College Prep Academy

September 2022

Getting Into the Swing of things!

The start of the 2022-2023 school year is off to a great start! Parents, thank you for your continued support as we navigate and plan a successful school year.

The monthly newsletter is used to highlight our scholars and any past or upcoming events.

College Prep Academy, TPS 501


Our scholars were greeted with music, cheers, and a red carpet entrance. We recited the College Prep Pledge and introduced the TCALC and College Prep staff to our scholars. Our district Superintendent, Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Vice President of the Board, Ms. Sue Bolley, and Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Billie Wallace, stopped by to meet and greet our scholars as we started off the new year. Our scholars ended the morning with a fun and collaborative brain break activity led by our administrator, Mrs. King, then shortly after scholars met their classroom teachers: Mrs. Delacruz; Ms. Foster; and Mr. McKnight.


Carolyn Parker - Early College Program Student and Washburn University Student

On Friday, August 19, 2022, Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of TPS 501, the College Prep Staff, Washburn University Faculty, and TPS Administration honored Carolyn Parker as the second student admitted into the Early College Program at Washburn University.

Carolyn is an 11th-grade Topeka West High School and College Prep Academy student. Carolyn's academic achievements, attendance, discipline, and self-motivation, as well as family support, made her eligible for this unique program. In 2024, Carolyn will graduate from Topeka West with her high school diploma and Associate Degree in Liberal Arts.

The Early College Program is open to rising 11th grade students who meet eligibility requirements.

Congratulations, Carolyn!!

Topeka Public Schools Early College Program: Carolyn Parker

Open House

We enjoyed meeting and seeing our families for Open House. We even engaged in "Parents as Students" for an activity.

If you didn't get a chance to fill out our College Prep Permission Slip. We've attached one below.

Catching up with 10th Grade Scholar Jo'Mhara Benning

How has the transition between Topeka High School and TCALC been for you? What do you plan on studying in College?

"The transition from my homeschool to the pathway is pretty smooth. I enjoy learning new things about my future career. The environment is nice and we have the resources we need within reach. I come to TCALC for the Sports Medicine pathway. I’m enjoying the class very much because of the teacher and the environment. Coming to TCALC has exposed me to many different opportunities.

I want to be a Sports Attorney. Arkansas has all the degrees that I need as well as an amazing softball program. I am very interested in Arkansas." - Jo'


Our College Prep Ambassadors are an asset to the College Prep Academy. Ambassadors are selected monthly by peer consensus. Each candidate presents their candidacy to the class. The class then selects the best candidate based on presentation performance, attitude, and leadership qualities.


JC Penny Trip for 7th and 8th Grade Scholars

Thanks to the generosity of Lewis Toyota, College Prep students will travel to JCPenning on Friday, September 2, 2022, to be measured and fitted for an additional set of professional attire.

We will depart TCALC at 8:30 am and plan on returning to TCALC by 10 am in time for students to take the bus from TCALC to their home schools. If we are running late, the bus that transports us to JCPenny will return students to their home schools.

If you have any questions, please call Ms. Foster at 314.495.9876.

Thank you!

College Prep Fall Workshop

On September 20, 2022, at 5:45 pm, College Prep will be hosting a 1-hour College Prep Workshop for our current 9th through 12th grade Scholars at TCALC. The workshop will provide feedback and guidance on resume writing, scholarship writing, college readiness, and a college-ready checklist. We are excited about this event and we'd love to see you there. Please contact Mr. McKnight ( if there are any questions or concerns.

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 7th and 8th grade 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.

On September 22, 2022, a group of College Prep upperclassmen will embark on a one-day trip to St. Louis. Our Scholars will tour St. Louis University and visit the monumental Gateway Arch.

* Changes to the schedule were made due to Topeka Public Schools Homecoming on Friday, September 23rd.

Please see the updated schedule:


It's never too early to start planning for college! Check out the list of resources on our website!

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 ( if there are any questions or concerns.


On Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Seniors and their families will be able to come in and complete FAFSA with the guidance of professionals from TRIO.

Before coming to the event, the student AND one parent will need to create a Federal Student Aid ID. Students should not use school email addresses. Use a personal email.

After doing so, register for FAFSA night. Here is a list of items you need for FAFSA night

What To Do When a student Will Be Absent?

Parent/Guardian should call the student's homeschool and TCALC. Teri Fox, TCALC's administrative assistant, will ensure the student's absence is noted correctly. Teri Fox can be reached at785.274.6350 or via email(