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.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

What a tremendous week we had!  The Weinholds enjoyed cheering on the Gladiators who were playing for the Middle School Baseball Championship this Friday.  Though they ultimately lost the game, they can certainly be proud because they defeated the #1 seed to get into the championship.  Our team is young and strong, and from what I saw on the field the future looks bright for our baseball program!  On that same Friday, our faculty traveled to different locations across the valley for a Great Hearts in-service day.  All of us enjoyed a theatrical performance.  Some attended a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, others of Macbeth, and still others a rendition of Homer's Iliad.  Such are the activities of a community that is intellectually, morally, and aesthetically alive like ours.

As we pivot forward into a new week full of vitality, I want to update you on the work that we are doing to provide our students with a safe recreational space during the twenty or so minutes between the opening of our campus and the first bell.  Because our courtyard space was built at an incline, the safe space that's available for catching & throwing is not sufficient to meet student demand.  Our team has been working hard to find an alternative space that we can feasibly monitor in response to this difficulty.  The most workable solution that we have found comes from our comrades on the Archway side, who have generously offered the use of their outdoor basketball court & artificial turf play space.  But because that space is on the other side of campus, it will require additional monitoring to ensure student safety.

This is where I must appeal to our parents for help.  We do not have a sufficiently large faculty to accommodate these extra monitoring duties, so in order to make Archway's space available for Prep use, we need several parents to volunteer.  Anyone who is interested in helping us monitor this play space should contact Ms. Coughlon at

We have a fantastic week ahead of us, Gladiators!  Let's live it to the fullest!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, February 5, 2018

10th & 11th Grade Field Trip to tour NAU

10th and 11th grade students of North Phoenix Prep are invited to a
 Campus Tour of Northern Arizona University
 Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Cost: $30


Hear a presentation from the Admissions Office
Take a tour of the NAU campus
Enjoy a complimentary lunch in the Student Union

It's Not Too Late!

Thank you to those families and friends who have already participated in out 2017 Arizona Public School Tax Credit drive!


If you've yet to make your Tax Credit contribution to North Phoenix Prep, there's still time. You have until April 15, 2018 to make this important contribution to our school and still receive your contribution back as a dollar-for-dollar credit. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Curtis at 602-996-4355 or 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Thanks to the many families who joined us this past Thursday for High School Preview Night!  This evening event was a great opportunity to learn more about our curriculum and culture, as well as the many support services that we offer to our students.  The highlight of the evening was hearing from a panel of North Phoenix Juniors, who testified that our curriculum is challenging yet rewarding, that our teachers care deeply about them, and that the friendships they have developed in High School are incredibly meaningful. 

Perhaps that's why 80% of North Phoenix 8th graders choose to continue their education with us in High School. 

In speaking to their experience at our Academy, our student panelists demonstrated the wisdom of another Great Hearts Philosophical Pillar, i.e. that we do not employ a "character curriculum."  Students are formed by the culture of the school, implied and explicit, and each student's choices to lead within it.  We take our cues from the ancient philosophers when it comes to character development.  Character, we believe, is the result of habit, and forming habits takes consistent practice over a significant period of time.  Becoming wise and virtuous does not happen all at once--far from it!  It is a lifelong pursuit that our students are only beginning.  Even so, we have seen that an intentional, schoolwide culture can truly transform young people during their years with us at the Academy.  That is why every aspect of our school aims at cultivating intellectual, moral, and aesthetic life.  I am so proud of our High School students, and I am incredibly grateful for the partnership of our wonderful families and faculty who mentor and support these bright young scholars!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Senior Trip Fundraiser February 10th!

North Phoenix Preparatory's Inaugural Graduating Class 

Washington, DC Fundraiser

clean out your closets and garage and bring your used items to 

3517 W Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85053
February 10th, 2018

for more information and to submit a pledge please visit

Event Pricing: (what we get per pound!)
·         Soft: $$0.200
·         Small Houseware Items: $ $0.100
·         Books: $$0.020

·         Furniture & Other Large Items: $$0.050

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

10th Grade Field Trip to the Renaissance Fair! 3/8/18

10th Grade Field Trip to the Renaissance Festival!

When: Thursday, March 8th.  Students will leave campus at 8:15am and return by 3pm.  Students will go to their 1st period class for attendance then load the bus. 

Attire: Students may wear athletic shoes and nice jeans/pants, or their uniform bottoms. 
No shorts unless they are uniform shorts.  Students must wear the NPX polo.  Sunglasses, sunscreen, hats and outerwear per the Family Handbook are allowed. 

Food: Students are encouraged to bring a snack and either a sack lunch or money for food and a water bottle. 

What to bring: Students are allowed to bring cellular phones for photos and emergency reasons only.  Students with cell phones are strongly encouraged to download the Remind App and input the school phone number (602) 996-4355 to contact chaperones and in case of emergency. Any other use of cellular phones or devices is prohibited and subject to confiscation by a faculty member.  Students may bring money for souvenirs, and a small bag for personal belongings.  All bags are subject to search by faculty.

Information on the Remind App:

Cost: $30  Pay here:

Pay online à homepage à registration and payment portal à field trips à 10th Grade field trip

Questions?  Please email Ms. Harris at

7th Grade Field Trip to Pompeii Exhibit at the AZ Science Center

March 2, 2018
                                        Cost: $27 per student                                          

On August 24, 79 A.D., the Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, burying everything in its path for more than 1700 years. The same ash and debris from Vesuvius’s unpredicted eruption that destroyed the city also remarkably preserved it.  

In this blockbuster exhibition, guests become time travelers, transported to the bustling commercial port and strategic military and trading center of Pompeii. Over 200 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, statues and ancient Roman coins, bring to life how Pompeii’s people lived, worked, worshiped and celebrated. In perhaps the most powerful portion of the exhibition, exquisite body casts of adults and children vividly communicate the emotions of the victims.
Pay here:
Online à homepage à registration and payment portal à field trips à 7th Grade field trip

Questions or interested in chaperoning? Please email Ms. Harris and Mr. Belcheff at and

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Congratulations to Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to Sam Benavidez not only for winning the North Phoenix Prep Spelling Bee, but also for his stellar performance at the Great Hearts network-wide Spelling Bee.  So proud of this young Gladiator! 

Many thanks and much appreciation to Ms. Tabor for organizing our Spelling Bee this year.  It was such a great event!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week in Physics class, one of our students solved a homework problem before she had received the theoretical instruction in class.  Here's the problem she solved:
A tennis player swings her 1000 g racket with a speed of 10 m/s.  She hits a 60 g tennis ball that was approaching her at a speed of 20 m/s.  The ball rebounds at 40 m/s.
  • How fast is her racket moving immediately after the impact?  You can ignore the interaction of the racket with her hand for the brief duration of the collision.
  • If the tennis ball and racket are in contact for 10 ms, what is the average force that the racket exerts on the ball?
The student answered these questions in what Dr. Cort described as "a tour de force of analytical reasoning."  She committed to working the problem, and she persisted in carefully thinking it through to a conclusion.  This was a triumph, indeed!

In this moment, one of our Philosophical Pillars became real.  That Pillar is our belief that the world is ordered and knowable.  Whenever we observe something that we cannot initially understand, we continue to believe that we could understand it, if only we thought about it in the right way.  This is a kind of intellectual humility that we take as an important first step in the educational process.  We do not teach young people the habit of "gotcha" thinking that prevails in some academic circles, in which we despondently throw up our hands when opinions vary.  When we lack understanding initially, or when disagreements arise, our first thoughts are:  I must not understand properly or entirelyI may need to adjust my own thinking.  We do not simply assume that a question is unanswerable or a problem unworkable.  That is a path that ultimately leads to chaos and despair.

Our students gain confidence that they can understand the world's orderliness because they consistently face and overcome difficulties, quandaries, and seeming impossibilities in their classes at North Phoenix Prep.  They learn to think logically and coherently, and they begin to apply their minds to problems, issues, and questions that arise spontaneously.  I can think of no better approach to education, nor a better preparation for college, career, and a life well-lived.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, January 25, 2018

High School Preview Night

NPX Class of 2022 High School Preview Night
Thursday, February 1st 6:00PM

We invite the Class of 2022 to get a vision of their future at North Phoenix Prep from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, February 1st 6:00 PM.  We will hear brief presentations regarding academics, arts, athletics, and the college counseling program which make up the NPX high school experience.
We will also have a panel of current NPX high school students to address common questions or concerns about high school.

This is a great opportunity to meet the high school teachers, older high school students, and the rest of the class of 2022! Set your sights on success with a clear view of the road ahead!

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Middle School Semi-Formal, 1/26 from 7pm-9pm!

Middle School Semi-Formal, Winter Wonderland

Friday, January 26 from 7-9pm 
Archway MPR 
Cost is $10 and payable to the PSO black box
 in the front office OR at the door.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Help Maryvale on Saturday, January 27!

Please see the below information to help our sister school, Maryvale canvas the neighborhood! 

ALL NPX students are invited to help and must have a parent to accompany them. 

Maryvale Prep is reaching out for your help.  We are making great progress on the construction of our new campus, but we need to find more students to join us this fall.  When we opened our doors six years ago, our greatest success in this endeavor came by way of knocking on the doors of the very families we sought to serve.  So, we are going to canvass the streets once again and we are inviting you to join us.  Our “Canvassing Day” will be Saturday, January 27 at 9:00 a.m.  We will meet at our new site (4825 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85031), share a continental breakfast, and then head out for an hour or two with flyers to distribute and key messages to share.  It will be an exciting morning for all of Great Hearts!  If you can join us, please RSVP by Thursday, January 25 here

Saturday, January 20, 2018

University Professor Visits NPX

Joseph Clair

On this Friday, North Phoenix Prep will host Dr. Joseph Clair, who is visiting our campus to learn more about our classical liberal arts curriculum, as well as the Socratic teaching techniques that our faculty use to provide a truly transformative education for our students.  
Dr. Clair serves as director of the William Penn Honors Program and as an assistant professor of religious studies. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he earned his PhD in the religion, ethics and politics program at Princeton University while also working as an assistant in instruction. His efforts were rewarded with a Department of Religion Teaching Award (2011-12) and a Graduate Prize Fellowship from Princeton’s Center for Human Values (2012-13).

Prior to Princeton, Clair earned an MPhil at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He also holds master’s degrees from Fordham and Duke University as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. His research and teaching interests include Christian thought and ethics and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford UP, 2016) and Reading Augustine: On Education, Salvation, Happiness, and the Gift of Reading (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

The semester is in full swing as we returned to regular classes this week.  I had the pleasure of joining the Juniors as they began studying Plato's Republic, a highly treasured text in our curriculum.  As I observed their conversation, I was impressed with just how thoughtful and intellectually curious these students are, and I was reminded of the intentional way that our Humane Letters curriculum matches the intellectual development of adolescents.

The sequence of our readings in Humane Letters is not precisely chronological.  Instead, we begin with what is closest to our young scholars, so we teach them the literature and history of America.  In this first Humane Letters course, our students gain proficiency in basic seminar habits such as speaking to their classmates rather than the teacher, or noticing the difference between a textually-based comment and one based on mere personal opinion.  These habits of mind continue to develop in the 10th grade Humane Letters course, which expands the students' horizons through a study of Modern European history and literature.  In their study of history, students learn to see the American Revolution in light of the French, thus making their understanding of both more rich and complex.  They also encounter many of the underlying philosophical ideas that influenced the American Founders through the writings of John Locke.  Their studies are, at this point, still fundamentally based in the concrete, not abstract ideas.  They tend to employ large concepts like freedom or goodness naively and without real reflection.  Literary characters, not concepts, are the appropriate focus for Sophomores and Freshmen.

But the works that our students encounter in their Junior and Senior years raise them to new heights and delve them more deeply into the world of ideas.  Particularly in their study of Plato and Aristotle, our scholars begin to consider the ideas themselves, for Plato's Socrates vigorously investigates the underlying definitions of justice and the good life.  By the time they are Juniors, our students are well-prepared, better than many university students, to engage with a challenging and incredibly rewarding book like the Republic.  It warms my heart to witness our Juniors reading and discussing this great book!

In the coming week, I am excited to host Dr. Joseph Clair from George Fox University, who is visiting our campus to learn more about the great conversations that we are having at North Phoenix Prep!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An Evening in the Alps - High School Dance on 2/2!

NPX Senate Proudly Presents

An Evening in the Alps High School Dance

When: Friday, February 2 from 7:30-10pm 
Where: Archway MPR
Attire: Casual, cold-weather clothing 
Think boots, jeans, sweaters, scarves, gloves, ski goggles, beanies! 
See more attire guidelines at the bottom. 
Cost: $20 prepay/$25 at the door 
Purchase your ticket HERE
Activities: DJ, photographer, s'mores, fondue, and hot cocoa! 
Other: High school students may bring pre-approved guests! Please pick up a guest form from Ms. Harris. Guest forms are due Wednesday, January 31st by 3:30pm. 

Attire Guidelines: Students are encouraged to wear: jeans, pants (no leggings or shorts allowed) boots, sweaters, t-shirts (no sleeveless or spaghetti straps allowed), scarves, beanies, mittens, gloves, ski goggles, etc. Dresses and skirts must be the same length as the uniform. 

ALL shoes must be closed-toe. No heels may be over 2 inches. All students must keep shoes on for the entirety of the dance. 
All clothing must be free of logos. 

Please email or see Ms. Harris if you have any questions. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

A thousand thanks for a fantastic first week back!  Our teachers and students were truly joyful as they participated in their projects, and our student-led conferences were a fruitful time of reflection and goal-setting.  Thanks to all the families who have reached out to me with words of gratitude and support.  I am so incredibly proud of our whole community for the positive and joyful way that we've begun 2018!

Student-led conferences are particularly well-suited to a classical liberal arts academy such as ours.  Central to our approach is a way of life modeled by the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, who famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living.  We teach our students to live Socratically through student-led conferences by encouraging them to examine their past behaviors & habits, to submit those to the standard of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and to set goals that bring them closer to those ideals.  In short, we ask them to live the examined life. Engaging in this kind of liberal arts dialogue is not always easy, but it is incredibly rewarding and worthwhile.

In fact, a recent conversation with Hillsdale graduate, Dr. Ben Rogers, reveals that the liberal arts prepares you for a career in medicine.

I am so proud to be a Gladiator, and to engage in the life-transforming activity of educating young people together with our faculty.  They, too, deserve our praise for their compassionate, humane approach to our students.  They are truly mentors and coaches to the tender souls in their charge.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, January 12, 2018

NPX Gladiator Sweatshirts are here!

Dear Parents, 

If your student ordered an NPX sweatshirt, they will be available for pick up on Tuesday, January 16 during Lunch and Recreation.

Please remind your student to come pick theirs up in front of the administration building during Lunch and Rec. 

Thank you for your patience! Go Gladiators! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and relaxing winter break.  I am once again very excited to continue the practice of student-led conferences when we return.  

Our decision to adopt the student-led conferences model last year came as a result of careful reflection and deliberation on our leadership team. When we asked ourselves what we really wanted for our students, we saw that having the students lead their own conferences would encourage them to become active, not passive, participants in the process of their own learning. We also saw that by having the students lead their own conferences, we could alleviate the burden on parents to serve as intermediaries between the teacher and the student. Most importantly, we saw an opportunity to reinforce a central message of the education that our students receive here, that our students are the captains of their own ships. 

In preparation for these conferences, we ask students to develop a Student Growth Plan (SGP). The SGP is a one-page document that captures the themes of their narrative evaluations, puts them into context, and documents the key area the student chooses as an area for growth in the coming year. As an aid to completing their SGP, we also provide an Action Menu with two lists. The first contains 14 Learning Techniques that Research Shows to be Most Effective. The second list is categorized to provide a long list of ideas a student might choose to employ in their SGP.  Please access these files using the links above, and have your student complete these documents at home. 

After completing the SGP, we ask that students attend their conferences to share and discuss the plan with their teachers and parents. The conference will aim to understand the thinking behind the student’s choice of an area of focus for growth, as well as understand how the student can be supported, and to provide guidance as needed. Some students may choose to modify their plans after the conference consultation. 

We have seen the student-led conference paradigm work well in the past, and even our youngest students took the process seriously and led very productive conferences.  We also received very positive feedback from parents and students because we created conditions wherein our students took ownership of their education with the support, guidance, and mentorship of teachers and parents. 

It is our sincerest hope that we will continue to cultivate the hearts and minds of our students through this process at North Phoenix Prep this year. 

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold