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ASU Preparatory is a tuition-free college preparatory school that serves students in grades K-12. We are chartered by Arizona State University with the goal of helping each student Prep for college. Prep for careers. Prep for life.
At ASU Prep:
Founded in 2008, ASU Preparatory Academy originally operated as University Public Schools, Inc. (UPSI), which opened its first campus in Mesa, Arizona. ASU Prep opened its downtown Phoenix location just one year later, in collaboration with the Phoenix Elementary School District, and began moving its Mesa location to ASU’s Polytechnic campus that same year.
In 2016, a third location opened in Casa Grande, Arizona, in collaboration with Barça Residency Academy. In 2017, ASU Prep launched ASU Prep Digital, built on the same college preparatory framework with class offerings all online for part–time or full–time students anywhere in the world. In 2018, ASU Prep announced its merger with Phoenix Collegiate Academy, beginning operations on the Primary, Intermediate and High School South Phoenix campuses in the fall of 2018.
ASU Preparatory Academy programs (onsite/online courses) are accredited by Cognia.
ASU Preparatory Academy is a university preparatory school aligned with the AZ College and Career Ready standards focused on critical thinking skills and deep learning experiences. Our rigorous curriculum helps students develop critical thinking and learning skills that prepare them for success in college. Programs are designed to be challenging. Students learn the key concepts of each subject by examining them in depth, and at their own pace. Each area is flexible so that teachers can use relevant examples like local context and culture.
Students have to demonstrate core understanding of a subject and be able to think critically. Exams are used to recognize, reward and encourage this learning.
When ready, students are able to take free Arizona State University courses for credit. The ability to take university courses before graduating high school allows ASU Prep students to explore their future college majors, and earn university credit, reducing their time and cost toward their future degrees.
“The teachers here challenge you, and I consider this a very good thing. They’re always informed on what they’re teaching, rather than just reading out of the book. They care about what they’re doing, and it shows.”
- ASU Preparatory Academy Student, High School Senior Review posted on education search website
An Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is developed for each student in consultation with parents/guardians and families and is conducted quarterly. This plan includes a list of learning outcomes the student is expected to achieve and a visual indicator of progress and an agenda for personal conferences with the student’s teachers and parents/guardians. The final level of achievement on each learning outcome will be a part of the student’s 10-week report card.
Students learn in an inclusive learning environment that is personalized to their needs.
At the STEM Academy, students engage in content and engineering challenges offered by leading STEM and partnering organizations.
Students can explore college majors and career disciplines through personalized academic apprenticeships with ASU faculty and community organizations.
Students develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and civic responsibility through project ventures and university experiences.
After demonstrating readiness, students have the opportunity to take ASU courses for credit while supported by ASU Prep faculty.
Students use technology for completing coursework.
Our families contribute a minimum of 30 hours per year to help students succeed.
“ASU Prep has amazing teachers who really care and make a difference with every student!”
- ASU Preparatory Academy Parent, Facebook Review