Welcome to PPA

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    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.

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PPA Contact Information

  • PPA

    Kriket Tomasi
    PPA Academic Coordinator
    480-839-4222 Ext. 60196

    Dorothy Paaske

    Office Hours:
    7 AM – 3:30 PM

    Located East of McClintock's Main Office

    PPA Gifted Services

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