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Temecula Prep Celebrates API Gains

Temecula Preparatory School consistently scores at the top when it comes to the State Standardized Test Academic Performance Index.

Temecula Preparatory School celebrated another year of gains on its state standardized tests, keeping it atop the county.

The K-12 public charter, which is sponsored by the Temecula Valley Unified School District, achieved an overall Academic Performance Index score of 872—a gain of nine points from the previous year, according to results released Thursday by the California Department of Education.

That is two points above Temecula Valley Unified, which had an overall score of 870 making it the top unified district in the county and 161st in the state.

"TPS bolsters the overall (TVUSD) district score by achieving an API of 872," Temecula Preparatory Headmaster and Executive Director Scott Phillips said, in a news release.

"TPS actually has the highest API in the county and continues to rank among the top districts in the state," Phillips said.

In order to make a fair comparison, Phillips said Temecula Preparatory's API score is not a school score, but a district score.

"This is due to the fact that TPS is an independent K-12 charter, or, pursuant to the state reporting process a small unified district," Phillips said.

There are 1,015 students in grades kindergarten through 12th who attend Temecula Preparatory at 45777 Abelia St. in Winchester.

In the last five years, the school has been recognized twice as one of “America’s Best High Schools” by US News and World Report, and was named a 2012 California Distinguished School, Phillips pointed out.

“None of this would be possible without the efforts of our outstanding teaching staff and their love of education,” Phillips said. “This is as much of a testament to their hard work as it is to the dedication of our wonderful students.”

TPS has had an increase in its API each year for the last five years and has maintained an average of 862 for the last 10 years, he said.

However, Phillips said the school makes a concerted effort to shy away from basing the value of a TPS education on API.

“We honestly do not teach to the test, we teach a very rigorous classical education,” Phillips said. “Our teachers educate the students on how to think, not what to think and provide a foundation built on core subjects with a classical model for learning.”

The school understands there is a certain value to being able to compare a TPS education to others, he said.

"For now, the API is the easiest way to do so," Phillips said.

TPS has regularly outpaced Temecula Valley Unified, county and state SAT scores, and the percentage of students prepared for the UC/CSU system, he said.

Temecula parent October 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
This article's headline is extremely misleading...Temecula Prep did NOT score at the top of the list! Look at Abby Reinke and others! Temecula Prep is behind many other public schools in the district, even though they claim to have advanced academics.
Temecula parent October 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Actually looking at the list again, many, if not most of the elementary schools in Temecula scored above 900 while Temecula Prep only scored 872. Why would Patch write that they are "top of the list"
Parent October 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Because Temecula Prep is an elementary, middle and high school. It is accurate if you look at other middle and High schools.
Interested Citizen October 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
TPS did not assert it was the "highest school" it asserted it was the highest "district". The article clearly points out that the API score is a "district" score -- NOT a school score . . . please read more carefully before posting comments . . .
J October 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Doesn't Temecula Prep have a selection process for students that attend? Don't students have to "qualify" in order to go to this school? TVUSD services ALL students, including English Language Learners, Special Education students, including mild/moderate and even some mod/severe students that take the CSTs, and whose scores are factored in. There are many variables to comparing scores, and this article does not account for them. You also are comparing a K-12 school that houses just over 1,000 students to a district that has 3 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 17 elementary schools. There are THOUSANDS of students that attend TVUSD. While Temecula Prep is a wonderful school, and does a great job in our community, TVUSD is also an amazing district, with fabulous students and teachers that continue to do amazing work each year.
Parent October 15, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I completely agree that TVUSD is an amazing district and since TPS is a public charter school under the umbrella of that district, that is just another reason why it is a such a great district. I do have to correct the last person who left a comment. My child attends TPS and has an IEP. This school has a great Special Education program, as well a great "At Risk" program. As a new parent to this school, I was concerned about my child keeping up, but the programs that this school has put in place has made the transition very smooth. I also have to say that if you read how enrollment works, you will see that students do not have to meet any qualifications. You apply and students are picked to attend based on a lottery system. Kudos to all the teachers and schools who are doing a wonderful job and I feel lucky to live in a district that offers such great choices.
J October 15, 2012 at 03:39 AM
My bad, I did not know that TPS had a special education program, many charter schools do not, or are out of compliance in regards to servicing students on IEPs. That is great that your child is supported there, and I agree, I too am so thankful for the district my children attend. We are VERY lucky.
Larceny October 15, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Ok. There was another article last week which stated Temecula Preperatory Elementary as having 872. So, what is the comparative elementary score? If 872 is the district score, what is the K-5 score for Temecula Prep? 872 iwould be the second worst in TVUSD.

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