A culturally diverse, vibrant city, Tempe, Arizona is the home of a number of educational institutions. Tempe’s schools include public, private, faith-based, vocational, technical schools and universities. Students of all ages will be inspired by the possibilities for learning and development.
Public Schools in Tempe
Tempe’s public schools are divided by geographical boundaries, and the three major school districts are:
The Tempe Elementary School District
The Kyrene School District-28
The Tempe Union High School District
These school districts follow standard curriculums, and accommodate thousands of students each week.
Charter Schools Offer a Tuition Free Alternative for Students
Tempe also has public charter schools. These schools provide smaller class sizes and are an alternative to the traditional system. The charter schools revolve around particular interests, and operate with freedom from many of the restraints that usually accompany a public school.
One example of a well-established charter is Tempe Preparatory Academy. Tempe Prep has been consistently acknowledged as Arizona’s outstanding charter school, and as one of the best in the southwest. The school’s philosophy emphasizes Socratic learning and focuses on the “Great Books,’ with a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
There are often waiting lists for charter schools, and parents and students will need to arrange their own transportation.
For further information about Tempe public school systems please contact:
The Tempe Elementary School District: (480) 839-0282
The Keene School District: (480) 496-4600
The Tempe Union High School District: (480) 783-4000
For Tempe Preparatory Academy and other Independent Charters:
Private K-12 Schools Provide Additional Educational Formats
Tempe also offers a number of private schools. These schools represent a variety of educational visions, which are sometimes faith based, and sometimes based on the humanities and sciences. For Further Information please contact: www.privateschoolrevue.com
Arizona State University and Higher Education
Arizona State University’s main campus is located in the heart of Tempe. A leading university, ASU is inspired by “The New American University Model” developed by its President, Dr. Michael Crow. Under this innovative paradigm, ASU has become increasingly competitive, and research driven. Many exciting programs and degrees are offered. For Further Information about ASU: www.asu.edu.gov
There are many other vocational and technical schools in Tempe. For Further Information: www.vocationalschools.com