Sunday, October 16, 2016

Shorts After Fall Break

Due to the extended hot weather season, shorts will be permitted as part of the school uniform beyond the fall break. This will remain in effect until further notice.  Please direct questions to

First Quarter Report Cards

Our first quarter grade reports are now available to view on Jupiter. These include narrative evaluations from each student’s teacher. On the Parent Portal, an option labeled “Report Card” will appear, which you may click to access your student’s grades and narratives.

PSAT/NMSQT for all High School Students Wed Oct 19

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors will be taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on October 19, as they prepare to take the SAT in the spring of the junior year. The PSAT provides the opportunity for practice and comprehensive feedback so that students see where they can improve for future tests. Test results across the network are also used to support curriculum development. Most importantly, For 11th grade students, the PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Conference Week for Grades 6-8-9 Oct 17-21

North Phoenix Prep holds two weeks of student-parent-teacher conferences per academic year. The first conference week is October 17-21 for 6th, 8th, and 9th grade students. We will hold conferences for 7th, 10th, and 11th graders in January.

The conference schedule is determined in advance so that our teachers can be available to meet with students and parents. Each family will receive their conference appointment(s) by email.

If you have questions about conferences, please email Assistant Headmaster Coughlon:

What's going on in Mr. Black's art class?

According to the Washington Post, the top ten skills learned in art class are: creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, nonverbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication, and accountability. The most wonderful part of this learning, however, is that it seems effortless. It is learning through doing and the students end up with a feeling of accomplishment and pride in their work.

Mr. Black's students have been very busy learning those skills. The 7th graders have learned about Op Art and are now working on one-point perspective interiors. The 8th graders have been learning color theory and are now working on a watercolor project. The eleventh graders began with an abstract self-portrait and just finished a watercolor landscape project. All the grades continue to develop an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. Click through to see some examples...