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Tempe Preparatory Academy

Charter | 7-12 & ungraded

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted May 27, 2003

Well, ok, so I'm not a parent of a TPA child, but I am a teacher at the school. Having taught at other charter schools as well as at the community college and university level, I can honestly say that this is most academically solid institution at which I have taught or that I can imagine. Alongside of this intellectual rigor is a community with strong moral leadership and athletic excellence. I love teaching, coaching, and just plain being at Tempe Prep. This is an excellent choice for your son or daughter. It does, however, require that your child be willing to work hard and that parents be more attentive to their child's than they might need to be were their child at a typical school. It is not always an easy task to convince a 10th grader, let alone a 7th grader, to make intellectual pursuits their principle focus. But, the high school graduates at Tempe Prep speak volumes of the character of the school and the power of the TPA curriculum -- graduates are confident, incredibly intelligent, genuinely moral, and are successful at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.


Posted April 15, 2003

This school is one of the most challenging I have seen and has constantly inspired my rather average (academically speaking)daughter to reach new heights and really think about what she is learning.


Posted March 28, 2003

We are former homeschoolers that 'found' TPA through a homeschool friend whose oldest son was already attending. My 17 year old junior has been attending since 8th grad. My 15 year old freshman is in her third year. The academic expectations are high. Students have much more homework than many public high schools compared to our friends with children in those schools. It is a challenge, at times, to get homework completed after a two hour practice for soccer, basketball, or baseball and have a life on a Monday - Friday basis. Having said that, I cannot imagine a better environment for children to learn! Teachers are GREAT overall and available for tutoring before or after class, as needed. One example of their high standards - Latin, Spanish, French, or German classes are required throughout 7 - 12th grades. Mandatory community service for some grades, mandatory attendance at music concerts and a variety of other extracurricular events make this a well-rounded school and curriculum. Most students are involved in one of the sports that is offered throughout the school year. This has been a highlight for my students. Coaching has been wonderful and many friends made with other parents and teammates. Strongest recommendation for the parent that desires to partner with the academic staff to provide quality education in smaller classrooms for their children that can adjust to; a)wearing uniforms to public school, b)maintain a conservative appearance, c)couple of hours of homework. Character building is one standard that I have really appreciated, both in the classroom and on the athletic teams. TPA is doing a great job of preparing students for college AND becoming productive and responsible adults in our society!


Posted March 28, 2003

It's a great previlage to have my son in this school and to be involved with this quality of education.


Posted March 28, 2003

Greatest school ever


Posted March 27, 2003

This is a fine school with a great curriculum. Small student body is a welcome quality and we like the fact that it is 7th-12th so that our child can begin maturing in his attitude toward academics before it really counts. Also, it ensures that the curriculum from 8th to 9th is aligned - a real problem in many of the districts where there are a large number of feeder schools, all with different curriculae. Our child has enjoyed Odyssey of the Mind as an extracurricular activity.


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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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The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

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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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The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

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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 62% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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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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97%

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
  • 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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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 &#34Excelling&#34 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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