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Telesis Preparatory Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 84 students


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Posted June 2, 2014

Brand new classroom/gymnasium buildings for Academy students are great. Small class sizes and Block Hours help students better focus with teachers while learning new concepts. Good teaching/mentoring combined with the backing of the school's national accreditation gives my family the assurance that we are looking for when considering college preparatory schools. Update - my graduate was offered admission to University of Massachusetts, University of Florida and U of A as a mathematics major (so yes, the foundation is here at Telesis for your child).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2014

Telesis took my kids in the middle of the school year and worked with them individually enough to pass their classes with awesome grades. My children attend there again this year. They worked with them at whatever level they were on including extensive class participation and sports and have sent them in the right way of not just a good education, but also great life skills that will mold them into educated men. I thank them for the opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2011

Great school, low class sizes, motivated and caring teachers, sport activities after school programs, small family like enviroment, dress code. Safe, no nonsense, free solution if you don't like the drama at the public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2011

Telesis... well, for starters, it is a good school with teachers who care about their students and their education. I am a former student and I am for several reasons; this year, Telesis has changed their ways drastically to where it's not even enjoyable to wake up every morning to go to school. It is small; people are into other people's business in which causes a lot of fighting and unnecessary reprimands. Thirdly, I know the school is on a limited budget because they aren't funded like the public schools, but you'd think after twenty years of operation, they'd be more developed. The school is ran by a rent-a-cop who can be benign at times, but really doesn't know how to run a balanced school. The dean however is excellent. He is a kind man and one who surely cares about students and their education. He makes sure things get done and standards are met and beyond. If anything, he should run that school fully. Telesis does deserve more funds I will say because it isn't all that bad of a school. Just be cautious before you decide to send your child here.

Posted April 29, 2009

I love the curriculum , the perspective they teach the kids for future leaders, 'Character comes first' 'treat other as you like to be treated' My kids love the size of the classroom and every day they learn something new and move on to the next level even if some times are to young.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2008

Telesis is one of the best schools in Lake Havasu and I think that it is great that character comes first
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 6, 2006

Great School, teachers give extra effort, very little student discipline problems, administration very involved with daily operation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2005

Telesis has been an excellent experience for my child. The caring teachers, uniformity dress code, and low student-teacher ratio makes my child's education most rewarding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 17, 2004

Telesis has really rude staff. Not only the office workers, but also the teachers, whom are known to blow up on a moments notice. Don't send you child to Telesis. Believe me I used to go there and I experienced many inconveniences. No one had a graduation organized for me until the very last minute. I would say Telesis is a disgrace to professionalism. Please send your child to one of the many public schools in Lake Havasu if you want them in a good environment for learning.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 20, 2003

I attended Telesis several years ago, it gave me some very good experiences and yet the bad seemed to out weigh the good. The teachers were highly motivated and very encouraging, however the schools curriculm had to be dumbed down in order to make the material even slightly reach the students, who weren't nessesarily the brightest tools in the shed. The low budget and the unmotivated and troubled students made the experience too much to handle and I eventually left to persue greater challenges. Personally I believe that maybe in another ten years the school may be close to establishing its goal, but in the meantime the school has much growth and improvement to undergo before it could ever be considered a quality school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 14, 2003

My daughter started Telesis in 1st grade 2000. Her teacher was Ms. Pawlac. She is awesome. She gave Brittanie a great foundation to build her learning skills on. Awesome school. Ms Vosler
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 4, 2003

I have 3 children in this school. Overall I think this school needs some better discipline and more supervision with stricter consequences. I feel this school does not have high enough standards academically and does not provide a safe environment.

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The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.









The state average for Science was 39% in 2014.







The state average for Writing was 74% in 2014.








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In 2013-2014 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 Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 42%
Hispanic 19% 43%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
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 25%N/A47%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2598 Starlite Lane
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
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