ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix Art Inspires Students

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ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix students returned from fall break to find some unexpected inspiration on campus—new artistic murals of diverse and notable figures. The murals include Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Principal Patrick Gibbs said they installed the beautiful art celebrating different cultures because, “we really wanted to build something positive, uplifting, and something the students can relate to.”

The 220 students at the South Phoenix high school campus come from various backgrounds as well. The murals and messages provide a way to express the beauty and uniqueness of their culture.  

Mahkaylah Hopkins, student body president, said: “I honestly think that the murals are going to do a great job with promoting diversity and letting people know it’s okay to be different, no matter who you are, your background, or where you come from.”

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Welcome Michael Hernandez

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7-12 Principal at ASU Prep Phoenix 

ASU Preparatory Academy is pleased to welcome Michael Hernandez to the team. Hernandez began his career in the United States Marine Corps, where he served with focus and purpose for nine years. While his educational journey did not start until 2004, Hernandez found a similar mission, finding individual purpose in a collective cause. He is passionate about working together to ensure a safe, challenging, and innovative learning experience.

“I have been fortunate to have had so many mentors and role models along the way,” said Hernandez. As Principal, he stands ready to maintain the high standards of student safety and conduct, and will assume responsibility for the management and operation of the school.

Hernandez is currently working to complete his PhD with the University of Arizona.

In his spare time away from work and school, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters. Swimming, watching movies, being creative, laughing, and going on road trips are among their favorite pastimes.   

Principal Michael Hernandez can be reached at:

Welcome Dr. Taime Bengochea

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K-12 Principal at ASU Prep South Phoenix

ASU Preparatory Academy is pleased to welcome Dr. Taime Bengochea to the team. Bengochea, often referred to as Dr. B, has built strong relationships in public education for the last 30 years. She is passionate about supporting students in finding their own pathway to success and working to support her staff in the ever-changing climate of education.

A respected and trusted leader, she has advocated for thousands of students and staff members across the Valley. Bengochea has held a variety of positions as a teacher, director of technology, assistant principal, and principal, and she has taught graduate courses for Argosy University in finance and educational leadership.  

She is an Arizona State University alumnus and received her graduate degree in elementary education. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Pepperdine University in California.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, which includes three dogs and a crested gecko named Figment.

Principal Taime Bengochea can be reached at:

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,, 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

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.

Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA

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Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA Regarding Confidentiality of Student Education Records

Confidentiality of education records is a right of public school students and their parents. This right is provided for by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Under this law, “education records” means those records that are: (1) directly related to a student; and (2) maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. Of course, education records are maintained on every child enrolled in a public school. The types of information gathered and maintained includes, but is not limited to: the students and parents’ names, address and telephone number; the student’s date and place of birth, date of enrollment in the school, records from previous schools attended, attendance record, subjects taken, grades, school activities, assessment results, number of credits earned, immunization records, disciplinary records, if any, correspondence from parents, and child find and other screening results, including hearing and vision screening results.

In addition, for children with disabilities, education records could include, among other things, evaluation and testing materials, medical and health information, each annual Individualized Education Program (IEP), notices to parents, notes regarding IEP meetings, parental consent documents, information provided by parents, progress reports, assessment results, materials related to disciplinary actions, and mediation agreements. The information is gathered from a number of sources including the student’s parents and staff of the school of attendance. Also, with parental permission, information may be gathered from additional sources including doctors and other health care providers.

This information is collected to assure proper identification of a student and the student’s parents and the maintenance of accurate records of the student’s progress and activities in school. For children with disabilities, additional information is collected in order to assure the child is identified, evaluated, and provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with state and federal special education laws.

The School must ensure compliance with federal confidentiality laws at all stages of gathering, storing, retaining and disclosing education records to third parties. In addition, the destruction of any education records of a child with a disability must be in accordance with IDEA regulatory requirements.

In accordance with FERPA, the rights of the parents regarding education records are transferred to the student at age 18, subject to limited exceptions.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents, and in the case of students of ASU Preparatory Academy (the “School”) who are 18 years of age or older, the students themselves (“eligible students”), certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records no more than 45 days after the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit a written request to the school Principal that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The Principal or Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible
    student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should submit a written request to the school principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before the School discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent of a parent or eligible student; please see below for some of the situations where prior written consent for disclosure is not required by FERPA. One
    exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the School Governing Board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the School who performs an institutional service or function for which the School would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the School with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another School official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent of a parent or eligible student to officials of another school district, charter school or other educational institution in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled, if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
  5. Parents have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in Title 34, Section 99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to School officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the School to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A School may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student:

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the School has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the School has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school district, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the Arizona Department of Education. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State- supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the School, in order to:
    (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the School has designated as “directory information” under §99.37 (see below). (§99.31(a)(11))
  • To representatives of a state or local child welfare agency or tribal organization when such agency is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student


Notice for Student Directory Information Release

Federal law (specifically, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or “FERPA”) requires that the School, with certain exceptions, obtains your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education. FERPA provides many exceptions to the written consent requirement. For example, personally identifiable information from education records may be released to other school or School officials, to other schools where your child seeks to enroll, to the Arizona and United States Department of Education, and under other exceptions provided by law.

Another exception to the written consent requirement is for information designated as “directory information.” Directory information is information that is typically not considered harmful to disclose. Before the School may release directory information without your written consent, it must first inform you of those items that the School will designate as directory information, and provide you an opportunity to opt-out. The School has taken care to balance safeguarding your child’s information with ensuring that your child is informed of various opportunities and activities.

Accordingly, the School has decided to designate the following information as “directory information” (information that can be released without
your written consent):

  • Student’s name*
  • Student’s parents’ names
  • Student’s home address*
  • Student’s home telephone number*
  • Student’s country of birth
  • Student’s country of citizenship
  • Student’s School assigned electronic (e-mail) address*
  • Student’s current school of attendance
  • Student’s major field of study
  • Student’s photograph
  • Student’s grade Level (9th, 10th etc.)
  • Student’s enrollment status (part time or full time)
  • Student’s honors and awards received
  • Student’s dates of attendance (semester, quarter, etc., not specific days in school)
  • Student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Student’s height, weight and athletic number if member of an athletic team
  • Student’s most recently attended educational agency or institution
  • Class rank by percentages (for example, top 10%, top 20%)*
  • Class rank by GPA (for example, 3.0 and above)*

NOTE: The items with an asterisk (*) are designated by the School as directory information only if the information is being released to: 1) Colleges, universities, and prospective employers for purposes of recruitment, notification of scholarship offers or job opportunities, and similar purposes; or 2) ASU Preparatory Academy-affiliated and approved groups or vendors [e.g. student groups and clubs (yearbook, student newspapers, student council, marching band, National Honor Society, and the like); student athletic teams; parent booster clubs; site council;
parent-teacher groups; graduation vendors (photographs, caps and gowns, announcements), and the like]. This information will not be considered “directory information” if being requested by an individual or group that does not conform to the requirements above (e.g. for-profit business that are not School-approved vendors, outside media groups, and the like). In those circumstances, the information designated with an asterisk (*) will only be released if written consent is provided by the parent/guardian or eligible student.

There are various pros and cons to directory information that you must weigh as a parent. If you opt-out of directory information, the School will not release your child’s information to colleges, recruiters, or other entities providing scholarship opportunities. Your child may also miss opportunities to be on vendor lists for graduation announcements, yearbook opportunities, or other student lists for participation in clubs and activities, or his/her achievements may not be publicized in School announcements.

Another item to consider is that two federal laws require the School to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the School that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want any or all directory information about your student to be released to any person or organization (including School groups) without your prior signed and dated written consent, you must notify the School in writing by checking off any or all of the rejected information found on the form and returning it to your student’s school, by August 31st. You must notify the School in writing by filling out this form.


Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding the School’s conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

  • Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education(ED) –
    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
    2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
    3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
    5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
    6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
    8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
  • Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –
    1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
    2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
    3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
  • Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
    1. Protected information surveys of students;
    2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
    3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law (“eligible student”).

The School has policies, developed in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The School will directly notify parents and eligible students of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The School will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or e -mail, parents of students and eligible students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent or eligible student to opt a student out of participation of the specific activity or survey. The School will make this notification to parents and eligible students at the beginning of the school year if the School has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time.

For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents and eligible students will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and will be provided an opportunity to opt the student out of such activities and surveys. Parents and eligible students will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:

  • Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
  • Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
  • Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.

Parents and eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202


Notificación anual de derechos bajo FERPA con respecto a la confidencialidad de los expedientes de educación del estudiante

La confidencialidad de los registros educativos es un derecho de los estudiantes de escuelas públicas y sus padres. Este derecho está previsto por la Ley de Privacidad y Derechos Educativos de la Familia (FERPA). Bajo esta ley, “registros educativos” significa aquellos registros que están: (1) directamente relacionados con un estudiante; y (2) mantenido por una agencia o institución educativa o por una parte que actúe en nombre de la agencia o institución. Por supuesto, se mantienen registros educativos de cada niño matriculado en una escuela pública. Los tipos de información recopilada y mantenida incluyen, pero no se limitan a: los nombres, la dirección y el número de teléfono del estudiante y de los padres; la fecha y el lugar de nacimiento del estudiante, la fecha de inscripción en la escuela, los registros de las escuelas anteriores a las que asistió, el registro de asistencia, las materias tomadas, las calificaciones, las actividades escolares, los resultados de las evaluaciones, la cantidad de créditos obtenidos, los registros de vacunación, los registros disciplinarios, si corresponde, correspondencia de los padres, y child find, y otros resultados de las pruebas de detección, incluidos los resultados de las pruebas de audición y visión.

Además, para los niños con discapacidades, los registros educativos podrían incluir, entre otras cosas, materiales de evaluación y pruebas, información médica y de salud, cada Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP) anual, avisos a los padres, notas sobre las reuniones del IEP, documentos de consentimiento de los padres, información proporcionados por los padres, informes de progreso, resultados de evaluaciones, materiales relacionados con acciones disciplinarias y acuerdos de mediación. La información se recopila de varias fuentes, incluyendo los padres del estudiante y el personal de la escuela a la que asiste. Además, con el permiso de los padres, se puede recopilar información de fuentes adicionales, incluyendo médicos y otros proveedores de atención médica.

Esta información se recopila para asegurar la identificación adecuada de un estudiante y los padres del estudiante y el mantenimiento de registros precisos del progreso y las actividades del estudiante en la escuela. Para los niños con discapacidades, se recopila información adicional para asegurar que el niño sea identificado, evaluado y se le proporcione una Educación Pública Apropiada y Gratuita (FAPE) de acuerdo con las leyes de educación especial estatales y federales.

La escuela debe garantizar el cumplimiento de las leyes federales de confidencialidad en todas las etapas de recopilación, almacenamiento, retención y divulgación de registros educativos a terceros. Además, la destrucción de cualquier expediente educativo de un niño con una discapacidad debe realizarse de acuerdo con los requisitos reglamentarios de IDEA.

De acuerdo con FERPA, los derechos de los padres con respecto a los registros educativos se transfieren al estudiante a la edad de 18 años, sujeto a excepciones limitadas.

La Ley de Privacidad y Derechos Educativos de la Familia (FERPA) otorga a los padres, y en el caso de los estudiantes de ASU Preparatory Academy (la “Escuela”) que tienen 18 años de edad o más, a los propios estudiantes (“estudiantes elegibles”), ciertos derechos con respecto a los registros educativos del estudiante. Estos derechos son:

  1. El derecho a inspeccionar y revisar los registros educativos del estudiante no más de 45 días después del día en que la escuela recibe una solicitud de acceso. Los padres o estudiantes elegibles deben enviar una solicitud por escrito al director/a de la escuela que identifique los registros que desean inspeccionar. El director/a o el registrador/a harán los arreglos necesarios para el acceso y notificarán al padre o al estudiante elegible sobre la hora y el lugar donde se pueden inspeccionar los registros.
  2. El derecho a solicitar la enmienda de los registros educativos del estudiante que el padre o el estudiante elegible cree que son inexactos, engañosos o de otra manera en violación de los derechos de privacidad del estudiante bajo FERPA. Los padres o estudiantes elegibles que deseen pedirle a la escuela que enmiende un registro deben presentar una solicitud por escrito al director/a de la escuela, identificando claramente la parte del registro que desean cambiar y especificar por qué se debe cambiar. Si la escuela decide no enmendar el registro según lo solicitado por el padre o el estudiante elegible, la escuela notificará al padre o al estudiante elegible de la decisión y de su derecho a una audiencia con respecto a la solicitud de enmienda. Se proporcionará información adicional sobre los procedimientos de audiencia a los padres o al estudiante elegible cuando se les notifique del derecho a una audiencia.
  3. El derecho a proporcionar consentimiento por escrito antes de que la escuela divulgue información de identificación personal (PII) de los registros educativos del estudiante, excepto en la medida en que FERPA autorice la divulgación sin el consentimiento de un padre o estudiante elegible; Consulte a continuación algunas de las situaciones en las que FERPA no requiere el consentimiento previo por escrito para la divulgación. Una excepción, que permite la divulgación sin consentimiento, es la divulgación a los funcionarios escolares con intereses educativos legítimos. Un funcionario escolar es una persona empleada por la escuela como administrador, supervisor, instructor o miembro del personal de apoyo (incluido el personal médico o de salud y el personal de la unidad de aplicación de la ley) o una persona que sirve en la Junta Directiva Escolar. Un funcionario escolar también puede incluir a un voluntario o contratista fuera de la escuela que realiza un servicio o función institucional para la cual la escuela utilizaría a sus propios empleados y que está bajo el control directo de la escuela con respecto al uso y mantenimiento de la PII de registros educativos, como un abogado, auditor, consultor médico o terapeuta; un padre o estudiante que se ofrece como voluntario para servir en un comité oficial, como un comité disciplinario o de quejas; o un padre, estudiante u otro voluntario que ayude a otro funcionario escolar a realizar sus tareas. Un funcionario escolar tiene un interés educativo legítimo si el funcionario necesita revisar un expediente educativo para cumplir con su responsabilidad profesional.
  4. A pedido, la escuela divulga los registros educativos sin el consentimiento de un padre o estudiante elegible a funcionarios de otro distrito escolar, escuela autónoma u otra institución educativa en la que un estudiante busca o tiene la intención de inscribirse, o ya está inscrito, si la divulgación es a los efectos de la inscripción o transferencia del estudiante.
  5. Los padres tienen derecho a presentar una queja ante el Departamento de Educación de los EE. UU. Con respecto a presuntas fallas de la escuela para cumplir con los requisitos de FERPA. El nombre y la dirección de la Oficina que administra FERPA son:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

FERPA permite la divulgación de PII de los registros educativos de los estudiantes, sin el consentimiento de los padres o del estudiante elegible, si la divulgación cumple con ciertas condiciones que se encuentran en el Título 34, Sección 99.31 de las regulaciones de FERPA. Excepto por las divulgaciones a los funcionarios de la escuela, las divulgaciones relacionadas con algunas órdenes judiciales o citaciones emitidas legalmente, las divulgaciones de información del directorio y las divulgaciones al padre o estudiante elegible, la sección 99.32 de las regulaciones de FERPA requiere que la escuela registre la divulgación. Los padres y los estudiantes elegibles tienen derecho a inspeccionar y revisar el registro de divulgaciones. Una escuela puede divulgar PII de los registros educativos de un estudiante sin obtener el consentimiento previo por escrito de los padres o del estudiante elegible:

  • A otros funcionarios escolares, incluidos los maestros, dentro de la agencia o institución educativa a quienes la escuela ha determinado que tienen intereses educativos legítimos. Esto incluye contratistas, consultores, voluntarios u otras partes a quienes la Escuela ha subcontratado servicios o funciones institucionales, siempre que se cumplan las condiciones enumeradas en §99.31 (a) (1) (i) (B) (1) – (a) ( 1) (i) (B) (2) . (Sección 99.31 (a) (1))
  • A funcionarios de otra escuela, distrito escolar o institución de educación postsecundaria donde el estudiante busca o tiene la intención de inscribirse, o donde el estudiante ya está inscrito si la divulgación es para propósitos relacionados con la inscripción o transferencia del estudiante, sujeto a los requisitos de § 99.34. (Sección 99.31 (a) (2))
  • A representantes autorizados del Contralor General de los Estados Unidos, el Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos, el Secretario de Educación de los Estados Unidos o las autoridades educativas estatales y locales, como el Departamento de Educación de Arizona. Las divulgaciones bajo esta disposición pueden hacerse, sujetas a los requisitos de §99.35, en relación con una auditoría o evaluación de programas educativos respaldados por el gobierno federal o estatal, o para la aplicación o cumplimiento de los requisitos legales federales relacionados con esos programas. Estas entidades pueden hacer más divulgaciones de PII a entidades externas que son designadas por ellas como sus representantes autorizados para realizar cualquier auditoría, evaluación o actividad de cumplimiento o cumplimiento en su nombre. (§§99.31 (a) (3) y 99.35)
  • En relación con la ayuda financiera que el estudiante ha solicitado o que el estudiante ha recibido, si la información es necesaria para determinar la elegibilidad para la ayuda, determinar el monto de la ayuda, determinar las condiciones de la ayuda o hacer cumplir los términos y condiciones de la ayuda. (Sección 99.31 (a) (4))
  • A funcionarios o autoridades estatales y locales a quienes se permite específicamente informar o divulgar información por un estatuto estatal que concierne al sistema de justicia juvenil y la capacidad del sistema para servir eficazmente, antes de la adjudicación, al estudiante cuyos registros se divulgaron, sujeto a §99.38. (Sección 99.31 (a) (5))
  • A organizaciones que realizan estudios para, o en nombre de, la Escuela, con el fin de: (a) desarrollar, validar o administrar pruebas predictivas; (b) administrar programas de ayuda estudiantil; o (c) mejorar la instrucción. (Sección 99.31 (a) (6))
  • A los padres de un estudiante elegible si el estudiante es un dependiente para propósitos de impuestos del IRS. (Sección 99.31 (a) (8))
  • Para cumplir con una orden judicial o una citación legal. (Sección 99.31 (a) (9))
  • A los funcionarios apropiados en relación con una emergencia de salud o seguridad, sujeto a §99.36. (Sección 99.31 (a)(10)
  • Información que la escuela ha designado como “información de directorio” según §99.37 (vea abajo). (Sección 99.31(a)(11))
  • A representantes de una agencia estatal o local de bienestar infantil u organización tribal cuando dicha agencia sea legalmente responsable del cuidado y protección del alumno


Aviso para la publicación de información del directorio de estudiantes

La ley federal (específicamente, la Ley de Derechos Educativos familiares y privacidad o “FERPA”) requiere que la Escuela, con ciertas excepciones, obtenga su consentimiento por escrito antes de la divulgación de información de identificación personal de la educación de su hijo. FERPA proporciona muchas excepciones al requisito de consentimiento por escrito. Por ejemplo, la información de identificación personal de los registros educativos puede ser divulgada a otros funcionarios escolares u otras escuelas, a otras escuelas donde su hijo busca inscribirse, al Departamento de Educación de Arizona y los Estados Unidos, y bajo otras excepciones proporcionadas por la ley.

Otra excepción al requisito de consentimiento por escrito es la información designada como “información de directorio”. La información del directorio es información que normalmente no se considera dañina para divulgar. Antes de que la Escuela pueda divulgar la información del directorio sin su consentimiento por escrito, primero debe informarle de esos elementos que la Escuela designará como información de directorio, y proporcionarle la oportunidad de darse de baja. La Escuela se ha encargado de equilibrar la protección de la información de su hijo con asegurar que su hijo sea informado de varias oportunidades y actividades. En consecuencia, la Escuela ha decidido designar la siguiente información como “información de directorio” (información que puede ser divulgada sin su consentimiento por escrito):

  • Nombre del estudiante*
  • Los nombres de los padres del estudiante
  • Dirección del estudiante*
  • Número de teléfono del estudiante*
  • País de nacimiento del estudiante
  • País de ciudadanía del estudiante
  • Dirección electrónica asignada por la Escuela del Estudiante (correo electrónico) *
  • Escuela de asistencia actual del estudiante
  • El principal campo de estudio del estudiante
  • Fotografía del estudiante
  • Nivel de grado del estudiante (9º, 10º, etc.)
  • Estado de inscripción del estudiante (a tiempo parcial o a tiempo completo)
  • Honores y premios estudiantiles recibidos
  • Fechas de asistencia del estudiante (semestre, trimestre, etc., días no específicos en la escuela)
  • Participación del estudiante en actividades y deportes reconocidos oficialmente
  • Altura, peso y número atlético del estudiante si es miembro de un equipo atlético
  • La agencia o institución educativa más recientemente atendida por el estudiante
  • Clasificación de clase por porcentajes (por ejemplo, top 10%, top 20%)*
  • Clasificación de clase por GPA (por ejemplo, 3.0 y superior)*

NOTA: Los artículos con un asterisco (*) son designados por la Escuela como información de directorio sólo si la información se está divulgando a: 1) Colegios, universidades y posibles empleadores para fines de reclutamiento, notificación de ofertas de becas u oportunidades de trabajo, y propósitos similares; o 2) Grupos o vendedores afiliados y aprobados por ASU Preparatory Academy [por ejemplo, grupos de estudiantes y clubes (anuario, periódicos estudiantiles, consejo estudiantil, banda de marcha, Sociedad Nacional de Honor y similares); equipos deportivos estudiantiles; clubes de refuerzo de padres; consejo de sitios; grupos de padres y maestros; vendedores de graduación (fotografías, gorras y vestidos, anuncios), y similares]. Esta información no se considerará “información de directorio” si es solicitada por una persona o grupo que no cumple con los requisitos anteriores (por ejemplo, negocios con fines de lucro que no son proveedores aprobados por la Escuela, grupos de medios externos y similares). En esas circunstancias, la información designada con un asterisco (*) sólo se dará a conocer si el consentimiento por escrito es proporcionado por el padre / tutor o estudiante elegible.

Hay varios pros y contras de la información del directorio que debe considerar como padre. Si opta por no recibir información del directorio, la escuela no divulgará la información de su hijo a universidades, reclutadores u otras entidades que brinden oportunidades de becas. Su hijo también puede perder oportunidades de estar en listas de proveedores para anuncios de graduación, oportunidades para anuarios u otras listas de estudiantes para participar en clubes y actividades, o sus logros pueden no ser publicados en anuncios de la escuela.

Otro elemento a considerar es que dos leyes federales requieren que la escuela proporcione a los reclutadores militares, a pedido, la siguiente información (nombres, direcciones y listas de teléfonos) a menos que los padres le hayan informado a la escuela que no quieren que se divulgue la información de su estudiante sin su consentimiento previo. consentimiento por escrito.

Si no desea que toda la información del directorio sobre su estudiante se divulgue a ninguna persona u organización (incluidos los grupos escolares) sin su consentimiento previo por escrito firmado y fechado, debe notificar a la escuela por escrito llenando este formulario.


Notificación de derechos bajo la protección de la enmienda de los derechos del alumno (PPRA)

PPRA otorga a los padres ciertos derechos con respecto a la realización de encuestas por parte de la escuela, la recopilación y el uso de información con fines de mercadeo y ciertos exámenes físicos. Estos incluyen el derecho a:

  • Consentimiento antes de que se requiera que los estudiantes envíen una encuesta que se refiera a una o más de las siguientes áreas protegidas (“encuesta de información protegida”) si la encuesta está financiada en su totalidad o en parte por un programa del Departamento de Educación de EE. UU. (ED)–
  1. Afiliaciones políticas o creencias del estudiante o de los padres del estudiante;
  2. Problemas mentales o psicológicos del estudiante o la familia del estudiante;
  3. Comportamiento o actitudes sexuales;
  4. Comportamiento ilegal, antisocial, auto incriminatorio o degradante;
  5. Evaluaciones críticas de otras personas con quienes los encuestados tienen relaciones familiares cercanas;
  6. Relaciones privilegiadas legalmente reconocidas, como con abogados, médicos o ministros;
  7. Prácticas religiosas, afiliaciones o creencias del estudiante o sus padres; o
  8. Ingresos, que no sean los requeridos por la ley para determinar la elegibilidad del programa.
  • Recibir notificación y la oportunidad de excluir a un estudiante de:
  1. Cualquier otra encuesta de información protegida, independientemente de la financiación;
  2. Cualquier examen o examen físico invasivo que no sea de emergencia requerido como condición de asistencia, administrado por la escuela o su agente, y que no sea necesario para proteger la salud y seguridad inmediatas de un estudiante, excepto para exámenes de audición, visión o escoliosis, o cualquier examen físico o evaluación permitida o requerida por la ley estatal; y
  3. Actividades que involucran la recopilación, divulgación o uso de información personal obtenida de los estudiantes para mercadeo o para vender o distribuir la información a otros.
  • Inspeccionar, previa solicitud y antes de la administración o el uso:
  1. Encuestas de información protegida de estudiantes
  2. Instrumentos utilizados para recopilar información personal de los estudiantes para cualquiera de los fines de comercialización, ventas u otros fines de distribución mencionados anteriormente;
  3. Material de instrucción utilizado como parte del plan de estudios educativo.

Estos derechos se transfieren de los padres a un estudiante que tiene 18 años o un menor emancipado bajo la ley estatal (“estudiante elegible”).

La escuela tiene políticas, desarrolladas en consulta con los padres, con respecto a estos derechos, así como arreglos para proteger la privacidad de los estudiantes en la administración de encuestas de información protegida y la recopilación, divulgación o uso de información personal para mercadeo, ventas u otros propósitos de distribución. La escuela notificará directamente a los padres y estudiantes elegibles sobre estas políticas al menos una vez al año al comienzo de cada año escolar y después de cualquier cambio sustancial. La escuela también notificará directamente, por ejemplo, a través del correo de EE. UU. O correo electrónico, a los padres de los estudiantes y los estudiantes elegibles que están programados para participar en las actividades o encuestas específicas que se indican a continuación y brindará una oportunidad para que los padres o el estudiante elegible opten el estudiante fuera de la participación de la actividad o encuesta específica. La escuela hará esta notificación a los padres y estudiantes elegibles al comienzo del año escolar si la escuela ha identificado las fechas específicas o aproximadas de las actividades o encuestas en ese momento. Para las encuestas y actividades programadas después de que comience el año escolar, los padres y los estudiantes elegibles recibirán una notificación razonable de las actividades y encuestas planificadas que se enumeran a continuación y se les brindará la oportunidad de excluir al estudiante de dichas actividades y encuestas. Los padres y los estudiantes elegibles también tendrán la oportunidad de revisar las encuestas pertinentes. A continuación, se muestra una lista de las actividades y encuestas específicas cubiertas bajo este requisito:

  • Recopilación, divulgación o uso de información personal para mercadeo, ventas u otra distribución.
  • Administración de cualquier encuesta de información protegida que no sea financiada en su totalidad o en parte por el Departamento de Educación.
  • Cualquier examen o evaluación física invasiva que no sea de emergencia, como se describe anteriormente.

Los padres y estudiantes elegibles que crean que sus derechos han sido violados pueden presentar una queja ante:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

ASU Prep Notice of Public Comment

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Welcome to the Public Comment Forum!

Through this forum, the charter community and other stakeholders have an opportunity to voice their position on a potential rule or policy and provide valuable information on how it may impact you and your community. Your feedback will assist the ASU Preparatory Academy Board of Directors (Board) and improve its services to the charter community.

We appreciate you taking the time to participate in this forum and look forward to hearing from you.

Public Comment

The following resolutions will go before the Board for consideration and approval on July 13, 2021 and are now open for public comment.

ASU Prep will hold public hearings on June 25, 2021 and July 13, 2021. Public Hearing notices with details will be posted on our governance website and at our sites. (Public hearing notice for June 25, 2021)

Adoption of the hybrid instructional model for the 2021-2022 school year for ASU Preparatory Academies Campuses of Phoenix (K-12), Poly (K-12), Casa Grande (9-12)

Benefits of the Hybrid Model

  • Hybrid learning is helping to change the way we think of education and is removing many of the barriers that have traditionally existed. Not only can it provide students with a greater degree of flexibility and freedom to choose how to learn, but it can also expand access to education.

The Hybrid Model at ASU Preparatory Academy

  • Parents opt in to the program
  • Onsite Days: Students come to the school and learn with peers.
  • Offsite Days: Students learn from home with the support of a Learning Facilitator.
  • Flex Fridays: Students will participate in presentations, performances, virtual field trips, in-person field trips, Genius Hour and/or Maker Space time.

Hybrid Model Offering

  • Based on parent interest, the Hybrid Model will be offered in grades 3-6 and High School for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Based on parent interest, the Hybrid Model will be offered at our Poly, Phoenix and Casa Grande campuses. Students can change models at semester, provided there are seats available in their desired model.

Hybrid Model Compliance

  • This model is compliant with the instructional minutes requirements of HB2862.

Presentation on the model

Adoption of a 4-day Calendar Week at ASU Preparatory Academy Casa Grande High School

Benefits of the Four Day Calendar

  • Marketing: 4 day week enables Friday to be used for internships, community service, appointments and employment of students
  • Cost Savings: Janitorial and transportation ($28,300)
  • Attendance: Reduce absences throughout the week by providing Friday’s availability for appointments
  • Flexible Schedule: Attractive to incoming students, allows current Barca students practice and travel time

Students and Teacher Desired Outcomes

  • Utilize Friday for quality professional development
  • No half days or early release
  • Lower absenteeism of students and teachers
  • Student dropout rates decline; student disciplinary referrals decrease
  • Increase in the efficiency of instruction with less transition time
  • Students and teachers share a strong positive attitude about school being part of the innovation

Key Takeaways

  • 144 School Days
  • 75 Minute Classes
  • 6 Period Day
  • 30 Minute Lunch

Stakeholder Survey Results

  • 86% support the 4 day week and 14% did not support
  • Parents were 49% of the overall vote (33% of the vote were students, 15% were Prep staff, and 3% were Barça staff)

Public Comment Posting Period

POSTING PERIOD: June 18, 2021 – July 12, 2021

Please submit your feedback in writing to the Board during the posting period using one of the following options:

  • Written comments may be emailed to
  • Written comments may be mailed to ASU Preparatory Academy PO Box 877304, Tempe, AZ 85287-7304
  • Written comments may be delivered to the Network Office located at 1130 E. University Drive, STE 230, Tempe, AZ 85281

For all responses, please provide the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Email address
  • Mailing address (optional)
  • Organization (optional)

All public comment received by July 12, 2021 will be presented to the Board and members of the public will have an additional opportunity to provide comment to the Board at the meeting during which the Board considers the proposals for the Casa Grande School Week and the Hybrid Instructional Model.

Child Nutrition Programs Request for Proposal

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ASU Preparatory Academy desires to contract with a Caterer to provide meals for our SFA’s food service program. Offers received by the correct time and date will be opened and the name of each Offeror will be publicly read. Offers must be in the actual possession of ASU Preparatory Academy on or prior to the time and date, and at the submittal location indicated. Late offers will not be considered. Offers must be submitted in a sealed envelope or package with the Solicitation Number and the Offeror’s name and address clearly indicated on the envelope or package.

Proposals will be accepted until 4/29/2021 at 9 a.m. at 1130 E. University Dr., Suite 230, Tempe, AZ 85281. If sending by mail please address it to:

Jocelyne Canestrelli
c/o: ASU Preparatory Academy
Mail Code: 7304
1130 E. University Dr., Suite 230
Tempe, AZ 85281

For more information, please contact Jocelyne Canestrelli at 480-467-8676,

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash.

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?


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.