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9-12
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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 130
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3434 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85716

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(520) 722-1200
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May 20, 2014
This school was able to give me the freedom of mind and the freedom of heart. While attending ACPA I was able to transform from my angry, frantic, scattered freshman self to the Student Council President my senior year. It took a lot of hard work and my teachers were able to help me out through the whole process. Something amazing about this school is the fact that the teachers are attentive to the needs of the student and meet the needs of the student. Which is helpful and beneficial to our students. I especially love Mr.Brower, who has helped me find the inner artist in me. Mr.Brower made sure that I could freely express myself. He also encouraged me to turn in my work and to become a better student. Through Mr.Brower's tutelage I was able to improve and more fully evolve into reaching my full potential. Mr and Mrs.Mendoza also helped me find my voice. Mr.Mendoza supplied the counter arguments to every argument that I made in order to let me think more thoroughly about my actions and thoughts. While, Mrs.Mendoza helped me in a kind and gentle way to become stronger and let me be myself. All in all, this school is great!

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2014
As a grandparent and community member, I appreciate the dedication of the staff and all of the opportunities they provide on a daily basis to help each student progress and succeed. Students are challenged to think critically and search for their own voice. That is very important in this day and age when it is so easy for teenagers to be influenced by pop culture and the media. I support their efforts and feel strongly that their level of achievement, community partnerships and graduation rate speak to their reputation and continuing success.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
This school is driven to exceed at all costs. Even at the cost of your child's well-being. If your child is willing to put in 12 hours a day, ignore rest and fun so they can get a 4.25 GPA, they will love this school. Students are told to come in before school and work, to stay after and work and to work during lunch. I am not exaggerating. My son had to have surgery and missed 4 days of school. He was reprimanded for this. He was also marked down on his progress report, I kid you not, for not coming in BEFORE school in the morning to take advantage of study time offered by the school. He was told that he would never go to college because he liked to play basket ball during lunch. My son is an above average kid. He doesn't smoke or do drugs or play hours of video games. But more than one teacher has called him "an idiot" and he has been told numerous times he will never go to college. During History class they lectured a number of days on the evils of Disney movies, how they are racist and against women's rights. This school is ULTRA-LIBERAL! They will tell your kids what to believe and how to think. Faith is not encouraged. Not a good atmosphere. We are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
Arizona College Prep Academy is an excellent school. Their dedication to educating my child is amazing. My son has and IEP and they work so diligently to keep him on track. I REALLY appreciate their efforts on his behalf!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
ACPA has offered me a great environment in which to hone my craft as a teacher. Also, a wonderful professional team to push me. I love all of the clubs and activities we offer (music, robotics, knitting, frisbee, literary club, soccer, financial face-off, French club, are just a few). Our students amaze me every day. Our alumni are all over the country and world, and still very much active members of our Griffin community. Our results have been among the best in Tucson for well over a decade. Please check out our school if you are a student, or a parent of a student, serious about working towards college.

- submitted by a teacher
February 01, 2014
I am in 9th grade at Arizona College Prep, and I love it! The teachers are great; very helpful and knowledgable. Its very small, which keeps it as a warm, caring atmosphere, where everybody knows everyone else. The teaching is very individualized, tailored to each students needs, and the staff is willing to do almost anything to help you to understand. But not only do they teach us our necessary academic skills, they make sure we are prepared for life in and out of college, as more than just a scholar, as a person. I participate in Ultimate frisbee with Mr. Mendoza after school, and I really enjoy it. I am strongly looking forward to my remaining semester and 3 more years at this wonderful school!

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2013
Arizona College Prep is an amazing school. I have considered how to say how this school changes its students, and how many opportunities that the staff provides for these kids, but there is no other way to say it except what I think is true. An ACPA education does model college life, and at times, can be more challenging than college work. The teachers hold students to a higher standard than any other instructors I've met. Actually, they not only strongly encourage it, but they support students and help them find themselves. For kids who are open to everything available at this school, and driven enough to stick with studying, class work and extra activities, there are exceptional rewards. I am a graduate attending Smith College, with EXCELLENT scholarships because of my teachers at ACPA. To be honest, if I had gone to a different school I would still end up in a college. However, I would have never been awarded the aid I received, and I would not be attending Smith. That is only one success story that ACPA has helped create though. If you have the opportunity, ask the faculty about some of the awesome alumni. Ask about student life, what the teachers do and you'll see what I mean.

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2013
I am confused as to why there are reviews here from 2009 when the ACPA listed as "arizona college Pret Academy" just recently received their charter. They seem to be working the system renaming their school from Amerischool College Prep Academy with the same ACPA. to my knowledge they Amerischool....lost their charter and did public records show they did a poor job with their funding and even have many civial court cases to show this. Now with the same branding and the same people just switch funding and try again at the expense of the students. DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
Lead by passionate educators who really "get" their student population, ACPA is changing the lives of high school students who need the intimate setting of a smaller setting to thrive. Each student is known by the teachers and accountable for their performace. Enrichment opportunities via community volunteer activities, internships and field trips allow the students to take their learning outside the classroom and put it into action. centrally-located, this school is along major bus routes and easy to get to with nearby amentities. Strong enthusiasm, positive feedback and graduates who prove the school is leaving a legacy in the lives of many.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
my daughter has attended ACPA since the 2nd semester of her freshman year and she is now a senior. i gave her an opportunity to go to the school of her choice her freshman year and she chose sahuaro. i gave her one semester to prove to me that she would get good grades and she came home with 2 f's. i then enrolled her into a school of my choice and stumbled upon ACPA. im very happy i did. she has made such a huge improvement and now is about to graduate highschool but better yet, wants to attend college. she is now thinking about a future where education is important and i know that ACPA is a big part of that reason. The teachers, principal and even the front office lady are very open and easy to talk to. i have needed to talk to them on several occasions to voice any concerns i had and they were always open and willing to hear anthing i said. as a single mother, i appreciate that because i am glad that i have people on my side that care about my daughter and what she does with her life. i love the dress codes that they inforce, the classroom environments and even the lunch options that they have for my daughter. if you are considering to bring your child to ACPA, YOU SHOULD!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
I've followed ACPA closely since its inception in 1998/1999. The teachers and staff have always adhered to the principle of offering the best education possible to every student in attendance. Their higher than average (95%) graduation rate for their seniors speaks to the efficacy of their teaching methods. The incredible, and personal synergy created by the caring teacher, and the student, prepares the young person far beyond a diploma. The student is helped to appreciate the life around them and how their part will help everyone around them. This grandfather has seen the effect of ACPA's educational leadership in their graduates years after their time in high school. The kids eyes have been opened to look at the world around them far differently than the usual public curriculum. Thank you ACPA!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
I am currently a Student at ACPA and have attended it for three years. ACPA is truly a college Prep school preparing me not only for the academic challenges of going to college but for the social ways as well. With the small school environment each student gets a chance to achieve their personal best. Anyone looking for a College Prep experience should strongly consider ACPA. (Anyone not looking to go to college probably shouldn't)

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2013
Arizona College Prep Academy is an excellent school because it has the best staff and administration, the very best of the students, who want to show the world that everybody matters and everybody can make a difference in their communities and in their countries, with proper education and love and respect for each other.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2012
I'm so pleased with the quality of the curriculum, and teachers at ACPA. The teacher involvement with the kids is simply outstanding. I would highly encourage any family desiring something a little bit extra for their children to consider this outstanding school. Thank you, ACPA!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
From my experience at this school I have found that they, the staff, move slowly but thoroughly. They get you about 95-98% prepared for the AIMS and all the teachers work as a community. Their methodology for dividing the classes could use some work. The principal, who doesn't have to much time her hands, teaches the higher level English classes and the only problem I have with that is that MOST ALL of the assignments are highly subjective which is not conducive to a school environment, one of which was a study of the book called "The N word" where weeks were spent giving each other opinions about a document that quite honestly nobody in the class truly cared about. Personally, based on my observations, the school needs to teach the students to keep their opinions to themselves because by sharing an opinion you create conflict which does not make it easy to actually learn.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2011
The school is basically a cult. If you dont conform to their way of thinking, youre an outcast. I left the school and succeeded much more than i did when i was there. The teachers want to brainwash you and not to think for yourself. Creativity and individuality are not welcome.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2011
I spent all four years of my high school career at ACPA. As a student going into my junior year at the University of Arizona, and having designed my own interdisciplinary degree program, I can confidently say that ACPA was exactly what I needed to get my academic career on track. Thanks to the dedicated and academically diverse faculty at ACPA, I'm living a future I only once dreamed of. Parents, please strongly consider sending your kid to this school. You'd be doing a disservice to your child and to yourself by putting them in the failing TUSD system.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2011
As a teacher recently retired from ACPA, I am thankful that my final years of classroom teaching were among teachers, staff, and administrators of such excellence. The opportunity to watch student's lives change through the efforts of a totally committed group of teachers was a real privilege. Wonders happen when the well-being of students is always first in the minds of teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2011
This was my first year at ACPA and I enjoyed it. When I first arrived I didn't want to be there at all. If your child is like me the teachers will do their best to get you to enjoy your time. If you don't like it they won't force you to like it. You face a rigorous yet manageable schedule. You face a feeling of community the moment you step into the building. The students help you figure out what to do. Scholarship time of the year was when I really started opening my eyes and seeing that TUSD was nothing compared to ACPA.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2011
My son just graduated from High School. His performance went from a D - C Student to an A - B student. His attitude and behavior also changed for better and now he is ready for College. Thanks to the school and teachers efforts my son was able to accomplished this goal and now his future is brighter and better. Thanks Amerischools!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
All three of our children are in the Amerischools system and we couldn't be happier with their progress.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
ACPA is remarkable in its efforts to get their students ready for the bigger challenge of life after high school. I would recommend ACPA to any of my family and friends. The teachers are enormously caring...they really want each student to succeed. And, if college is a goal? They make every student ready and help them with scholarship assistance. The teaching staff have a remarkable record of their students receiving well deserved scholarships from universities across the country. I'm a grandparent and am so pleased with my own grandchildren's education at ACPA.

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2011
I switched to ACPA after 2 years at my public high school and it was the best decision that my parents could have made. The difference in my education after I switched was truly astounding. Unlike my previous high school, where the teachers hardly listened or took the time to understand the students and their needs, I was now at a school with teachers who were genuinely interested and concerned with my education and my future. They helped nurture the student that I knew I could be, but had struggled to be at a big public high school. My first 2 years of school my grades included a number of Cs in Ds and never an A. But By the time I graduated from ACPA I had almost straight As for my final semester. This is a school I highly recommend. It is truly education at its best and one of the most positive high school experiences that a student can ask for.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2011
ACPA was one of the best experiences I ever had. Never before had I known what it felt like to be a part of a community or how to work towards and make choices that would lead to a better life for me now. In addition to being academically challenging, one is encouraged to learn valuable skills in areas such as leadership and citizenship that really set a foundation for how the real world outside of a school environment works. Be prepared, if considering ACPA, to be held accountable to your actions and to be pushed past your comfort zone. But also be prepared to feel more love and community than you ever thought possible. If you want to go to college with the most opportunities possible, ACPA is the place that will do everything in its power to get those opportunities for you. I am a very proud alumni and I never hesitate to recommend ACPA to anyone who looking for a high school.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
My son LOVES this school! He wakes up in the morning & WANTS to go to school! He gets the one on one attention he needs. All the teachers seem to be very dedicated, caring, & proficient at their jobs. Every one gets along with everyone else & my son is EXCITED about his future! I feel the environment at this school is laid back yet serious about education. The passion for education & building a great foundation for the future is resounding within these walls! This is my son's first year here & has already received offers from colleges wanting him to attend. I love that we don't have to worry about a scholarship, this school (and my son) will make sure my son gets one! We moved here from the Mid-west & finding a school that ranks with that was a BLESSING!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
As an Alumni from ACPA I can tell you from personal experience. When I came to the school i thought i could blow off everything just like i did at the local public middle school. But ACPA offered me a curriculum that challenged me to succeed, I went from a C and D student my freshman year to an A and B student my Junior and Senior years, because these teachers pushed me to succeed, and made me want more out of life than money. and a decent job, they made me want a family, and to find a way in my own way to make the world a better place.

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2009
This school has a great enviroment the students and teachers have great relationships! I have been going here for a while and I have learned more here than i have in any school I've been too, and I have been to alot. The teachers are very willing to help you with anything in any subject, no question is a stupid question. The is a great atmosphere between students they encourage eachother and always thrive for friendships. They have great classes and extra curricular activities! This is the best school you could go to, and the best to send your kids too.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 06, 2009
ACPA has done a great job preparing my child for college. The support that is offered during that process was great. I also love the way students travel out into the community or bring in experts. This past year, my child has gone to Raytheon, the UA 3-D imaging lab, the Botanical Gardens and just loves going to school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
I used to be a student at ACPA and I have to say it was amazing the teachers are great and everyones friendly and wants to get to know you, the teachers actually care about what's going on in your life and if you need help with your work they are alwasy there for you

- submitted by a community member
December 28, 2008
You know I actually really like acpa. The teachers are really kind and care about you, and very helpful. Also the majority of the students are very supporting and because t is so small there are not quite so many problems that you experience in a larger educational facility such as excessive bullying or exclusion. Although I must have to note that I do fell a certain degree of clique-y-ness if you will,which I don t like very much. Also a slight degree of segregation, between the Hispanics and the rest of the student body. It is not severe of course, but it is felt and troubles me slightly. But other than that it really is an excellent school with a reasonable amount of homework and, reiterating an above stated point, amazing teachers and quite kind students.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2008
I am ACPA freshman. It is THE best school ever!! With great tutoring and wonderful teacher involvement...they really care about what you think, and if you understand the lesson.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2008
As a current student attending acpa, i'll be the first to say this school gives you a good foundation in schooling if you are lacking or come from a bad school, but it gives you no room to expand educationaly. You follow there curricular course, or you leave. Plus all the 'community' aspects are just like any other school.If you get along well with the big group you'll get along just fine. And all the 'team building' and 'griffin pride' come in such excessive amounts it makes you wanna gag. Plus the teachers are always in your space preaching to you about your choices. If you are not an 'acpaer' then you'll loathe this school

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
If you are not serious about school then the teachers will do everything they can to help you become a more proactive person and student. This community is made of positive and caring people who want to make a better future. If I ever have children I would want them to go to a school like this.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
Over my 4 years at this school my life has improved greatly not only in academics but also as a citizen in the community. This school has provided me as well as many of my peers with a safe learning facility in which we can all feel safe and expand our horizens. I was a shy student with lower then average grades in middle school when I entered ACPA but over my years at this school I have changed. I am now comfortable around my peers and my community as a whole and have nearly perfect grades. I greatly recommend this school if you value your growth academically and mentally.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 20, 2007
I am a senior at ACPA and I absolutely love this school. It has not only helped me grow academically but also emotionally and mentally. When I graduate I will take more with me than I ever thought I would in terms of memories, lessons learned, personal advice from the teachers, and so much more. I had so much fun with local bands coming to our school and having concerts for the students. On top of that the different music styles and sounds that I was exposed to inspired me to write songs of my own and find that I too am a musician and opened my eyes to my own love of music.

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2007
This school is great academically and the teachers will do everything in their power to have kids succeed. My only complaint is a lack of music and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
After homeschooling for 9 years, we are blessed to have found ACPA. The prospect of public highschool was terrifying. But our daughter loves ACPA. The principal really cares about the students and wants to help each one succeed. I highly recommend ACPA!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2006
I have had both of my children at ACPA as well as several family friends. I cannot even imagine a more exciting or amazing school. The teacher's are professional, caring and incredibly passionate. I am always shocked by the work they do with the kids as whole people. The success rates don't even begin to touch the human accomplishments achieved in this building. My kids love this school like a second home and I enthusiastically recommend ACPA for any parent. The extracurricular choices are almost endless. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza and all the staff. You have created an unparalleled learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
Overall I have been pleased with academic programs. It troubles me that there are no arts programs. My chief complaint would be the quality of teachers who are currently there, and an apparent lack of professional leadership. The school's goals are in line with mine, but I have not always agreed with procedure.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
This school is a fantastic place for teens to not only learn academically but also grow as far as people.

- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2005
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ACPA is a small school with a safe environment. We offer academically challenging seminar-based classes with a hands-on, minds-on approach. College counseling begins with students the summer prior to 8th grade. Tutorial for enrichment and remediation is available daily before and after school. We have a focus on Community Involvement which includes community service, civic involvement and using community resources to enrich our curriculum and enhance student learning.

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3434 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ  85716
(520) 722-1200
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