Poly STEM K-8

Welcome to ASU Prep Poly STEM Academy

The STEM Academy (K-8) on the ASU Polytechnic campus prepares students to partner with ASU researchers to develop real-world solutions to solve issues and create a better world. Students gain hands-on experience, which is helping to establish a strong STEM pipeline of future graduates and ultimately science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals.

The academic focus for students in the elementary school program is to provide a rigorous curriculum in the areas of mathematics, English/language arts, science and social studies based on the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. In addition, students receive physical education, music, art, STEM, Spanish instruction and a comprehensive leadership and character-building program.

Students at our ASU Prep STEM Academy work at their individual developmental levels and learn based on the students’ needs in both math and reading. Students are also engaged in a variety of authentic project-based challenges that bring learning to life. Working with experts in the field, university faculty, family and community members develop solutions to the world’s challenges.

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Whether it’s building a robot, creating a solar machine or developing solutions to save the earth's resources, ASU Prep students are working to solve real challenges and offering research-based alternatives. The K-8, STEM Academy prepares students to partner with ASU researchers to develop real-world solutions to solve issues and create a better world.

Students work in clusters of first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth grades with content area experts in grades 5-8. Clustering students for two years enables us to provide a greater degree of continuous academic growth on an individual student basis.

  • In grades K-4, each day ends with all students participating in a project group activity within teams. The project group curriculum, often focusing on science or social studies, heightens the importance of learning by allowing the students to use what they learned that day in their academic classes. Students also receive instruction in STEM, Music, Spanish, Physical Education and Art.
  • In grades 5-8, with our teachers as content area experts, students rotate through a block schedule of Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM and Science. Students also receive instruction in Spanish, Music, Physical Education and Art.

Students work on projects solving real-life problems and present their findings to their families and the community in a summative event at the end of each semester.

Students gain hands-on experience, which is helping to establish a strong STEM pipeline of future graduates and ultimately careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through STEM laboratory coursework and through the use of the internationally recognized Cambridge Curriculum.

We prepare Arizona students for success with personalized attention in a university-embedded academic program that empowers them to complete college, compete globally and contribute to their communities. We invite you to contact us to learn how your child can achieve academic success!

Dress Code

For kindergarten through grade eight, the school uniform is a maroon polo top and khaki bottoms. For grades nine through twelve, the uniform is a maroon or white 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.

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Family Involvement Program

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 our school, please let us know.


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:
    1. “Habitually truant” means a child who is truant for at least five (5) school days unexcused within a school year.
    2. “Truant” means an unexcused absence for at least one (1) class period during the day.
    3. “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


When a student needs to be absent, we ask that parents call the attendance line before 8:15 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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Students at Poly STEM Academy

We invite you to contact us for more information about the Poly STEM Academy.

Contact Information

6950 E Williams Field Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
Phone: 480-727-5700
Attendance: 480-727-5709
Fax: 480-727-5701

Office Hours

7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Instructional Hours

8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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