Sunday, March 26, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

You may have received an email from Great Hearts encouraging you to take an annual satisfaction survey.  Please let me encourage you to complete this brief survey if you have not done so already.  We look forward to gathering your feedback on our Academy.

Please note that (1) your survey answers are anonymous and (2) the narrative comments are critically important to our understanding of your assessment.  The survey will remain open through Thursday, March 30th.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Robby Colgan (

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

AZMerit Testing This Week

AZMerit testing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for all grades and AIMS on Friday for 8th and 9th grade. The testing will take place only in the mornings, and the students will greatly benefit from a good night's sleep as well as nutritious meals the night before and the morning of testing. Please provide a healthy snack and lunch for your scholars on test days as well. It is important that your children are in attendance each of these mornings. Thank you for all your help in this matter.

6th grade field trip Pride@Prejudice at Southwest Shakespeare

Friday, March 31, the 6th grade will travel to Mesa Arts Center to see Pride@Prejudice at Southwest Shakespeare Theater. Cost: $30 per student, all students must be in full uniform and must bring a sack lunch. Students will be gone from 8:15am-3pm. Parents please complete the permission slip online today.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Summer Programs

Due to our move North Phoenix Prep will NOT host summer school classes on camps. As alternative opportunities become available we will post them on the school website.

Online North Phoenix Algebra Summer Program

North Phoenix Prep will offer an intensive online program from June 1 to June 29 for students who want to be prepared for their upcoming Algebra course. Course content will be delivered through Khan Academy and successful completion will be contingent on passing a cumulative final. Please note that this mode of delivery will require a high level of self-motivation and self-directed learning for successful completion of the lessons and understanding of the concepts. 
  • Algebra I – For new and incoming 8th - 10th grade students or students that need to retake Algebra 1. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29. 
  • Pre-Algebra- For new and incoming 7th grade students or students that need to retake Pre-Algebra. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29. 
  • Please register on the NPX website (Cost: $250). More information regarding face to face help sessions and curriculum will be sent to registered parents and students in the middle of May. 
Questions? Please contact Mr. Huynh

NPX Football Summer Camps

Sign Up online for NPX OTA & NPX Training Camp

Questions? contact or or

2017-2018 Re-Enrollment/Intent to Return

It’s time to re-enroll your child for the 2017-2018 school year at North Phoenix Preparatory Academy. Please confirm your child's intent to return for the upcoming school year by submitting re-enrollment paperwork as soon as possible

To confirm your child will return to Great Hearts next year or withdraw for next year, please follow the re-enrollment instructions below:
  1. Log in to the enrollment Parent Portal using your email address and password. 
  2. Once in the enrollment Parent Portal, please click on the RE-ENROLL NOW button on the right. 
  3. Select your student/s and click on the green START RE-ENROLLMENT button. 
  4. Answer all questions, download the packet, and print out your re-enrollment packet. 
    • Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each student you are re-enrolling. 
  5. Finally, turn in completed re-enrollment packets to the front office.
We ask for your quick response, as it allows us to keep an accurate count of available seats. Please note that your child’s position is secure unless you indicate that they will not be returning for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are not certain of your plans for next year or know that your plans will not include North Phoenix Prep, please complete the intent to return (re-enrollment) online.

Headmaster Coffee - Save the Date

Join Headmaster Weinhold for an informal chat in the cafe 8:15am to 9:15 am on the following dates:

  • 3/23   11th grade parents
  • 3/30 - 10th grade parents
  • 4/13 - 9th grade parents
  • 4/20 - 8th grade parents
  • 4/27 - 7th grade parents
  • 5/11 - 6th grade parents

8th grade field trip to Meteor Crater

8th Grade, your field trip to the Meteor Crater is available for sign-up! Don't forget that this is an extended day: Friday, April 21, students need to be at NPX at 6:45am and will return by 4:15pm!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Senate Donut Sales

NPX Student Senate will be selling donuts on Thursday mornings before school.

Great Hearts Family Day @ AZ Diamondbacks

⚾️ Join us at Chase Field on April 23rd to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for GREAT HEARTS FAMILY DAY.

Purchase your discounted tickets here »

All students who participate in this offer will be entered for a chance to enjoy VIP exclusives, like watching batting practice from the dugout, and running out with the D'backs as they take the field.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I trust that each of you enjoyed a restful time of relaxation with friends and family during this Spring Break.  The Weinholds visited our hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.  It was an enjoyable holiday filled with good food and good fellowship.  This respite from the daily routine of school life has given me new energy and has helped me reflect upon the work that is ours as a classical liberal arts academy, a work that I would contend is actually a leisurely activity.  Let me emphasize that last point: properly conceived, everything that we do at North Phoenix Prep is leisure, not labor.

That claim may come across as rather nonsensical, I realize.  Do our students not engage in rigorous coursework?  Do our teachers not spend long hours preparing and delivering lessons and tutoring after school?  Yes, all that is true.  But all of that is actually still considered leisure in the historical sense of that word.

Let's dig in a bit, by first coming to understand the difference between two distinct kinds of human activity, the mechanical arts and the liberal arts.  A mechanical art is something like agriculture or cooking or trade.  These kinds of arts are done in the service of something else.  People engage in agriculture or cooking for the sake of producing food.  People engage in trade for the sake of producing money.   Such mechanical arts are important and necessary, but they are not actions which are performed for their own sake.  Rather, they are performed for the sake of something else.  That's why some authors in the Western Tradition refer to these as servile arts--because they serve to produce something else.  That's what labor is.  It's working not for yourself, but for the benefit of something or someone else.

The liberal arts, by contrast, are those arts which are most suited to true human freedom because we pursue them for their own sake.  In that sense, the liberal arts are truly leisurely activities.  The purpose of a mechanical art is the production of something else, such as a shoe or a building. The purpose of a liberal art is increasing human happiness. It is enjoyment in the highest sense.  Thus, when our students read the Great Books, they are increasing their own capacity for enjoyment.  They are broadening the horizons of their imagination.  They are encountering characters and situations that they may never experience directly.  They are entertaining ideas that they may not otherwise come across.  In so doing, they are truly exercising their freedom in the deepest and noblest sense of that word.

Allow me, then, to welcome all of our students and families back from Spring Break to the leisurely activity of mutually pursuing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with our faculty.  Let us truly enjoy it together!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Quarter 3 Evaluations

Evaluations for the 3rd quarter are now available to view in the Jupiter Parent Portal. If you have trouble logging in please contact

7th Grade Field Trip THIS TUESDAY!

7th Grade Field Trip to Phoenix Art Museum! 

When: Tuesday, March 21st from 1st Period-beginning of 5th. 

Where: Phoenix Art Museum, Critical Eye Tour and Samurai Exhibit.

Attire: Normal school uniform, athletic shoes acceptable.

Food: Students need to bring a sack lunch to eat in the garden.

Payment and Signup: $20, please sign up on the NPX payment portal. We want all students to attend, please email Ms. Harris if you have any questions regarding payment. 

Chaperones needed! Questions? See Ms. Harris.

4th Quarter Clubs

Homework Club for 4th Quarter signup now online 

Two new clubs for the 4th Quarter:

POW, People of Words Book club, open to middle school students, in room 506 on Mondays during all of Lunch and Lyceum. Led by Ms. Lams and Mr. Morrison. Free.

Creative Writing Club, room 608/9 after school on Tuesdays, led by Mr. Burke. Free.

Continuing - please sign up for the 4th quarter

Speech & Debate Club Fridays from 7:25am-7:55am with Mr. Bustos, $30 per quarter. Contact:

Jazz Ensemble - Tuesdays after school from 3:30pm-4:15pm with Mr. Donatelli, $50/quarter. Students must provide their own instruments and audition. Open to singers, bassists, guitarists, keyboardists, drummers, and horn players. Contact:

Physics Club Tuesdays 7:15-7:45 $30 per quarter

Yoga Club Thursday 7:15-7:45 $20 and must bring own mat/towel

Middle School Choir - Wednesdays from 7:15am-7:45am with Ms. Lang, $30 per quarter.

Juggling Fridays Lyceum/Lunch

Knitting Club Fridays Lyceum/Lunch

High School Drama Club Mondays from 3:30pm-4:15pm with Ms. Harris, $100 (*This is a semester-long commitment). 

College Planning Workshop - All Grades Welcome!

March 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm H Building

Miss Smith welcomes Great Hearts Director of College Counseling, Dee-Dee Sanders, and Certified Financial Planner, Monica Felton for this workshop on planning- both academically and financially- for college! We welcome families of students in all grade levels!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

As students prepare for summer programs, job applications, or even leadership opportunities on our own campus, they are often required to supply a letter of recommendation. Miss Smith suggests some best practices that will ensure students receive the greatest possible letter of recommendation!

AzMerit & AIMS March 28 - 31

AzMerit Testing
  • March 28, 2017 - writing - all grades 
  • March 29, 2017 - reading and math - all grades 
  • March 30, 2017 - reading and math - all grades 
AIMS Science Testing
  • March 31, 2017 - 8th and 9th grade

Monday, March 6, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

What a joy it is to be in a close-knit community like North Phoenix Prep!  In so many conversations with our high school students, I have heard them speak about the deep friendships that they have developed over the years.  During that time, they have become fast friends, and our older students are now mentoring their younger peers in that same tradition of camaraderie and esprit de corps.  As one high school student put it last week, "We are like family to each another."

This kind of community is possible because one of our identifying characteristics at GreatHearts is that we are local in many places.  This means that we do not run big box schools with thousands upon thousands of students.  Instead, we run neighborhood schools that are intentionally small so that we can cultivate an authentic community imbued with the joy of friendship.  We definitely desire to serve all of the students on our waitlist, but we think it's better to open more schools than to open larger schools so that our local communities remain strong.

Thanks so much to all of our students for investing in a community of friendship and joy at our Academy.  They are truly proof that, even from an early age, life is so much better when we live it together!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Last Week to order a Yearbook

Students, have you ordered your yearbook yet? The deadline to order a yearbook is March 10. THIS FRIDAY! Don't miss out!

We’ll be doing a raffle every Friday for the rest of the quarter of students who have already purchased their yearbook. The winners will earn a coupon to the Snack Table at lunch for one free goodie!
If you want to be entered into the raffle for this Friday, go online and order your yearbook!!

This is Spirit Week!

NPX Spring Spirit Week! March 6 - March 10

Recommendations for Spirit Week 
- students should leave a uniform in their locker in case they need to change at any time during the week
- students may either wear Spirit Wear-themed attire entirely, uniform attire entirely, or a combination of the two.  For instance: wearing a neon shirt, socks/tights/leggings AND uniform bottoms is acceptable.  Wearing a neon shirt and socks with blue jeans is not acceptable. 
- if female students wear tights or leggings, their uniform skirts or shorts MUST be worn over tights/leggings. 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Harris at

High School
  • Mythology Monday – dress as your favorite god, goddess, or creature from mythology! 
  • Literary Dynamic Duo (or Trio…or Quartet…!) Tuesday – choose from any Great Hearts curriculum and plan together! I.e. Titania and Oberon, Alice, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts, The Bennet sisters, etc. Note: all literary figure attire must be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Wild Animal Wednesday – show your wild side by dressing up as your favorite animal! Minimal, tasteful makeup (whiskers, spots) is acceptable. The majority of your face must be visible. 
  • Career Day Thursday – you all have big dreams for your future…show them! 
  • Gladiator Spirit Friday - regular uniform/spirit wear Friday attire.
Middle School
  • Neon Day Monday – the brighter, the better! Head-to-sock attire encouraged! 
  • Historical Figure Tuesday – dress as your favorite person from history! Note: all historical figure attire must be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Western Wednesday – Yeehaw, howdy partner! Remember, all hats must be removed in class. 
  • Thursday Grade-Level Color War – head-to-sock attire encouraged! 6th Grade – Gold,  7th Grade – green, 8th Grade – Maroon.
  • Gladiator Spirit Friday – regular uniform/spirit wear Friday attire.
IMPORTANT! Read the Spirit Week Guidelines

Upcoming Field Trips

7th Graders: Tuesday, March 21 Field Trip to Phoenix Art Museum please complete permission slip online before spring break!

6th Graders: Coming soon! - Pride@Prejudice at Southwest Shakespeare Theater

8th Graders: Coming soon! Meteor Crater in Winslow, AZ ... details coming soon.

Check out the college tours planned by the Great Hearts College Counseling office. These trips are open to all Sophomores and Juniors in the Great Hearts Network, act quickly space is limited!
Great Hearts Academies Summer College Tours to Chicago and California

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Upcoming Events Q4

  • No School: Spring Break March 13-17
  • Q3 Evaluations March 19
  • Tue Mar 21
  • Thu Mar 23
    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm  College Planning Workshop - All Grades Welcome!
      Miss Smith welcomes Great Hearts Director of College Counseling, Dee-Dee Sanders, and Certified Financial Planner, Monica Felton for this workshop on planning- both academically and financially- for college! We welcome families of students in all grade levels!
  • Tue Mar 28 - Thu Mar 30 
    • AzMerit Testing - reading and math - all grades
  • Fri Mar 31 All day
    • AIMS Science Testing  - 8th and 9th grades

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week a representative from GreatHearts visited several of our Humane Letters seminars.  I was pleased to learn that he noticed the genuine love of discovery and sense of wonder that our students possess, as well as their careful thought and attention to the text.  Our young Gladiators are truly manifesting the highest and best things that GreatHearts has to offer, namely a life of friendship in the mutual pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

By teaching the Great Books of the Western tradition, and by studying a coherent and orderly liberal arts curriculum, our academy cultivates students who are more than mere calculator kids.  Our young people thrive because our devoted faculty encourages deep and genuine friendships among the students, and because they lead through love and friendship as modeled by Socrates. This transformative, soul-shaping kind of education bears fruit in more than just a utilitarian sense.  Yes, GreatHearts graduates earn admission and scholarships to highly selective colleges, and yes, they possess knowledge and skills that far surpass their peers at other schools.  But that kind of success is only the beginning of a deeper flourishing, a more profound kind of happiness that comes from wisdom and a life well-lived in relationship with friends and family.

It is such a tremendous privilege to bear witness to the growth and development of our students. Their increasing maturity and esprit de corps gives me great joy.  When I consider that these young people will someday inhabit our nation's boardrooms, courtrooms, operating rooms, and laboratories, I am filled with hope and optimism for the future.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

2017-2018 Calendar

2017-2018 - proposed calendar dates of closure & early release

  • August 10 - First Day of School
  • Oct 16-20 - No School: Fall Break
  • Dec 21-Jan 5 - No School Winter Break
  • Mar 12-16 - No School: Spring Break
  • May 25 - Last School Day
View the 2017-2018 Proposed Calendar - PDF here. Please note that the dates are subject to change. 

When the dates are finalized, an updated version of this static calendar will appear on our website. You will receive an email notification ONLY if there are any changes to dates of closure or early releases.

All other scheduled events will be posted on the website calendars, and will be subject to change without notice. It is each family's responsibility to check and coordinate with dates posted on the website calendars and weekly newsletters.

Subscribe to the following calendars:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Upcoming Events for the 3rd Quarter

Check NPX Events Calendar for updates & Check the Athletics Calendar for Sporting Events
  • Tue Feb 28
  • Thu Mar 2
  • Sat Mar 4
    • 8:00am – 10:30am Costco Paper Drive - Costco Wholesale, 2450 E Beardsley Rd
    • 10:00am – 2:00pm 7th grade Social - CrackerJax, 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
  • Mon Mar 6 - Fri Mar 10 
  • Wed Mar 8 - Fri Mar 10
    • 2017-2018 Re-enrollment by appointment (more details coming soon)
  • Fri Mar 10 
    • R & R Weekend - No Homework!
  • Mon Mar 13 - Fri Mar 17
    • No School: Spring Break