Well it's summer time and the year is over. My daughter has attended Paramount since Kinder and graduated this year in the top 5 of her class. The teachers helped her with so much over the years that I couldn't have asked for a better school or group of people to be involved in her education. She will miss Paramount a great deal but will forever come back to see the teachers that helped her along the way. I have a huge appreciation for all the staff at Paramount Academy and would recommend this school to anyone that is wanting more than just the average Public School for there children. This is one of the few schools left that offers Music, Drama and PE on a daily basis and I commend that, not to mention the advanced math that my daughter was in and now has a head start in High School because of it. Thank you Paramount Academy staff for taking my daughter to the next level of her life. You will forever be appreciated!!!!
I think everyone should pay close attention to the reviews here. Note that the ones that complain the most about the school are complaining because they didn't like the way they were treated by administration or they felt their student shouldn't be held back. Too many schools these days do everything they can to placate the parent, even if it means passing a child who isn't ready or shaping the homework regime or curriculum to a parent's liking. If we really want to go back to education the way "it was in our day" than we need to find schools that will not back down from their standards no matter how much it inconveniences a lazy student or enabling parent. I know that I want my child challenged not babied. Paramount is that type of school. At least is is for my child.
I have had 2 students graduate from Paramount. One of them is amazingly smart taking honors classes in high school. The other struggles and works his butt off to make the grade. I don't believe that either of my students would be as successful if they wouldn't have had teachers that care, learned a good work ethic, and been given work at their grade level to challenge them, and kept him motivated. Currently I have one student there. He has an IEP and is in SPED. They work his SPED program around him, offer me information to help him at home throughout the summer, and set him up for success while still challenging him. He has made HUGE progress and keeps getting better. The staff ROCKS!!! This is small school with a high standard for its teachers and that is why it is difficult to find a good fit. Management works hard and is currently putting in a new building. My kids are treated fair, not bullied and if something comes up it is dealt with. Parents need to volunteer more...30 minutes here or there, any time for that matter makes the school stronger and more successful. It provides a way to support the school and instill pride in the students.
Can't wait to see the new building. Paramount is adding a new gym with indoor basketball and volleyball with a full stage and new football and soccer field.
This school is so poorly funded. The instructors are quitting left and right. My son lost his PE teacher in the middle of the year twice last year and they would run in grass or play random games with a yard assistant. Drama teacher left,..alot of drama around teachers as well. Most of my neighbors drive kids to schools out of area. no real extra curriculum,..... I am pulling him out this year....looking for better opportunity at a public school.
Amazing school way better safer and friendlier than Sun Valley and Country Meadows. I highly recommend Paramount Academy keep up the amazing work
Have concerns with the leadership . management. ownership.specific individuals seem to be more for what they want for themselves an specific individuals than for the school as a whole.basically favoritism. other concerns from individuals manipulating and twisting words. and them saying they believe something that i should do for my kids when they are not even the parents of them .alot of failures to communicate properly.but no issues with teachers .so far good .honest .strict teachers. they play by the rules and communicate properly. make s up for the leadership and owner.
they want to twist our words around even before an IEP meeting and retain our kids they want to make problems for parents if the kids are not up to school so called "high standards" the teachers are mean and bully the kids.This schools sucks! beware
Paramount is an amazing school. The staff is very kind and attentive and the principal is always so involved and helpful. She is visible and willing to go the extra mile for the students. I enjoy having children at Paramount and am greatful for the one on one attention that they get in class. This school is a breath of fresh air compared to other schools. Keep up the good work Paramount.
Paramount Academy is a really good school. Teachers are probably the best you can find in arizona. Not really any bullys at all. They will kick you out right away if you are a bully. The only reason this school got 4 out of 5 is because of the principle. She is really rude and snobby.She doesnt have any leadership skills at all. That doesnt matter that much though, IT IS STILL THE BEST SCHOOL IVE EVER BEEN TO!!
My kids started here after attending a school in the Cartwright district. There were 36 kids in my son's kindergarten class and the teacher was by herself. Here there are 27 kids in his class AND there is a teacher and an aide with the kids. We also had major concerns about bullying at the old school and have really seen a change in our oldest after bringing him here. We recommend this school to our family and friends looking for a change.
I don t understand people. The school provides cold morning schedule when it is 40 degrees or below and heat advisory days if it is over 100 degrees. The school does everything they can to accommodate parent requests. Parents were upset about the heat during dismissal and the school is putting a patio over the student pickup area. Seriously! There is not another school in the valley that accommodates cold morning because it really isn t necessary.
My daughter attends school at Paramount and I love all of the extra activities that the school plans. The teachers and staff spend extra hours at the school to make sure everyone has a good time. Love that the teachers know everybodys name.
Last year this school was, at least in my mind, one of the top K-8 schools around. This year I have noticed a decline in leadership at this school. Last year during the winter they let the kids come into the class rooms because of the cold. Now they line up and about 4 teachers are there to greet their students. All the others come way after with their hot drinks at hand saying how cold it is. When the leadership of this school is called on it, all she has to say is "we are not going to debate this and I have no idea what you are trying to prove." " You can take your kid(s) to this school or you can take them somewhere else. I would like to see all staff out there with the kids during the winter with the kids to see how fast some of these can't change policies would change. I like this school. I like the teachers. I dislike the leadership.
Class sizes are too large, the pta known as papa is too clicky they only let certain people in. They have property in the back with animals they never use, its sad. My daughter went to this school up until last year and Im so glad we moved. when she went to her new school she was a bit behind now she is all caught up and much happier.
My oldest daughter graduated from Paramount 3 years ago and she says that high school math classes were easy because she was in advanced math there. My youngest two still attend the school and my husband and I are very happy. My fourth grader was doing 4th grade math by the end of 3rd grade. Very happy!
My children have been attending PAC for several years now. The last 2-3 years have been very difficult. I dont think they have the leadership they once had and they are not preparing the students for high school. I am very concerned and looking into other schools for my younger children. This once was a great school, but now I would not recommend it to anyone.
Paramount Academy is a wonderful school that gives your child a great foundation of education. Our small classrooms and dedicated teachers gives your child more individualized attention. School Uniforms and our 1-2-3, you're-out dicipline program helps reduce negative peer influences and ensures that your kids are safe. I am proud to work here and spend time with the wonderful students that attend Paramount Academy.
I am a former student at PAC, and for the most part this school is okay. I have attended PAC for 1 year,and the students at the school was very friendly. The teachers are friendly and most of them were great teachers. The principal could have been more social with me,but she is a great principal and strict most of the time... The down fall of this school is the lack of technology and the size of the school. Other than that, PAC is a great school.
Regarding this parents post "I hate that I feel the need to write this review. PAC has gone downhill over the last 2 years...." I too have had some of the same difficulties at this school. I thought maybe only my child and I had these dificulties but it alarms me that some other parents have experienced the same. My child has attended PAC for 5 years now. I've had similar problems with teachers not informing me of missed work, grades, etc. untill conference time which by that time it has been too late.
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