March 5, 2018
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Headmaster Letter
Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

We are looking to finish the strong this week as we head into Spring Break. Our students are laser-focused on the typical end-of-quarter assessments this week, but perhaps it is prudent to look up for a moment and consider the broader panorama that is our ultimate aim as an Academy. One of Great Hearts'  Philosophical Pillars  states it quite well: "We do not dispute the usefulness of a liberal arts education, and we gladly prepare our students for college studies, but  our main purpose is the formation of the heart and mind ."

As it turns out, keeping our eyes focused on human flourishing actually achieves quantifiable results. Recently, the Arizona Board of Regents released  a report  on the college graduation rates of Arizona's (public) high school class of 2009. Veritas Preparatory Academy's class of '09 had the second-highest college degree completion rate in the state, with 77.8% finishing a 4-year program within 6 years. Topping the list for the first time was Tempe Prep, at 81.3%; BASIS Scottsdale lagged in 4th place with a 70% college graduation rate. Area district schools came in even further behind. Horizon High School’s rate is 49%, Shadow Mountain’s is 37.5%; North Canyon’s is 29.8%, Paradise Valley’s is 26.1%, and Thunderbird’s is 23.8%.  

The key point is this: our "AP free" liberal arts prep school model is getting kids through college faster--and therefore less expensively--than is the AP model employed by other schools. We fully expect that when our first high school and college graduates are included in future years, North Phoenix Prep will claim her spot along with Veritas near the top of these state rankings. The reason for this is that our model prepares young people with moral and academic lives that have been well-structured, and this allows our students to thrive in the freedom of higher education without becoming distracted or burned out. Our model prepares students to love learning and pursue it with passion and discipline in their college years and beyond.

We are proud to partner with you in offering this to our students, and we thank you for your continued support in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold
College Counseling Corner
On Tuesday, March 6 th, we will have the good fortune to welcome to our campus our admissions representative from Rhodes College, Joey Thibeault. He is going to the extra mile for us: in addition to hosting a traditional Rep Visit during lyceum, he will be providing the entire junior class a lesson a personal statement writing in preparation for their college essays!

I am proud to say that the quality of our curriculum at Great Hearts captures the attention of colleges across the nation; but I am grateful that the strength of character and commitment of our students and our learning community draws not only their interest but also their support. The eager offers we receive from these colleges (to help our students apply to colleges other than their own) are a testament to these young people! I look forward to sharing an excellent writing workshop with the Juniors on Tuesday!

Laney Smith   | College Counselor

Attention freshman, sophomores, and juniors who are considering staying in-state for college:

The Flinn Scholars Program offers one of the most prestigious foundation-sponsored undergraduate awards in the nation. They will host five information sessions across the state in March and April. These sessions will provide students and their parents or guardians the opportunity to meet current Flinn Scholars, learn tips for applying, and talk with Honors and admissions staff about the world-class resources available to strong students at ASU, NAU, and UA.
Some sessions have attendance caps, so they encourage you to register early. The schedule for the information sessions and registration details are on our website .
Re-enrollment for existing North Phoenix Prep students began  March 1  st  Please look for an email asking you to confirm your student’s intent to return for the 2018-2019 school year. Follow the re-enrollment instructions in the email and return all required paperwork to the  Archway Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) during designated hours . Please register through this Sign-up Genius link to submit your student's  completed re-enrollment packets . PLEASE DO NOT SEND RE-ENROLLMENT PACKETS TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR STUDENT/S.
Please contact Angela Tanigawa with questions:   P:  602.996.4355 ext.761  E:  .
This year’s yearbook is titled Spectatus, representing an esteemed Gladiator whose valor had been proven beyond a doubt. We wanted to honor the fact that this year we will have our first graduating class who have proven to be remarkable individuals. This yearbook is filled with wonderful memories of our school year, and includes some new, special sections for our first senior class.

Be sure to order a yearbook so you can enjoy all these memories with your classmates at the end of the year and for many years to come. The deadline to   order yearbooks online   will be until 11:59pm on March 16.
This Weeks Athletic Events
  • Tuesday- Middle School Girls Basketball Home vs. Paradise Honors 4:30pm
  • Wednesday-Middle School Tennis @ Moon Valley Country Club 4:00pm
  • Thursday- Middle School Track @ Apollo HS 6:00pm
  • Thursday- Middle Schools Girls Basketball Home vs. Odyssey 4:30pm
  • Friday- Middle School Boys Basketball
C, B, & A teams play at 4, 5, & 6pm
Gladiator Sports Update
Gladiator sports fans- it was truly a great weekend for Gladiator Sports!

Middle School track- boys finished 3rd and girls 4th in their first meet of the season. 11 personal records set and one school record broken. 14 athletes his provisional marks for the championship meet and 2 hit auto qualifying marks.
High School track- 15 personal records set and 6 new school records. 6 state provisional marks and 2 state auto qualifying times.
Middle School Basketball- our boys A team defeated Glendale Prep by 15 points- way to go Gladiators!
Calendar Reminders
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