First of all, our curriculum exceeds state standards. We blend interesting, traditional course work with real world training. Most of our courses are in those good solid subjects that students of previous generations used to study. We believe that the trendy courses that have crept into mainstream public school curricula in recent decades have in large measure been detrimental to meaningful student achievement. Those courses have been designed more for “fun” and “self-esteem building” than for serious education. A solid foundation in traditional, core subjects must be built before moving on to light and experimental courses. A person can’t survive on desserts and sweets alone. One needs hearty helpings of meat and potatoes in order to grow strong. We offer English Grammar, Civics, American History (one year in junior high and two full years in high school), World History, Geography, Algebra, Geometry, Astronomy, Economics, Biology, Latin, Chemistry, Calculus, Geology, Western Philosophy, Physics, Physical Education, Political Science, Fine Arts, Composition, and Literature. Also included in our curriculum are a few courses designed to provide students with real world, practical life skills. Balancing a checkbook, living within a budget, paying taxes, shopping for insurance, cooking a meal, changing a car tire, and sewing on a button are among the many varied skills that students are exposed to in our “Self-reliance” classes.
We do not offer our courses as if they are part of a curricular smorgasbord. Most of our courses are required, i.e., every student must take them. This way students and parents know exactly what to expect, and they can be confident of what will have been studied by the time of graduation.
Our focus on America’s history and government derives from the essentiality of citizens in a free society to learn and understand these things. Knowing history is the mark of an educated person. The typical high school graduate’s shocking lack of historical knowledge cannot be tolerated if we are to endure as a free nation.
Sophomore Year of High School
Remember - your grades matter so strive for excellence
Participate in extracurricular activities and work toward leadership postitions - make sure to participate in community service activities.
Take the PSAT
Attend college fairs
Junior Year of High School
Take the PSAT in October and begin preparation for the SAT
Junior year grades are IMPORTANT - work hard to keep them up!
Take the SAT in October or November, especially if you are thinking about applying for Early Decision or Early Action for next fall.
Begin to explore the college application process - request information on colleges that your are interested in.
Think about how your are going to prepare for and pay for college.
Continue your focus on leadership positions and extracurricular activities as well as community service.
Take the SAT , ACT or SAT subject Tests
Sign up for AP exams
Compile a list of colleges you want to apply to - prepare packets in accordance with each application process.
Senior Year of High School
Follow the JMPS checklist given to you by Mrs. Sheaffer.
Start your college preparation immediately - compile a list of colleges you want to attend.
Create a calendar to help you better organize important dates and deadlines.
Take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT if you have not already done so.
Approach teachers / guidance counselor early to fill out your recommendation forms.
Sign up to take AP exams
If you find you are wait listed - write a letter to the college expressing your interest in being admitted.
Make sure your final transcripts have been submitted.
Last but not least - enjoy your final days of being a high school student. Remember - when one door closes, another one opens......and this one happens to lead to your future.
College Prep Opportunities
AIMS- AIMS prep
College planning Resources for college bound students
JAMES MADISON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
5815 S. MCCLINTOCK DRIVE TEMPE, ARIZONA 85283 480-345-2306 Fax: 480-345-0059