Students enrolled 691
Hours 8:30 - 3:15
School leader no info
Transportation options None
District Arizona Community Development Corporation
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2050 N. Wilmot Road
Tucson, AZ 85712

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4 stars
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August 15, 2014
This school is one of the best! I have worked here for years and I have seen the school improve so much. Teachers work hard and parents step in to work with them. The principal and vice principal are great with students, teachers, and parents. This year I can't believe how many parents have volunteered to help out! Also several teachers have gone above and beyond to make sure that each student is getting a great education. This "B" school is now working to become an "A"! I'm so proud of everyone!

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2014
My daughter graduated 8th grade from there last year and my son is in 2nd. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my kids. The school does a lot of family events and the before and after school program is great. I appreciate the principal and the teachers and how hard they work. I transferred my daughter over from a public school and she was at La Paloma 5th-8th. Best place for my family and really prepared my daughter for highschool.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
I love the school, the teachers, and everyone there. The principal goes above and beyond to make sure kids are happy and learning. The free before and after school program is so great for the parents. They really care and we are so committed to La Paloma.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
I've found this schoo lis only going downhill.My son complains about being bullied and other children get bullied but nothing is done about it.The biggest bully he has had this year is the school founders son! He had a rock thrown at this face, it caused a red mark on his cheek right under the eye. Punishment for the bully, to pick up trash.Had a student spit on his backpack and throw it down right in front of him, nothing done about that even when reported to the monitor by him and the office by me.I even had the spit covered back pack in my hands.He has had two backpacks stolen this year and countless jackets, pens, pencils, markers, I bought a lockable pencil box and someone stole the key from his desk so it was locked shut.His 3DS was in his backpack.The pack showed up a few days later but no game system.Did the school attempt to help at all, ask students do anything not one bit.His fault for taking it to school in the first place but at least pretend to care.The principal does get back to you same day when bullying is reported by a parent but the problems just don't seem to be improving.I won't be taking him back next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
La Paloma Academy Central has been a blessing for me and my children. They have excelled and grown both socially and academically since they have attended this school. With their recent additions in their sports programs to include 4th- 8th grades and addition of tackle football for junior high it has made this educational setting well rounded and solid compared to any other public school setting in our community. Great Job.. Keep it up.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
La Paloma Academy is a caring and supportive environment for students in grades K-8. Every day caring and dedicated teachers are working hard to ensure students academic success. Students are encouraged to dream big and to work to their full potential, so they can achieve their dreams. Mrs. Sullivan

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2012
La Paloma Academy's staff is professional, highly qualified, and strives for academic excellence. Incredible improvements have been made over the past few years! Leadership is strong and it resonates through the teachers and onto the students.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2012
Thank you for the amazing Harvest Fest. We brought our entire family and they had so much fun. Its fun to see all the teachers and administrators out there working. Food was great. Our kids had so much fun, thank you. I thank you for everything you do above and beyond the normal school stuff, makes us really feel like we belong. I have two kids there and our youngest will be there in a year, they love their teachers. Thank you to Mr. Williams, the coach, for doing an outstanding job with the sports. My son is on the tackle football team and they are going to the championship game!!!!! I cant say enough good things about this school. Keep up the good work Mr. Rubasch and Mr. Ewald and everyone else there that makes this a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
This is my first year teaching at La Paloma-Lakeside and I am enjoying the school, the students and staff tremendously. It is an excellent working environment and I do enjoy working with the students on a daily basis. The staff have been very helpful. La Paloma is a great school and a school that is good for the community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2012
This is my first year teaching at La Paloma/Lakeside, but not my first year teaching and I find the school run by three amazingly capable, caring, courteous, creative, and professional on site administrators. Their strong leadership is the bedrock foundation of what makes LaPaloma/Laskeside a great school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2012
I think its great that the administrators would write about their school as well as have their own kids there. Works for me! My son moved twice before we ended up at La Paloma. My coworker has her two kids there and talks about the school all the time. The teachers there are nice and helpful and for the first time in 5 years my son actually is enjoying school and his grades are improving. Thank you for giving us a great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
You can tell which of these reviews were written by the school's administrators. The thing is, if you want to decide whether you should send your children here, look at the test scores which are NOT good and have gotten worse. Also, look up the financial information of the school if you have the time. Something is not right.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Six of my children have all attended La Paloma Academy. It is still the best school I have been a part of. It is a second home to my kids and their friends. The school is a safe place where everyone truly cares about the kids. I appreciate the strong academics and emphasis on family values--and I love all the community events such as the Harvest Fest!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
I love this school and the teachers. Nice group of people who really took the time to help my kids. They have already learned more than they did at their other schools and I like the smaller campus. It feels safe and happy there.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Thank you La Paloma Academy for what you did for my daughter. She wasn't well liked at her other school and had a very low self esteem. It was devastating trying to get her up every morning and she was becomming depressed and her grades falling to D's and F's. We started there last week and she is a new child, happy, and yesterday I got a call from her teacher just to tell me how much she liked having my daughter. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
I am so please with this school! My child is in the 7th grade and she couldn't be happier. The principal to the teachers have really made it a place to belong and be successful. Thank you La Paloma!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
We Just moved our child from this school because he was being bullied and the school staff did not do anything to stop it. Instead they wanted to provide counseling services to our child since they believed that our child " had some self esteem issues". Very insane , right? But it is what the school professionals " including the Vice president Mr Elwards and the Counselor told me and my wife! . Totally insane! It is too bad because it used to be a great school. We don't recommend this school for any child..lots of future delinquents are good protected at la Paloma central campus

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
Do not enroll your kids at this school!!! The parent in the previous review is right! Many poor kids are being bullied by some " favorite kids" who have attended to the school for many years and thats why the school vice principal and other staff are protecting them. I moved my kid to another charter school this year because she was being bullied and I reported it to the Conuselor but he did not do anything about it. Everybody knows who are the bullies and they do not do nothing to stop them! It has became a very bad situation and if they do not do anything fast to stop the bullies then the school will become even worst. Give your kids a favor and do not enroll them at La Paloma!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2012
My son started at the Central Campus for his Kindergarten year, The teacher was ok, not the best, I gave it another try for 1st grade and that was a great experience for him. Thinking things were ok he started his 2nd grade year.. there were classroom problems that the staff could not resolve, They made it seam like it was my son's fault. He was bullied through out the year. He made several attempts to report it and one day he came home upset and crying saying he hates the school and some staff. They didn't help him, but told him to work out his own problems. Although there were no problems with his grades, the emotional stress was more than enough for me.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Love this school! My daughter goes went to 3rd grade and she did very well because all the extra help of the teachers. Thank you La Paloma Academy-Lakeside.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
I love this school! My kindergartener is having fabulous first year thanks to everyone that works there. Thumbs way up!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2011
Be careful with this school. My son couldn't pass he AIMS test for 8th grade. He was not taught enough Algegra. He spent a year at Sylvan just to fill in the gaps of what La Paloma was teaching him. And that wasn't enough. La Paloma does 'social passing' for 8th graders. I know this because I talked with an 8th grader who didn't have the grades to pass 8th grade but La Paloma still passed him. I suggest you look for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
This school has a family atmosphere and the teachers and staff are wonderful. I am so impressed with the diverse population of teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
My daughter loves going to this school. I know of quite a few parents who drive a long way to bring their kids to this school( including us)instead of taking them to the neighborhood public school. I really appreciate the free before/after school program. My kid was having problems with a certain subject and she was given lots of tutoring. Now she is doing well. Let's not forget to mention her fabulous teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
La Paloma Academy is more than a school. It's a place where students can learn in a safe atmosphere. The administration and teachers are amazing and truly care about the kids. I love the school so much and all it has to offer my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
La Paloma Academy nurtures students in an environment where they can grow as a part of a small caring community. I will be sad when my child leaves the school at the end of this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
My children are absolutely thriving at La Paloma Academy. They have been there for 8, 6, and 4 years. They have always excelled on the standardized test and more importantly they LOVE school. They love their teachers and their friends. It is more than a school, it is a second home and there is such an amazing community there of teachers who love their jobs and the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Great staff and environment. My student loves her teacher and she loves going to school. She begs to stay in the after school program (which is free). I can't say enough great things about La Paloma.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
I love La Paloma Academy!!!! All of the kids are important to the teachers and principals. The school makes everyone feel special.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2010
Nepotisim, corruption, financial manipulation and prejudice are all prevalent at La Paloma

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
La Paloma Academy has been a blessing for my child. While at TUSD, she was unmotivated and hated school. After 5 years at La Paloma, she now loves school and just recently got accepted to University High School. I could not have asked for a better environment and teaching staff to work with my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
This school is horrible!! The most of the teachers don't really care about the kids and their progress. My son is bullied by other children abd they do nothing! My son can not wait to leave and I can't wait to be rid of this horrible school!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Great teachers who really care about their students and help parents stay informed about what their child is doing.

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August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2008
The best school I have ever seen!!!! The principal and teachers truly care about every child at that school! This is what all schools should do for children...thank you La Paloma!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
I never knew there were teachers that cared so much about the kids. I feel special at school. I have learned the importance of being nice to all students because we are a family and life it too short to be mean to anyone. I love going to school everyday!!!!!

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November 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
this school was terrible! there was so much drama and it got me way behind where i would have been it was terrible! i now go to a very good school!

- submitted by a student
no rating July 10, 2008
My daughter went to this school for 1 year and it was 1 year too long! I choose this school because it claims to develop family values while providing the highest quality education. The curriculum is very basic and I feel badly that my daughter is going to have to struggle this year to get caught up to where she should have been. Just walking through the campus I could not believe the number of disrespectful kids! There were fist fights and bullying and talking back to teachers like I have never seen! I didn't realize how good we had it at her previous school!

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June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2008
TOTALLY LOVE THIS SCHOOL!<3

- submitted by a student
November 02, 2007
The staff is very friendly. My children are getting a great education there!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2007
La Paloma is a great place for all types of children and families. I am thankful to have my child amongst such great educators who truly care about our childrens future.

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November 02, 2007
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October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
La Paloma is a well organized school. The only Downs is that children have very little saftey and anyone could come as they please. The school is also very strict.

- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2005
Our son enjoys La Paloma. As it is a small school everyone is on a first name basis. I am disappointed in the school's lack of foriegn language, sports, band or instrument instruction and weak math and reading scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
Good school, I really enjoy having my children there.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
This School has really changed my child's life. When he went into the school he was a stright F student. I picked La Paloma Beacuse of the good facilties. From the very first day he was given the attention he needs. Now in 9th grade, my son has Gold Honor Roll and he also on the track team. I thank la palamoma.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
This school is great. All parents will love it. It seems to me this is the perfect school for anyone. My son had very bad grades. After attending La Paloma his grades soared sky high. Now He is a Gold Honor Roll Student and Captain of Catalina Track Team. I thank La Paloma. Any child is well off there.

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La Paloma Academy was built on the principles of character, teaching trustworthiness, caring, fairness, citizenship, responsibility, and respect. The school serves as an extension of the home and works to instill strong academic and social skills and help students become independent and self-confident learners.

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La Paloma Academy
2050 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ  85712
(520) 721-4205
Last modified La Paloma Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Paloma Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top