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Pace Preparatory Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 85 students

Computerized, web-based curriculum. Low student to teacher ratio. 4 day week.

 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted June 3, 2014

As a parent who's son is not returning to this school, I have to agree about the School Board and the Principal. Why aren't the schools equal? There has been many staff changes and other issues dealing with Prom, and now I hear, graduation. But the schools should have the same results in testing and education opportunities. The Principal and staff have given me no answers and only excuses. No more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

I would like to comment on the post that asks what the Camp Verde side is doing with AIMS that the Prescott Valley side is not. There is a math tutor on the Camp Verde side that has actual AIMS tutoring classes to help the students practice the concepts they will be tested on and the Prescott Valley side does not. The math teacher does not take the necessary time with the PV students to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

PACE is the only school in the area that gave my daughter a chance to graduate. Most of the teachers are positive and patient. I am thankful for the school and their willingness to help struggling kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

PACE Academy offers students a unique educational environment that individualizes their learning based on interest, academic level and motivation to graduate. All teachers are certified--many are certified in more than one area--and students can work with those teachers one-on-one for additional help and instruction. PACE Academy offers an accredited, Common Core aligned curriculum that prepares students for all post-secondary opportunities. If you haven't checked out PACE lately, it would be well worth your time!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

Upon joining the PACE Academy team I've become inspired to become a better listener. So many times we get busy and pick out only what we want to hear. Kids are smart, they pick up on your sincerity, or lack thereof, and lose respect for you as a "role model". I hope to be able to help any of these young people with what I've learned from my own life experiences. I am definitely happy to be here at Pace and look forward to being of service.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

With full accreditation, a 4-day school week and working at your own pace with 1 on 1 help available when you need it, I do not think you can find a better option than Pace Academy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 27, 2013

This school is one of the best schools where teachers care about the students in a safe, nurturing environment. Students are held accountable for their learning, and teachers guide them and make sure they stay on task and are learn the necessary information. The administration is awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

For anyone who is interested in knowing the facts, PACE Academy has identified, through Student/Teacher Course Connection which teachers are effective and which are not. All of the teachers currently on staff are officially certified Highly Qualified Teachers in their individual specialties. There is definitely a Special Education teacher on staff. We have expanded our 123 course curriculum to now include Art, Drama, Dance and Film. Achieving NCA Accreditation is no small feat. We invite anyone to stop by to meet any of our staff members, witness the effective instructional environment that is provided to our student population and decide for themselves. Enrollment has grown by 10% so far this semester, and in order to maintain a low student to teacher ratio, we of course are always looking to add talented invidivuals to join our team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 29, 2013

I would like to comment on the student who said the teacher was rude. I went to summer school and finished a credit and a half because I worked rather than played around. If someone really wants to know how great this school is they should actually go into the classroom and watch these teachers work with their students to get the real story. The summer school teacher as well as the new Special Education teacher were great with me and showed me they cared what I wanted for my future. I am glad my mom found this school and will be returning when the new year starts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2013

My Grandson went to this school for the Special Education services. He will not go back because the Special Education teacher is gone. I have just found out that Special Educations money has been cut back 20 percent for next year. Not happy!


Posted June 16, 2013

I would also like to comment on the entry about students walking before finishing their course work. My daughter was one of those students who walked and then finished her course work in summer school to receive her diploma. She worked her butt off during the school year and due to some unforseen family issues my daughter fell behind and instead of penalizing her the school staff let her walk with her classmates. My daughter was given a blank piece of paper as a placeholder for her diploma until she completed her course work. It was made clear to us that had she not completed the work during summer school she was to return the next school year to complete it otherwise she would not receive a diploma. This is a great practice in my mind because things happen that no one plans for and the children should not be penalized for things that were out of their control. I commend this school for caring enough about their students to know and help those students and families that are striving to make it in an educational world where what matters most is how many butts are in the seats rather than the quality of their teachers and the success or failure of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

In response to the recent entry, I'd very much like to set the record straight. I am the parent on the Board, whose daughter 'walked' at graduation, but she has not, as yet, received her diploma. This is a common practice when the student in question has a minimal amount of work to complete by a specified date. Rather than fail a student, the school encourages students to complete their course of study, and the diploma is then awarded at that time. Regarding the certified teachers whose employment agreements were not renewed, it was a decision made and agreed upon based on criteria set by both the School, Charter Board and the AZ Dept. of Education. The remaining teacher is indeed certified as highly qualified (HQT) by AZ State standards. In addition, we have hired two highly qualified teachers in whom we have the confidence that the outlook for the success of the students and the school will be not only met, but will exceed our expectations for the upcoming year and going forward. If anyone needs clarification on school practices and policies I invite them to contact any board member or the school's director and discuss their concerns instead of posting opinions without facts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

PACE is a great fit for my son. The teachers care about the students and help them succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

My son is a student at Pace, and I am proud to say that his motivation and learning skills have greatly improved since he enrolled at Pace. The teachers and administration are very dedicated in helping students succeed. The curriculum is very user-friendly and the same, if not better, than being in a traditional classroom setting. My son has many friends at the school, and I am very excited and proud to say that my son will be graduation from Pace Academy. Thank you for making high school a great experience for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

This school gives kids an incredible opportunity to learn at their own pace and graduate high school. I attended the graduation ceremony of my friend's son, who was having problems at his old school, but excelled at PACE.


Posted July 19, 2011

Both of my son's graduated Pace Academy, and it is a super school. My youngest son graduated early by one year. If I had to do it over I would defiantly choose Pace Academy over any school in the Verde Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

School started out great, for the first 2 years my daughter went, but this last year and this year it has really gone downhill. There has been saftey issues along with changes in policies that are not what pace was all about. The p stood for personalized, that is no more. My daughter is still going to pace now, but I do think I will be pulling her out, unless things change.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


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 69% 42%
Hispanic 30% 43%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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 73%N/A47%
Female 58%N/A49%
Male 42%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Bradshaw Mtn High School
Prescott High School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Yavapai Community College
NAU
AZU
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Bill Sakelarios
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (928) 775-9673

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
129
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
129
Students typically come from these schools
Bradshaw Mtn High School
Prescott High School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Yavapai Community College
NAU
AZU
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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6650 East 2nd Street
Suite B
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Phone: (928) 775-9675

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