I love PEC. My oldest has been there for 4 years now and my youngest will going into 3rd grade. I agree that the school is getting bigger but, I don't feel that my sons' education has diminished at all. I look forward to the high school getting established. If those who aren't happy with PEC think that it is better in the Dysart School District be my guest and go. Just remember when you give your place up...there is a good probability that you won't be able to come back. There are hundreds of families who are desperate to get out of the district. When in doubt, compare all the overall testing standards. PEC blows away the public school system. We are a PEC family and proud of it!
This is a wonderful school, but becoming very large. One positive about charters is the ability to give students more attention. This is being lost in the numbers.
This school is very nice. They have a great variety of programs both, academically and extracurricular activities.
I feel PEC has excellent parent involvement. My wife assist in the classroom about once a month. My son has ADHD and they have helped him through evaluation and a specific education program. The teachers have been consistent in the discipline program and we have instituted the same program at home. We receive weekly updates via homework and are free to talk to the teacher or administration at any time. When we have talked to them they have treated us with respect and cordially. The principal is very friendly and truly is concerned for the children. The class sizes are smaller than at the public schools. And even with the swift growth, they have added classes and hired qualified teachers. They have even quickly got rid of teachers who were not following the standards. I do not believe my children would receive higher quality at a public school than here.
We love this school...from a 3rd grader in a gifted program to a child receiving special needs help. Spanish, technology, PE 4days a week and music. teachers that are teaching in the area they trained in... teachers happy, kids happy parents happy!
My kids have only been there about six weeks. They don't follow the Handbook, they make up the rules as they go along. We came from an excellent school district in Illinois and I'm applaud of what has gone on within the last six weeks. I would not recomment this Charter School at all. Paradise Education Center, Surprise, AZ
Great leadership! 2 Assistant Principals and 2 curriculum directors really support the teachers ablility to TEACH. Jr high classes available for advanced and honors students. Apex classes for gifted younger students. Overall excellent quality!
Excellent academic program Music, Sports, Technology, Spanish, and afterschool programs. Good parent involvement.
Great School!! Me and my kids are very happy here. The teachers we have had have been unbelievable and they have definitely went out of their way to help my children. I believe it is one of the BEST schools in the area. About the only thing that I would like to see more of is social activities. Hopefully, we will see this as the school grows.
Academic programs have been challenging for my children thus far. I do wish the kids could have art class - they do have art masterpiece once a month or so. Parent invovlement is very prevelant in this campus which helps make the school such a success.
I am very happy with this school. My children are beginning their third year here and the atmosphere and drive toward excellence are always improving. It doesn't feel like they are just 'managing' the children. There are specific goals and from the top down there is a level of respect and expectations for all teachers and students. They have an expanded PE program-4 days a week, but are missing an art program.
My daughter attended kindergarten here in 2004-2005. I was very happy with the program. She learned so much more than the children of my friends who attended other schools. The school welcomes parent volunteers. We are looking forward to next year.
My 2 nephews attend this school, and their mother just loves it. She feels it is better than a public one.
This school has been a small disappointment for our two children. They came from a different district ranked higher in testing. I was told that this school was the best in the area above all other charters and public schools within the district. However, I have seen first hand children slipping through the curriculum without completing work for themselves. This concerns me. The school does not have an art program, yet it continues to raise money throughout the year almost monthly fundraisers. Playgrounds are under staffed with aids and this concerns me as far as safety goes. On a positive note, the principal is very nice and the parent involvement is excellent. Some aims and standford 9 are above the average for the district, but the district is below the state average or slightly over in some subjects. Overall, could be better staffed, organized, and much less candy rewards.
My child has attended this school for one year and entered Paradise Education Center as a kindergartner. We chose this school because it has a good reputation in regards to overall performance when compared to our other local public schools. As a family new to this school I am unable to comment on the academic programs, but I am able to comment on the quality of kindergarten teachers and teacher's assistants. They are amazing. They are really patient and caring and are very encouraging when helping the children make the right choices of behavior. My child did have the opportunity to get involved in the schools karate club which she greatly enjoyed and was a great value for the length and quality of the class. We love this school and plan to keep our my child at this school thru 8th grade.
The quality of your child's education will exceed the education given at all the public schools in Dysart School District. One major benefit is art, music and physical education which allow the children to have a balance. There are extracurricular activities such as karate and basketball. They have very strict rules; however, as long as the children follow the rules there should not be a problem.
My son has been going here for over a year and this is a fantastic school! The teachers are well educated and informed. They keep the parents updated on your child's progress and I am very confident in their ability to give my son a great education. He prevoiusly went to a private school, then we moved here and put him in a public school. It was disasterous. The teachers were overburdened having at least 35 kids in each class and not able to control them. At Paradise, it feels just like the private school without the $ 500.00 a month tuition. He feels safe, confident, and is earning all E's for excellent in his 5th grade class.
This used to be a good school, but I can no longer with good conscious recommend it. The teachers grade emotionally and judgementally.
I'm disappointed in the fact that there were so many positive reviews before this school year. I've been set on having my kids attend this school because of all the great things I've heard in the past! What I can say at the present time is that I am pleased with the education my son has received thus far, but don't have much to compare it with since this is my oldest child, and his first year in school. From my observations, the 'light' system is used in the classroom with consistency, but the written discipline is not always in line with what is outlined. (We were told a yellow light meant lunch detention - but the enforcement is sporadic.) I am pleased overall with the school and hope it is not less now, than it was in the years previous! Would love to see others comments too!
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