy with their progress. This is a school for the academically minded student, if your child is interested in sports or the arts he/she will not be happy here. However, the school is everything it claims to be for those heading to College. The classes are demanding and the teachers are very supportive, if the parents contact them and stay on target with their child. I am contacted on bi-weekly basis by my children's parents and their are doing great. I wouldn't move my children anywhere else and encourage anyone interested in their child's sucess in school to enroll them here.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
After I read some of the recent bitter reviews, I just had to write something. The discipline is not inconsistent at this school. The parents who write that it is are just trying to get back at the school because their child was held accountable. I give you the name of each person who wrote something nasty about the school and the cheerleaders, and they are all just upset because either their daughter didn't make the team, their child was disciplined for behavior or dress code or they didn't get some special treatment they were offered. If you are interested in the school's mission and philosophy, take the time to talk with one of the deans and visit the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2004
My daughter is in her second year at NPP. She loves it there and I am coming around. Last year was a rough one. I didn t have the teacher support I would have liked. But this year has gotten off to a good start. I have read all the posts here and even though I like the school I do see the special treatment of the cheerleaders. I am disappointed in the fact that they are building a new gym and the old gym is being solely used for the cheerleaders. They could use it for a cafeteria for the kids to have a place to eat out of the hot sun and away from the bees and the cheerleaders could still practice there. I mean really how much time does it take to lay out the mats they need.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
My daughter was a student at North Pointe for 1 year. I was not impressed with this school. The discipline varies from student to student, there is no consistancy this includes the dress code. My child was reprimanded in a very unprofessional manner. I would not recommend this school to parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
The school year has just started and already they have more problems then they can handle! it's horrible and very stressful! Half the kids are repeating classes that they passed! One of my child's classmates was even brought down a class, even though that child had passed the math class with a 'b'. My son received a 'c', a passing grade, in his math class and was put in it again! in the handbook it says nowhere that if you receive a 'c' then you will repeat that class. This is just not fair! What makes things worse is that the person in charge with rearranging schedules will not rearrange them for another two weeks! I mean, these children are missing out on at least two weeks of a class they are supposed to be in, and instead have to repeat one they passed...I think they really need to shape up!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
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- submitted by a staff
May 09, 2004
North Pointe Prepartory is a fabulous school. The education is excellent, and the quality of classes and the staff is well above any other school that I am familiar with.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2004
Our daughter is finishing 8th grade and has been encouraged and challenged to step up and do her best. As a parent, I appreciate that all students are expected to take Spanish every year for 6 years (helpful for employment here) and that continuation to college is the main emphasis in planning their overall curriculum. Their athletic departments are not as developed as regular public middle and high schools, however, that is increasing, and the possibility of your child participating is increased due to the size of the school. I have found that any problems or complaints are handled in a very professional manner, and parents are valued and listened to. No school is perfect, but NPP is striving to provide a quality education in a safe environment. I'm so glad we found them when my daughter was entering 7th grade so she can go to this school all 6 years.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
I am a parent of two children that attend North Pointe. I used to be pleased with the school, however there is a high turn around in the teachers. My daughter has just got her fourth english teacher this year. The dress could is a good idea except the cheerleaders don't have to follow it, which isn't fair to the other students. I am pulling my children out of this school at the end of this year. Last year the school was organized and the students were treated with dignity and respect something, that the school has a great lack of this year. The favortism is geared towards the cheerleaders. Which is sad because the focus should be on the quality of education, not the cheerleading program. Dissappointment is the only way to discribe North Pointe Prep at this time. I am hoping for a change.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 01, 2004
I am a student at North Pointe Prep and I love it there! My parents thought about putting me in a school closer to home but at North Pointe I have great friends and teachers who care so I talked them out of it! I don't have to worry about fights or drugs at school anymore.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2003
I am one of those so called 'bitter parents'. Anyone who looks at the test scores will see this school is not what it claimed to be when I enrolled my son. The smarest thing I ever did was take him out before it was too late.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
NPP was a great school! My daughter loved it very much, but unfortuneatly our family moved and she was not able to attend NPP any longer. Now she is not doing as well in school because she doesn't like it anywhere near how much she liked North Pointe. Sending her was the best thing I had done and to the parents that say 'cheerleaders' get special benefits, no they don't. My daughter was a cheerleader and she had no special benefits, she got treated like any other student did. I think the Teachers and Staff are awesome at this school, Ms. Santangelo, Senora Rogers Mr. and Mrs. Davenport and Mr. Raso are all great and very good with all the students! If you want your child to have a good education with great teachers you should send them to NPP because the only mistake i evr made was having her leave that school!

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2003
NPP has great goals and the ability to help the kids achieve them. There have been some teacher switching but all and all I believe the teachers care about the kids, my daughter loves the school (and she is not a cheerleader) and is doing alot better here than at a public school. Her self esteem is up, her grades are high b's and the family is happy!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2003
After reading some of the input from August and September, I couldn't help but give my two cents. North Pointe Preparatory is an awesome school! My son is getting an awesome education (Stanford scores in the 99th percentile). Don't dismiss this school because of a couple of bitter parents. If you are interested in a college prep education for your child, check it out for yourself. My son loves it there. He has great friends and great teachers. I wouldn't send him anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2003
This school is one of the worst charter schools in Phoenix, Arizona. As much as I hate admitting this, it is the plain truth. When I attended, I went through at least 15+ teacher switches. The students were left with nothing but a slight idea of why their teachers deserted them. The office staff was of little assistance to the students and to the parents. All in all, the quality of this charter school is terrible.

- submitted by a former student
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North Pointe Preparatory
10215 N. 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85051
(623) 209-0017
Last modified North Pointe Preparatory is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Pointe Preparatory Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 167 reviews. Top