Leslie Szostak, August 29, 2013
Painted Rock Academy's teachers and students are amazing! Thanks to their efforts, we earned an "A" rating from the AZ Dept. of Education, in part because we scored in the top 2% for annual student academic growth. It's a joy to work with such great kids and dedicated, creative teachers. If you are looking for a rigorous academic curriculum that also includes Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Technology classes, you will find we have all that here. We believe in individual student accountability, and we welcome parent involvement. Our teachers are nurturing, and we make sure to maintain a safe school for your child. We have high academic and behavior expectations for the students, and the kids are happy to rise to the challenge. Past students from Reid Traditional Schools have a history of success in advanced Honors, AP, and IB high school classes. A strong traditional foundation (including instruction in phonics, memorized math facts, handwriting, algebra, history, grammar, classical literature, and critical thinking) sets the stage for future achievement. We are enrolling students now for the current school year, so come visit me at Painted Rock Academy and learn how we can help meet your family's education goals.
I am a parent who has come from another Traditional school, and have been impressed with Painted Rock's curriculum, and specials that include a foreign language. I am on campus everyday and have seen the staff in action - they are friendly, and excited to be at this new campus. They are concerned about security issues, and have been making changes as soon as issues arise. I have spoken with the principal several times - she is very approachable and eager to make our school (and students) a success! Both the principal and vice principal are visible on campus before and after school, assisting with drop-off and pick-up times. This is a brand new school, and there are going to be kinks and wrinkles to straighten out, but I think they are doing a great job in the short amount of time we've been there. The front office staff is very friendly and helpful as well - greeting everyone that comes in the door. I LOVE the "morning assemblies" that they have implemented each month! The entire school gathers together to sing a patriotic song, say the pledge, and recognize students from each grade for a "job well done." I have attended them, and it is a neat experience!
We are happy to have chosen this school for our children. This school offers challenging academics, great extra curriculum classes , including Spanish, in a clean safe environment. Our experience at this school has been the best that we can remember from any other schools any of our five children have attended. Teachers are caring, dedicated, encouraging and have high expectations. The administration has always been welcoming, helpful and very involved with students and parents. I really like how they will stop any parent and student and ask, "How are you?" "How is everything going"? That means a lot and shows their interest. Our children are hoping that sports will start soon. We think Painted Rock Academy is off to a great start. We are excited to be here!!
Well first of all I want to say we were super excited to have been excepted into this school for my daughters first grade year. Things seemed fine for awhile until she came home and told me that the students were not allowed to use the restroom except for during lunch and recess. If they asked to go they were told no and if it was an emergency then they were punished. So I spoke to the teacher and was told this was a school policy. I then went to the principal and was told this was not the case and she would speak to the teacher. I then received a nasty phone call from the teacher who was very rude and unprofessional. I was shut out of my daughters classroom never welcome to volunteer. Then the end all was when my daughters teacher did not even show up for school one day and her entire first grade class was left alone on the playground without a single staff member outside with them. I pulled my daughter from this school and placed her elsewhere. The principal is very in your face/ defensive about any issues you may have and the staff is mean and uncaring. If I could give this school 0 stars I would. Parents if considering this school I recommend you keep looking.
My son is a 7th grade student at Painted Rock Academy. We were a little reluctant to move him from his last school but we are so glad we did. He is so excited about his teachers and classes. While my son usually maintained average grades in school thus far, this is the first time I've seen him really engaged in learning and he seems proud of himself and he feels successful. I can't say enough about the staff and administration and how welcoming they have been to our family. I am confident that my son is getting a well rounded education with all the basics, plus arts, computers and even a foreign language. I highly recommend this school.
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