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Tempe Preparatory Academy 

1251 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282 

Tempe Preparatory Academy was created in 1996 by a group of Tempe professors, engineers, and businesspeople who wanted their children to receive the greatest possible education. The founding members considered starting a private liberal arts institution early on. They opted to open to the public after receiving one of the first requirements to operate as an open-enrollment charter school after additional consideration.

Residents of the East Valley received a flier on the school’s “Great Books” program. The possibility to acquire a liberal arts, private school education in a public setting drew families in. Tempe Preparatory Academy opened in September 1996 with 120 students and nine professors after swiftly filling up. The number of students has increased to 450 (grades 6-12) and the number of instructors has increased to 34 as of August 2020.

Tempe Preparatory Academy is a globally acclaimed public charter school that accepts students regardless of their academic background. Tempe Preparatory Academy is dedicated to cutting-edge teaching methods that are unrivaled in the country.

Tempe Preparatory Academy’s aim is to prepare students for a lifetime of seeking truth, kindness, and beauty.

Graduates of Tempe Preparatory Academy are self-assured, informed, and eloquent. Advanced mathematics and physics, fine arts, literature, history, philosophy, economics, and current and classical languages are all taught to students.

Tempe Preparatory Academy students are exposed to great works and ideas that have a lasting influence on the kids’ character and creativity, allowing them to study for a lifetime.

The North Central Association has accredited Tempe Preparatory Academy. The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has granted Tempe Preparatory Academy its charter. The Greathearts Charter School League and the Arizona Interscholastic Association are both members of the sports program.

Tempe Prep provides a wide range of fine arts and academic extracurriculars. Despite being a tiny school, Tempe Prep’s Speech and Debate and Odyssey of the Mind teams are competitive, consistently finishing in the top five in tournaments with schools 10 times their size. 

Since 2006, Tempe Prep has been the Arizona 1A-2A-3A State Champion in Speech and Debate every year. As of 2013, the Speech and Debate team competed in AIA Division I. Between 2002 and 2007, the Odyssey of the Mind teams won the State Championship, placing 5th in the World Finals in 2004, 4th in 2007, 2nd in 2008, and 5th in the 2009 World Finals Competition.

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Phoenix, Arizona is blessed to be the home of many amazing public schools.  Here’s a short list of our favorites: 

  • BASIS Scottsdale
  • BASIS Peoria
  • BASIS Chandler
  • BASIS Phoenix
  • BASIS Ahwatukee
  • Arizona College Prep Erie Campus
  • Great Hearts Academies – Scottsdale Prep
  • BASIS Chandler Primary – North Campus

All of these wonderful public schools are located just a short distance from our location located at 7319 North 16th Street in Phoenix, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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7319 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020 | 602-870-9700

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1630 S. Stapley Drive, Suite 212, Mesa, AZ 85204 | 480-985-4000

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