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 Residency 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 Residency 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 Blended Learning
Sylvia Mejia
sylvia.mejia@asu.edu

Office Manager
Cecilia Angulo
cangulo3@asu.edu

SME Mentor Math
Amanda Coronado (Rupert)
Amanda.Rupert@asu.edu
Website: https://acoronadoasuprep.weebly.com/

History Teacher
Angela Thomas
athomas68@asu.edu

Learning Success Coach
Denice Douglas
Denice.Douglas@asu.edu

HS History/Econ/Government Teacher
James Whipple
jjwhipp@asu.edu
Website: https://jwhippleasuprep.weebly.com/

English Teacher
Jose Rosario
jose.rosario@asu.edu

Counselor
Rebecca Lopez
Rebecca.E.Lopez@asu.edu

HS World Languages Teacher
Rosemary Norrid
rnorrid@asu.edu
Website: https://rnorridasuprep.weebly.com/

Blended Science Teacher
Victoria Ruelas
vruelas1@asu.edu

SME Mentor Science / Dean of Students
Brian Ross
bmross3@asu.edu
Website: https://brossasuprep.weebly.com/

Campus IT Technician
Charles Anthony
chuck.anthony@asu.edu

English Teacher
Amy Ramirez
Amy.Ramirez@asu.edu

SME Mentor English/History
Danielle Serna
danielleserna@asu.edu
Website: https://dsernaasuprep.weebly.com/

World Language Teacher
Haydee Vasquez
hvasque3@asu.edu

Learning Success Coach
Joe Martinez
jamar126@asu.edu

Blended Math Teacher
Lisa Meiers
lmeiers@asu.edu

HS World Languages Teacher
Rosemary Norrid
Rebecca.E.Lopez@asu.edu

HS Science Teacher
Sean Mark
sean.mark@asu.edu
https://smarkasuprep.weebly.com/

Now accepting applications for enrollment

ASU Prep is accepting applications for the 2018-19 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 click here to request enrollment.

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 for information about our enrollment process. 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 6.
The school days end at 3:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, with opportunities for tutoring and extracurricular activities each day after school. Fridays, the school day ends at 11:40 a.m.

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.

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 Residency 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 an 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. On Fridays, we wear gold.

 

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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.

 

Course Catalog Schedule