I LOVE PEC!!!!! It's my first year @ PEC and Im in 6th grade. The learning is great and I cant wait till the Medevil Festival. Each class seems to be like a puzzle and they allfit together. Like last week, we were studying debates and persuasive techniques, every class seemed to have debating incorperated in it! I cant wait until seventh grade! PEC has GREAT school spirit and curriculum!
I am a parent of 3 who all attend at PEC. We moved from out of state 2 years ago were the educational standards were set high. My children came out of private schooling. At first out of no choice of our own placed them in the Dysart district. We quickly found this district to be well below the nation and began looking for the best option. We asked around and PEC kept coming up. So far we are happy with the staff, they seem caring and a willingness to listen and work with parents. The only thing that bothers me is that honor program here. Too me it's not challenging enough and I have found that these so called honors classes aren't really honors. They do exactly the same work as the regular classes. I'm also a little dissapointed with some assignments that seem below level work
This school is clearly the best in the Surprise/El Mirage area (and most of Arizona!) Teachers, staff, curriculum, & even the field trips are awesome!! My guess is the parents that are commenting that the school only cares about test scores is that their child doesn't even go to this school, or has never been drawn to get in! In order to be an excelling school, obviously the kids are learning!!! Look at half of the dysart district...most are underperforming or just meeting the standard. This school is right on track & has been planned carefully. No budget cuts, & no taking specials from our kids. They have a specials class everyday rotating PE, spanish, technology, & music.
All this school cares about it test scores. They do not care at all about anything else.
We are thrilled with PEC. The teachers and staff are so attentive and caring that it is actually a joy to drop our child off in the morning, knowing he will learn, have fun, and be championed in the process.
Im a student at p.e.c. and I absolutely love it. Im entering 8th grade and I think that this school is all about the kids and nothing else!! Teachers are great!!!!
Very large school with caring staff, by my child seems to be getting lost. Too many students per class and not enough adminstrative personnel to properly give each child the attention they need.
This school is one of the best schools in AZ. My boys did exceptional well at this school. I highly recommend it. They would still be here if they offered. High School Football.
This is the best school! The staff is great! The curriculum is perfect! I also love how they get parents involved and incorporate school with home. Because a child's education shouldn't stop when they're not in school.
I am a parent of PEC with a 4th and 8th grade students this is our 3th year in here, it was a very good year for both of them. They been in 3 different schools here in Surprise and finally we all were very happy in this school, academically speaking, safety, etc, all teachers were amazing!!
I am a student at PEC and absolutely LOVE my school!! I have attended it since kindergarten and am now attending my 8th year at Paradise! The staff is wonderful and I really learn a lot! The students are amazing and are very friendly! :)
My daughter is in Mrs. Barajas' 1st grade class and loves it! We both love her teacher...she goes above and beyond and is very attentive and caring towards the children. My daughter loves going to school everyday and is doing very well. The class is very organized and doing something new and exciting everyday. We couldn't be happier with her progress or her wonderful teacher this year!
I have nothing but good things to say about this school. I enjoy the fact that they are able to step outside of the box for their teaching. My son is doing fantastic at this school. They do focus alot on test scores in the higher grade levels, which unfortunatley is how they get their government money to keep this wonderful school open. You will find all schools focus on tests when it is time for those. For heavens sake think back to when you were in school, did you not take practice tests before the actual tests were done? They start at young grade levels helping students who are struggling. They ignore this in public schools. I plan on keeping my child in this school, and putting my younger ones in as well. I recommend this school to anyone!!
All they care about are test scores! The children are not learning, but the scores are high. Anyone can pass a test if coached over and over. Ridiculous!
I have three kids here and they take a hands on approach with weekly updates, daily if needed. I highly recomment this school over any of the Dysart District schools.
I've been at PEC K-9, planning on being one of the first K-12 to come out. I will say this from a student perspective, as I am one. The staff are very nice, and in 9th grade, they have personality that everyone thrives off of. The classroom is a comfortable learning environment. The teachers may not always explain something right the first time, but they usually find someone who can explain the concept to you better. The students are very...'tight' (for lack of a better word) with each other and the classroom is a community. This is one of the better places to be, not like Dysart schools (where I hear that one of my friends got offered weed three time within the first week of her freshman year. Yikes!) I look forward to the opportunities this school will provide me in my near future.
After a very traumatic experience at Carden Traditional school due to the poor principal leadership and teacher quality, we are extremely happy at PEC. My son's teacher, Mrs. Hoogervorst, is wonderful and my son is excited to go to school again. Because of her superior teaching ability, she is able to instruct children who are above average like my son as well as children who may need a little more help. No one gets bored and no one is made to feel like a failure, like Carden! That school should be shut down. I am so glad we were able to get into this school. It was the best thing that happened to us.
We have three kids attending Paradise, and we have found it to be an outstanding school for the average to above average learner. We also had a child attend there who has special needs, but found that she was not given the attention or specifically designed instruction that her IEP mandated for all of her classes. The junior high administration was not as supportive as the elementary administration was. However, I can say, sadly, that is typically the way Arizona schools treat our special education students.
My 3rd grader attends Paradise and absolutely loves it. This is her first year there after trying 2 other area schools since we got to AZ in 06. Her teacher is very thorough and involved with the students, she goes way outside of the box in an effort to make learning interesting and fun. My only gripe is that the school has a 'no sibling' policy. As a military family (that doesn't know/trust many people in the area) and a stay at home mom it's very difficult for me to be involved in any of my daughters activities there at the school. To go into the classroom to watch my daughter deliver a 5-7 min presentation requires a sitter. It's ridiculous. I understand field trips and the fact that siblings can be a distraction but to totally ban siblings from any activities at the school is non-sense.
My kids are in 5th and 7th grade and love this school. They have made Honor roll and Principal's list throughout the year. The teachers are outstanding and the school is well organized.
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