So happy we enrolled our son in this academy. Our son has always struggled with math and we were concerned about his performance in this school because they have an advanced curriculum. Math did not come easy to him at the start of the year, but his teacher gave up her lunch hour in order to give him one on one instruction. Now he loves math and is always eager to come home and share with us all the new things he has learned! I can not believe how much he has improved in such a short time! Every staff member has always been polite and cheerful to me, when I am on campus. My son practically talks about how much he likes his Principal. The teachers are friendly and helpful and I believe they truly care about students. My son always seems to get the help he needs and he is happy and excited about learning! I would highly recommend this school to parents because students get the support they need to be successful with a challenging curriculum. The school provides a safe orderly environment and a private school education without the tuition! I think it s a great place for kids to learn!
My child has attended PPA for 4 years now. We came from a private school and I will not lie - the transition was hard for me. It was not hard for my child. It took me a whole year to realize that the most important part of my child's educational experience had been found - my child was exceedingly HAPPY! My child wanted go go to school each day, and wanted to learn - priceless!! My child was able to block up a grade in Language Arts and Math, so remained challenged. I have yet to find another charter school in the NW area that will let the kids work up to grade level on a daily basis. They also offer tutoring on site, for your child if they need a boost. Starting in 4th grade, students have affordable intramural sports opportunities, student government opportunities and character education once a week. I like that the kids wear school uniforms, but you can buy your own instead of going to store X and paying outrageous prices for a set uniform. Don't be fooled into thinking there is no homework. Ample time is given for homework to be completed in class, with the teacher's available to assist. Our family is incredibly happy with our experience at Pinnacle Pointe!
I am so pleased with a recent meeting I had with my students teacher and the principal. They walked me through some behaviors my child was exhibiting in class and things I can do at home that can help and things they are doing at school to help. I can already see the difference in my daughter- thank you so much for all of your grat suggestions!!
I am a returning parent who has two children at Pinnacle. While the school has gone through a lot of changes over the past few years, I am happy to say that they have, for the most part, been positive. Obviously there are things that I would do differently if I were running the place, but that would be the same at any school. Overall the staff is pleasant, professional, and knoweldgeable. I really like the principal and this will be her third year at the school, which is great be0cause she has truly gotten to know my children who absolutely adore her! If you are looking for an overall good school with a quality education and teachers who like what they are doing- you have come to the right place.
My son is in first grade and is enjoying the new year. He has the new (new to the school at least) first grade teacher. I was a bit nervous at first because there are so many new staff members this year. But we LOVE his teacher! Change is good as long as it is in the right direction. I was nervous about my son being behind in math this year- but his teacher spent the first few weeks reviewing with the class and now they are picking up where they left off last year. They got so far in kindergarten, but I know he forgot a lot over summer-- I was grateful that he was eased back into the swing of things! Keep up the good work Pinnacle- I can't wait to see what the year brings!
This is my sons second year at Pinnacle and I couldn't be happier with the teachers. He loves PPA and his new teacher is wonderful. My student is above his grade level and he will begin blocking next week! After the first few weeks of review we are getting into the 'meat' of the year and I am excited for my son and the opportunities that are presenting themselves!
My son just started this school a few weeks ago and I can't tell you how relieved I am to find a school where he is not just a number. He has some special educational needs and the school has been amazing in helping him adjust and meet those needs. I have never seen a more organized and safe pick up/drop off routine. I feel very blessed that he is here.
My daughters have attended PPA for the last 5 years. There are so many levels to running a successful school, and many of those layers are not for the students or parents to be made aware of. When you have a school where kids are not held accountable for their manners (or lack thereof) when they used to be, and a Principal who used to teach at the high school, but has NO experience with younger children in a classroom setting running the school, there will be issues. Teachers feel like the safest thing to do is to keep their heads down and stay in their rooms. It used to be a friendly place for parents, as well as the kids. I HATE the "morning mayhem".. kids running on sidewalks and thru the rocks to get to class. It causes my 3rd grader a bit of anxiety everyday. Staff has to watch their backs, as there are members of the staff that 'spy' and it makes for a very difficult working environment. PPA used to be a fantastic school. My daughter is happy there, though I am not. She will continue to attend PPA. It used to have a small school feel, but now, it feels like a public school with uniforms (and the dress code isn't really enforced that often)
I'm giving the school 3 stars for the teachers, if I were to rate the administration I would give it 0 stars. The school has/had a few excellent teachers but the principle has A LOT to learn - my belief is that the "district" needs to make a change with this person, but that's because of the experience I've had with her. I was trying to explain some concerns I had and she looked at me with a blank stare and phony smile on her face and the things she promised me she would look in to, she never did. If your happy here, great more power to you! If you're not, good for you for speaking out and letting everyone know why. I personally read thru several pages of reviews when researching a school, I also look at the dates just to get a feel for what's going on. I think it's amazing that when there are specific complaints made, a bunch of new good reviews are made so that the reviews stating problems roll over to the next page/s. I have to say that from the parents I know, there hasn't been one lie written in the complaints made, the "good" reviews just seem to want to pick on the people writing about the problems they have had.
I am a parent whose child has attended this school from 1st-5th grade (next eyar will be 6th grade). There have been up's and down's and plenty of change along the way, but overall I am more satisfied with this school then with the elementary school I sent my older child to (he is older and off at college). I enjoy the evening events that the school puts on, my students are performing in class, and the school seems peaceful- it has a small school feel that is exactly what we lacked in my older childs elementary education. There are things that any school could improve, you have to take the good and the bad and I must say that the good outweighs the bad at this school and we are going to be sad that next year is our childs last!
I am a new parent- enrolled a few weeks before school got out. When I toured with the principal she was very informative and walked me through everything about the school. It was also nice to see the students during the school day. They all ran up to the principal who actually new each of their names- very different from our old school. I know someone commented on this earlier, but I think it is an important aspect of the school that is worth mentioning again. The school seemed to have a very relaxed upbeat atmosphere which is just what I was looking for. I searched everywhere before settling at this school and am very excited to start the year- in fact my kids are at camp today!
I can honestly say that regardless of whether you get a new teacher or a seasoned teacher you could have your up s and downs. I am not sure what the person writing about FERPA is referring to, I am not a nosy parent but even I know that some teachers were let go . It has nothing to do with the principal saying anything about it or the fact that people gossip, my child came home and told me his teacher was not coming back- easy enough. Some people are going to believe they were let go, some are going to believe they chose to go, but the bottom line is they are gone. Also, I have volunteered at a playdate- and I heard no teachers talking about pay or about parents- however, I am sure they don t get top pay , no teacher in Arizona does. I am not saying PPA is perfect- but it is a great school and from what I have seen and heard from my friends who have kids at other schools- no school is perfect, you have to choose whichever school you think will serve your family best. Then, if you don t like your decision with the school you chose, research and move schools.
Goodness, I am almost nervous to throw my two cents in to this mix, but here goes. I agree with the last post, Pinnacle is not perfect and no school is. You have to choose the things that are important to you. I want to occasionally come in and volunteer (not live at the school), so my daughters teacher allowed me to come in once and a while. I also wanted a school where my daughter gets more then just academics- I wanted her to like school (things like spring fling and field day were perfect). I also wanted a school where the workers seemed to enjoy what they are doing. The people there appear to be happy (though I am sure on some days it is a show- but that would be any normal person having an off day), and my child has never said anything to make me think otherwise. I figured out what I wanted in a school, I researched and actually went into the school (my student also shadowed one day last year), and I am happy with my decision to move to Pinnacle. One year later and I have no regrets in choosing the school. If you are looking for a good school, look no further!
Normally, I don't write reviews because I believe reviews like these about a company or a school are usually written by people who are disgruntled and unhappy. When I see the most recent reviews of what I know is a great school, my opinion is only confirmed. Great Schools rated PPA as an distinguished Rating of 9 out of 10 and it would be unfortunate for new parents who put huge effort into finding a good school for their kids to be swayed by the mean spirited comments of a few disgruntled and unappeased parents who represent a small minority of the school. PPA is by far one of the best schools in Arizona. The teachers, staff and admin are honest, hard working and seem to strive to prepare all students for life, not just academically but also socially. Parents, please visit PPA and see for yourself. PPA is a great school. Signed, Happy Parent
REVISED as per Great Schools guidelines: Our boys will not return next year. Our OPINION is that the school doesn't meet our high standards in education. In addition, our oldest had a horrible year, we didn't know out how bad it was until the last week of school when he told us why he didn't like his teacher. He needs his papers enlarged due to blindness in 1 eye & he told us that several times he told his teacher he couldn't read some of the handouts she gave him & her response was 'don't worry about it' or 'you don't need it' or 'we'll go over it in class' and then he would have to ask a classmate what something said. If he didn't need it, why did she hand it out? How dare a teacher respond that way to a child they know has an issue. I had a mtg with the teacher & the principal going over his 504 plan & thought we were all on the same page. Doesn't matter, as soon as he brought it to her attention, the problem should have been resolved, her responses were unacceptable. We have never been so disappointed in a teacher. Thank goodness for the classes he had with the 6th grade teacher because she was always on top of making sure he had what he needed. Signed, Concerned Parent
As a parent who had a child at this school from kindergarten until 5th grade, I can honestly say this school has gone downhill quickly with the new administration. My child had "older" teachers the first 3 years he attended. Those teachers were amazing! He did end up with first year teachers for his 3-5 grade years. The first 2 were nearly as good as the older teachers. However, this year he ended up with the worst teacher I have ever come into contact with. She would not help in any way. I had numerous meetings and could never see eye to eye. When I got the principal involved, she was as helpful as a box of rocks. Needless to say, I took my son out midyear and it was the best decision I've ever made. As for the "first aid trained staff", my son broke his nose while at school and there was not so much as a phone call home. And once I asked for the school's insurance info, all I got was the runaround. Be smart. Do not your children here. This school does not value experience or education.
I can't believe people are still complaining about not being able to volunteer. I volunteer in the cafe once a week, I come in once a month for playdates, and I read to my child s class once a week. I know there are some parents who do more and some who do less, but all you have to do is talk to the teacher to set something up. It was a major concern of mine after reading some posts last year before I enrolled, but I talked to the principal who arranged for me to volunteer in the cafe and for the playdates and then I talked to the teacher who set me up for once a week reading... it was as simple as that. I find it funny that the school is accused of cutting out parents when it is so easy to get involved, have you actually asked instead of beating this dead horse? I would like to say thank you to the principal who is the one who navigated me through how to sign up and calls to remind me when playdates are coming so I can come and spend time with my child!
Wow, this is a great school! Both of my kid s teachers kept an open line of communication with me, the principal plans all sorts of amazing events (seriously check out the website for some fun pictures), I can check my kid s grades on edline, academically both of my students are ahead of their friends who attend district schools, and finally: MY KIDS LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL. Keep of the good work Pinnacle Pointe!
I would rather have a first year teacher for my student then a few of the older teachers that are not returning next year. New teachers have the freshest ideas and from my experience bend over backwards to get through to each student. I've had older teachers at PPA that teach every student the same and don't take student differences into consideration. My daughter had one of the new fifth grade teachers this year and the teacher was out of this world amazing! I can't wait to see the great teachers that replace those who left :)
If you are a parent who does not like the school take your student somewhere else so those of us who LOVE the school can continue to enjoy it. I find it hilarious that the people posting resemble junior high school students. This is a great school with caring teachers and an administrator who works tirelessly to try to please as many people as possible (literally, I live in the neighborhood and see the principal's car everyday, even weekends). My student is entering the fifth grade and has been at PPA since 1st grade and we couldn't be happier!
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