Graduation Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPE PREPARATORY ACADEMY DIPLOMA

(established in the TPA charter and approved by the TPA governing board in a legally convened public meeting)

The governing board may prescribe the course of study and competency requirements for the graduation of pupils from high school which are in addition to or higher than the course of study and competency requirements which the state board prescribes. – Arizona Revised Statues 15-701

Graduation Requirements

According to Title 7 of the State Board of Education, 20 total credits are the minimum required for high school graduation. The four-year semester program at Tempe Preparatory Academy provides opportunities for students to earn 24.5 credits, which includes a senior thesis and community service.

Department Requirements

The State Board (in Title 7 of the Arizona Administrative Code) further clarifies that students shall obtain credits within required subject areas based on successful completion of subject area course and competency requirements. Refer to the table below for a complete listing of required Tempe Preparatory Academy high school subjects pursuant to State Board requirements (R7-2-302.04).

TPA Grade and Course,(all courses are year-long) TPA Credits Earned State Requirement Met; Local Governing Board Requirement to Meet Minimum 20 credits; or, TPA Courses that Exceed Minimum State Requirement
Grade 9: Humane Letters 2.0

0.5 = English

0.5 = Economics

1.0 = World History/Geography

Grade 9: Geometry 1.0 1.0 = Math
Grade 9: Foreign Language I 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 9: Biology 1.0 1.0 = Science
Grade 9: Studio Art I 0.5 0.5 = Fine Arts
Grade 9: Poetry I 0.5 0.5 = English
     
Grade 10: Humane Letters 2.0

0.5= English

0.5 = U.S. Government

1.0 = U.S. History

Grade 10: Algebra II 1.0 1.0 = Math
Grade 10: Foreign Language II 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 10: Chemistry 1.0 1.0 = Science
Grade 10: Chorus/Music Theory II 0.5 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement
Grade 10: Poetry II 0.5 0.5 = English
     
Grade 11: Humane Letters 2.0 1.0 = English

1.0 = History and Philosophy

Exceeds Minimum State Requirement

Grade 11:,Pre-Calculus/Calculus I 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 11: Foreign Language III 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 11: Physics  1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 11: Drama I 0.5 Exceeds Minimum State,Requirement
Grade 11: Studio Art II 0.5 Exceeds Minimum State,Requirement
9th / 10th / 11th: Community Service 0.25 Exceeds Minimum State,Requirement
     
Grade 12: Humane Letters 2.0

1.0 = English

1.0 = History and Philosophy

Exceeds Minimum State Requirement

Grade 12: Calculus II 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 12: Foreign Language IV 1.0 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement
Grade 12: Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, or Advanced Physics 1.0 1.0 = Local Requirement
Grade 12: Drama II 0.5 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement
Grade 12: Studio Art II 0.5 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement
Grade 12: Senior Thesis and Defense 0.25 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement
Total Credits 24.5 Exceeds Minimum State Requirement

Valedictorian

The faculty select at least one graduate each year to represent the senior class and provide a valedictory address at senior commencement. This is an annual honor decided by a majority vote of the faculty. The criterion for selection includes superior academic achievement and outstanding character. In the case of a tie in the faculty valedictory vote, the Headmaster will make the final decision.