Tempe Preparatory Academy faculty and students in grades 6-12 began online classes this week with gusto! Each curricular class at Tempe Prep began officially meeting virtually with two online class meetings scheduled each week. Even Tempe Prep’s extracurricular clubs are meeting virtually, such as the National Honor Society, U.S. Congressional Award Club, and several others.
Tempe Prep’s Headmaster, Dr. Wayne Porter, acknowledges the tremendous work of Tempe Prep faculty and the supportive community of students and parents involved in this endeavor:
“We appreciate all of the support we have received from parents, students, and board members as we have worked to arrange for the continued education of our students to be done online. It has been an exciting week full of learning about new technology as well as determining how to adjust and translate our curriculum to the new platforms. In the end, we have a plan that will allow us to conduct ‘school’ remotely via several different platforms including Zoom, Google Classroom, and Jupiter. Other platforms may be used by teachers who have been using them throughout the school year already.”
Dr. Porter further elaborates on the dedication of Tempe Prep faculty:
“There is something in the air that is present whenever something new and important is about to happen. It is a mixture of excitement and trepidation at the prospect of doing something that is different and unfamiliar. Teachers, administrators, and staff have worked hard to put together an education plan that will help us continue to deliver great instruction to all of our students.”
Asking for the community’s patience and cooperation during the transition to online/remote education, Dr. Porter notes, “We understand that this change isn’t ideal for anyone, but we are committed to making the most of the resources we have in order to continue to deliver a high-quality, Socratic education to our students. We look forward to the time when we will be able to convene students and teachers in the classroom where we excel at engaging our students in a great liberal arts education. In the meantime, we will enjoy working with our students in this new setting.”
About Tempe Prep: Tempe Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school in Tempe for students in grades 6-12 that provides a nationally acclaimed liberal arts education based on the Great Books of Western Civilization with an exceptional math, science, foreign language, humanities, and fine arts curriculum. Tempe Prep has been recognized by the Arizona Board of Regents as having the highest percentage of college graduates in the state and has been named the #1 high school in Arizona by Newsweek (America’s Top High Schools 2016). For more information about enrolling at Tempe Prep, visit the school’s website at tempeprep.org.