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.
We moved here in 2012 and were looking for some good school for my son and I am glad to have my son joined this school. The school had just opened that year and we had no second thought after meeting the school teachers, staff and the Principal and without a second thought joined it. My son is really enjoying the school and we are very happy on his progress so far. One of the best school for kids with good stress on academics, discipline and build strong character and instil values for the life. I am
The best thing about PRA is that the faculty and staff base decision on what is best for the children. We pride ourselves on having a safe and friendly learning environment, with high expectations for all. no exscuses!
Painted Rock is a great school to send your children. When the school advertises back to basics, that is exactly what students get. The curriculum is engaging and allows to students to think critically about the content being taught. Students practice writing every day, are taught cursive early on, and have monthly memory pieces that they must practice and recite out loud. There is no need to get acclimated to the Common Core standards; Painted Rock Academy is already using curriculum that aligns with the new teaching requirements.
Painted Rock Academy is a wonderful school. The teachers, administrators, and staff are all dedicated to giving the students the best quality education possible! They maintain high standards for all students, and they expect the students to work toward those standards. The teachers truly have a deep desire to see the students achieve academic excellence. The principal and vice principal work very well as a team. They strive to ensure that all students not only receive the best academic education but also the best character education. They and the staff have created a safe, academic, and nurturing environment in which all students have the opportunity to learn and to grow. I would definitely recommend Painted Rock Academy for your child's education.
Awesome! Great lunches, made not catered, with love by Chef Beth Harrison! Try it,,,,you'll like it! We love our students
My Administration is extremely supportive. This allows me to concentrate on my teaching. I have also never seen such strong support from parents in my many years of teaching. We truly are a TEAM!
Wow! We love this school! We enrolled our boys, grades 1 & 4, in Painted Rock because of the lack of education & care they were getting at their regular public school. Painted Rock is everything we hoped and more! They offer back to basics curriculum & focus heavily on EDUCATION! The rules are strict, the work is rigorous & that's how it should be. They do not tolerate bullying or bad behavior which was a problem at our other school. School should be taken very seriously & this school does that. They challenge kids the way they need to succeed.. They are VERY friendly, always helpful & make sure to get parents involved. The staff is always welcoming parents' questions and comments & they are very accommodating & involved with every student. They instill great core values & skills and they aren't afraid of the Pledge of Allegiance! If you want your children to get the education they deserve and need to succeed through college, then Painted Rock Academy is the place to go. PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE FAILING & GETTING WORSE! So if you CARE about your kids' education & take it seriously, then get your kids to Painted Rock Academy! This school is AMAZING & your kids will be well protected!! :)
Painted Rock Academy is WONDERFUL! This school is a ray of sunshine in a world of otherwise dark failing public schools. The public school system is going under fast and each year they get worse! So Painted Rock Academy has given us hope for our kids to be educated properly and learn the values and skills they need to succeed and thrive! The staff is AMAZING! Our son loves his 4th grade teacher MRS. MAYES, she is great and always communicates with us parents. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rules are very strict (as they should be). School is supposed to be about education and Painted Rock is ALL about EDUCATION!! We love the strict rules with academics AND behavior because it instills that in our children with will help mold them into respectful young men & women. Our kids were getting poor education at their old public school & they were bullied almost DAILY but the Principal at that school NEVER did anything to help or stop it! At Painted Rock Academy we are confident that are children are safe from bullying or any other harmful situations & we are so glad that they are getting the education they need & deserve! Painted Rock Academy is the way to go to create success!
My children have flourished at Painted Rock Academy! The curriculum is challenging, the rules are strict, and the staff and principle are professional and always available. Parents are expected to volunteer 3+ hours per month and homework is given daily, so you should expect to be involved if you send your kids here!
I have to say I have been nothing but impressed by the staff and students at Painted Rock. If you are looking for a quality education, than this is the way to go. The school is almost solely focused on academics and teaching your children exactly what they need to know in order to succeed. Life is not about fun and excitement all the time, but rather it is about developing those core principals that individuals are going to need to know in order to be successful, educated and intelligent human beings. It is so refreshing to see smaller class sizes, teaching the basics and keeping all academics high! After coming from a public school it is great to see my student will come out of this school knowing math facts, spelling, sounds, proper handwriting etc...- this is more than what most adults can say!
We are in our second year at Painted Rock Academy and we are so excited! How many schools do you know that receive an A rating their first year? It happened here! The Core curriculum is exactly what our children need to achieve success on state testing and be educationally successful. Sports are beginning and our daughter is loving her teachers. The administration here is supportive of the students and families. Thank you Reid Traditional Schools for providing a school that fosters great learning.
We are extremely disappointed with this school Painted Rock Academy , this was the first time my child would be attending a charter school and instead of her being happy she would come home upset. There is no guidance at this school and they are very demanding. My child is sick with a cold because they refused to allow her to put on her hooded sweater, which she was not aware she couldn't wear. Than the lines to pick her up was ridiculous it took 25 minutes just to get to the front of the line. Children should be able to be themselves and not who the school wants them to be, if I wanted a boot camp for my child I would of just placed her in one from the get go. It's not what they make it to be, I like my child involved in sports and that is something this school lacks.
We enrolled our son here this year in fifth grade. Our son is very smart but has struggled in math for years. With the help of his teacher and a great curriculum he is now nearly exceeding the standards. His teacher kept us informed of his progress throughout the year, and often tutored him over her lunch hour. I am extremely proud of the progress he has made and I am very grateful to the wonderful staff at the school that ha helped him with this acomplishment! The administration here is wonderful! They are always asking how things are going, and showing a profound interest in each childs learning. I also would like to mention that my son has found great friends here as well! Each family I have met through the school is very learning oriented. We couldn't have found a better school for our two boys!! I would highly recommend PRA if you want your child to get a great education in a nurturing environment.
We are extremely Happy at Painted Rock Academy! Our Sons are receiving a top notch education. PRA provides exactly the type of education and Structured environment we want for our sons. The small class sizes, excellent and challenging curriculum, academic and behavior expectations and attention from teachers are helping to mold sons into a well-rounded young men. With all that they provide their students, it would allow my children to advance to a wonderful high school and further their education through college. We are committed to our sons education his academic success is very important to us. The community and atmosphere has been what we were looking for. The principal and Vice principal are amazing we had an issue with one of our sons recenty I was very pleased with the manner of suppor and help that we received from them. Some schools are great, but Painted Rock Academy is truly REMARKABLE! Teachers have been amazing my children have blossom this year!! Best desicion ever.
IMPRESSED! I am a mother of two and was seeking a charter school that follows a traditional curriculum. I did a great deal of research in the Phoenix area and because of the great reputation I found in REID Traditional Schools, I was excited about the prospect of becoming a part of their brand new campus, Painted Rock Academy. The teachers are caring and professional and both of my children are excited to come to school and learn. The facility and grounds are very clean. The front office staff are welcoming and helpful, and every time I have been on campus I never find administration in their office. They are always in the hallways and classrooms, and I have seen first hand how much they interact with their staff and students. I find both the principal and assistant principal to be very approachable. My children are being challenged, and I have seen great progress. You never would know that Painted Rock Academy was in their first year. I have recommended Painted Rock Academy to friends, and plan to continue to do so!
After being on the waitlist for some time at Valley Academy, we were very excited to find out this sister campus was opening and have our kids accepted. We have children in kindergarten and 4th grade here. First off, the academcs are above anything I've seen in our prior public school. We knew the expectations would be higher but the traditional concept is wonderful. Parent involvment is expected, as it should be. The teachers are always very responsive and are very caring. Safety is a major concern here, which is reassuring. The principal is wonderful. She is always visible and it's not uncommon to see her in the morning help direct traffic, assisting as needed, or stopping you to ask if you are happy with the school. The staff is friendly and helpful. The after-school program emphasizes cirriculum and they have various after school activities (i.e. sports, art, dance). We are very happy here and feel our children are getting the best education possible.
Painted Rock Academy and Valley Academy really does push the kids to a new level they didn't know they could achieve. Very pleased.
We are so happy we enrolled our son in this school. 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. 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! The only thing lacking in this school is musical instruments for the students to play. I would highly recommend this school to parents because students get the support they need to be successful with a challanging curriculum. The school provides a safe orderly environment and a private school education without the tuition! I think it is a great place for kids to learn!
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!!
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