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Top 10 Questions About AZ Compass Prep School

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Choosing a school for your student is a big decision. If you’re considering enrolling in AZ Compass Prep, we’re here to help.

Below, we’re answering the most commonly asked questions parents and students ask about our school. To learn more about public charter schools in Arizona, check out our comprehensive Guide to Arizona Public Charter Schools.

1. Is this school tuition-based?

AZ Compass Prep is tuition-free, however there are certain fees for the following activities / services.

  • • Lab Fee: $25.00
    • This fee covers school ID, computer lab fee, and classroom lab equipment costs.
    • *Each student must also purchase their own earphones.
  • • Bus Transportation Reservation Fee: $25.00
    • Student IDs are required for ALL bus riders. A one-time fee to assure your status is required.
  • • After School Dance Company or Cheer Fee: $50
    • There is a $50.00 one-time fee for students who want to further their performing arts, cheer, and dance careers.
  • • Competitive Team Athletics Fee (grades 5 and up): $50.00
    • This one-time fee covers referees, supplies, uniforms, and equipment costs.
    • *If this fee is paid by end of August, no additional athletics fee is due for the rest of the year.
  • • PSAT Test Fee: $20.00
    • There is a $20 fee for 9th and 11th grade students. Juniors may receive a waiver.
  • • Competitive Tackle Football Athletics Fee: $100.00
    • This is a one-time fee for referees, supplies, uniforms, and equipment costs.

2. Are there boundaries to attend the school?

Under Arizona state law, students may apply for admission to any public school, based on available classroom space (A.R.S. § 15-816.01). The law requires that school districts develop policies regarding open enrollment that may include transportation and that the policies shall be posted on the district’s website and available to the public upon request. 

3. Do students have to wear uniforms?

Yes, for AZCP students in grades 7-8:

  • • Collared, long or short sleeved, polo shirt or cotton blouse in solid green, yellow or white. Approved school logo shirts are allowed on Fridays.
  • • Uniform bottoms, cotton twill pants, capris. For girls: dresses, skorts, shorts, jumpers or skirts (worn no shorter than 2 inches above the knee) in solid black or khaki/tan.
  • • Layering of school clothes is permitted provided all layers are within approved school colors (solid green, yellow or white shirts; black or khaki/tan bottoms)
  • • Solid black or brown belts.
  • • Tennis shoes/sneakers or closed toed/closed heeled dress shoes.
  • • Conservative jewelry should be worn in moderation, limiting the number of pieces worn, and not posing a danger to self or others.
  • • Any student wishing to exceed/surpass the uniform dress code requirements by wearing ties, dress pants, blazers, or suits in khaki or black may do so provided dress clothing is within approved school colors (black and tan/khaki).

For 9-12 grade AZCP students:

  • • Collared, long or short sleeved, polo shirt or oxford – any color.
  • • Approved school logo shirts and university / college logo shirts are allowed.
  • • All of the above uniform dress code rules for 7-8 grade girls/boys apply, except blue, black, or khaki/tan denim (jean) bottoms are also permitted.

4. What kind of curriculum is taught?

AZ Compass Prep follows Skyline Education’s rigorous academic program incorporating a college prep, standards-based curriculum for Academics, Arts and Athletics.

The curriculum uses a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to drive instruction. All curriculum is nationally recognized and is based on Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and C3 Framework (College, Career and Civic Life for Social Studies). Curriculum is streamlined from Pre-K through 12 and is housed in Atlas, a centralized curriculum management system.

For English/Language Arts (ELA) students use Core Knowledge Language Arts Listening and Learning Strand. For mathematics we use Eureka Math which integrates into the CCLS. For Science in the NGSS, grades 5-12 use SEPUP (Science Education for Public Understanding Program). For Social Studies, the C3 Framework is used for all grades that aligns with CCLS. In addition to these programs, we have digital support programs to compliment instruction. In grades 5-12, students use USA Test Prep and Edgenuity MyPath.

5. Do you have a counselor on campus?

We have behavior interventionists who work as counselors to help students through difficult situations.

6. What kind of sports do we offer for different grade levels?

AZ Compass Prep’s athletic programs are among the best in the state. We participate in the Charter Athletic Association (CAA) as well as National Level Competitive Sports.

Sports available throughout the school year include: football, basketball, soccer, baseball and girls’ volleyball.

7. Do you have bussing?

Yes, transportation services are available on a first come, first served basis. A one-time fee is required to assure your status.

8. What  are your school hours?

School hours are Monday – Thursday 7:45AM-3:00PM.
Friday – early release: 7:45AM-12:00PM
Office hours are Monday – Friday 7:30AM-4:00PM.

9. How many students/classrooms are there?

There is a maximum of 33 students per classroom.

10. Are you accepting applications?

Yes! We are currently enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here to start your online application.

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