Admission Requirements

  • If your student has scored in the top 3% in any category of the TUHSD honors/gifted placement exam, they are invited to apply to the Academy. Scores will also be accepted from outside districts' gifted tests as well. If you have questions, please contact us at 480-752-8696.

    PPA Application

    Once your student has been identified as eligible, you may download the application for the Payne Academy. Applications are due at PPA on or before January 31. Teacher recommendations are included in the application, so please give them to your teachers early so they have ample time to fill them out for you. You may also choose to participate in a Shadow a Student Day. 
    You will be called for an interview at PPA. Following the interview, you will receive a letter informing you of your acceptance status. Please be sure to visit the district website and Apply for Open Enrollment if McClintock is not your school by boundary. You will also need to fill out a registration packet for McClintock, or have the packet information forwarded from another TUHSD School.

    Once accepted, your student will need to schedule auditions for musical ensembles, if interested in participating, so that they can be placed into the class matching their skill level.
    Band: Mr. Jesse Schattin at
    Choir: Ms. Katie Gerrich at
    Dance: Ms. Micah Kriston at
    Orchestra: Mrs Doreen Press at 

PPA Contact Information

  • PPA

    Laura Zinke
    PPA Director
    480-839-4222 Ext. 60196

    Linda Gloria
    PPA Secretary

    Office Hours:
    7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Located East of McClintock's Main Office
    PPA Office on McClintock's Campus

    PPA front office