Painted Rock Academy's teachers and students are amazing! Thanks to their efforts, we have earned "A" ratings from the AZ Dept. of Education. 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.
October 09, 2014
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I have 3 children who currently attend this school, all 3 with IEP'S and 1 has been diagnosed with ADHD. At first, getting everything in motion was a little tough for 2 of my children as we had to rewrite their IEP'S, their old school kinda missed a few things and they had to be retested. During the waiting period, the school staff was very accommodating and made sure they still got the help they needed even though the IEP'S weren't set up yet. I was very pleased with the resource team and the teachers my children had. They put in great effort to make sure my children were well cared for, and had everything they needed and were comfortable doing what needed to be done.
There wasn't any one thing I felt left out of, or felt uncomfortable with. The teachers and staff are easy to get a hold of, email or phone, and are pretty quick to respond. My son has a hard time with change, but every person he dealt with has been nothing but accommodating and understanding with him. Every parent I've run into that says they are having trouble with their current school for their children, I always recommend Painted Rock Academy. I will never not recommended them. It's been the best choice I've ever made for my children's futures. They've excelled in so many ways. They've grown so much just by going here. My kids are more happy than they were. Their attitudes are different for the better.
Academics are great!! My kids are learning things they would of never gotten a chance at in their old school. The Spalding classes are amazing! And they help a great deal.
In short, this school is amazing. And it is tough work, but so so worth it!!
Don't bring your child here if they have special needs (an IEP). This school wants kids who fit their mold and that means kids that are already excelling and have no special needs/educational challenges. They will tell you they will support your child's needs because legally they are required to do so, but once in the teachers have a very obvious lack of enthusiasm (I would even say a disdain) when it comes to supporting the needs of a child who requires extra support. I would go as far as to say our child was treated with hostility and I believe the goal was to get us to leave. It worked! We switched teachers at first but saw the same attitude from the next teacher and knew this was not the place our child should be. We do have a child who is at the top of her class and she did well for the brief time at this school. It's just not a good fit for those with special needs. I hope this review helps someone avoid making the same mistake we did.
We transfer from valley academy a couple of years ago and we made the right decision, the teachers are wonderful and everyone always works together. Looking forward for the great job we know Mr. Bauer will do as the new principal.
Inflexible and shortsighted. Won't assess, test or interview a child to determine maturity, skill level or aptitude just because they are 1 week younger than the cut off date. This school treats all the kids the same, doesn't consider the child as an individual just a birthdate. They clearly don't adhere to their mission statement, just pigeon hole kids and warehouse them. How disappointing.
I have been a parent involved with PRA since its opening 3 years ago. I was a teacher for many years before becoming a stay at home mom. I worked in public schools and did not know too much about charter or traditional learning. I have been very pleased with what we have experienced here at PRA. The curriculum is rigorous, yet effective. My child was reading in kindergarten and is continuing to thrive through 2nd grade. The staff is caring, and although the students are pushed a bit out of their comfort zone, it's done with care and strategic scaffolding. Administration is approachable and have always followed through with any request I have had. I find it humorous to read the negative reviews below... If the school is so awful why is your child still there? There are many choices. I am continually impressed by Paibted Rock Academy and very happy we made it our choice. I highly recommend!
I totally agree with the last review. This school is a joke. I can't wait for this year to come to an end so that I can pull my kid out of this school. Having a tough and challenging curriculum is of no use if the teachers spend zero time teaching the kids. All the burden is on the kids and the parents. The teachers are way too tough on the kids and have no concept of encouraging the kids when the kids try to work hard. Their rigid grading only makes the kids give up. Some teachers also resume to bullying the kids. I don't understand what kind of values they are trying to teach the kids. And yes they have no policy to curb bullying. Unfortunately there is no way to give zero stars here.
this school is considered to be great .That's a joke, your kids is just another pay check. For example, you pay for full kindergarden,lunch even if your child qualifies for free lunch , boulders club and the other ridiculous ways they can find too make money so they can pay off there loan. the communication between teachers and parents is terrible and this whole school is structure like a prison when it comes to discipline, your child gets homework without no explanation and lastly the teachers treat your children with no respect trust i have seen a teacher make a student look like sh** in front of other peers and they have zero bullying tolerance policy right. These policies they have in place will sure make a difference in your kids self - esteem and cause depression. Especially with the red, yellow markings. I would not recommend this school to anybody and the parents that have great reviews are part there staff so observe for yourself and don't fooled. by how it looks and all the so called Academics priority speech there not excellent they are below average.