About Our School

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Mission Statement

Inspire Excellence... Igniting Curiosity. Cultivating Creativity. Encouraging Compassion. Launching Leaders.  

Vision Statement 

To make Tempe Academy an internationally recognized middle school by offering young scholars a small school environment where the unique needs of individuals are at the heart of learning supported by innovative, inspiring, and dedicated educators, utilizing the most advanced resources available to promote fresh thinking, learning, creating, and communication to make a positive impact in the local and broader global community. 


In 2013, the Tempe Elementary School District started the process to implement the renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) academic program at the Tempe Academy of International Studies. During the candidacy phase, the school took all the actions necessary to address the IB requirements for authorization. This included professional development to ensure that teachers are trained in IB-recognized activities related to their subject areas or roles. Teachers had access to the IB online curriculum centre, where they obtained IB publications and teaching materials and participated in online forums on program-related topics with their colleagues from schools around the world. In July of 2015, The Tempe Academy of International Studies became an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. As an IB World School, Tempe Academy is part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world.

Who We Are

The Tempe Academy of International Studies is designed for academically bright students in grades 6-8 who thrive in an intellectually rigorous learning environment where they utilize cutting-edge technology tools to solve real-world problems and create a better, more peaceful world.  The Tempe Academy of International Studies supports the adolescent learner living in the 21st Century by helping students make connections between life in school, life at home, and life in the real world.

What Is Different

Highly qualified subject area teachers trained in the International Baccalaureate curriculum offer rigorous, interdisciplinary units that intellectually engage students and provide opportunities for students to solve real-world problems in the global community.  Student learning will be achieved through questioning, explaining, discovering, and “doing.”  Students will explore, connect, and communicate with our culturally diverse world through the use of cutting-edge technology tools.  Student courses at the Tempe Academy of International Studies include science, technology, math, language arts, humanities, Spanish, physical education, visual arts, and music.  Each student will create a service-learning project that intertwines their interests and passions with a need in the global community.

Why It Matters

Bright young people who care deeply about real-world problems facing our planet, who are passionate, internationally minded, and creative, need a rigorous learning environment that empowers students to be a part of the change they wish to see in the world.  The Tempe Academy of International Studies is the right school for students to thrive as learners and grow as global citizens.  These unique learners need a creative and internationally connected school where they feel valued, challenged, empowered, respected, and understood.  The premier International Baccalaureate curriculum offers students an intellectually challenging learning environment, weaving content into interdisciplinary real-world scenarios for students to problem-solve, think critically, and create viable solutions for a better world.

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