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6-12 & Ungraded
Public charter
Tempe, AZ
Students enrolled: 95
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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5301 South McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

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(480) 233-3622
(480) 755-3791
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September 13, 2014
GCP is a very good small school that helps students that get lost in a traditional public or larger charter school setting. Their students are well prepared for college as evidenced by the 1000 hours GCP kids have earned through the school Early College program while others are doing well in the schools new partnership with EVIT. I strongly encourage families to schedule an appointment to visit the school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2014
The administration is very unorganized. As a parent of a former student I've seen great teachers come and leave shortly thereafter. The school is NOT free, we had to pay "fees" but not sure where that money went because the maintenance of the building is terrible. It's filthy with cockroaches and is painted to look like a preschool which I think it was at one time. The teachers seemed overwhelmed and the principal has a short temper and according to my child has screamed and cursed at students before. AVOID.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
My son has gone to GCP since 6th grade. The teachers and principal are attentive and caring. Any concerns (which are few) are immediately addressed. I know my son is learning in a safe environment with a student/teacher ratio averaging 15:1. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
The last four years have been a perfect fit for my daughter, she flourished in the small teacher to child ratios and had teachers who really cared about her success. The availability of technology for the children improves yearly as well as the physical grounds. This is a very academic school driven to prepare our children for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
This is a wonderful school...student to teacher ratio is 12-15 to one. The teachers really care and are dedicated to each student as an individual. The principal is always available and promptly addresses any concerns (which are very few). I am so thankful that we found this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
It wears me out that people are allowed to say whatever they like and do it anonymously. This is a great little school with teachers who work hard. With student participation and parent support great things are accomplished. The reviewer is correct in that success requires all three. I suggest that one always look at himself first and as a teacher I know I am doing my job. Is this student and/or his parent(s) doing theirs?

- submitted by a teacher
June 07, 2014
I have 2 children in this school presently. 3 years ago my youngest daughter was entering 6th grade with a 2nd grade reading level, it was not for lack of trying. She gives 100% most of the time, but the way public schools are forced to function didn't work for her. She felt overwhelmed and stupid and was ready to give up. 3 years ago she was not meeting in several areas of AIMS. The teachers at GCP, the majority of which are patient and firm, saw her potential and worked with her, and she bloomed. She is now meeting on AIMS in every area, and nearly exceeding in a few. GCP teachers truly care about the students and take time with them. Both of my girls have had teachers they gravitated at various time for various reasons that were tremendous helps to them and both have come to feel like GCP is home. Next year both girls will be taking college courses while still in high school. No school is perfect, no one is perfect but with the regulations on schools and the need to meet test score criteria the teachers at this school strike a balance between trying to meet the criteria and genuinely caring for the students on an individual level and take the time to care for the whole student.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
I have seen some of the comments from other parents and it disturbs me because I believe it does not give a fair insight to the school and the teachers. From my perspective, if your child is doing great in the public school system and the way it is set up works for them, that's fantastic - but for many kids it doesn't work. I was a SAHM for many years, things changed and our family went from being comfortable to struggling, even with me working full time. It took a toll on our kids and on our home, no matter how hard I tried to maintain all I was able to do as a SAHM, I simply couldn't. GCP is not perfect, no school is, but the majority of the teachers genuinely care about the students on a one on one basis. They see the potential the kids have and work with them. Several of the teachers stood in that gap that we were not able to fulfill at that time. I agree with the teacher, it has to be a partnership between the parents/teachers/students. Everyone has a bad day, everyone goes through times when they need help. GCP provides their end of the bargain and steps up to help, but we as parents have to do the same and work together to help our kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
This school is a joke. The leadership is terrible!!!!!! The principal is rude, condescending and shows no concern towards parents or students. The school employs teachers that are too busy to listen to parent or student issues and do little teaching. They claim to spend no money on aesthetics and all on students, yet there is little truth to that. This is a very disappointing school and I wonder how those who graduate from here succeed in college.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This is a terrible school and an embarrassment to the education world. Parents beware, do not let the school's leader fool you. Do your kid a favor and take them to schools down the road from this place. Whoever runs this school should be ashamed of themselves.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
I have two children who attend Grand Canyon Prep. For several years running, I have found this school to be wonderful. The teachers are deeply involved with the parents. If there is anything I need to be aware of I immediately receive a call and/or an email. Being a person who attended school through to my doctorate, I really wished to find a school that my children would feel welcome at and would be challenged at but also enjoy. I did not want my children to go to one of the local schools with an enormous student population. Along with not wanting my children to be lost in the shuffle at a large school, I wanted my children to attend a school with diversity. All of my desired have been fulfilled at this school. My children have very different needs from each other and I feel both of them are being served very well at GCP. My children have both noted that there are "no bullies" at this school. I believe this is a reflection of the compassionate leadership at GCP. A special thank you to Mr. Gordon for his hard work in making this school what it is and also for his kindness towards all of the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
My child had always been a top student who loved school. When we moved to Gilbert, she had a 4.2 GPA, had exceeded on all four portions of the AIMS on her first attempt, and her national standardized test scores put her above the 96th Percentile. When we read about the school online, she was quite excited about its dual-enrollment program. The principal made clear to us that it was high performing school (test-score wise), and made it out to be a perfect fit. Upon starting school, my child was immediately displeased. I thought it was just a case of new school anxiety, but this quickly proved to not be the case. She loved her fellow students, yet described her classes as Kindergarten-level (despite of straight A's), and came home every night begging to switch schools. One night she showed me her classwork, and I realized she was not exaggerating . I looked up the school's test scores, which turned out to be much lower than the principal quoted. We immediately changed schools, but as she was so far behind Gilbert HS, she got her only D of HS. This disqualified her from two separate full-ride scholarships (AIMS and Lumberjack). AVOID http://www.ade.az.gov/researchpolicy/AIMSResults/

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
small school with small classes. the do not put up with bullies, not doing homework. The teachers care and take interest in each student. Parents are asked to be part of their kids process of learning. Fun activities and homework class after school. 8 to 3:30 school and homework club with a teacher and the principal is always there to help. 3:30 to 5pm. The offer music lessons, lego robotics, tutoring, soccer, debate team. Awesome place, my child is very happy here. Our child is very excited to go to school with his friends from 6th grade to 12 grade. The bigger kids really do play a role model for the younger ones here. Everyone really works on getting along. Of course their will always be on or two. But here it gets worked out quickly. it smooth sailing for a safe, clean learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
We enrolled our daughter at James Madison preparatory school down the street because we like smaller classes. Many many promises went unfulfilled. We didn't even know our daughter was having issues until the report cards came out. she was even failing 2 classes. We worked tirelessly with our daughter. More Promises unfulfilled by the school. no student falls through the cracks? We left. After 1 year at Grand Canyon prep. Our daughter is on the honor roll, with her lowest grade being a b. Since enrolling at this wonderful school our daughter has blossomed. She loves the school, we love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Excellent, engaged and proactive teachers and staff. GCP has strong leadership and challenging courses and programs. There is visible improvment in my child's education and interactivity with the school and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Both of my children attend GCP. We absolutely love it. We appreciate everything from the dedicated teachers, to the small warm school environment, to the challenging academics. We are so happy to be a part of this wonderful school environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
I think this a great school. Wonderful teachers and staff. Excellent leadership. Too much homework sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2012
This school is great. The class size is smaller than other schools. Most classes are about 10-17 people at Grand canyon Prepatory academy.(GCP) Yes, the classes are harder but thats a plus if anything because you learn more that way.I am personally a student and I will be at this school for a while longer. The teachers are funny and they can help you at almost any time, due to small classes. This is just and overall great school.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2012
I am impressed with this school. My son has done very well and is happy there. Small class sizes and excellent teacher make for good results. My only regret is that with a school this size Physical education and sports are minimal.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2012
You have no idea how great this school has been for my boys in both their academics as well as their confidence. This school has been a great influence on my children to want to do better as well as give them hope of going to college.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2012
The dual diploma program is very exciting to me. Students can graduate with a high school and associate degree I was quite impressed. I have never heard that before in other school setting. The students also get involved with the community, charity events, and fundraisers. These are things that help your child become a well rounded person. ~ Alanna Giddens

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Not impressed by this school. They do not get personalized one-on-one attention when needed. They are not helpful at all. Please parents research before you move your children here. I wish I had researched more. My child has been nothing but unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
I'm so impressed with this school! The programs are challenging and the Teachers are of the best quality. My son is learning so much more here than he did at the public high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2009
Grand Canyon Prep has allowed our Daughter to excel so f,ar that she will graduate with a associates in business at the time she graduates high school. Its a real leg up for her.WI give it an A+

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
Grand Canyon Prep has allowed my shy daughter to blossom. She would have fallen through the cracks at a bigger school. Thanks GCP

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2009
I have had my child in GCP since 7th grade. He did so well that he skipped 8th grade and went straight into high school. He is currently a Junior who will have earned 12 college credits by the end of this semester. He was able to go to Japan and is currently taking his 4th year of Japanese. the teaching staff is exceptional. three of the current instructors are college certified professors. the environment is close and all teachers are in daily communication with parents whenever necessary. I saw a complete transformation in my child. He loves to go to school now and looks forward to all his classes. GCP is an excellent choice for selective parents looking for a great education in a small environment.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2008
I transferred my 6th grader to this school from a huge public school and he is LOVING it. He is blossoming here. He loves the smaller classes, being able to talk with his teachers and the wide variety of electives. In no way do I find the curriculum here behind or lacking compared to the public school he came from.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2003
GCP is the best kept secret. Our daughter has attended for 3 years and will be graduating this year, one year early. She wouldn't be doing this if she were attending a public school. They help her when she doesn't understand. She is a person not just another student. The instructors are A+++

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2003
The teachers are highly educated, highly motivated, and possess a breadth of knowledge that allows them to follow and expand upon the students' interests. They were very helpful to us when my son was having difficulties. Mr. Gordon goes out of his way to find meaningful and varied enrichment activities for the students.

- submitted by a parent
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Grand Canyon Prep is a very good small school where children who get lost in larger schools can find individualized care. Our student to teacher ratio averages 17 to 1. Over the last ten years, our students have earned 974 hours of college credit through our Advanced Placement and Early College Program through Mesa Community College. We also partner with EVIT where our students can explore careers in over thirty fields ranging from Aviation to Health Care to Culinary Science to Video Production.

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Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School
5301 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ  85283
(480) 233-3622
Last modified Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top