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About This School

Arizona College Prep Academy is a charter high school in Tucson. The principal of Arizona College Prep Academy is Charlene Mendoza, whose e-mail is cmendoza@arizonacollegeprep.com. 130 students go to Arizona College Prep Academy and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0% of the Arizona College Prep Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 59% of the 130 students here have subsidized lunches. Desert Christian Schools is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Football
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 42% 40%
Hispanic 41% 44%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59% 58%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I am an alum. My high school career began and ended with ACPA and I understand that it can be a very tough environment at times. It is small demanding and the teachers are very repetitive about certain material. But its small community high expectations and repetition work well with students. Well some students. Like any school students have to find their way here. It is not a place where partying and dating is praised and if students goof around they will be called out for it. You can't be anti-social or closed minded and it's hard to be a student that just breezes by. What ACPA does so well is that the staff asks students to be responsible and excel and they help you the entire way. As a college student now I feel that the lessons I learned at ACPA prepared me to succeed. Students have access to internships college programs Ivy League alum and knowledgable teachers. Have you seen their resumes?... Have you compared them to most TUSD resumes? For a public FREE high school your child can receive an education that takes them somewhere. Yes students are pushed and will have tensions at times but I think it's better than being left alone. It worked for me. $46 000 grant

  • (3 months ago)

    Arizona College Prep Academy applied for a Charter Transfer in 2012. The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved that application. At that time the charter for Arizona College Prep Academy was transferred to a new non-profit corporation Collaborative Pathways. Collaborative Pathways has a Board that is responsible solely for the operation of Arizona College Prep Academy. With the transfer ACPA separated entirely from Amerischools and is no longer affiliated in any way with that organization or the schools it operates. In 2013 ACPA relocated to a new and permanent location 3434 E. Broadway. The Collaborative Pathways Board and the Faculty and Administration of ACPA are looking forward to continuing our tradition of opportunity achievement and empowerment for our students and alumni while continuing to innovate motivate and provide a top-notch theoretically sound curriculum to our students. Please feel free to contact me for more information.

  • (4 months ago)

    This school is driven to exceed at all costs. Even at the cost of your child's well-being. If your child is willing to put in 12 hours a day ignore rest and fun so they can get a 4.25 GPA they will love this school. Students are told to come in before school and work to stay after and work and to work during lunch. I am not exaggerating. My son had to have surgery and missed 4 days of school. He was reprimanded for this. He was also marked down on his progress report I kid you not for not coming in BEFORE school in the morning to take advantage of study time offered by the school. He was told that he would never go to college because he liked to play basket ball during lunch. My son is an above average kid. He doesn't smoke or do drugs or play hours of video games. But more than one teacher has called him "an idiot" and he has been told numerous times he will never go to college. During History class they lectured a number of days on the evils of Disney movies how they are racist and against women's rights. This school is ULTRA-LIBERAL! They will tell your kids what to believe and how to think. Faith is not encouraged. Not a good atmosphere. We are leaving.

  • (4 months ago)

    Arizona College Prep Academy is an excellent school. Their dedication to educating my child is amazing. My son has and IEP and they work so diligently to keep him on track. I REALLY appreciate their efforts on his behalf!

  • (5 months ago)

    I am in 9th grade at Arizona College Prep and I love it! The teachers are great; very helpful and knowledgable. Its very small which keeps it as a warm caring atmosphere where everybody knows everyone else. The teaching is very individualized tailored to each students needs and the staff is willing to do almost anything to help you to understand. But not only do they teach us our necessary academic skills they make sure we are prepared for life in and out of college as more than just a scholar as a person. I participate in Ultimate frisbee with Mr. Mendoza after school and I really enjoy it. I am strongly looking forward to my remaining semester and 3 more years at this wonderful school!

  • (5 months ago)

    ACPA has offered me a great environment in which to hone my craft as a teacher. Also a wonderful professional team to push me. I love all of the clubs and activities we offer (music robotics knitting frisbee literary club soccer financial face-off French club are just a few). Our students amaze me every day. Our alumni are all over the country and world and still very much active members of our Griffin community. Our results have been among the best in Tucson for well over a decade. Please check out our school if you are a student or a parent of a student serious about working towards college.

  • (8 months ago)

    Arizona College Prep is an amazing school. I have considered how to say how this school changes its students and how many opportunities that the staff provides for these kids but there is no other way to say it except what I think is true. An ACPA education does model college life and at times can be more challenging than college work. The teachers hold students to a higher standard than any other instructors I've met. Actually they not only strongly encourage it but they support students and help them find themselves. For kids who are open to everything available at this school and driven enough to stick with studying class work and extra activities there are exceptional rewards. I am a graduate attending Smith College with EXCELLENT scholarships because of my teachers at ACPA. To be honest if I had gone to a different school I would still end up in a college. However I would have never been awarded the aid I received and I would not be attending Smith. That is only one success story that ACPA has helped create though. If you have the opportunity ask the faculty about some of the awesome alumni. Ask about student life what the teachers do and you'll see what I mean.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am confused as to why there are reviews here from 2009 when the ACPA listed as "arizona college Pret Academy" just recently received their charter. They seem to be working the system renaming their school from Amerischool College Prep Academy with the same ACPA. to my knowledge they Amerischool....lost their charter and did public records show they did a poor job with their funding and even have many civial court cases to show this. Now with the same branding and the same people just switch funding and try again at the expense of the students. DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE

  • (11 months ago)

    I recently attended the Grand Opening celebrating ACPA's new and permanent location. ACPA has a history of being labeled an EXCELLING School and now continues to earn "A" ratings from Arizona Department of Education. Those ratings are great but only begin to communicate the passion of the school leadership and staff that is dedicated to working with and challenging each student to use his/her voice set priorities achieve goals and find success after graduation. They do not deliver canned curriculum or focus on test preparation; but instead provide a learning environment that is based on inquiry is project based and integrates the core subject areas. This research based practice allows students to develop as critical thinkers and to find meaning and connections in what they are learning. They offer a wide selection of elective classes and have some established community partnerships. An example is their work with Saguaro National Park . It is a small school - a safe school environment - and provides a rigorous college preparatory education. I highly recommend this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    Lead by passionate educators who really "get" their student population ACPA is changing the lives of high school students who need the intimate setting of a smaller setting to thrive. Each student is known by the teachers and accountable for their performace. Enrichment opportunities via community volunteer activities internships and field trips allow the students to take their learning outside the classroom and put it into action. centrally-located this school is along major bus routes and easy to get to with nearby amentities. Strong enthusiasm positive feedback and graduates who prove the school is leaving a legacy in the lives of many.

  • (11 months ago)

    my daughter has attended ACPA since the 2nd semester of her freshman year and she is now a senior. i gave her an opportunity to go to the school of her choice her freshman year and she chose sahuaro. i gave her one semester to prove to me that she would get good grades and she came home with 2 f's. i then enrolled her into a school of my choice and stumbled upon ACPA. im very happy i did. she has made such a huge improvement and now is about to graduate highschool but better yet wants to attend college. she is now thinking about a future where education is important and i know that ACPA is a big part of that reason. The teachers principal and even the front office lady are very open and easy to talk to. i have needed to talk to them on several occasions to voice any concerns i had and they were always open and willing to hear anthing i said. as a single mother i appreciate that because i am glad that i have people on my side that care about my daughter and what she does with her life. i love the dress codes that they inforce the classroom environments and even the lunch options that they have for my daughter. if you are considering to bring your child to ACPA YOU SHOULD!

  • (11 months ago)

    I've followed ACPA closely since its inception in 1998/1999. The teachers and staff have always adhered to the principle of offering the best education possible to every student in attendance. Their higher than average (95%) graduation rate for their seniors speaks to the efficacy of their teaching methods. The incredible and personal synergy created by the caring teacher and the student prepares the young person far beyond a diploma. The student is helped to appreciate the life around them and how their part will help everyone around them. This grandfather has seen the effect of ACPA's educational leadership in their graduates years after their time in high school. The kids eyes have been opened to look at the world around them far differently than the usual public curriculum. Thank you ACPA!

  • (11 months ago)

    Arizona College Prep Academy is an excellent school because it has the best staff and administration the very best of the students who want to show the world that everybody matters and everybody can make a difference in their communities and in their countries with proper education and love and respect for each other.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am currently a Student at ACPA and have attended it for three years. ACPA is truly a college Prep school preparing me not only for the academic challenges of going to college but for the social ways as well. With the small school environment each student gets a chance to achieve their personal best. Anyone looking for a College Prep experience should strongly consider ACPA. (Anyone not looking to go to college probably shouldn't)

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm so pleased with the quality of the curriculum and teachers at ACPA. The teacher involvement with the kids is simply outstanding. I would highly encourage any family desiring something a little bit extra for their children to consider this outstanding school. Thank you ACPA!

  • (2 years ago)

    From my experience at this school I have found that they the staff move slowly but thoroughly. They get you about 95-98% prepared for the AIMS and all the teachers work as a community. Their methodology for dividing the classes could use some work. The principal who doesn't have to much time her hands teaches the higher level English classes and the only problem I have with that is that MOST ALL of the assignments are highly subjective which is not conducive to a school environment one of which was a study of the book called "The N word" where weeks were spent giving each other opinions about a document that quite honestly nobody in the class truly cared about. Personally based on my observations the school needs to teach the students to keep their opinions to themselves because by sharing an opinion you create conflict which does not make it easy to actually learn.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is basically a cult. If you dont conform to their way of thinking youre an outcast. I left the school and succeeded much more than i did when i was there. The teachers want to brainwash you and not to think for yourself. Creativity and individuality are not welcome.

  • (2 years ago)

    I spent all four years of my high school career at ACPA. As a student going into my junior year at the University of Arizona and having designed my own interdisciplinary degree program I can confidently say that ACPA was exactly what I needed to get my academic career on track. Thanks to the dedicated and academically diverse faculty at ACPA I'm living a future I only once dreamed of. Parents please strongly consider sending your kid to this school. You'd be doing a disservice to your child and to yourself by putting them in the failing TUSD system.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a teacher recently retired from ACPA I am thankful that my final years of classroom teaching were among teachers staff and administrators of such excellence. The opportunity to watch student's lives change through the efforts of a totally committed group of teachers was a real privilege. Wonders happen when the well-being of students is always first in the minds of teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    This was my first year at ACPA and I enjoyed it. When I first arrived I didn't want to be there at all. If your child is like me the teachers will do their best to get you to enjoy your time. If you don't like it they won't force you to like it. You face a rigorous yet manageable schedule. You face a feeling of community the moment you step into the building. The students help you figure out what to do. Scholarship time of the year was when I really started opening my eyes and seeing that TUSD was nothing compared to ACPA.

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