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History of the Prep

HISTORY OF North Pointe

In just a brief thirteen years, North Pointe Prep has grown from 130 students to over 850 and is one of only seven public high schools in Arizona accredited by the North Central Association as College Prep.

North Pointe's athletic programs have also grown and experienced surprising success competing the Arizona Interscholastic Association. North Pointe's Competition Cheer Team has won eight State Championships and the Prep's Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Teams have both advanced to the State's Elite Eight in the State Finals.

The Prep's arts program shave also flourished and feature the Falcon Players, who present five plays each year, the Marching Band and Color Guard, who perform at Varsity Football games, the Speech & Debate Team which has produced many State Championships ,the Competition Percussion Team and Color Guard, and preptv - North Pointe's on campus TV station and website.

North Pointe Prep is a member of Pointe Schools - one of the State's largest and most successful Independent Public Charter School District serving over 1700 students on three Northwest Valley campuses.

Pointe Schools was founded by four families who were interested in creating a high school that would support parents as they built character and leadership qualities in their teens, provide an excellent education, and be financially accessible to everyone. Since no such high school existed in the northwest valley, the founders individually explored avenues to establish such a school. In the fall of 1999, they came together and formed Pointe Educational Services, a non-profit corporation, in order to open and operate an independent public high school that would fill this unmet need.

After a year of planning, the State Board for Charter Schools granted Pointe a contract to operate a college preparatory school. In August of 2001, North Pointe Preparatory opened on 51st Avenue and Union Hills with ten teachers, six classrooms and 130 students in grades 7-9. Students were provided with a traditional education with a "classical" emphasis. The curriculum was designed to prepare students for college, requiring that all students take College Preparatory, Honors and Advanced Placement courses. In addition to the academic emphasis, the school truly functioned as a community. By November, three more classrooms and a library were completed. Standard 9 test scores that year were well above the state averages.

The Prep was such a success that parents being asked about the possibility of opening an elementary school that would se the foundation for junior high and high school. In the Spring of 2002, the State Board for Charter Schools expanded the Pointe charter to include kindergarten through sixth grade and Canyon Pointe Academy (called North Pointe Academy at the time) was born. A group of seasoned elementary teachers joined Pointe Schools and worked through the summer without pay to make sure the school was ready to open. The Prep had already outgrown the Union Hills site, so Canyon moved in and the Prep moved into a site at 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

The 2002-2003 school year was full of grown for Pointe Schools. Canyon Pointe Academy opened with 160 students, North Pointe Preparatory almost tripled in size to 350 students, and a second elementary school was added to the Pointe Schools family. The new school, Pinnacle Pointe Academy, was located on 67th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road and opened in September of 2002 with just under 25 students in grades K-4. Two Canyon teachers and their classes moved to Pinnacle and provided leadership for the new school. By the end of the year, enrollment at Pinnacle has increased to over 90 students.

Massive building projects took place at all three Pointe School's campuses between 2003 and 2009. The Prep moved to its current location at 43rd Avenue and Peora in 2003 and expanded the campus to include 14 additional classrooms, a second gymnasium, fitness/weight facilities, batting cages, a practice field, band and choir rooms, music labs, a remodeled theatre, an on-campus TV station (preptv), a third parking lot, and a fabulous Prep Cafe. Canyon remodeled offices, added security fences, and completed a new field, a new playground, and a new building consisting of 4 additional classrooms and the Lion Cafe. Pinnacle's building projects also included remodeling offices and adding security fences, as well as the addition of 10 classrooms, a field, a new playground, basketball court and the Pinnacle Patio and Panther Cafe.

Additionally, North Pointe received accreditation from the North Central Association as a College Preparatory School and was accepted into the Arizona Interscholastic Association for high school athletics.

In 2006, Jody Johnson (one of Pointe's founders and the first Principal of the Prep) became the Superintendent of Pointe Schools and undertook a massive, company wide restructuring. Seven years later, Pointe has never been healthier. With three schools, over 1200 students and 100 employees, Pointe's original programs and activities are being imitated in charter, private and district schools and Pointe Schools' receives state and national recognition.