The Declaration of Independence
Informs Our Academic Philosophy

Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence as an instrument of unity and future building for our fledgling nation — an “expression of the American mind” he called it to fellow Virginian and patriot Henry Lee.

Our educational philosophy, mission, and values (as expressed in our FREEDOM acronym) is an invitation to all members of the Jefferson Prep family to develop the inner virtues and exterior generosities (which are what Jefferson had in mind as the true “pursuit of happiness”) that will be a firm foundation for our personal and corporate successes.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
We hold that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


Is Why We Go
Above and Beyond

Jefferson Preparatory High School is an "A" rated accredited public charter school located in north Phoenix.  JPHS provides a better choice for families to help their students excel during their high school years.  A student’s success in high school directly impacts college enrollment, college graduation, and career success. 

JPHS provides curriculum and education objectives that go beyond the state standards.  The curriculum is presented in a teacher-led, whole-classroom, direct instruction approach that inspires individual learning.

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Jefferson Preparatory offers one scholastic diploma; all students must earn 26 credits and meet the requirements for graduation. Additionally, scholars are encouraged to achieve excellence beyond the requirements for graduation. Those who go beyond the requirements for graduation may enroll in one or more honors classes. Students who plan on attending a 4-year college or university should pay particular attention to the college admission requirements. Those attending a junior college will also need to satisfy all the entrance requirements of the Arizona universities either in high school or at the junior college level before advancing.

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The Honors with Distinction Scholarship diploma is awarded to students who have chosen a specific area of study for their high school career. Areas of distinction that a student may choose from include English, Science, Math, History, and the Arts (music, art, and drama). In the honors program, students will complete a study of two classics in the area of study chosen each year they attend Jefferson Preparatory High School as a minimum for the Honors With Distinction Scholarship diploma.

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The College Fast Track Program enables students to earn college credits while at Jefferson Preparatory. College credits can be earned in three ways: advanced placement (AP) exams, concurrent online courses and dual enrollment courses. Concurrent Enrollment course are online college classes taken from Rio Salado College during the academic at Jefferson Preparatory School. The credits earned from these course may be transferred back to Jefferson Prep for high school credit. Dual Enrollment courses are regular Jefferson Prep classes where a student can opt to also earn college credit for the class.


The Jefferson Preparatory Course Catalog has been designed to provide course selection information for the school year. Students are encouraged to consult with parents, advisors, and teachers to carefully consider the information within this catalog to aid in selecting courses that will satisfy their graduation requirements, as well as post-graduation plans.

The information presented in this Course Catalog describes the academic and elective offerings available to JPHS scholars. It is important to review graduation requirements and ensure that course selections are made with serious consideration. Some courses may have prerequisite requirements that must be satisfied to enroll in the course.

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2020 - 2021

Download the JPHS graduation requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.

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It should be noted that not all of the courses offered will be made available due to limited student requests and teacher availability. For this reason it is important during the pre-registration period to make thoughtful selections to equalize course enrollments and minimize scheduling changes. Download the JPHS course catalog for the 2020-2021 school year.