Knightly Update Summer 2020

Edition Vol 9 Issue 1

Welcome Knights!

Dear Knight Families:

I hope you are staying safe and enjoying your summer. While this is certainly a challenging time, I do hope our students are looking forward to the new adventures that will take place this school year - online or in-person. By now, you should have a received an email from CUSD requesting families to select whether their child(ren) will return in-person or enroll in the online option. I know there are many questions, and I hope most have been answered by the various district communiques. Below are some general questions that have been received once this survey was released. We also have learned that some families misunderstood the survey and are concerned they selected the wrong option. If that is the case, please contact our office for assistance. We are happy to help.

As a site, we are putting parameters and policies in place to ensure we can provide the safest, respectful and accepting environment possible for our students and staff to interact, and to teach and learn. While there are definite challenges, I am excited to be a part of this journey and I am eager to begin the year! Included in this summer's newsletter are some of the general safety parameters that will be put in place for the safety of all. Obviously, with the nature and fluidity of the current situation, adjustments will be made as directed by state and district officials. I appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we work through this time together and stay uKNIGHTed!

Please know that the staff, Class of 2021, and many other students have spent time this summer preparing for the upcoming school year, accommodating for the required changes, and they are excited to begin the year. You have elected to attend an award-winning, nationally ranked, Blue Ribbon school with enthusiastic, dedicated teachers and support staff. We are over 880 Knights strong and we continue to have interested students inquire daily as to how to become a part of the Arizona College Prep Community! Be sure to read this summer’s Knightly Update completely and carefully because it contains important information for all students and parents. Enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready for an exciting year! If you have any questions, please call (480) 424-8000. I hope to see you soon!

Rob Bickes


"Virtual" Day of the Knights

Day of the Knights will be a virtual event this year beginning on Wednesday, July 29th through July 31st. Please check your email on Wednesday, July 22 for the Day of the Knights Newsletter outlining the details regarding student class fees, yearbook purchases, PSAT fees, and lunch accounts.

Student schedules will also be posted on the students Infinite Campus account on July 29th. During Day of the Knights a form will be available online for students to request appropriate changes if necessary. Please note, schedule changes will be done for the following reasons only:

  1. A failure in a previous course that necessitates repeating
  2. A course listed on your schedule that was taken in summer school
  3. A graduation requirement is missing from your schedule and you are a senior
  4. A schedule that is incomplete (i.e. less than six courses listed)

Earlier this month, students were briefly able to see schedules online. The schedules that were visible are NOT final. Once all families decide whether their students are returning in person or taking online courses, we will have to re-do the master schedule to accommodate the revised number of students and teachers available on campus.

Courses, periods and teachers will change. We will have final schedules starting July 29th, and schedules will be emailed to the students via their school emails and to the parent email on file in Infinite Campus.

Common Questions & Answers Related to the Start of the Year

Q: We selected to have our child enroll in Chandler Online for the duration of the year. Will we still get updates and communications from ACP-Erie?

A: No, once families select to enroll in Chandler Online Academy, their child(ren) are removed from our system. We no longer have access to student information in Infinite Campus which would allow us email or communicate with those families. Please know we are working to see if there is a way we can continue to communicate with families that were initially slated to attend ACP-Erie.

Q: My child will be taking classes at COA and at ACP-Erie (i.e. concurrent or part time enrollment). When in-person instruction resumes, will their in-person classes at ACP-Erie be offered on the same day?

A: There are no guarantees that courses taken at ACP-Erie will be offered on the same day or in a sequential manner. Classes will be available based on the development of the master schedule and alignment with staffing and course demands. While attempts will be made to coordinate a schedule that is sequential for the convenience of students and families, we simply cannot promise that this will occur.

Q: Will ACP-Erie continue to offer virtual instruction once students are permitted to return in person?

A: No. Once students are permitted to return to school in person, virtual instruction will no longer take place. Families who prefer their child remain in a virtual environment throughout the course of the year should select "Online" when completing their survey.

Q: Some courses that my child was slated to take at ACP-Erie are not offered at Chandler Online. What should we do?

A: Please review the ​current Chandler Online Course Catalog to review available course offerings to replace those courses. Note: course updates are made frequently, so please review this catalog often. ​Additionally, if your student is taking a course at COA that ACP-Erie does not offer and transitions back to ACP-Erie at the end of the first quarter, an administrator will work with your student to find the best fit to replace that course.

Q: My child will be enrolling at COA this year. May they still participate in sports?

A: Yes, students who are enrolled in Chandler Online may try-out and participate in sports or other activity-based extracurricular school opportunities (e.g. chess, cheer). ​AIA and CUSD bylaws and eligibility rules still apply.

Q: My child will be taking a science class online that includes participating in labs after regular school hours. Will an ACP-Erie instructor be teaching this lab?

A: Not necessarily. The lab portion of this course will be scheduled in the evenings after school hours and conducted in person at specific school locations which may or may not include ACP-Erie or ACP-Erie instructors. The science labs will be taught by a highly qualified CUSD science teacher.

Q: Will dual enrollment opportunities be offered?

A: Yes. We learned from CGCC that they will be working with CUSD to ensure dual enrollment opportunities will be offered. However, at all CUSD high schools, dual enrollment is contingent on having a qualified teacher instruct the course in person or online.

Q: What is the plan for the start of the school year?

A: The first day of school is Wednesday, August 5th. All instruction will be virtual at this time (students DO NOT report to campus). Once students are permitted to return to schools in person (currently, August 17th), in person instruction will begin.

Q: What daily bell schedule will be followed this year?

A: ACP, and all high schools within CUSD, will follow a block schedule this year (i.e. periods 1, 3 and 5 on day one, and periods 2, 4 and 6 on day two). The purpose of running a block schedule is to limit the number of contacts students will have on a daily basis. This schedule can be found below.

Q: Will there be a freshman orientation?

A: Members of the administrative and counseling team, along with support from teachers and the Class of 2021, are working on producing a virtual welcome and orientation for the Class of 2024 and any student new to ACP. The goal is to have our virtual orientation available for viewing the week of August 3. The presentation will be available throughout the course of the year for families to prior to returning to ACP. Additionally, we are still working on assigning senior mentors to all freshman who choose to attend in person. Additional details will be shared once all parameters of this program have been developed and approved.

Q: My child took a summer school class to replace a grade. When will this grade be added to their transcript?

A: If your child took a summer school course through Chandler Online Academy for replacement of an existing grade, they must see their counselor when in-person school resumes and fill out a grade replacement form in order to have the adjustment made to their transcript.

Q: I am concerned I selected the wrong option on the district survey. What should I do?

A: Please contact our office for assistance, (480) 424-8000.

Q: If we choose to attend Chandler Online for the duration of the school year, will my child still have an opportunity to attend ACP-Erie in the future?

A: Absolutely! All students that were currently enrolled to attend ACP may attend our school in the future (this year or next).

For additional information to commonly asked questions, please review the District FAQ.

Maintaining a Safe School Environment

ACP administration, teachers and staff are dedicated to maintaining as safe an environment as possible when students return to our campus. It is our intent to ensure procedures are in place to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all members of our school community. These include:

  1. Operating a block schedule throughout the course of the year to limit the number of potential contacts during the course of the school day.
  2. Adjusting the bell schedule to accommodate for the appropriate number of lunch periods to minimize numbers based on available interior and exterior seating.
  3. Requiring all members of the school community to wear masks as directed by the CUSD Governing Board.
  4. Limiting the number of guests in the office and requiring that all meetings be pre-arranged and by appointment only.
  5. Disinfecting classrooms daily and as needed during the course of the school day.
  6. Incorporating floor signage in the cafeteria to help maintain appropriate social distancing.
  7. Evaluating class size based on in person enrollment, course demand and available staffing.
  8. Placing hand sanitizer stations in all classrooms.
  9. Closing all drinking fountains (ensure your child brings water daily; water purchases can also be made in the cafeteria).
  10. Keeping the cafeteria open and available for students to purchase items throughout the majority of the school day.
  11. Ensuring no more than one student is allowed to leave a classroom at any given time for personal or academic needs. Please know emergency situations will be addressed promptly.
  12. Continually evaluating operating procedures throughout the course of the year and adjusting as appropriate and/or as directed by district and state officials.

For additional information, please review the District Health & Safety FAQ.

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Parking Permits

ACP students may purchase a parking permit for $80 for the 2020-21 school year. The parking application form will be emailed to students and families on Monday, July 20 at 9:00 AM, and the window to submit the parking application form will close at noon on Friday, July 24. In order to apply for a parking permit, students MUST be attending ACP in-person (i.e. selected in person or concurrent enrollment), have a valid driver’s license, and current auto insurance prior to submitting a parking application form. Parking spaces are limited, and spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis (based on when the parking application form was submitted; date & time-stamp). When completing the parking application form, students must list their school gse gmail account when entering their email on the application. Remember, the parking application form will be emailed to students and families at 9:00 AM, July 20 and will close on Friday, July 24 at noon.

ACP Bus Transportation

The CUSD Transportation Department will provide stops at the following locations again this year to those living in the CUSD boundaries.

 CTA-Liberty

 CTA-Goodman

 Conley Elementary

 Galveston Elementary

 San Marcos Elementary

 Hamilton High School

 Perry High School

 Payne Junior High School

 Basha High School

 Santan Junior High School

All students that live within the Chandler School District will be automatically assigned the bus stop closest to their GEO code for their home address. Letters will be sent to the students home address address listed on their Infinite Campus account after June 30th. .

Students wanting to ride the bus that do not reside within the Chandler Boundaries, MUST submit the Open Enrollment Special Request Transportation Request Form.

Carpool Directory

Arizona College Preparatory offers a carpool directory service to our families. Use of this directory is an “opt-in,” meaning you have to sign up to participate. When you sign up, you are giving ACP-Erie permission to let other registered parents see your contact information. This allows parents in nearby areas to see the list of other families interested in carpooling and the manner to contact one another to arrange carpool opportunities.

The registration link for the carpool directory is available on our school website under the “Parents Resources, Carpool Directory” channel. Please be sure to enter parent information ONLY. Please do not include personal information about the student or student phone numbers.

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Arizona College Preparatory has a primary objective of developing a “community of learners,” dedicated to the highest standards of academics and etiquette. As such, a distinctive uniform is a unifying factor within our school community. It is also a visible signature of our school to the larger community, an indicator of our unity and of our pride of purpose.

Pleaes see the following links for additional information about dress code and where to purchase uniforms:

School Uniform Dress Code

BSN Orders

Anton Uniform Orders

PE Uniforms can be ordered through ACP Erie Booster Club



ALL Athletes wishing to participate in a sport or manage a sport during the 2020-2021 school year are required to complete and submit the Register My Athlete paperwork prior to tryouts. Follow these links for additional information:

Athletic Clearance Process

Parent Training Register My Athlete

Register My Athlete

Check for additional information.

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Book Return Reminder

On June 11th, an email was sent to students that have not returned textbooks or novels. The fee to replace the textbook or novel was added to your student’s account. This fee cannot be removed until the textbook is returned, or the fees are paid.

All returned books must be quarantined for two weeks before they can be redistributed. To avoid the delay in redistribution for the 2020-2021 school year, please return all books as soon as possible. ACP's summer office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

We are currently faced with challenging times and understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. If you have concerns about contact, please let us know and we can create a no-contact procedure. We are willing to accommodate your requests.

All Class Fees, Lost Textbooks*, and unpaid fees from past years or other schools will need to paid prior to purchasing items for Virtual Day of the Knights.

Class of 2021 Senior Pictures

One of the first steps of your senior journey is to have your portrait taken for the yearbook. The yearbook’s deadline for senior pictures is September 1, 2020. In order to meet this deadline, we have partnered with Lou Coopey Photography in Mesa, AZ to take your yearbook photos. There are two options so please read through this document completely, and if you have questions please email Mrs. Patterson.

OPTION 1: Schedule an appointment to have your photo taken at the Mesa studio with Lou Coopey before September 1st. (Please see page 2 for more information.)

  • To do so, go to then click on the large red banner across the top to book your appointment. To ensure the safety of all seniors we have put in place new COVID protocols for the photo session.
  • Social distancing, masks, and hand sanitizing will be required of all customers and staff. All procedures will be as contact-free as possible.
  • Dressing rooms, rest rooms and seating areas will be closed to the public.
  • Only seniors, six at a time, with appointments will be permitted to enter the studio. No one else may accompany them.
  • All studio services beyond the sitting: scheduling, ordering and paying fees will be conducted online.
  • A $40 deposit will be collected at the time of scheduling. This, along with a $10 complimentary coupon will be applied to each account, giving each senior a $50 credit toward the purchase of portraits and services. After 30 days, the $10 complimentary credit will expire. The $40 remains on account and can be used for any senior portrait purchase.
  • Senior sessions will include 9-14 poses on a variety of backgrounds.
  • The studio will not provide the usual loaner jackets, ties, shirts and drapes. Seniors will be required to come wearing the school-prescribed dress for senior portraits.
  • All post-sitting contact will be done online, including choosing the yearbook pose, ordering and any payment. Each senior will receive an online access code for their images and $50 credit. • Cap & gown photos for graduation included. They are sanitized on site in commercial dryers between appointments per CDC sanitation requirements.

OPTION 2 (does not include cap & gown): Take senior yearbook photo on campus during School Picture Day (date TBD). For those who do not pick Option 1, we will have an on-campus photo day. This option does not allow for cap & gown photos.

  • Students must be dressed professionally when they arrive at school that day. This includes a collared shirt with tie and dress shirts, suit coats, dresses, blouses, or other more formal dress.
  • There will be one campus day. If you miss it and want your photo in the yearbook, we refer you back to Option 1.

Seniors may not wear jeans, shorts or t-shirts in their yearbook photo. This is formal attire. No casual attire is permitted. All seniors will take a sitting and standing picture that will both be in the yearbook. Boys must be in business casual or formal attire wearing pants and a button-up shirt. Jacket and tie are optional. Girls may be in slacks, a skirt or a dress no shorter than knee-length. Tops cannot be off the shoulder or spaghetti strap. You may not bring props or pets to your photo session due to the current restrictions of COVID-19.

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For the 2020-2021 school year, ACP will run a block schedule daily. Students will attend periods 1, 3 and 5 one day and attend periods 2, 4 and 6 the next. This schedule will be followed to eliminate the number of times students and staff will make contact with other individuals on campus throughout the day. Please note lunches will be adapted (i.e. number of lunch periods) to accommodate for the number of students who choose to return in-person and maintain a safe eating environment.


2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Zero Hour—6:50-7:40





A Lunch—11:02-11:34



B Lunch—12:09-12:41


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Remind 101

Remind is a great way to stay up to date with events at ACP; college visits, sporting events, performances, free dress days and more. You can receive Remind 101 messages via text, email, or push notification (or any combination of these).

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Stay In Touch!

Knightly Update

Be sure to check your email every Sunday evening. Administration will send out a “Knightly Update” from Mr. Bickes which includes upcoming school events, student highlights, college updates & visitation dates, Booster updates, as well as other valuable information. The majority of school communication is done via our Knightly Update, so we strongly encourage parents and students to read it weekly.

Also be sure to check the Arizona College Prepartory website for information and updates.


Follow us on Facebook:

Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus

Arizona College Prep - College & Career Center


ACP-Erie Booster Club

Don't forget to check with teams and clubs for the latest link to their Facebook sites.


Follow us on Twitter:

Arizona College Prep Erie

ACP College & Career

ACP HS Athletics

Don't forget to check with teams and clubs for the latest link to their Twitter sites.

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Save the Date:

The following dates are subject to change. Please check the ACP Erie website for calendar updates throughout the year.

August 5, 2020 - Online instruction begins

Date & Format TBD - Meet the Teacher Night

August 17, 2020 - Students may return for in-person instruction

Date & Format TBD - New Family Transition Meeting

September 1, 2020: Tri U College Fair with ASU, UofA and NAU, Chandler Center for the Arts

September 16, 2020: Josten's Student Meeting, ACP Erie

September 23, 2020: Josten's Senior Parent Night, ACP Erie

October 20, 2020: ACT Testing (Class of 2021 Only)

October 28, 2020: PSAT Testing (Grades 9-11 Only)

October 28, 2020: CUSD College Fair and Financial Aid Night, Chandler Center for the Arts

January 26, 2021: Demystifying the College Process with Duke University, Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler Unified School District Calendar 2020 - 2021

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Arizona College Preparatory Mission and Philosophy


The mission of Arizona College Prep is to prepare students in a small learning environment to be successful and to be disciplined in their academic, personal and professional lives. Arizona College Prep will fulfill its mission by:

  • Providing a rigorous, honors-level curriculum
  • Providing small classes with an average of 25 students
  • Providing dedicated, enthusiastic and highly-qualified teachers who serve as good models of learning and character
  • Providing detailed student evaluation
  • Providing regular and meaningful homework assignments
  • Expecting only high standards of personal conduct of all students

Though the curriculum is rigorous and expectations are high, Arizona College Prep is not an exclusive school for academically gifted students. Our goal is to provide an environment that allows every student who is curious and diligent the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.


Arizona College Prep believes in fostering a climate that encourages learning and personal growth in a structured, rigorous academic environment. We value a commitment to excellence in all we do. We value active involvement in our school community. We value positive relationships between one another. We value the opportunities and challenges afforded to everyone at Arizona College Prep.

Contact Information

School Hours

School Day Begins: 7:40 (gates close at 7:45)

School Day Ends: 2:35

Office Hours: 7:15-3:30

School Address:

1150 W. Erie St. Chandler, AZ 85224

Phone Numbers:

Administration: 480-424-8000

Attendance: 480-424-8003

Fax: 480-224-9268

Find us on the web:

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