ASU Prep Notice of Public Comment

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.

PDF icon 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 asuprep@asu.edu
  • 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.