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Tri-City Prep makes short list of best charter schools in state

PRESCOTT - Tri-City Preparatory High School is among the top five charter schools of its type outside Maricopa County, according to an annual parental satisfaction survey that the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools released on Mon-day.

The survey asked parents to grade their child's school in a number of different areas.

They include, education the child is receiving, amount the

child has learned or is learning, teacher qualifications, quality of instruction and how well the

school communicates with par-ents.

Tri-City Preparatory is fourth in its category. First is the Educational Opportunity Center, Yuma; second, Payson Center for Success, Payson; third, Pimeria Alta Charter School, Nogales; and fifth, Vision Charter School, Tucson.

"It's really rewarding to be recognized for our efforts," said Tri-City Director Mary Ellen Halvorson.

"I didn't know that this ranking was going to take place," she said, "but I'm glad to see that the Ari-zona state charter board is work-

ing hard to ensure the quality

of education in the charter


Nearly 200 students are enrolled in grades 9 through 12 at Tri-City Prep, which is in its second year of operation. It is located on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Uni-versity campus, 3200 Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Lewis C. Solmon, president, Human Resources Policy Corp., conducted the survey this past spring.

Results were from approximately 11,000 families whose children attended 178 charter school sites throughout the state.

The survey showed that overall 74.9 percent of charter parents plan to re-enroll their child in the same charter school next year.


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