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Phoenix College Preparatory Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 75 students

Concurrent enrollment with Phoenix College for students who are on track.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $110,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $700.

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted August 27, 2012

I am the new principal at Phoenix College Preparatory Academy and I'm sad to say that these comments were probably accurate in the past. I can assure you that things have changed and will continue to change. We are a college prep high school and I expect our students to be serious about school and to obey school rules. I agree that we have good teachers and they are now in control of the way they teach their classes and the grades they give our students. We have already undergone quite a few changes and we will continue to evolve until we become the school that Phoenix College intended for us to be. We will recruit serious students who wish to attend a college prep high school with an opportunity to enroll in college classes and earn both college and high school credit. We will adjust our bell schedule so our students have a better opportunity to take more college classes. I fully expect some of our more diligent students to be able to complete their Associates Degree by the time they graduate high school and for those that don't, to have a significant number of college credits when they graduate. We will begin having all of our students take the Acuplacer college entrance exam for placement in college classes. This is the same exam that all college students must take. Phoenix College Preparatory Academy is not designed for credit recovery although that may have been function in the past. We will build our master schedule with the goal of all students passing classes and moving to the next level. We will continue to provide assistance to our students in an effort to ensure they understand the material and pass their classes. We not only expect our students to do well in their classes but to pass all state mandated testing and graduate on time. My goal is that at least 80 percent will continue on in some type of post-secondary education after they leave PCPA. Robert Asadi Principal

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Posted August 19, 2013

The school may have been (somewhat) what the comments with low stars say, but it really has turned around in the 4 years that I went there (2009-2013). The teachers are great if you have any problem, be it personal or school related they will help you if it will make you a better person/student. The low student to teacher ratio (roughly 12:1) made everyone feel welcome and feel like family (My graduating class had 10 students and we supported each other through everything in those 4 years). The comment about 1-2 college classes is no longer true, my senior year I took nothing but college classes at Phoenix College, paid by the school. I am proud to say I went to PCPA, and even more proud to say that they (and ACE) paid for my entire Associates Degree (AA). I only paid for notebooks and pencils, my calculator and computer access was provided by the school. (I paid for one class but only because I graduated in May and needed one last math class to receive my (AA)). Overall I am very happy with my experience at Phoenix College Preparatory Academy and recommend it to anyone that really wants to get a head start on everyone in their age group. -Annabell Benton Class of 2013
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2011

I was very happy with the teaching staff, they are true teachers and care about the education of the students. On the other hand the office and principle are completely ridiculous. I have never seen a school run by such an ineffectual management staff. My child can go to the office on a whim, there are no mandates to keep the children under control. When my child thinks the teacher is working her too hard the office staff allows her to come in and they do her work for her. When asked about it they told me their teachers are not good teachers and the office needs to do the teaching. As far as I can see the office is staffed by business management personnel, not teaching staff. I have found the teaching staff to be excellent. Please rethink enrolling your child here, I am pulling mine out. I did not enroll her to run the school and let the office help do her work for her just so she can pass a class. One more thing, when the teachers who were working with my child were brought into the office to discuss the situation with me the principle and some woman from the office belittled the teachers and basically blamed all problems on their lousy teaching skills. What is going on here?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

Our freshman year at this school was a total success. My son loved going here from the first day to the last day and is looking forward to the next three years. The diversity of going to high school classes, while at the same time taking a college class was the winning ticket to keeping him from getting bored with school. He looked forward to going every day. The students couldn't of been more welcoming in making him feel accepted and liked for who he is. All the teachers & staff are excellent at what they do, it shows by how easily I & the student body can relate to them daily. I never felt like a number and was shown individual attention 100% of the time. This is a great high school! Both my son & I will come away, at the end of four years, with wonderful experiences and memories. Thank you Teacher Prep! ( you are a mother's best resource in education.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

This school is horrible!!! They are failing the students miserably! Most of the kids that attend come from very low income house holds in bad neighborhoods. School is the last thing on these kids minds and it shows. The staff hide behind the saying that it is a "self motivated school" but what they mean is we realize most of the students don't care to learn and its too much effort to try to make them. There are few rules,zero expectations, and if your lucky the kids MIGHT attend 2 college classes in a YEAR! They make it seem like that is the focus but it is NOT! If you are concerned about safety or education which there is neither of, DO NOT ATTEND!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 42%
White 10% 42%
Black 8% 5%
Two or more races 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 6%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • IT support

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Navajo
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Summer college prep programs
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
School Leader's name
  • Bob Asadi
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (602) 285-7697

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Flipping - viewing lectures at home
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Navajo
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • IT support
  • offered through Phoenix Colleg

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • added as needed
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
  • any help is appreciated
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1202 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Phone: (602) 285-7998

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