Thursday, March 22, 2018

9th Grade Field Trip to the Phoenix Herpetological Society!

9th Grade Field Trip to the Herpetological Society on April 25!
Students will leave at the end of 1st period and return during 4th period
Chaperones needed! If interested, please email Ms. Harris at 

Cost is $27, pay here
We want every student to attend, please email Ms. Harris if you need financial assistance. 
Field trips at the Phoenix Herpetological Society include a behind-the-scenes look at a reptile sanctuary and its inhabitants. On the tour, students will learn about over 1700 reptiles including:
  • tortoises, like our native Sonoran Desert Tortoise as well as the three largest species of tortoises in the world
  • large lizards such as iguanas and the carnivorous monitors and tegus
  • venomous snakes (safely within in their habitats/enclosures of course) such as rattlesnakes, cobras, and mambas
  • 22 species of crocodilians (the second largest collection in the country) with alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gharials.
  • non-venomous snakes such as king snakes, ball pythons, and gopher snakes
  • small lizards like bearded dragons and chuckwallas
PHS Field Trips are very hands-on and interactive; we give students the chance to meet, touch, and interact with as many animals as possible while teaching about adaptations, life histories, and considerations that we must take into account by having them at our sanctuary. We also teach about desert safety and what to do if they ever see a rattlesnake in the wild.
It is definitely a unique experience that students will not forget. They get the chance to hold a lizard and a snake...for many kids, this is the first (and maybe the only!) time they will ever do that. They learn about safety and responsibility of having a reptile as a pet and they learn why reptiles are such amazing animals.
* Students must wear their uniforms (shorts are recommended for the hiking portion) and are encouraged to wear athletic shoes 
* Students MUST wear closed-toed shoes
* Wear a hat/visor, sunscreen
* Bring a water bottle (no glass)
* Cameras encouraged (in accordance w/ PHS photo policy)/ NO VIDEO PERMITTED

Monday, March 19, 2018

Prom tickets for sale!

Prom is Saturday, April 21st from 7pm-10pm! 

The theme will be revealed later this week!

In the meantime, you may purchase your student's ticket here

- General information here

- Dress Code and Attire Guidelines here

- Guest form application here

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break!  Can you believe that the fourth quarter is about to begin?

By now, all families will have received report cards for the 3rd quarter, so I want to address our vision for evaluating students at North Phoenix Prep.  First, we realize that student grades can be a source of anxiety, especially as our students anticipate applying to college.  I'd encourage everyone to read the section in our Family Handbook titled, "A Word on Grades and Applying for College," in which we explain the tremendous advantage that our students receive by pursuing our honors curriculum compared to the "soft" GPA that comes from easier coursework.

Second, our teachers do not merely crunch numbers to determine a grade.  Our students receive a humane appraisal of their progress from a person who knows them.  Though our teachers do indeed give tests in which there are unambiguous right and wrong answers, it is they who assess our students, not a computer.  Nor is this "subjective" in the sense that the teacher's opinion is a mere whim or feeling.  Rather, we are confident that our teachers can give an accurate evaluation because their opinion is formed through concrete, direct interaction with our students every day.

Third, our focus is not on the letter grades themselves, but on the daily progress of our students.  We believe that education is a lifelong journey, and so we do not view assessment in terms of work input/grade output.  Because we hold this view, the focus of our written narratives, student-led conferences, and indeed all of our evaluative conversations is on progress and methods of improvement.  While we acknowledge that it can be difficult to focus on the long-term benefits of a classical, liberal arts education at North Phoenix Prep, we encourage parents and students to maintain a vision of the confident, articulate, well-prepared graduate whenever the journey becomes strenuous.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, March 9, 2018

Drama Needs

The NPX Drama Department needs a few items for their
 curricular drama program. 
Please email Ms. Harris if you have any items you can lend or donate! 
Thank you! 

- large model ship (we will be careful with it!)
- 6 empty, cleaned, label-less green glass wine bottles 
- 3 military green coats for men - L/XL, M/S 

Monday, March 5, 2018

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 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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Allow me to brag on our students for just a moment.  Check out this article on one of our amazing Seniors, Moriah Irving.  She's headed to Scripps College in the Fall, and we are so proud!  Then we have this announcement about another Senior, Vinamra Kumar, who has been accepted into the KEYS Research Internship Program.  Both of these incredible young people demonstrate what's possible when we pursue Truth, Goodness, and Beauty together.  

They are also a testimony to the wisdom of one of Great Hearts' Philosophical Pillars: "The greatest number of our students benefit when the intellectual and moral bar is set high in the classroom.  Lowering expectations is an act of misguided sympathy, not of love and mercy."  At our Academy, all students experience a vigorous curriculum and a culture that inspires them to accomplish more than what initially seems possible.  The message that our students receive is "plus est en vous": there is more in you.  When our students believe this, and when we all strive together toward the same goal, the result is a transformation of both heart and mind, and young people made wholly alive,  poised to serve the world's deepest needs. 

Please join me in celebrating the accomplishments of our Seniors, and in anticipating the growth and maturity of many more young Gladiators in the years to come!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Used Uniform Sale!

Have your students outgrown their uniforms? 
Looking to purchase uniforms for next year? 
Here is the answer!

This week! February 22-23

After school-Wednesday & Thursday 3:45-4:30
In front of the Prep Educational Building Entrance
south side of campus

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

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.
Do not miss your chance! 
Go to the link below and follow the given directions to order your yearbook if you haven’t already! 

From the above link: Click on “Shop your School” - Choose “Arizona” – “Phoenix” – “North Phoenix Preparatory Academy” Add a school yearbook to your cart and head to checkout!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This past week our Seniors greeted me with a poetry recitation.  "Would you like to hear a poem?" one of them excitedly inquired.  "Why yes, of course!" was my somewhat surprised reply.  Little did I know that this lyrical benediction was being given to passers-by all across our fair campus.  My poem certainly brightened my day, and I was even more encouraged to witness Mr. Fleming happily leading his class in this creative assignment.

This cheerful moment in the life of our school exemplifies one of our Philosophical Pillars, i.e. that teachers lead students through intelligence, charisma, humor, integrity, and example.  Our model for this teacher-student mentorship is Socrates.  Though he was not fully appreciated in his own time by his own city, Socrates inspired his students to love wisdom and to strive toward virtue.  Not every moment can be as full of glee as our impromptu poetry recitations last week, but our belief is that love and friendship will, over time, transform the souls of our students and lead them toward the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. 

As we charge forward into another action-packed week, allow me to share a brief poem that I admire, "Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens:

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.
The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.
It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was grey and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

Let's have a great week, Gladiators!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, February 15, 2018

11th and 12th Grade Field Trip to the Phoenix Art Museum!

11th & 12th Grade Field Trip to the Phoenix Art Museum
Wednesday, March 21st 

We have an exciting opportunity coming up for our 11th and 12th grade students. On March 21st they will be visiting the Phoenix Art Museum for a guided tour of the museum's collections.  Students will have a chance to see paintings by Monet, O'Keeffe, and Picasso, to name a few.  They will spend the morning strolling the galleries and sharing in conversations about the artwork.  This is sure to be an amazing experience and highlight of the year.  

Please email Ms. Harris if you have any questions. Students will be gone from 
periods 2-4.