ASU Preparatory Academy, Casa Grande

Serving grades 9 - 12

Welcome to ASU Preparatory Academy Casa Grande High School

In 2016 - in partnership with Grande Sports Academy, ASU Preparatory Academy opened a high school in Casa Grande, Arizona. In 2017, Grande Sports Academy and FC Barcelona announced the creation of Barça Academy (FC Barcelona's first and only official residency soccer academy in the USA). High school soccer students from around the nation will join the ASU Prep Casa Grande students from the local and neighboring community on campus.

“Barça Academy is a world-class soccer training academy, and ASU Prep Casa Grande will provide the world-class education our students need to round out their studies here.” Sylvia Mejia, ASU Prep Casa Grande Principal.

ASU Preparatory Academy is an innovative charter school where teachers, students and families share the same goal – college graduation.

ASU Prep Casa Grande serves grades 9-12 and offers a personalized approach to learning that includes:

  • A high use of innovative learning technology
  • The flexibility to work at your own pace
  • A collaboration of highly qualified teachers and rigorous online coursework
  • The opportunity to accelerate course taking and advance toward university courses.

ASU Preparatory Academies are open-enrollment charter schools. We do not charge tuition or administer entrance examinations.

To learn more or tour the campus, please contact: Sylvia Mejia, Director of Blended Learning

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Director of Secondary Education
Ms. Mejia
sylvia.mejia@asu.edu

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Hist/Econ/Govt
Mr. Whipple
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World Languages
Ms. Norrid
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Science
Dr. Mark
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SME Mentor Math
Ms. Coronado
Amanda.Rupert@asu.edu
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SME Mentor Science
Mr. Ross
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SME Mentor English and History
Ms. Serna
danielleserna@asu.edu
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Learning Success Coach
Ms. Dolezal
Connie.Dolezal@asu.edu
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Counselor
Ms. Lopez
Rebecca.E.Lopez@asu.edu

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IT Technician
Mr. Chuck
chuck.anthony@asu.edu

 

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Office Manager/Health Asst./Registrar
Ms. Angulo
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World Language
Ms. Vasquez
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Learning Success Coach
Mr. Cunningham
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Now accepting applications for enrollment

ASU Prep is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. Open Enrollment is ongoing, and prospective students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is met. To enroll your high school student in ASU Preparatory Academy Casa Grande (grades 9-12), please attend an information session or visit our campus during school hours.

 If you are interested in enrolling for the 2018-19 school year, please click here.

Who can enroll at ASU Prep Casa Grande High School? Can students enroll if they’re not 9th graders?
We are currently enrolling grades 9-12 at our Casa Grande campus. In order to enroll as a 9th grade, you must have documentation that you have completed, or are on track to complete 8th grade.

What is the enrollment process?
Visit https://asuprep.asu.edu/enroll/enrollsteps to enroll. All enrollment paperwork is available online.

Is there a fee or tuition for attending?
Arizona students can attend the ASU Preparatory Academy High School for free. We are a public charter school.

What is the school schedule?
The school year begins August 1.
The school days end at 3:15 p.m. Monday-Friday with opportunities for tutoring and extracurricular activities each day after school.

Where is the school located?
The school is located on the Francisco Grande Resort grounds at 2612 W. Gila Bend Hwy, Casa Grande, AZ 85193.

Is transportation to the high school provided to students?
Bus transportation is available (contact us for pick up locations).

Are teachers at ASU Prep highly qualified?
Yes. We hire teachers who are highly qualified in their content areas. They have demonstrated proficiency in their content area through course taking and as a member of the ASU Prep team, teachers take 24 hours of specialized training in pedagogy that is based on research of best practices for enhanced student learning.
Additionally, our teachers all have mentors who work closely with them to continuously provide coaching and support to meet the needs of our learners.

What is the curriculum used at ASU Prep?
ASU Prep uses the Cambridge International Curriculum. This rigorous program, which is aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready standards, prepares all students to be ready for college. Students also have the opportunity to take ASU Online courses supported by ASU Prep faculty as juniors and seniors.

How does ASU Prep utilize the Cambridge Curriculum?
The Cambridge curriculum is part of a comprehensive academic program that supports the academic preparation of all students to succeed in college, to contribute to their communities, and to compete globally. The Cambridge curriculum includes rich instruction, high levels of active student engagement, and regular evaluation of student knowledge and skills. This allows students to understand topics deeply, to think critically, to solve complex problems, to communicate with a range of audiences, and to apply their learning in creative ways.
When the curriculum was introduced to ASU Prep’s other schools, the schools outperformed the state by an average of 22 points in reading and 24 points in mathematics. We expect to have similar results in Casa Grande.
In addition to Cambridge, students have access to AP and to ASU college courses so our students are bridging from high school to university in the supportive environment of a classroom with a teacher and a success coach committed to helping them succeed in college.

What is blended learning?
In a blended learning environment, each student has access to an individualized pace and plan of study with the guidance of a teacher who is a content expert. The blended curriculum is designed to give students individualized support to access the curriculum with frequent opportunities to demonstrate learning and to progress rapidly through the curriculum they already know. Students will collaborate with peers and instructors both in person and online each day. The flexible hybrid model gives students the ability to pursue what interests them and learn in an integrated educational continuum.

What supports are provided to students?
In addition to support provided through the blended learning environment, students also have a Learning Success Coach who works with them in to track their academic progress, to develop personalized applications of learning, and to connect families with outside resources and supports. The Learning Success Coach serves as a first point of contact for students and families to get support in being able to graduate from high school and enroll in college.
Students with IEPs or other special needs will be able to be supported by specially certified faculty so they can access the curriculum and enjoy success in a rigorous learning environment.

What are the expectations for family involvement?
Families play an essential role in the success of our ASU Prep students. We ask that each of our families take an active role in the education of their child as well as our school community. We partner with families four times per year for Individualized Learning Plan conferences and orientations. See our ASU Prep family involvement information here.

What are the graduation requirements?
All ASU Prep graduates are prepared to meet the admission requirements for university study. We will work with each new student to design an Individual Learning Plan to meet his or her instructional needs. Students are required to complete 4 years of English, mathematics, and science instruction. Additionally, students take 3 years of social sciences, 2 years foreign language, 1 year of fine arts, and other electives to meet the ASU Prep rigorous requirements.

Will there be weighted grades (e.g. Pre-AP, AP, and honors classes are weighted at their current school)?
ASU Prep offers the Cambridge International curriculum. All courses are considered part of an honors curriculum. In addition, we offer a series of advanced Cambridge courses including Cambridge A and AS, Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as college level courses. All courses at the advanced level (AP, Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge A or AS level, or college courses) and any grade earned of 97% ( A*) and higher earns a weighted grade.

Will credit be granted for algebra and perhaps other courses that were taken in the student's 7th or 8th grade years?
We can only grant high school credit for courses that are approved by ASU Prep. However, if a student can demonstrate competency in a course they have completed by passing ASU Prep assessments, they will earn a competency credit for the course. Competency credits are shown on the transcript but are not calculated in the students’ Grade Point Average.

Does ASU Prep provide test prep course or program for the ACT and SAT?
ASU Prep provides all students the opportunity to take the PSAT and the ACT. Test prep programs are available at ASU Prep and our Learning Success Coaches work with students to help them prepare for these college entrance examinations and to ensure they are meeting all college entrance requirements to enter the college of their choice.

Is there a driver’s education program?
We do not provide Driver’s Education programs.

Are there after school or extended day offerings?
Yes. Each day after school students will have the opportunity to receive tutoring support, participate in extracurricular activities, or work collaboratively with peers.

How is ASU Prep Casa Grande High School associated with Grande Sports Academy?
ASU Preparatory will provide instruction to the athletes at Barça Academy along with other students in the Casa Grande community who attend our high school. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Will there be National Honor Society or other clubs?
Clubs and extracurricular are important part of the ASU Prep culture. All programs are determined by student interest. We have robotics, STEM club, yearbook, National Honor Society, Math League and student government.

Does ASU Prep Academy require students to wear uniforms?
Yes. Students wear a maroon collared shirt with uniform khaki or black bottoms.

2017 - 2018 School Year

July 
July 1 – 25Not in session
July 26 – 28ILP Conferences
August 
August 1First Day for Students
September 
September 4Labor Day Holiday
September 27 – 29ILP Conferences
October 
October 2 – 6Fall Break
October 9No School Teacher PD
October 10School Resumes
November 
November 10Veterans Day Holiday
November 22 – 24Thanksgiving Holiday
December 
December 25Christmas Day
December 25 – 29Winter Break
January 
January 1New Year’s Day
January 1 – 5Winter Break
January 8School Resumes
January 15MLK Holiday
January 24 – 25ILP Conferences
January 26No School Teacher PD
February 
February 19Presidents’ Day
March 
March 12 – 16Spring Break
March 19School Resumes
April 
April 25 – 27ILP Conferences
May 
May 28Memorial Day
May 31Last Day for Students
June 

Dress Code

The school uniform is a maroon collared shirt and khaki or black uniform bottoms.

Fridays are ASU Fridays. Students may choose to wear a gold collared shirt in place of the regular uniform shirt. Bottoms remain the same.

Family Involvement Program

One of the pillars for ASU Preparatory Academy includes Family. Family partnerships help make critical contributions to student success. The purpose of our Family Involvement Program is to help families be active contributors to their child’s educational success; particularly assuring their child is prepared for success in college.

This program will apply to all registered families of ASU Preparatory Academy. The School and Family Liaison will track credits earned. Guiding points:

  • Each family will be required to fulfill a minimum of 30 credits of service (15 credits per semester)
  • Any family member can help contribute to the accrual of points through their service
  • One credit is worth approximately one hour of service
  • Credits are assessed to activities based on the level of involvement and the direct relationship to student support
  • Statements of current credit status will be distributed twice a year in December and May
  • ASU Prep sends a weekly email newsletter. If you would like to receive one for your school, please sign up in our front office

Attendance

All students are expected to be in attendance every day school is in session. Regular attendance is essential for success in school; therefore, absences shall be excused only for necessary and important reasons. We do, however, realize that health and family take preference, but we ask families to plan activities on days and times other than when school is in session.

Our attendance policy is governed by ARS 15-803 – School attendance; exemptions; definitions:

  1. It is unlawful for any child between six (6) and sixteen (16) years of age to fail to attend school during the hours school is in session, unless excused pursuant to section ARS 15-803.
  2. A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences, may be adjudicated an incorrigible child. Absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days exceeds 10% (18 days) of the number of required attendance days prescribed in section ARS 15-803, subsection B, paragraph 1.
  3. As used in this section:
    • “Habitually truant” means a child who is truant for at least five (5) school days unexcused within a school year.
    • “Truant” means an unexcused absence for at least one (1) class period during the day.
    • “Truant child” means a child who is between six (6) and sixteen (16) years of age and who is not in attendance at a public or private school during the hours that school is in session, unless excused as provided by this section.

Absences

When a student needs to be absent, we ask that parents call the attendance line before 7:30 a.m. each day the student is absent. State law mandates that the school record a reason for all student absences. This greatly reduces the need to call you at work or home to confirm the absence. The absence will be unexcused if no reason is given. When calling, please leave the child’s name (with spelling), date of absence, grade level, reason for absence and a telephone number where you can be reached in case we have questions. Federal law requires that we make every attempt to contact parents on the day the student is absent.

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We invite you to contact us for more information about ASU Preparatory Academy Casa Grande.

Contact Information

2612 West Gila Bend Highway
Casa Grande, AZ 85193
Sylvia Mejia, Director of Blended Learning
Phone: 520-374-4200
Attendance: 520-374-4201
Fax: 520-876-9959

 

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Instructional Hours

8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

 

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