Tempe Preparatory Academy’s 56 graduates in the Class of 2015 have been accepted to 65 different colleges and universities throughout the country and offered $6.5 million in scholarships. The Academy also produced 3 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

TEMPE PREPARATORY ACADEMY, an open-enrollment public charter school

Graduation: 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21.

Graduates: 56

Valedictorian: Anne Fischer

Approximate scholarship amounts: $6.5 million.

Plans of graduates: University, 75%; community college, transfer to university, 21%.

U.S. Presidential Scholar Finalist: Rachel Matsumoto.

National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Dominic Amorose, Anne Fischer, Rachel Matsumoto.

National Merit Commended Scholars: Andrew Chang, Christian David, Dane Steadman, Joshua Putrasahan.

National Merit Hispanic Scholars: Hanley Carter, Nicholas Zwemke.

Diablos Excellent in Education Scholarships: Sophia Toomb, Zachary Ramsey.

Top Scholarship Recipients: Hanley Carter ($836,000), Joshua Putrasahan ($616,000), Anne Fischer ($584,000), Christian David ($548,000), Hannah Smaw ($330,000), Victor Dinh ($240,000)

College acceptances include:

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Carnegie Mellon University

Vanderbilt University

Washington University in St. Louis

Northwestern University

Tufts University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of Notre Dame

University of Southern California

Hillsdale College

Arizona State University

Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University

Azusa Pacific University

Baylor University

Benedictine College

Biola University

Boston College

Case Western Reserve University

Christendom College


Colorado State University

Concordia University – Irvine

Creighton University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Eureka College

Fort Lewis College

Georgia Institute of Technology

Grand Canyon University

Hofstra University

Ithaca College

Mesa Community College

Northeastern University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Arizona University

Point Loma Nazarene University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Saint Louis University

San Diego State University

Santa Clara University

Scottsdale Community College

Simpson College

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The Catholic University of America

The University of Arizona

The University of Scranton

Thomas Aquinas College

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Denver

University of Dallas

University of Denver

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Michigan

University of Missouri, Kansas City

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Oregon

University of Portland

University of Richmond

University of San Diego

Wellesley College

Westmont College

Wheaton College IL

Whitworth University

About Tempe Preparatory Academy

Tempe Prep is an independently owned public charter school of grades 6-12 with open enrollment.  Using Socratic practice as the pedagogical foundation, students and teachers engage the Great Books and best of the Western tradition on a daily basis.  The mission of Tempe Prep is to enable students to acquire critical reasoning and communication skills and to explore the cultural and scientific achievements that are at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences. Tempe Preparatory Academy receives local and national recognition with its small class sizes, emphasis on critical thinking, and recognition by the Arizona Board of Regents of having the highest percentage of graduates complete college from any open enrollment public high school in Arizona.