ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix Art Inspires Students

« Back  |  

ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix students returned from fall break to find some unexpected inspiration on campus—new artistic murals of diverse and notable figures. The murals include Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Principal Patrick Gibbs said they installed the beautiful art celebrating different cultures because, “we really wanted to build something positive, uplifting, and something the students can relate to.”

The 220 students at the South Phoenix high school campus come from various backgrounds as well. The murals and messages provide a way to express the beauty and uniqueness of their culture.  

Mahkaylah Hopkins, student body president, said: “I honestly think that the murals are going to do a great job with promoting diversity and letting people know it’s okay to be different, no matter who you are, your background, or where you come from.”

Watch Fox 10 News Report LINK

K–6 Assistant Principal at ASU Prep South Phoenix – Yvonne Huggard

« Back  |  

ASU Preparatory Academy is pleased to welcome Yvonne Huggard to the team. With 13 years of education experience, Huggard has taught multiple grades at the elementary level, as well as served as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. She has chaired many committees and teams including Family Engagement, 90-Day Core, Behavior, SAT, and Safety to name a few.
Throughout her career, she has worked with district administrators to build community relationships, problem solve challenges, and create a positive culture within the school. Huggard enjoys working with students and families of all diverse backgrounds to help improve students’ achievement.
She is active in numerous community events and is on the board for the S.P.E.A.K. chapter of the Arians Family Foundation.
Assistant Principal Yvonne Huggard can be reached at: yhuggard@asu.edu.

ASU Prep South Phoenix Partners with Elevated Education to Reengage Youth

« Back  |  

Teen Victory Program Provides Structure for Arizona Youth Ages 13-21

PHOENIXSept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix announces a partnership with Elevated Education, a leader in academic reengagement. The partnership will offer students and their families academic reengagement, and positive mentoring for youth through a project funded by the Arizona Governor’s Office.

“Covid exacerbated an already challenging academic climate for many students who were on the precipice of dropping out,” said James Meehan, CEO of Elevated Education. “Our innovative Teen Victory Program provides a positive alternative to teens and young adults seeking to reengage in their academics, offering opportunities for youth of diverse economic backgrounds to gain skills for academic success, relationship building with others, building a positive self-image, as well as connection to their local community, so we are thrilled to partner with ASU Prep in a joint effort to begin the process of academic reengagement and hope for a brighter future.”

The Program’s objectives include a wholistic approach to reengagement:

  • Analysis of participant’s education history
  • Academic mentoring/coaching
  • Develop individualized learning plan
  • School reengagement
  • Student Victory Team meetings (students, parents/guardians, school counselors, elevated mentor)
  • Ongoing mentoring throughout the school year

“Here at ASU Prep South Phoenix, our students have obstacles that we may not know about,” said Dr. Taime Bengochea, ASU Prep South Phoenix K-12 Principal. “It is so exciting to be partnered with Elevated Education and their Teen Victory Program so that our students can get extra support to re-engage with our school. With our partnership, Elevated can support those families who may not want to share information about their circumstances back into our school community. I look forward to the success we can achieve together for our families and students.”

For more information on how your school, school district or student can take advantage of this one-of-a-kind program, please fill out the online form, call 602-641-4495 or e-mail info@elevatedteens.com.

About Elevated Education

Elevated Education‘s mission is to cultivate a rigorous and innovative environment that focuses on each teen’s unique abilities and needs to foster profound transformative growth and learning through alternative education and programs. The Elevated Education team has reengaged and educated thousands of teen students over the years.

About ASU Preparatory Academy

ASU Preparatory Academy 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.

SOURCE Elevated Education

Welcome Dr. Taime Bengochea

« Back  |  

K-12 Principal at ASU Prep South Phoenix

 
ASU Preparatory Academy is pleased to welcome Dr. Taime Bengochea to the team. Bengochea, often referred to as Dr. B, has built strong relationships in public education for the last 30 years. She is passionate about supporting students in finding their own pathway to success and working to support her staff in the ever-changing climate of education.

A respected and trusted leader, she has advocated for thousands of students and staff members across the Valley. Bengochea has held a variety of positions as a teacher, director of technology, assistant principal, and principal, and she has taught graduate courses for Argosy University in finance and educational leadership.  

She is an Arizona State University alumnus and received her graduate degree in elementary education. She has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy from Pepperdine University in California.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, which includes three dogs and a crested gecko named Figment.

Principal Taime Bengochea can be reached at: Taime.Bengochea@asu.edu

ASU Prep Academy High School Students Win NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge

« Back  |  

Six students at ASU Preparatory Academy’s Polytechnic STEM High School were winners in NASA’s TechRise Challenge. Their experiment, “How will Hydrophobic and Non-Hydrophobic Sponges React with Water in Microgravity?” was selected to be tested in space and will launch on NASA’s Blue Origin rocket in January. Learn more. The team was interviewed by Fox 10 Phoenix.

Watch the Interview HERE