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Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School

Charter | 6-12 & ungraded | 95 students

We are best known for small classes.

 

Living in Tempe

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

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 10 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted October 2, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 63% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
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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 65% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 58% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
83%
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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 42%
Black 15% 5%
Hispanic 14% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Marcos De Niza High School
Fees Middle School
McClintock High School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 57% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 25% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 13% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation NAU
ASU
MCC
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Brainstorm Semi Finalist (2008)
  • Chess Second Place Chess Emporium (2011)
  • Fifth Place Phoenix Lego Robotics Tournament (2011)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2014)
  • Children's First Academy (2013)
  • Children's First Academy (2012)

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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Foreign Language Origins
  • Japanese
  • 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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • David Gordon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (480) 755-3791

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Service learning
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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Foreign Language Origins
  • Japanese
  • 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
  • Auto mechanics
  • Aviation, Health, Video Produc
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • 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.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
43
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
50
Students typically come from these schools
Marcos De Niza High School
Fees Middle School
McClintock High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mesa Community College
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 57%
4 year college - 25%
Workforce - 13%
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5301 South McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
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Phone: (480) 233-3622

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