Posted November 6, 2013
Pikes Peak Prep is completing it's 9th successful year of operation. The school has made the federal mandated academic goals (AYP) 8 out of 9 years. This past year, we launched a series of improvements at the school including installing a new blended learning model that is teacher led and computer assisted. The program is rigorous and not for all students as it does require responsibility from students and support from parents. The Core Knowledge-based curriculum allows for parents, teachers, and students to know exactly which standards and skills are needed to be mastered in order to move to the next grade level. The school can now provide real time objective data on each student's progress. I'm pleased to report that most students and parents have embraced this new model. Another initiative at PPP has been to implement the national recognized System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP). This program provides extensive professional development for teachers and focuses staff on student achievement. PPP is the first and currently the only charter school in Colorado Springs implementing TAP. The state of Colorado provided a $50,000 grant to PPP to implement this program. PPP was the only charter school in the state to receive this competitive grant. PPP also launched a new "robotics" program this year to strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math program. The students are loving it. This week, PPP is launching a new after school tutoring program that seeks to provide students additional assistance in math and language arts. In addition to all these improvements, PPP launched a new night time high school, Pikes Peak Middle College, to assist students who have challenges attending a traditional day time high school but still want to earn their high school degree (not GED) AND go to college. PPMC students receive the same benefits as our day time students as the school pays for college tuition and college textbooks and provides staff support to each student. Currently, more than 30% of PPP high school students have qualified to take college level courses while attending PPP. Students at PPP are beating the state average on ACT in college algebra and college biology. Although PPP is a young school, we've graduated one students who earned his Associate Degree while attending PPP and many of our graduates earn at least 30 college credits while attending PPP. This program teaches PPP students that they can indeed go to college and be successful. It also saves families lots of money as they don't have to pay for the first or second year of college while students attend PPP. Lastly, the school launched a new AP program to support those students who want to prepare for college but not take a college level class just yet. All of these improvements can be challenging and cause some parents to get antsy and pull their students. We understand this. However, the world is constantly changing today, new technology, new demands, new accountability measures. PPP is focused on providing the best and most up-to-date education as possible to prepare students to be successful in this ever-changing highly demanding world. Come join our family. We welcome you.
My experience is based on 2 years of 1 child attending this school. There are definite benefits and deterrents. In general, the teachers are engaged and truly try to connect with students. However, with the seemingly high turnover rate of teachers/staff and personal observations of staff visibly upset over "school business", I question administration. I personally have experienced problems with school coordination, communication, staff attitudes, unresponsiveness, and staff saying one thing and doing another, or not following through on suggestions/improvements made and agreed upon. For a school that has been operating for several years, I'm amazed at the common disorganization/lack of planning and variable/unpredictable nature of things like student drop off/pickup, after school on/off-site activities, bussing, and school organized activities. I think a small group of staff/teachers do want to provide quality and varied activities for students but there aren't enough interested people (incl. students/parents) to pull much of anything together. In general my kid enjoys PPP and has excelled but I don't feel confident in PPP. I will be enrolling my kids somewhere else next yr.
Great staff. Great technology. Engineering Program. Early college. And it's K-12 so all my kids can attend.
This is my childrens' second year at this school. And, they are doing so well academically, but the leadership, communication and accountability need to be worked on. Right now, they have a leadership "team" that I have yet to see respond to issues. Ever since they fired the principal early in the school year, they have been barely staying a float. I feel like any concern I bring to the attention of the leadership, that I am getting pawned off on someone else. Nobody can answer a simple question because they honestly don't know the answer. I find it odd that they have students and teachers rating this school on this site, and giving it positive praise, when the morale among the teachers has started to drop as well. We are definitely jumping from this sinking ship at the end of this school year to never return. I'm also advising all of my friends and those new to the area to stay away from this school!
Pikes Peak Prep has a long ways to go to live up to its hype. The first step that must be taken is for the school leader to be truthful to the parents that are at her school. It is run as a very tight ship, the small short hallways at the school are tightly controlled so no speaking above whispers is allowed. The main method of conflict resolution with students is suspension. There is also a strong push at the school as mandated by the elite school board for many more students, probably doubling class size. I found that the education here is good, the teachers are well qualified but the administration sees the students as money not as people. When the principle lied to me for the 3rd time about increasing my sons educational challenges to keep him from being bored, his mom and I moved him to a D11 school with a much better track record and a much better educational environment. I would be very cautious about enrolling my child here and document all conversations with school officials.
My children had a terrific year at Pikes Peak Prep. I love the culture of this school. Every single person from the Principal, the teachers, even the janitor really show they care about kids. The principal personally tutored my daughter so she would catch up. I really like the code of conduct this school has. They do not allow students to bully or say put downs, like other schools do. They teach and show respect. Parents feel welcomed and appreciated at this school. Any time I stop by my childrens teachers and the principal greet us and make a point to talk with me and my husband. I like the way decisions are made for what is best for all the students. My children love the school and they made amazing growth! This is the best school, all kids should be this lucky. I want to thank all the staff and especially the principal.
Pikes Peak Prep is a wonderful school. The teachers are dedicated to their students and work collaboratively to ensure that all students achieve academic success.The small environment and K-12 experience allows all students to feel part of a community.
Great music program and a safe environment with a hard working staff. Small and personal, a tight community.
...I have been going to Pikes Peak Prep for about 2 years and I can honestly say it's one great school! At PPP I am able to have free breakfast,which is a good thing because it helps you stay focused all day. The staff are happy to help a student at any time. The teachers really care about the students and always have time for us.In conclusion, I believe that this school is the BEST EVER!!!
This is the best school. We are military and have two kids who were behind because we have moved around a lot. My children have been in many schools already, but I love this school, The teachers at Pikes Peak Prep worked hard to bring my kids up. But this is the first school where the principal spent time helping them with reading and math. She is great. She always responds immediately to my calls and helps with everything. She taught my daughter how to sound the words out and use clues from the reading. The school has such a nice friendly feeling. All the teachers and the principal show they care about the children. The school has some really neat programs like art, music, and Spanish. I like how the school communicates with parents. They have monthly newsletters, weekly grade reports, and the principal sends out emails and calls the parents for important information. My kids are so happy in this school. Every morning they wake up and cannot wait to go. This is because all the staff work so hard.and are so nice. My daughters are caught up and are even doing some work in higher grades now. This is a miracle considering they were behind when we came to Colorado.
This school is amazing. The entire staff is dedicated to the students. They committ themselves fully to making these students successful. This is a small, initimate environment where the staff knows the students and their families. The music program is offered to all students who attend (K-12). All students are provided instruments without a cost to the family. After school private music lessons are provided to the students for FREE. The high school offers a Middle College Program in which students can take college classes at Pikes Peak Community College - the cost - FREE. Therefore, student can graduate from Pikes Peak Prep with an Associates Degree. Families should explore the charter school system. There are a lot of great options including Pikes Peak Prep.
This school is a great find. The classrooms sizes are small and the school is a community. Students are known by name and the teachers are passionate, energetic, and knowledgeable. This school welcomes all children that want to learn and provides a safe environment for every student. This school has an amazing music program, with free instruments, and offers intermural sports. Free tutoring is available twice a week and a variety of clubs once a week. A middle college program is also offered with free college classes at Pikes Peak Community College. Overall this school is a well rounded, small, inviting K-12 FREE charter school. Come visit today!
I am a currently enrolled student at Pike Peak Prep and I truly believe that this school has changed my attitude toward learning and education. Since I started here last year I have never achieved lower than a B average in all of my classes. In fact, I was nominated to attend a conference in Washington D.C due to my academic achievements! Next year I will be attending college classes during my current enrollment and will graduate high school with college credits. Any high school student can excel at this school and I encourage anyone who wants to reach academic greatness to visit our school!
I am currently enrolled at Pikes Peak Prep as a Sophmore. This is my second year at Pikes Peak Prep and I love this school. There is nothing else I could ask for, this school is a small safe environment where my Mother feels safe dropping me of every day. Now let me tell you about the teachers and the staff. If I had to choose one word to describe them I honestly COULDN'T, so I would have to say they are awesome, caring, loving, and always there for you. The Counselor is the best of the best so dont get jealous, its just the truth. There are many good things about this school, for example the free after-school tutoring, and free music classes. There's much more but you'll just have to find out on your own.
I am a student at Pikes Peak Prep, and I really have been enjoying my time here. I really like the teachers and I like the students. I feel super smart now that I switched schools two years ago to this school. That is because I have excellent teachers. I really like how everyone wears uniforms, so there is no reason to pick on people or focus on clothes rather then academics.
I am a junior at Pikes Peak Prep and this is my second year here. There are many good things about this school. The first is the college program, which offers free college classes and books, and the teachers are very passionate. PPP is a K-12 free charter school and it is easy to make friends at this school. This school has a way of making you feel like you can accomplish anything that comes your way. I have grown academically and I am looking forward to college.
As a staff member here at PPP I love to recommed our school to anyone who has a child grades K - 12. We can offer an excellent learning enviroment through small classroom sizes and dedicated teachers. PPP can also offer the extras alot of parents are looking, such as free music lessons, spanish classes from the elementary to high school, sports and clubs.
This school is a great example of what creative education can accomplish. Being K-12, it services a high risk population through the love and care of its teachers and administrators. Come take a tour of the school and watch our dynamic staff and our engaged kiddos learning above-average material every day. There's no ceiling to our learning here and we are looking forward to more and more students graduating with college credit and/or associates degrees by the time they are done here at Pikes Peak Prep.
I Iove working in a small school where I know and care about every child. We as teachers have the ability to meet every child's needs because we are flexible with the curriculum, offer a wide range of after-school activities, and offer free tutoring after school for students who need extra help. Our administration has been very supportive, and they allow us to break the mold when planning our lessons in order to meet all learning styles. At this school, every student has the ability to succeed!
I truly enjoy teaching the students of Pikes Peak Prep. Due to our small class size, we are able to cater to more of ourstudents' needs. We do not let our students "slip through the cracks" and they are always held to a high standard. We teach that success is not only attainable, but also expected. Anyone and everyone who interested in learning more about our school should come take a tour!
My daughter and niece began attending this school this year in 6th grade and Kindergarten and I have no complaints. They offer extra-curricular activities, have music programs, and both of their teachers seem genuinely concerned with the girls' well being and meeting their educational goals. The school is a little bit disorganized, however, many of the schools my daughter has attended in the past were just as disorganized or more-so.
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