ASU Prep and Sal Khan Partner to Launch Khan World School at ASU Prep

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In August of 2022, Khan World School @ ASU Prep will open its virtual doors to enthusiastic 9th grade students from around the world. This full-time online school will combine the expertise of Khan Lab School, Schoolhouse.world, and ASU Prep in a unique model based on the principles of the book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. The core principles include mastery-based learning, personalization of each student’s experience and learning together as a community.

Each day will include a seminar where small student peer groups will have the opportunity to interact online and actively dive deep into society’s most challenging questions with support from mentors and world-class learning guides.

This inaugural class of 9th graders will work together solving real-world problems in a unique virtual school model that rewards curiosity, empowers agency and provides them with the skills and confidence needed to excel in college and careers.

“Khan World School will unleash the innovation opportunities enabled by online education to maximize learning and student agency. Lots of thought and experimentation went into every element of the model,” said Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy. “We’re looking for students who want to be at the center of learning. Those who like to explore and collaborate with their peers. These are highly engaged, enthusiastic, self-driven students who want to prepare for the world’s best universities or take their first steps toward a next-gen career.”

According to Michael Crow, ASU President, “ASU is excited to partner with Sal Khan on this innovative new model. This fits perfectly with ASU’s efforts to advance a student-centric, adaptive design that is nimble and responsive to the needs of learners and the imaginations of faculty and leadership.”

Khan World School is part of the ASU Preparatory Academy charter school network in Arizona. “Khan World School at ASU Prep is intently focused on student performance. The fusion of the high school and university curriculum in a mastery-based, Socratic model will generate thoughtful and academically curious learners that have limitless opportunity,” said Amy McGrath, Chief Operating Officer at ASU Prep.

Interested students will need to apply through ASU Prep Digital, the full-time online school. The program will be tuition-free for Arizona residents. Out-of-state students will pay tuition to attend. The 2022-23 class is open to incoming 9th grade students with plans to expand the program to grades 9–12 the following year.

To learn more about Khan World School @ ASU Prep, please visit khanworldschool.org.

About Khan Lab School
Khan Lab School (KLS) is a non-profit, mastery-based school founded by Salman Khan in 2014 to cultivate his student-centered philosophy in a physical school environment. Khan is also the founder of Khan Academy and author of The One World Schoolhouse (2012), in which he makes the case for mastery-based, mixed-age, and blended learning with a departure from traditional letter grades. Today, the KLS community is bringing that vision to life on its own campus and also sharing knowledge within education more broadly.

About ASU Prep Digital
ASU Prep Digital is an accredited online K-12 school that offers a single online course or enrollment in a full-time, diploma-granting program. Because it is part of Arizona State University, ASU Prep Digital offers an accelerated path toward college admission and the chance to earn concurrent high school and university credit.

ASU Prep STEM Team Wins Flight Opportunity in NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge

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We’re proud to announce a team of ASU Preparatory Academy Polytechnic High School students was chosen as a winner in the inaugural NASA TechRise Student Challenge. NASA selected 57 winning teams in this nationwide challenge designed to attract, engage, and prepare future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals.

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge is a nationwide contest inviting teams of students to design, build, and launch experiments on NASA-supported test flights. Administered by Future Engineers, the challenge aims to inspire students to seek a deeper understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, space exploration, coding, and electronics, as well as develop an appreciation of the importance of test data. Nearly 600 teams applied, representing 5,000 students in grades 6 through 12. Proposals were evaluated on criteria including the originality of the flight experiment idea, its impact on education or society, and the quality of the build plan.

With the help and guidance of their instructor, ASU Prep Poly’s team, also known as the Hydrophobes, designed an experiment to explore how hydrophobic and non-hydrophobic sponges will react with water in microgravity. Now that the Hydrophobes’ experiment design was selected as a winner, the team will receive $1,500 from NASA to build their experiment, along with a suite of materials for preparing their payloads, including access to flight simulator software, and technical support from experts. They also will get an assigned spot to test their experiment on an upcoming suborbital rocket flight, expected to launch in early 2023. 

The upcoming NASA-sponsored suborbital flights will be operated by either Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket or UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft rocket. Each flight will be approximately 11 to 16 minutes and will experience up to three minutes of microgravity, or weightlessness. After the suborbital rocket flight is completed, Blue Origin and UP Aerospace will collect the payloads and send them back to the winning teams so students can analyze their experiment data and results.

“At NASA, we educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The TechRise Student Challenge is an excellent way for students to get hands-on experience designing, building, and launching experiments on suborbital vehicles. I’m so impressed we received hundreds of entries from across the country, and I want to congratulate the winning teams. I can’t wait to see these incredible experiments come to life!”

Watch the Arizona ABC 15 news story.

For the latest NASA TechRise Student Challenge news and to follow the student teams’ progress, visit futureengineers.org/NASATechRise. To learn about ASU Preparatory Academy, please visit asuprep.asu.edu.

ASU Prep COVID Mitigation Procedures Update

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As of April 26, 2022

ASU Preparatory Academy is carefully monitoring the health and safety of our school communities during the COVID pandemic. ASU Prep is taking all measures to ensure that students can assemble in person and learn in the classroom setting.

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (ARP Act)

Please see below for the ASU Preparatory Academy plans, per campus, for a safe return to in-person instruction:

ASU Preparatory Academy will ensure continuity of services through coordination between classroom teachers and families on work to be done at home to prepare for their return to school. Classroom teachers will be provided with materials that can be done asynchronously. Student social, emotional and mental health needs will be addressed with support staff such as counselors and social workers. Social service resources available in our local communities will be provided to students and families and on our website at https://asuprep.asu.edu/families/family-resources. Staff have access to these resources as well along with access to our Employee Assistance Program, providing free and professional therapy to all benefits eligible employees who desire it.

Summer School

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Hello Sun Devil Family!

We hope you’re enjoying the summer and finding time to recharge and reenergize. As a reminder, ASU Prep and ASU Prep Digital have partnered together to run a no-cost summer school program for our K-12 Sun Devil family. We offer most of our core course catalog for our high school classes, and have several options for K-8. Interested in signing up for a summer session class? If so, please contact your ASU Prep counselor or ASU Prep Digital Learning Success Coach to get started.

ASU and ASU Prep staff also receive summer school at no cost for their K-12 children, regardless if they are enrolled at ASU Prep! For more information, please email ASUPrepDigitalAdmissions@asu.edu and we will send you the form.

Thank you,
ASU Preparatory Academy

ASU Prep’s Community-Based and Digital Model Options for Families

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ASU Preparatory Academy is offering several learning options beginning in Fall 2020. Here are more details about two of them: the Digital vs Community-Based model. This information is intended to help you explore these models in more detail.

More Detail for Families Who Selected the Digital Model

ASU Prep Digital will begin instruction August 3, 2020, for families who have selected this option (option 4). These students must be withdrawn from the ASU Prep school where they are currently registered and re-enroll with ASU Prep Digital. If you would prefer to remain a student at the campus where you are registered, you may still select our Community-Based academic model (see below). More communication will be provided to these families.

In the Digital model, your student will participate in a pure online learning environment. Your student will receive live online instruction once per week, per subject for grades 6-12 and daily for grades K-5. Your student will have ample opportunities to also interact with their teacher through Zoom and live scenarios upon request. In addition to live lessons, your student will participate in online education outside of the live lesson time. Students will have the opportunity to join online clubs and enrichment programs. As an ASU Prep Digital student, your student would be withdrawn from their brick and mortar school, enrolled with ASU Prep Digital, and will need to provide their own device for learning. If switching to ASU Prep Digital, you are not guaranteed a spot back at your brick and mortar school. We will collaborate with you on completing the necessary paperwork to help you through the transition.

More Detail for Families Who Selected the Community-Based Model

The ASU Prep Community-Based model will begin August 17, 2020. This instructional model is a full-time virtual model. There is no requirement to attend school in person, but includes contact with your campus’ teachers as needed. Since the Community-Based model is staffed by the ASU Prep teachers at the campus where the student is registered, the start date is the same as Immersion and Hybrid students.

As a Community-Based Digital student with ASU Prep, your student continues to be enrolled with their brick and mortar school. If willing, your student can participate in a pure online learning environment but also have the option for some in-person opportunities. Your student will participate in live virtual lessons at least two times per week. When not participating in live lessons, your student will be provided with virtual content and assignments to complete on their own at home. Your student’s teacher will be available for virtual office hours and questions. Students will be provided with the technology needed to participate in their virtual learning experience. Your student will be able to easily switch from Community-Based digital back to In-Person instruction or Hybrid instruction throughout specific times during the year. In addition, your student may participate in-person on the Fridays they choose. As a Community-Based digital student, you are not obligated to come in-person until you feel the time is right. It’s an option to continue learning online but with the flexibility to switch to Hybrid or In-Person throughout the school year.

Compare the Digital versus Community-Based Model

Below is a chart to help you see the main differences between choosing the Digital versus Community-Based Model. If you need more clarification when making your choice, please email asuprep@asu.edu and we are happy to help!

ASU Prep Chart

*In-person activities are not associated with a specific ASU Prep campus. 

The Academies at ASU Prep Polytechnic

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Prep formally announced the Academies at ASU Prep Poly High School for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. ASU Prep Poly STEM Academy High School will be the focus of our second year in our design partnership with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. You may be aware that we focused year one of the design on the launch of the 7th and 8th grade Spark Institute, our school-within-a-school model for middle school learners. Next, is our focus on the continued enhancement of the high school learning environment.

What are the key enhancements students and families will see for next year?

  • Increased College Course Access: ASU Preparatory Academy will expand college course-taking, investing in our high school learners for the first two university courses they take per semester for most courses (subject to approval for some courses). We will encourage all learners to graduate with as many college credits that they are ready to take on their pathways. No other Arizona schools offer such a direct link to a Research 1 University for all learners. Students will no longer need to test for credit; rather they will be able to enroll directly into rigorous ASU courses.
  • Choose an Academy: Our ASU Prep Poly STEM students have the unique advantage of being part of the physical ASU Polytechnic campus. We plan to organize our school structure to leverage all that ASU has to offer our students. 9th-12th grade students will select an Academy to join as part of the course registration process. This is similar to a school-within-a-school model or the “house” concept in some other school models. Students will also select a graduation pathway that will help advise their course taking in their academy, and some academies will have multiple graduation pathways.
  • New Personalized Approach to Electives: All high school students will take a project based learning course each year. Rather than have to choose from a limited number of electives which are subject to staffing and numbers, students will be able to incorporate several elective areas into their project based learning course. For example: the Business Academy Project Based Learning Elective might incorporate:
    • Music-focused project
    • Digital photography project
    • Sustainability project
What are the Academies at Poly High School?

Academies

The Academies connect directly to the different colleges and programs offered right at ASU Polytechnic campus.

Note that the College of Integrated Science and Arts incorporates a broad number of interests including sciences, humanities, communication, and public service.
The counselors and teachers will invest time and programming for our 7th and 8th graders, and this year’s high school students, to learn more about the academies ahead of making a choice. There will be a procedure in place for requesting an academy change at a semester, as we realize students may still be exploring their passions and interests.

What makes the Academies at Poly High School different from other popular East Valley school options?

  • The Academies are available to all learners. Our ASU Charter challenges us to ensure that we create opportunities for all learners to be included and succeed.
  • The Academies encourage learners to graduate with at least 12 credits of college, though we anticipate more learners may be ready to take additional courses. Universal Learner courses are no cost to our ASU Prep students. No other east valley programs include the cost of college tuition as part of the program.
  • The Academies provide direct access to faculty and community resources as part of the project based learning focus.
  • The Academies incorporate new and innovative approaches to deeper learning that matters to students through project based learning based on their interests and passions.
  • The Academies partner directly with Barrett, the Honors College to uniquely prepare our students to be strong applicants into a college-level honors program.

ASU Prep Phoenix Lease Renewed for 5 More Years

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Dear ASU Prep Families,

Good news! On Thursday, September 24, the Phoenix Elementary School District (PESD) board approved a new lease agreement for our ASU Prep Phoenix campus. The new lease term begins July 1, 2021 for five years and includes continued in-kind services each year from ASU Prep in addition to rent.

During the board meeting, board member Susan Benjamin stated, “I am thrilled with the in-kind services that have occurred this past year. I felt it was a real collaborative effort…I will be really interested to watch all kinds of creative things happening between Prep and Phoenix Elementary for the good of the children in Phoenix El for years to come.”

In response to the board approval, during the meeting Dr. Anna Battle said, “We look forward to continue working with you all, it has been our pleasure to do so. We believe that we will have tremendous outcomes over the next five years, so thank you very much. We look forward to the partnership.”

ASU Prep will continue to improve educational outcomes for years to come for the students in our Sun Devil family. We wish to thank our families, students, staff, and ASU community for their unwavering support and encouragement as we have worked toward this mutually beneficial outcome.

It is our hope that as students eventually return to campus ASU Prep Phoenix will continue to be their safe haven where they are encouraged to grow academically, socially and emotionally.

Go Devils!

ASU Preparatory Academy Leadership Team

5 Reasons to Intern in High School

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It’s common knowledge that an internship program during and after college is an essential part of most majors. Internships give you the experience you need to begin working at a paying job during and after college. They allow you to gather the years of “prior work experience” many careers require before you even get your degree. However, did you know you can (and should) get an internship in high school too?

Of course, these internships won’t just fall into your hands, you will have to work to obtain them. You will need to provide evidence you have the qualities to be a good intern and helpful to whoever you intern with. Check with your school to see if they have any ideas for internships that have to do with a career you hope to pursue. You can also call around yourself to see if any businesses would hire you as an unpaid intern!

Sometimes high schoolers avoid internships as they are not usually paid a salary, and instead spend their time working at a common high school job like being a waiter or working as a cashier. This is completely understandable, and often unavoidable, as many students need money to save for a car or college expenses. However, it is important to at least consider the many benefits of an internship and consider lightening your work schedule just slightly to make room for the unmeasurable benefits that come with interning.

  1. College applications! Potential universities will be overjoyed to see you went out of your way to gain experience for your future career goals before you even entered college. The majority of high school students don’t pursue internships, so you will stick out to universities just for completing an internship!
  2. See what career fields interest you! Internships allow you to trial different career fields before you even declare your major. If you’re interested in becoming a vet, call your pet’s veterinary clinic and ask about unpaid internship opportunities. If you’re interested in business, call a family friend who’s an insurance agent and ask if they need a little extra help over the summer. Use internship opportunities to weed out career fields that previously appealed to you, but you realized didn’t actually interest you once you got hands-on experience in that profession.
  3. Network! Internships are a wonderful way to market yourself in your career field before you even enter college. Networking is one of the primary functions of interning, so why not start meeting the right people before you even get to college? You never know which conversation will lead you to your dream college, a large scholarship, or even more internship opportunities.
  4. Build your resume! Working at a fast food place won’t encourage future employers to hire you, but helping out at a graphic design company will. Consider the effect of receiving money from a paid high school job versus receiving invaluable experience when interning.
  5. Learn workplace professionalism! The communication, teamwork, and leadership skills you use in a professional setting are quite different from the ones you use with peers. You will be working with many different types of individuals for the rest of your life, and internships are a good way to learn how to communicate with all of them.

Fall 2020 Learning Model FAQs

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General Questions

What are the current learning models and what changes have been made to the learning models?

  • Hybrid
    • Hybrid A: In-person on Monday and Tuesday and virtual on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  During the virtual learning days students will follow daily live lessons throughout the day coupled with asynchronous time. Students will not be asked to be live, on video all day long.
    • Hybrid B: Virtual on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and in-person Wednesday and Thursday. During the virtual learning days students will follow daily live lessons throughout the day coupled with asynchronous time. Students will not be asked to be live, on video all day long.
  • In-person: Five days per week in-person. Students will be in the classroom during their full instructional day.
  • Virtual: Five days per week learning virtually with live lesson times throughout the five days coupled with asynchronous time. This model will be very similar to the model every student is currently learning in. The only change will be the addition of live lessons on Friday.

If my student stays in the virtual model – does this mean they will be switched to ASU Prep Digital?
No, the virtual model will be very similar to the model every student is currently learning in. The only change will be the addition of live lessons on Friday.

Will my child have the opportunity to participate in a different model throughout the year?
Absolutely. Parents/guardians will be able to change their students’ learning model on a quarterly basis by submitting a request to the school three weeks prior to the end of the quarter. At any point during the quarter, if circumstances necessitate a change back to the virtual learning model for the quarter families can contact the school and these requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Classrooms

How many students will be in a classroom?
We are following CDC guidelines of keeping students six feet apart to maintain social distancing. Depending on the size of the classroom this could vary from room to room.

Will students share school supplies?
If students need to share school supplies there will be a designated area in each classroom to collect after being used. The item will then be cleaned prior to another student using the item.

 

Elementary Specific

Will my students have recess?
Recess will still be offered, but it will look different this year and vary by the space limits of the school grounds since every student will need to keep to six feet distance. We know that playground equipment will not be available for use as it is impossible to keep it clean and sanitized throughout the day. In addition, we will provide ‘brain breaks’ and physical stretch breaks within the classroom.

 

Middle and High School Specific

What will passing periods look like?

  • Hallways will be divided in half
  • Students will be asked to walk in single file lines
  • We will also stagger passing periods by a few minutes
  • Masks worn at all times

 

Health and Safety

What will safety precations be when schools reopen?
We will be taking several precautionary measures, please view the latest health and safety PPT. This will include screening and temperature checks for students and screening for staff.

What benchmarks are you using? [Added 10/1]
We are monitoring the Maricopa and Pinal County school benchmark information by the school zip code which is updated weekly.

What are the 5 health screening questions? [Revised 10/1]

  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  • Have you had a fever of 100.4 or higher or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
  • Are you experiencing any new respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
  • Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?

Will there be temperature checks throughout the day or only at the beginning of the day?
Only at the beginning of the day unless a child presents with symptoms during the day at which time they will be isolated in the nurse’s office and assessed.

Will my child be required to wear a mask/face covering? [Revised 10/1]
Everyone on campus will be required to wear a face mask. Teachers will be providing mask breaks throughout the day.

Will the masks need to match the school uniforms?
Student masks/face coverings do not need to match the school uniform. However, they should not have inappropriate images or logos.

What will you do if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
Student confidentiality will be maintained at all times. School leadership will be notified and disinfecting of affected areas will be done. We will move students to another area of the school to maintain the education of those in school without interruption or health risk. Steps will be taken according to the guidance of the Maricopa County or Pinal County Public Health.

If students present with fevers or COVID-19 like symptoms while at school will they be removed immediately?
If a student becomes sick during the school day, they will be isolated, assessed by the nurse, and sent home.

Will parents/guardians be allowed on campus for volunteer work or to walk children to their class?
We will not utilize volunteers at this time in order to control the number of people in contact with students and reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

Will parents/guardians be able to visit the front office / school? [Revised 10/1]
Parents/Guardians will be asked to schedule any school related business through an online portal. When the parent/guardian arrives at the school, a staff member will check their temperature and have them answer the health screening questions. Physical distancing will be followed and face coverings must be worn. Siblings are discouraged from coming to school with their parents/guardians.

What will lunch look like? [Revised 10/1]
Students will eat lunch in their classroom following proper hand washing etiquette and physical distancing measures. No microwaves or refrigerators will be available for student use.

 

Special Education Services and 504 Accommodations

Will special education services and 504 accommodations be available in any of the models that a family chooses?
Yes. Regardless of the model that a student participates in, special education services and 504 accommodations will be provided. Special education and related services will be provided according to the student’s IEP.

What if there are goals on the IEP that do not work in the new model?
IEP teams and 504 teams will have the opportunity to meet to make any adjustments to the plans as needed.

How will therapy (speech, OT, counseling) be offered?
Services can be offered in different ways. Teams in a hybrid environment can decide which day makes sense for therapy, e.g., maybe on virtual day of learning to not interfere with in-person classroom time. Teletherapy, the provision of services in a virtual environment, will be available for the students that require it and those who it is a match for their goals and needs.

What if I have questions now about my child’s services?
Questions should be directed to the special education teacher or school principal.

 

Additional Resources

PDF icon Health and Safety Protocols

PDF icon Protocolos de Seguridad y Salud

PDF icon Mitigation Plan

PDF icon Plan de mitigación

PDF icon Infinite Campus Portal – Viewing Learning Model

PDF icon Infinite Campus Portal – viendo modelo de aprendizaje

PDF icon distance_learning_plan_networkwide.pdf

July Meal Distribution

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Families, please note: ASU Preparatory Academy’s last summer meal distribution is on June 26 and will resume at the beginning of the school year, on August 3. Please find below a list of nearby places that will distribute free meals through July.

Shellie’s Early Start Learning Center #2
1923 E. Broadway Rd
Phx, AZ 85042
602-268-3794

SABIS International
1903 E. Roeser Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-595-4700

Garfield School
811 N 13th St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
602-257-3743

Thomas A. Edison School
804 N. 18th St.
Phoenix, 85006
602-257-3743