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.
I recently attended the Grand Opening celebrating ACPA's new and permanent location. ACPA has a history of being labeled an EXCELLING School and now continues to earn "A" ratings from Arizona Department of Education. Those ratings are great, but only begin to communicate the passion of the school leadership and staff that is dedicated to working with and challenging each student to use his/her voice, set priorities, achieve goals and find success after graduation. They do not deliver canned curriculum or focus on test preparation; but instead provide a learning environment that is based on inquiry, is project based, and integrates the core subject areas. This research based practice allows students to develop as critical thinkers and to find meaning and connections in what they are learning. They offer a wide selection of elective classes and have some established community partnerships. An example is their work with Saguaro National Park . It is a small school - a safe school environment - and provides a rigorous college preparatory education. I highly recommend this school.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
All three of our children are in the Amerischools system and we couldn't be happier with their progress.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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