From the Headmaster

Calendar Change
The teachers of Archway Arete and Arete Prep have been working hard to provide instruction to both online and in-person learners in the first quarter, and we have identified a few changes to hybrid learning to make the work-load more manageable in the second quarter. While there are several initiatives happening behind the scenes, the one that will directly impact our students and families is that we are adding three remote learning days in the second quarter:  October 23rd, November 6, and December 11. All three are Fridays and the first two dates were originally half days. These are still officially school days and students will have work to complete remotely, but there will not be any in-person classes. If you are in need of child-care on these days, we can provide a supervised space reserved on campus for students to access their assignment via computer. Please note that there will be no live instruction or tutoring available.  

Masks in the Classroom
In early September I wrote an article clarifying the mask policy for the classroom. Here again is the Great Hearts Mask Policy based on the Maricopa County guidelines. As the policy states, students will be encouraged to wear masks in the classroom, but they can take breaks as needed. Face shields may only be worn with permission from academy leadership. Please reach out to the front office or school nurse for more information on face shields.  
Free Tutoring through GCU
Grand Canyon University is offering a free virtual tutoring opportunity for students in 2nd through 12th grade. See more information here

Library Visits
Our library will remain closed through the second quarter. Library visits will resume upon return from Winter Break.

Updated School Calendar
See the Archway Arete updated calendar here that includes our All School Remote Learning Days for semester 1.
Parent Service Organization

October Teacher Appreciation Lunches
Join us in October as we show our staff what true Super Heros they really are! We will be serving them lunch Monday-Thursday, the week of Parent Teacher Conferences(October 19th-22nd). Find the link to donate items or contribute financially here. The cart will be available during drop off Monday the 19th as well as Wednesday the 21st. 

Teacher Snack Bar
We are all very aware of the many hours our wonderful teachers are pouring into serving their students. We would like to fuel them with a "snack bar" inside their lunch/break room! Find the snack items here. Please drop off items at the front desk.

Treat Friday
PSO is selling Bosa donut holes tomorrow, Friday, September 25th in the lunchroom. $.25 each or 5/$1.00.

October Lunch Volunteer Sign Up
Please sign up to volunteer in the lunchroom. As of right now the only volunteers allowed on campus are lunchroom volunteers, so if you want to see your students on campus, sign up! Submit this brief application to obtain volunteer clearance on campus. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Tiffany Wright at 480-606-8590 or

Family Directory
Archway Arete is a school who prides itself in efforts to build up our community. In order to expand this further, PSO would like to compile an Archway Arete Families Directory that is composed of our families who own or work for a small business or company that offers services. If you own or are an employee for a company like this and would like to be added into the directory please email Emily Naaktgeboren.

Start Date
Athenaeum will start at Arete on Tuesday, September 1st for Kindergarten only. Wednesday, September 2nd is for grades K-5. If you would like to register for Athenaeum please go to If you have any additional questions please contact Lory Sipel at

Registration for the Athenaeum After-School Program for the 2020-21 school year is open!
Athenaeum is our after-school program for grades K-8 that is focused on the liberal arts and promotes learning by providing students dedicated homework time in addition to enriching and academically oriented activities. Scholars also have time for snack, games and recreation, and time to socialize with friends.
The Athenaeum After-School Program will resume September 1st for Kindergarten, September 2nd for K-5th, and September 3rd for grades 6-8th.
For more information and to register, visit our academy website and click on Academy LifeàAfter School Programs.
For questions, please contact our Campus Coordinator, Lory Sipel at
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Archway Classical Academy - Arete
Melody Pati, Office Manager
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 4525 East Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Phone:(480) 222-4233
Fax:(480) 222-4234