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Tempe Preparatory Academy

Charter | 7-12 & ungraded | 306 students

 

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Posted February 9, 2007

TPA offers a strong and comprehensive liberal arts curriculum in an environment of integrity, respect, and high expectations. The administration and faculty know each student and truly seek to maximize their collective and individual potential. Teachers will challenge your child to stretch his/her mind and reach beyond the comfortable; to learn to examine, reason, and to question. There is a strong sense of dedication within this community, and the students feel valued. Parents who are considering this school should be prepared to provide a safe and supportive home environment, and be willing to take an active part in the mission of the school. It is a community of learners, and parents are integral. Students graduating from TPA are exceptionally well prepared for college, and are independent thinkers with strong values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2007

This has to be the only school where kids want to arrive early so they can review homework with friends. Great community of parents and kids. My son is in 7th grade and he is so happy to be here because he can learn and the peer pressure supports this. Some of the faculty and administration are unnecessarily harsh and they don't always listen to the students, but overall the kids gain so much from the curriculum that the kids themselves create a 'community of learners.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

Tempe Preparatory Academy's expectations of its students are extremely high. I have found that my children live up to whatever is expected of them. It isn't easy; each child has different abilities, and the rigorous academic curriculum is easier for some children than others. Even so, knowing their grades are not what they would have been in a public school - they ARE gaining knowledge, skills and experiences they would NEVER have learned in a public school setting. And isn't that what education is about - learning (not grades)? Teachers are ALWAYS available for extra individualized tutoring - it is up to the student to initiate. The opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics provides each student an opportunity to be engaged in an outstanding learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

Cons: Works best for students who are self-motivated. If your child is not, there will not be much extra coaxing from faculty. Much like college in that respect. There is no grade inflation. The transcript might be mediocre by normal standards, and not reflect the truly first-rate education which everyone who graduates from this school, regardless of grades, has by definition received. The school works to educate colleges about this. Facilities are very modest, but the limitations seem to promote a strong camaraderie among the students and staff. Pros: The great majority of the faculty are superb. They choose to teach here because this school fits with their own ideals, and the results show. The curriculum is extraordinary. There's no joy quite like hearing your child describe why she loves to read Thucydides. Environment is happy, safe, and as wholesome as you're going to get with 300+ teenagers. Thank you TPA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

Surprisingly school has great reputation & test scores despite negative changes/ behavior by established teachers and administrators. Teachers publish tutoring schedules, but routinely do not keep them. Students still remain high achievers despite negative teacher behavior. Great curriculum at school does not mean teachers like their students, treat them with respect or support students academically. This school demands students who can handle an advanced college environment and adultlike relationship with teachers. Great parent envolvement and extra curricular activities. Allowing school administration by an outside foundation or district will only cause more conflict of interest by school administrators, board members, and teachers. Inevitably school reputation will decrease more.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 12, 2006

Tempe Prep is an excellent school for a certain type of student. Be prepared for lots of homework, a challanging environment and demanding teachers. If your student cannot handle a competitive academic school this is not the place for them. The classes are small but the standards are high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

The degree of mentorship at Tempe Prep is unbelievable. I feel honored to have my child attend this school. Some of the teachers, however, make a public display of their religious preferences....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

I do sincerely wish the campus was a reflection of the character of the school. Applying fresh paint and planting flowers or hanging planters would go a long way. Curb appeal shows pride in your school. It is also more enjoyable for those who attend and work there everyday. It's a great school. I bet the parents/students would help get the campus in better shape.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Environment on campus is incredibly good. Good families are involved. Students are motivated to do well. Parents are quite involved especially in extra curricular activities. Facilities are mediocre at best. Some of the faculty are not particulary motivating or encouraging but feel that the student needs to be self-motivated and self-directed. Grading policies are somewhat arbritary and very subjective by design and in practice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

Great speech and debate team, good attention to what should be the core of any school: academics and skills relating to writing and thinking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

This is an outstanding 'charter' school. The level of education is excellent and the expectations are as well. They offer many sports, extra-curriculars and have great school spirit. The staff are very involved with students as are the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

Tempe prep is a great atmosphere that my child feels comfertable attending. It's amazing that it's tuition free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2005

This school is amazing, and really 'builds' a student to aspire and reach.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 3, 2004

Excellent college prep school; excellent moral climate; highest academic standards; no down time: always on task; very good small school sports program, but a little thin on other extra-curricular activities; curriculum limited to a 'great books' liberal arts education in the Western tradition; school complies with state requirements for special education but some teachers, though very well-educated, don't always know how to accomodate struggling or below average students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

Please ignore the last comment. As a teacher at Tempe Prep, I can promise you that there is no detention room as described by the 'parent' in the last comment. Indeed, to the best of my knowledge, there has never been a family at TPA with that family's name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2004

My child graduated from Tempe Prep in 2001. The experience was good for him. The school is disciplined, challenging, and difficult, but worthwhile. [My son] was a troublemaker and continued his prankery at Tempe Prep, but those teachers really straightened him out. This is a great school for troubled children. I believe that Tempe Prep will continue to excel. The test scores are amazing. The school's use of the 'detention' and 'penalty box' system works extremely well to enforce the hundreds of key rules each child must follow. In the penalty box, a student may not talk, may not move, and may only move to turn a page of the book he is required to read. Other students watch him through the glass windows of his room to break his spirit. It is an excellent experience. This is a great school, send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2003

Tempe Prep offers a first class college prep curriculum with solid leadership, a wonderful front office staff, highly qualified teachers and a full offering of extra curricular opportunities. We are thrilled to be a part of this 'community of learners'. It is the kind of education that should be afforded to every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2003

Im a student at Tpa not a parent. Tpa is a great school, every year the school is inproving. My brother, stated at tpa whan the school started and we have been with the school since then. So I have seen the school change first hand.One of the things that makes tpa great is the size, though I believe tpa made a mistake when they added another class(making 3 sections for each grade) but the school still is much smaller then most if not all. There are a lot of good teachers here and there are a few people who should teach. But most of the time the good ones out shine the bad ones. By far the school is the best educational learning exsperence the state even country perhaps has to ofer. And deserves more funding. But there is one negative with the school. The school can be very up tight about how they run things, they take things too seriously, with disapline and all. And this comes from the facalty, headmaster, and the po(parent oganization) they all need to loosen up. But ther positives do out number the negatives at tpa and defenetly deseves more funding.


Posted August 13, 2003

One of the most insightful comments a student told me when asked why they liked Tempe Prep so much was their response: 'It is the first school I went to that respected me, and I could be 'popular', because I was smart.' Several students agreed, and as I observed students throught out the school year, I found it to be true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2003

Everything about this school is awesome! From the challenging curriculum to truly caring teachers, to a sharp young principal that has a geniune love for education and the students. No doubt about it - this school is hard, and may not be for everyone. Those that graduate from TPA will have a foundation for entry into the finest universities. This is the 'Prep School' tradition - at a Charter School price!


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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 65% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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73%

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79%

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91%
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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

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

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91%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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98%

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98%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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
White 64% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Greek I, II
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:00
School Leader's name
  • Julie Boles
Fax number
  • (480) 755-0546

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College preparatory
  • Honors track
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Greek I, II
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Parents can become involved through the parent organization; and through various volunteer activities. each spring the parent organization hosts a school wide renaissance fair that is highly supported by the entire community.
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  • *consistently rated "Excelling" by state of Arizona *outstanding scores on standardized testing (state & national, including SAT) *high acceptance rate to competitive colleges/universities (Boston U.; U.of Chicago; Pomona/Claremont Colleges) *strong involvement of students in extracurricular activities
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1251 E. Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85283
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Phone: (480) 839-3402

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