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Tempe Union High School District

Excellence in Teaching and Learning

  • The Dr. Peggy Bell Payne Academy for Academic Excellence (PPA) is a high school for gifted and talented students hosted on McClintock High School's campus and administered by the Tempe Union High School District. PPA is able to offer its students a comprehensive high school experience and those who attend enjoy learning in a collegiate atmosphere among students who love a challenge.

    Students are provided with rigorous curriculum, outstanding classroom instruction, enrichment experiences, career shadowing, internships, independent study, individualized academic planning and an extraordinarily personalized learning environment.

PPA Mission & History

  • Our Mission Statement
    The Payne Academy provides gifted and talented students with distinctive opportunities to realize their greatest potential.
    The Peggy Payne Academy (PPA) was founded in 2001. McClintock High School is the host campus for PPA. Peggy Payne students have the benefits of specialized, rigorous Academy courses as well as the variety of high school offerings and experiences. As research has shown, smaller learning communities reinforce high-level learning, and this is clearly evident at the Academy. 
    Academy students have access to a full range of Academy courses as well as all the courses offered at McClintock High School. PPA students have the opportunity to engage in gifted club activities, enrichment activities, and specialized academic guidance through the Individual Learning Plan. In addition, Academy students are eligible to partake in any extracurricular, athletic, or performance group offered at McClintock.

Gifted Testing Dates - Flyer

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PPA Contacts

  • Please feel free to contact the Peggy Payne Academy with any additional questions.
    Office Hours
    7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Laura Zinke
    PPA Program Director
    (480) 752-8680
    Located at McClintock High
    Donna Wittig
    PPA Secretary
    (480) 752-8696
    Located at McClintock High

PPA Gifted Services

    • Rigorous Curriculum
    • Highly Qualified Faculty
    • Accelerated Course Offerings
    • Internships
    • Individualized Academic Planning
    • ASU Partnership
    • University Coursework Opportunities
    • College Guidance & Career Planning
    Peggy Payne Memorial Plaque
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