Arete means aspiring to excellence in every area, be it athletics, academics, or the arts.
Football Home Opener is Friday 10/9 vs. Glendale Prep! 
Great Hearts Athletics Fan Attendance Rules 2020 

If not a family member of a participating athlete, your best bet for gaining entry is to VOLUNTEER! We have many roles to fill, including for our football home opener. To inquire about volunteering for a particular event, please contact Coach Conklin or Coach Smith: 

Join the GAMEDAY CREW! We are in need of 10 student volunteers to help with our football home opener. These 10 spots are open to SENIORS first. Seniors, email Coach Conklin to volunteer for Friday night ASAP!

Great Hearts is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our athletes and visiting teams. The following are the rules for attendance at a Great Hearts home event for the 2020 Fall season. All adjustments or notifications of changes will originate from the Great Hearts Home Office, if it is determined that it is safe to do so. 

For Indoor (Gym) events: 
All players and coaches will be allowed two (2) immediate family members in attendance for games. All family members will need to sit together, distanced from other spectators. 

 For Outdoor (Field) events: 
All players and coaches will be allowed four (4) immediate family members in attendance for games. All spectators will be asked to stay with their own family, distancing from other families. AD's will create spaces to sit for families that will designate appropriate distancing. 

Before the Game: For entry, all spectators, players, coaches, and officials will need to abide by the following: 
1. A mask is to be worn at all times (inside and outside) by coaches, team personnel, spectators, and athletes who are not competing. 
2. All will have their temperature taken and COVID symptom questions will be asked before entering. If the temperature is over 100, the individual will be asked to wait to have their temperature taken again. If it is still over 100 after multiple attempts, the individual will be asked to leave the campus. 
3. Spectators must stay with and sit with their immediate family for the duration of the contest. 

After the Game: All spectators, players and officials will be given guidance for exiting the facility and will be asked to exit immediately following the game. For parents of athletes, please wait in your car for your athlete to arrive
Thank You Coach Narish! 

Dear Arete Boys Soccer Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I am stepping down from coaching the High School Boys Soccer Team this year for personal and family reasons. It was a really difficult decision for me to make because of all that coaching at Arete has given to me. Coaching here is why I became a teacher at Arete, those players and all players afterwards have shown me that Arete is really good for my soul. I will definitely be out there cheering for our Chargers this year, but it will be on a different sideline. It has been a joy and an honor to start the HS Boys Soccer program and I know that the team is in good hands for all future seasons. I wish the team all the best and it is bitter sweet to say one last time, GO CHARGERS!
                                                              Coach Narish

We want to extend heartfelt gratitude to Coach Narish for leading our boys soccer program with integrity and class for the last decade. He was instrumental in the development of the program and has positively influenced so many of our students athletes. 


MS Cross Country Boys Place 1st at GHMSL Meet #2

Arete Prep raced at Ben Franklin over the weekend, and the boys took first place as a team! Max Bruns placed 2nd, running a 12:53, followed by Owen Whitehead with a 13:01. Other top ten finishers included Anthony Ponce and Rigby Rushton. 

Rebecca Ponce, coming off her first place finish a week ago, ran another strong race and placed 4th, coming in at 14:48. 

Great job Chargers! 
Face Coverings are In! 

If you pre-ordered a Arete face covering, they can be picked up at the Prep front desk at your convenience. 
Advertise With Arete Prep Athletics! 

The Arete Prep Chargers would like to present our 2020-21 Athletic Advertising Opportunities to you! This unique opportunity includes high visibility to your company through both our junior high and high school athletics and fine arts events, creating outstanding exposure for our sponsors. In addition to our regularly scheduled events, schools and clubs from all over the valley and state visit our location for athletic and nonathletic events. Click the following link to learn more about our sponsorship program and to view the application.

We are also revamping our field scoreboard banner and have a few spaces available for local business advertising. Please reach out to Coach Conklin or our Academy Giving Manager Jessica Vaughan for more information. 

Thank you for your support and Go Chargers! 
CarLife Charger of the Week:

Stay tuned next week as we announce our first... "Charger of the Week." Thank you to our community partner and neighbor CarLife, and Jeff Breid, for sponsoring our programs and supporting our scholar athletes. This award is performance based, with a strong emphasis on leadership and service!


October 5th
8:00pm- Varsity Swim vs. ALA @ EVO, Power Road (No spectators)

October 8th
HS XC @ Titan Invite @ Crossroads Park, Gilbert 

October 9th
7:00pm- Varsity Football HOME vs. Glendale Prep 

Last Weeks Results: 

September 29th
4:30pm- MS B Volleyball HOME vs. CPA (W, W) 
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Sequoia Charter (Mesa) (L 1-2)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Sequoia Charter (Mesa) (W 3-0)

October 1st
3:30pm- MS C Volleyball @ Cicero 3:30pm (W)
4:00pm- Varsity Swim Meet @ Skyline 
4:30pm- MS B Volleyball HOME vs. TPA (W, W) 
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Sequoia Pathway (Maricopa)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Sequoia Pathway (Maricopa) (3-2) 
HS XC @ Desert Twilight @ Links Golf Course 
6:00pm- MS A Volleyball HOME vs. Cicero 

October 2nd
4:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Horizon Honors (L 0-3) 

CALENDARS - Practices & Competitions

These calendars are being developed and will continue to change over the season.  Always stay in contact with your coach for up-to-date team information. Please occasionally check in with the athletics website calendars for the most updated schedules. 

There are still updates coming as MS schedules are developed, so please stay tuned. As updates occur, calendars can be found on our main athletics page.( under the "MORE" tab. Always keep in touch with your coach for the latest schedules. 
Visit East Valley Sports to Order Your Varsity Jacket!
You may now visit East Valley Sports (6306 East Main Street, Mesa, 85205) to inquire about ordering an Arete Prep Varsity Jacket. We have redesigned the Varsity Letter that was distributed at Fall Sports Awards. Please keep in mind that jackets take 7-8 weeks for production. We are very excited to see school pride represented in Varsity Jackets around campus! Jackets are dress code approved but may only be worn by the owner. 

***East Valley Sports is in the process of going out of business***
We are searching for a new Varsity Jacket partner, but feel free to contact them in the meantime. 

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As always, visit our athletics website:
for information, updates, schedules, rosters, scores, and more! Content will continue to be added throughout the year! 


1. Complete the Athletic Online Enrollment. (Must be completed by a parent/guardian.) 

2. Every athlete must submit a physical on the approved AIA Physical Forms. Physicals are good for 12 months and must be resubmitted annually. 

3. Submit the athletic fee. All middle school sports (including archery) are $250. All high school sports are $290. Select Online Payment to pay by debit/credit card online, or you may submit cash, check, or money to the front office. 

4. (HS ONLY) If not previously completed, every high school athlete must complete the Brainbook Concussion Course. The AIA will notify Arete electronically once the student has successfully completed the course. High school athletes are required to complete this course only once during their high school career. 

All items must be completed and turned in before your student may participate in their sport.
Fall 2020 Coaching Staff:

Varsity Football: Coach Cord Smith,
JV  Volleyball:  Coach Bre Ward,
Varsity Volleyball: Coach Catrina Warren,
Varsity Swimming:  Coach Andrea Cook,
Varsity X-Country:  Coach Jon Spano,
Advanced Archery:  Coach George Portillo,
MS Flag Football:  Coach Jason Bellomy,
MS Cross Country:  Darryn Rozas,
MS A Volleyball:  Coach Kalyn Marquez,
MS B Volleyball: Coach Hayley Ferguson,
MS C Volleyball:  Coach Jeremy Gethings,

Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell