Highland Prep students

Highland Prep students, left to right, Brandon Nevers, Kendal Matthews, and Darius Mixon and teacher Jack Bagley attended a recent Suns basketball game. Highland Prep was honored at the game for being one of the top STEM schools in Arizona.

The Phoenix Suns and APS recently honored Highland Prep as one of the top STEM schools in Arizona. 

Highland Prep was honored for science, engineering, math and technology on Oct. 28, during halftime of the Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz game. The Suns provided students and staff with 30 tickets to attend the game. 

The Surprise school has students from all over the West Valley.

The STEM curriculum at Highland Prep emphasizes 21-century skills needed to solve problems, find and use evidence, collaborate on projects and think critically in all courses.

“We are honored to be recognized for our rigorous STEM curriculum,” said Jack Bagley, principal of Highland Prep. “Our continued expansion of AP, dual enrollment and engineering offerings will further prepare students for higher education and a technologically advanced workforce.”

Highland Prep, a STEM charter high school in Surprise, offers multiple engineering courses via Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a project-based curriculum. Extracurricular clubs such as VEX Robotics, SeaPerch Robotics and Zero Robotics support STEM coursework.

Students use their expertise in robotics to mentor Valley middle school students with their VEX Robotics clubs. Highland Prep embraces sustainability, another STEM imitative, by recycling obsolete computers, packaging and software collected from school and the community to create original artwork in art classes.