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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:58 am | Updated: 7:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Chandler Unified School District is moving forward with plans to create a college preparatory school this fall by hosting its final informational meeting Wednesday.

Parents can learn more about Hamilton Prep, advertised as “an alternative to the larger schools within the Chandler district,” during the 6:30 p.m. meeting at Chandler Traditional Academy-Goodman Campus.

The school will eventually serve seventh- through 12thgraders and feature a rigorous curriculum and school uniforms.

Chandler Traditional Academy-Independence Campus parent Pam Budinger said the school is an answer to a question she’s had for more than three years: what to do with students after they attend a traditional academy.

Budinger, who is also on the Hamilton Prep advisory board, said most students who graduate from the traditional academies move on to junior highs and high schools that lack the rigor they are accustomed to.

Most students emerge from the traditional academies at least one year ahead of their required curriculum, she said.

Budinger said the advisory board has discussed everything from the school’s curriculum to school uniforms and even food. She said she plans to send her seventh-grader to the school when it opens.

Registration forms are already available on Hamilton High School’s Web site. After the forms and proper identification are provided, students will be interviewed, vying for one of 250 spots.

Budinger said she believes the program will be a big hit, even if enrollment is slow at first.

“Parents will probably watch it for a year or two and see how it goes,” Budinger said. “Then it will be overloaded like the rest of the traditional schools.”

Hamilton Prep meeting

What: Hamilton Prep informational meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: CTA-Goodman Campus, 2600 W. Knox Road, Chandler

Information: Rob Bickes, Hamilton High School dean of students, (480) 883-5039 or

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