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Pace Preparatory Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 50 students

We are best known for Web-based curriculum.

 
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Posted June 4, 2014

Not what i thought it would be. I was reffered to this school by a graduate.he told me that this school was awesome and the teachers there were great and would help you and work with you to make it through the year. which all of this was true for the begining of the year as we got further into the school year things started going down hill. The principle was never there and when he was he was always rude to the staff. particularly one teacher who did everything in her power to help me and many others progress. she was constantly going above and beyond. even after the way she was being treated she made things fair. she was what made that school what it was. after hearing that teacher was motivated me to get all my missing credits and almost finish high school was terminated, i decided to terminate my year at pace at well i hope to find a better put together school and one that will get me done in no time pace is not was it was made out to be...not the brightest idea letting go of the one person that kept that school afloat i will NOT be returning!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2014

This school took away three years of my life with no help in my school work at all regardless if I asked for help or not they should've helped. The principal was never there and when he was he was just making some new ridiculous rule as if we were pre schoolers and he always tried to incorporate new school tactics from outside schools and ruining what we had at pace. If you're thinking of enrolling in pace don't it's an awful school who fired it's longest working teacher who was the glue holding it together. Also they hired a new teacher who's name is Mary and who I felt specifically targeted me and said on numerous occasions that " I was never gonna graduate" I felt really mistreated.


Posted June 1, 2014

When I first started going to Pace back in 2013, I loved it! The two teachers who were there helped me with everything I needed and encouraged me to graduate early. This year was suppose to be my senior year, and I have worked very hard to be where I am. Bill our principle ended up firing our best and most helpful teacher. She was the reason I even made it to my senior year, she helped me make up a years worth of credits, and also helped me get ahead as well so that I could graduate with the class of 2014 instead of 15'. Once she left, I was left without any help or encouragement. Only one other teacher was willing to go out of her way to help me, and unfortunately, this teacher isnt an actual teacher, she's more of an assistant. I was left with no help, actually the complete opposite. I was told I was not going to graduate, I only needed a half credit more which is ONE test, and they were not willing to let me take it, or help me at all.. They told me this should "teach me a lesson." I had already prepared for graduation, so my dad called and begged them to let me walk, which they did. But I now have to attend summer school. I have never been so disappointed with a school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2014

I have been at this school for a few years, and what we had at PACE was awesome. We were a family, we were safe, we were respected, and we were loved. There was a teacher there, who has been there for like 9 years. She was the one who gave it the specialness that we had. I don't know what happened this year, but I know she left in tears one day. And everything went down fast after that. She is fired now, and we the students are hurting. Pace will never be the same, they will never be able to make it the way it was. I will not be going there ever again, and I am telling everyone what a bad deal we all got. If you are thinking of going there, don't. The staff that are still there won't have your back. What a shame to destroy a thing as beautiful as we had, I feel really bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2014

I just found out that the teacher that worked there has been fired. This is such a shame she was the one who was helpful and the students loved. She went above and beyond her responsibilities, she even drove my student home from school on many occasions. We live way beyond where she needed to drive to her own home. She really cared about each and every student and stayed in contact with me as a parent. All I can say is it is their loss. This school will never be the same without her, and we will not be returning next year or any other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I was recommended to pace by a former graduate. He raved about how great the school was when he was there. He told me how awesome a particular teacher there was. So i decided to check it out and attend everything he said was true for the beginning of the year however as the year progressed it went down hill. I was happy to be at the school due to one teacher who was fired before the year was completely finished she was my motivation she really pushed me and helped me move forward. she worked with my work schedule and kept in touch with me.its such a shame to know that she will not be at Pace anymore! I know that she helped so many other students feel good about graduating. I also know that as soon as she left so did half of the students no other teacher there helped the students and pushed them to finish school. unfortunately due to the lack of respect i seen from head staff and just the lack of motivation i will again be searching for a school to help me complete my final year. I have no idea what pace was thinking best of luck to you all
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2014

I attended this high school from 9th grade all the way to graduation. This school had a bad reputation but really no one ever took the time to get to know us they just judged us. In my time at that school thanks to the help of one teacher we became known, we learned how to get along with everyone in our class not just are friends by the end of my first year there everyone was a family she pulled us all together she is why students come to that school. We all went there because we all knew she would always be there to help us through everything. She always went above and beyond and have her all to that school.. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for her. Its such a shame to see that school lost two of the best teachers its ever had and will ever have. That school will lose a lot of students now due to someone's false claims. Pace lost alot by letting them go!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2014

My name is Ryan Martinez I always had a hard time in schooland never could really understand any of the subjects.reason being I was moved around a lot as a kidso therefore I have been through my share of teachers and none have really tried to understand me or really help me out as much as Lori Boyce . I completely disagree what was done to her. It was not right and should be resolvedshe really got in trouble for her teaching methods which honestly was one of the best teaching method you can do and that is relate to the kids in the classroom . II honestly feel now that she is gone I am not gonna get the motivation i need to succeed this school. this school has let me in a lot of people that I know down.


Posted May 29, 2014

Well First Off Pace Is A Great School But Honestly They Fired An Amazing Lady She Has Done Everything To Help Her Students Succeed She Helped Me And Gave Me The Motivation To Want To Graduate From School They Made A Big Mistake By Letting Her Go She Has Done Everything For Pace For All Her Hard Work To Be Unappreciated!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2014

What happened to this school? My daughter attended this school from the beginning of the year, and as the year progressed, it went to the dogs. A favorite teacher was harassed and bullied, and was then terminated. The students lost all joy in the school, including my daughter and her friends. We will not be returning, and make sure you check this school out before sending your son or daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Pace is an innovative high school offering students a chance to learn about and use technology everyday. Using an online curriculum, Pace students get to learn and achieve at their own speed, while having qualified teachers to help out when they are stuck. Overall, Pace is a great alternative to the standard brick and mortar setting of traditional schools and is a great choice for students who don't thrive in those traditional schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 26, 2013

I am so impressed with this school! It is just the kind of place my daughter needs. She has been a handful and we just didn't know why she couldn't adjust to high school when we moved here to the Verde Valley. We enrolled her at the end of the school year, ready to start in September. We have met with the Special Education teacher, and she has to be one of the most caring individuals we have encountered. Our daughter has been tested, and we now know where her weaknesses lie. She will be getting individualized attention and we're excited for the prospects. The new Special Ed teacher as well as all the new staff we have met are impressive. Thank you for having a place like this available to us. And - something else - she'll be picked up for school with a new van! I work full time, and this will be a great help! So happy to have found you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

My child will not go back to this school. The special education teacher that was there is not coming back. Also, looking at the special education budget on the website, it was cut 20%.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

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33%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 42%
Hispanic 32% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 5%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A47%
Female 50%N/A49%
Male 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical

Arts & music

Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name
  • William Sakelarios
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (928) 775-9673

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
98
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
98

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Yavapai Community College
NAU
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
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