Highland Prep’s Plans and Mission
Highland Prep is a STEM college preparatory, charter high school serving grades 9 through 12. Our doors will initially open in August of 2017 serving 9th grade students, and we will add a grade level each subsequent year. Highland Prep is a sister school to the highly successful Madison Highland Prep located in Phoenix, and will look to duplicate and expand upon their core principles.
At Highland Prep our purpose is to offer families a high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) college-preparatory.
Highland Prep’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM-related fields.
The PLTW program engages students in activities, projects,experiences.
Highland Prep will feature three separate Robotics They include SeaPerch, VEX, and the national Zero Robotics Programming Competition sponsored by NASA & MIT. These Robotics Programs offer students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with SeaPerch, VEX and Zero Robotics technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, HP’s Robotics Programs encourage teamwork, leadership and problem solving within groups.
College and Career Readiness
Highland Prep believes that college and career readiness are two of the most important determinants of a school’s success, and may be measured by a school’s ability to transition its graduates to post-secondary education without remediation. HP believes that the best way to ensure that their students acquire these skills is through exposure to a rigorous curriculum. HP’s rigorous curriculum includes honors and advanced placement (AP) classes since students who participate in the AP curriculum have increased high school graduation and college completion rates (College Board, 2007) over those who do not.
Additionally, a student’s post-secondary success begins with great planning and comprehensive decision making. In support of our students’ efforts in this area Highland Prep will bring colleges to campus to introduce their schools, discuss scholarship opportunities and admissions requirements, and to visit with our students.
Highland Prep will feature a robust sports program with a full array of fall, winter and spring sports, as well as summer sports camps.
Highland Prep believes that extracurricular activities are important for students. In support of this belief, the school will feature an NASC Chapter Student Council, a National Honor Society, Tennis Club, Yearbook, and Robotics. Other clubs and activities will be added based on student interest and sponsorship.
Future Freshmen Academy
Frequently, students who enter high school are presumed to be ready for high school math and English, yet lack proficiency, which can lead to significant disruptions to a child’s learning process. Highland Prep believes that greater attention must be paid to supporting the transition from middle to high school in order to close the proficiency gap. HP’s Future Freshman Academy was designed to meet this need. The Academy specifically targets freshmen who enroll at the school with significant gaps in both pre-algebra and reading comprehension. Highland Prep’s Future Freshmen Academy will operate during the month of June.
At Highland Prep, a regular school day will span from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with 90 minutes of instruction for each of 4 subjects totaling 360 minutes (6 hours) per day (per quarter = 8 credits per year. This is 2 hours of additional instruction over state requirements. On early release days, the school day will span from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with 75 minutes of instruction for each of 4 subjects totaling 300 minutes (5 hours) per day. This is 1 hour of additional instruction over state requirements.
HP’s academic day extends beyond instructional hours on regular days to include additional support from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. reserved for other academic activities, including: homework support, tutoring, workshops, enrichment opportunities, college and career support (ACT/SAT prep, College and Scholarship Applications), Senior Internships with local area businesses, and AP lab work. The numerous opportunities to support Highland Prep’s student academic needs, prior to departing from the school, or participating in the sports program are a key scheduling benefit since many students might not otherwise receive the assistance necessary to support their academic success. HP’s innovative schedule makes provision for students to receive remedial and enrichment opportunities prior to the start of the school day.
Families interested in enrolling their children at Highland Prep may contact the enrollment office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 623-300-8385. If an attendant is not immediately available, a message may be recorded which will be promptly returned. Highland Prep will be centrally located in the heart of Surprise, Arizona.