College Prep Academy

August 2022

Dr. Tiffany Anderson

Welcome to the College Prep Academy, an academy opened in 2018 to offer expanded college and career opportunities through an accelerated curriculum for students who are seeking an additional challenge in their middle and high school curriculum. I serve as the superintendent and principal with our faculty carrying dual roles to ensure college courses and a rigorous curriculum is provided. This year we have planned 5 college trips, monthly guest speakers beginning in September and we will be welcoming our incoming 7th and 8th grade scholars. Welcome to the College Prep Academy!

Mrs. Adrienne King

Mrs. King has been an educator for 22 years. She has worked in the field of education in various capacities in Kansas City, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Topeka, Kansas. Mrs. King is the Administrator for College Prep and looks forward to welcoming all students this year.

Mrs. Cherryl Delacruz

Mrs. Delacruz has been teaching since 2003. She taught high school mathematics and physics in the Philippines and moved to Topeka in 2008. She teaches Honors Algebra 2 and two Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP) courses, College Algebra and Statistics, through Washburn University. Mrs. Delacruz is thrilled to work with College Prep Academy families to engage, prepare, and inspire our CPA scholars!

Ms. Kathy Foster

Ms. Foster has been an educator for 25+ years. She began her teaching career in St. Louis, MO and came to Topeka four years ago to work in the College Prep Program. Ms. Foster teaches Middle School Literary Workshop to 7th grade students and 21st Century Global Communications to 8th Grade students. Ms. Foster is excited to welcome families to the College Prep program.

Mr. Meshach McKnight

Mr. McKnight teaches 7th grade Honors Math and 8th grade Algebra. Mr. McKnight's students consistently score in the highest levels on the state KAP assessment. In addition to sharing mathematical concepts in unique and invigorating ways, Mr. McKnight is fluent in three languages. You will learn more about Mr. McKnight and his passion for teaching as the year progresses.

Open House

College Prep Open House will be on August 17, 2022 from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm.

College Prep Academy News

9th Grade Math

As we prepare for the new school year, the majority of our eighth-grade students have elected to attend their homeschool for their 9th-grade high school year. As a result of low College Prep enrollment in the 9th-grade math class, we are supporting the small group of remaining rising 9th graders in transitioning with their grade level to 9th grade at their home school. This will allow them to have a full schedule in their home school and will give them a transition year to get acclimated to all of the 9th-grade routines and activities in high school. Each high school principal will contact families to tailor students' schedules accordingly. Therefore, student progress will continue to be monitored by College Prep staff. Also, if students would like to return to College Prep in 10th grade for Mrs. Delacruz's honors courses in math for sophomores and juniors or to take classes at TCALC in engineering or in the health sciences, they will have the option to do so.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. King (aking@tps501.org) or Ms. Foster (kfoster@tps501.org)

Transportation

Student bus schedules will be available on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Parents may log in to Tyler for information on the pickup location and time. Parents also have the option of dropping their student off at TCALC after 7:30 am. Bus transportation will return students to their home schools when classes are over at TCALC. If you have any questions regarding bus transportation, please contact Mrs. King at aking@tps501.org.

Breakfast

Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 to 7:45 am.

Jacketing Ceremony

The College Prep annual jacketing ceremony will take place on September 21, 2022, 4:00 p.m at TCALC, 500 SW Tuffy Kellogg.


This is a solemn ceremony where parents will jacket their students in the same manner as doctors receiving their first physician's jacket. Parents and students will pledge support for their student as well as the college prep program.

Professional Attire

Each Wednesday, and on special occasions, students and staff dress in professional attire wearing a navy blue business jacket, khaki pants, white button down dress shirt, and tie.


We have jackets available for use or families can elect to purchase one for their child. Parents purchase the shirt, khaki pants, and tie.


We will begin wearing professional attire the Wednesday following the September 21 Jacketing Ceremony.


Please contact Mrs. King (aking@tps501.org) if there are any questions or concerns.