Frequently Asked Question About Tempe Preparatory Academies
General Admissions Questions
Tempe Preparatory Academy offers grades 6th – 12th.
Tempe Preparatory Academy’s educational format employs forward-thinking approaches to curriculum and learning – an approach that prepares students for all aspects of college and for life beyond college. Going beyond what is typically required by most schools, students who graduate from Tempe Preparatory Academy are knowledgeable and confident in advanced mathematics, science, fine arts, literature, philosophy and foreign languages. Our academy focuses on the importance of Western tradition, offering students an opportunity to discover some of the greatest thinkers of Western thought. At Tempe Preparatory Academy, our curriculum is also inclusive of music education to help develop the creative capacities for lifelong success. All students are required to take two semesters junior high and two semesters in high school. The Tempe Preparatory Academy also teaches high school students through the Socratic method of roundtable discussions to engage students and promote higher-level critical thinking. Our rigorous academic curriculum also includes character education that guides students toward honing their social skills and ethical values – because success in life does not solely rely on academics.
To graduate from Tempe Preparatory Academy, students are required to graduate with 24.5 credits, as well as participate in community service and defend a senior thesis. Tempe Preparatory Academy exceeds state standards in education in music theory, drama, studio art and foreign languages. For more information on graduation requirements, click here.
Students at Tempe Preparatory Academy discover an in-depth and diverse understanding of the great works of Western tradition, including works contributed by Plato, Shakespeare, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke and many more. We attribute our academic success to the extensive liberal arts curriculum that cultivates an aptitude for life-long learning. Take a closer look at our curriculum.
Tempe Preparatory Academy maintains a student to teacher ratio of 13 to 1. We firmly believe that small class sizes leave a lasting impact on students’ academic life through individualized attention and student accountability.
Tempe Preparatory Academy maintains a rich tradition of academic and college bound success. Tempe Preparatory Academy ranks second in the State of Arizona in graduation rates and first among charter schools. Last year, 100 percent of our graduates received acceptance by a university or Ivy League college program, such as Harvard University, Yale University, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to view extended information on TPA’s academic rankings.
No, while both our academies maintain a rich tradition of academic success, neither Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy nor Tempe Preparatory Academy is a school for the academic elite. Student enrollment at Tempe Preparatory Junior Academy is determined through a lottery. For more information on the enrollment process, click here.
Tempe Preparatory Academy accepts applications for all grades, however due to Tempe Preparatory Academy’s specific guidelines for graduation, acceptance into 10th – 12th grade is determined on current high school transcripts. While new students are accepted into every grade, it is highly advised to begin the application process as early in the student’s academic career as possible. Student enrollment is determined through a lottery, giving lower grade levels a priority. Click here to read the school’s admission and lottery policy.
Tempe Preparatory Academy will inform all students selected for spots, as well as those who are on the waiting list for any grade level following the Tempe Preparatory Academy 6th Grade Lottery. Students have two weeks from notification to accept their spot at the school. If a student does not accept his or her spot within the allotted time, his or her spot is then offered to the first student on the waiting list for that grade level. If a student is not selected that student is notified where he or she is on the waiting list. Click here to view admission dates and deadlines.
Tempe Preparatory Academy advises all parents to submit applications as early in the student’s academic career as possible. Families with students that attend Tempe Preparatory Academy are given priority over incoming new students. If families wish to enroll multiple students they may do so, however younger students will be given priority over older students due to Tempe Preparatory Academy’s specific graduation guidelines. Applications that have been submitted will roll over into the next academic school year.
Acceptance into Tempe Preparatory Academy mid-year is determined on availability.
Enrollment at Tempe Preparatory Academy varies year to year based on incoming students from families with students already enrolled at Tempe Preparatory Academy. Traditionally Tempe Preparatory Academy enrolls an average of 60 new students per school year. The junior high school serves a student population of 198 and the high school serves a student population of 250.
The academy evaluates a student’s academic progress at the end of each quarter and reports results electronically to parents. Second evaluations will detail several comments relative to the student’s performance in the classroom. A child’s school performance is also reviewed during formal parent-teacher conferences held at the end of the first quarter of the school year. Maximizing the educational process is essential at Tempe Preparatory Academy and an evaluation of strengths, accomplishments and academic interests is also included in student evaluations.
Students may submit an application to Tempe Preparatory Academy via mail, fax or through our online portal. For more information on our application process, click here.
Students invest a great deal into their education at Tempe Preparatory Academy and parents serve an essential role in supporting student academics. Parents are expected to communicate frequently with teachers to develop an understanding of the education opportunities Tempe Preparatory Academy have to offer. Maintaining an ongoing dialogue between parents and teachers will offer students the greatest opportunity for academic success. Parents may also offer support through charitable donations and volunteerism through the Tempe Preparatory Academy Foundation.
Student Life Questions
Tempe Preparatory Academy has an excellent reputation in athletics and offers a wide array of after-school programs for students interested in enriching their studies and sharing their talents with the community. Our enriched sports program prepares students to assume roles of leadership and influence, while encouraging physical well-being and reinforcing character education. See the TPA Athletic Corner for specific program details.
In addition to Tempe Preparatory Academy’s athletic program, the academy also offers a multitude of academic and performing arts programs, including speech and debate, choir, orchestra, art club, Spanish club, National Honor Society, yearbook, robotics, school newspaper and Odyssey of the Mind. For further offerings of extracurricular programs click here.
Students can expect to spend 2-3 hours per day on homework assignments – except during designated homework-free weekends and other special circumstances. By allowing time away from their studies, students will develop healthier attitudes toward homework and reach a better balance in their lives with work, family time, sleep and entertainment.
Yes, at Tempe Preparatory Academy, we work hard to give students every opportunity to excel in the classroom, which includes additional help from teachers throughout the week. However, tutoring is not just for students who are failing. While tutoring can make the difference between a failing and passing grade, any TPA student can benefit from tutoring. Tutoring is available to those students looking to gain a competitive edge, fill in missing gaps or even reinforcing concepts already learned. Learn more about our learning support services here.
Tempe Preparatory Academy devotes extensive resources and provides highly individualized college counseling to support students and families throughout their college selection and application process. Students also receive assistance with locating scholarship opportunities, writing college resumes and applying for financial aid. Academy students receive help and support from faculty members, as well as a Tempe Preparatory Academy college counselor to ensure college search success.
Classes at Tempe Preparatory Academy begin at 8 a.m. Classes throughout the day are 55 minutes long with the last class ending at 2:45 p.m. For safety precautions, students should not arrive on campus earlier than 7:30 a.m. nor stay later than 3:30 p.m., unless part of an organized, adult-supervised program. Extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, tutoring) will normally end by 6 p.m., depending on the activity.
Yes, Tempe Preparatory Academy requires girls to wear a plaid skirt or navy blue pants or shorts. Girls are also required to wear either a white or navy polo shirt or a white or blue cotton blouse. Boys at Tempe Preparatory Academy are required to wear khaki shorts or pants and a navy polo or white cotton shirt.
No, Tempe Preparatory Academy does not offer a bus service.