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Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School Review

Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School opened in 1997 in Tempe. The school has an average of 70 students enrolled each year in grades 6th through 12th creating very small class rooms for a more personal learning environment. The school offers a college preparatory curriculum offering various models including high performing, Honors track and accelerated credit learning.

As well as providing an exception education with a wide array of models, the school also provides specialized programs for special education students including those with multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, speech impairments, language impairments, learning disabilities, hearing impairments, and autism. The scheduling offered include extended day and block scheduling.

Along with core subjects, the school offers students the chance to join in on extra curricular activities, sports, and clubs such as drawing, drama, orchestra, band, physical education classes, track, soccer, cross country, science and technology, yearbook, and student council.

Parents expressed how much their children have excelled after starting school here. They enjoy school and the very small class size with only between 10 and 17 students per class. This is excellent as each student can and does receive the attention they need. The teachers are very caring and help create the family atmosphere where all students are giving the same opportunities to reach their goals.

Students are very pleased with the opportunity with the dual diploma program as they can work on their high school diploma and associates degree at the same time. The only downside for some is they would like to see more extra curricular activities.

All students attending public schools including public charter schools are required to take part in the AIMS series of tests. The tests measure if students are mastering the core subjects.

Percentages of students in 6th grade at Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School that passed or exceeded the exam were about the same as the state averages in reading and writing, but below average in math.

Seventh graders showed up only 1% above the state average in reading, much higher than state average in writing by 20%, but below the state in math almost 20%.

8th graders scored higher than the state average in reading, science, and math, but were below average in writing.

100% of 10th graders passed the exam in reading, 83% in writing, and 55% in math. Math was lower than the state average of 60%.

With the lower test scores in almost every class, it would be best if you take of the school and talk with staff, teachers, and other parents with children attending before enrolling your child. With the variety of curriculum available including the dual diploma program, I would have expected the test scores to be much higher.

Grand Canyon College Preparatory Charter School
7541 S. Willow Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283


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