Congratulations to Tempe Preparatory Academy seniors receiving National Merit recognition:

National Merit Semifinalists: Dominic Amorose, Anne Fisher, and Rachel Matsumoto;

National Merit Hispanic Scholars: Hanley Carter and Nicholas Zwemke;

National Merit Commended Scholars: Peter Chang, Christian David, Joshua Putrasahan, Dane Steadman, and Yegor Zenkov.

Students are selected based on their scores on the PSAT exam, which they take as juniors. Because of their exceptionally high scores on this assessment, National Merit Semifinalists are eligible to advance in the competition for scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, private corporations, and directly from colleges and universities.

Tempe Prep continues to be a leader in the state for the percentage of students receiving National Merit scholarships.

Dr. David Baum, Headmaster of Tempe Preparatory Academy, says, “I am proud of each of our National Merit scholars, for their exceptional academic accomplishments, in addition to their outstanding character and active involvement in so many areas, including robotics, athletics, music, literary, and community service activities.”

Tempe Prep is a free, open enrollment public charter school for students in grades 6 through 12 that offers a rigorous liberal arts education with small class sizes and a curriculum based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. Tempe Prep has recently been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the Valley (and second highest in the state) among all open enrollment public schools.

(September 2014)