Kevin Teasley, 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.
I have attended PPP for three years now. I can say from first hand experience that this school is not what they lead you to believe... In the three years I attended PPP, I have seen about six different principles and they have gone through numerous teachers. In fact they have been looking for a English teacher since December. Yes there is computers in every class room but that's all it is. All the work we do is online, the teacher can't really teach anymore because the students are all in different spots online. Yet the teacher are expected to know and teach the same thing to the students even if one student is not there or past that. They say to split the time so we will have some teacher;student time but the teachers don't. We just work on computers and were expected to know it without a proper lesson. For some students it's fine but for others it's not. The computers are very damaged; have missing keys, cracked screens, written on. Most of the teachers are lazy. Ask any of the students and they will tell you how PPP has failed to keep it's promise to help kids succeed. We don't have a full time janitor which makes this place filthy and unsanitary! Be careful!
Thank you for your review of Pikes Peak Prep.I have been an educator for over a decade and have been involved with a variety of schools, as a teacher and a parent. What I can tell you about Pikes Peak Prep is that this is a school committed to professional development for teachers. Through the TAP system ( student and teacher advancement ) our teachers receive weekly professional development, and weekly support through modeling of lessons or coaching. There are also numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend Teach Like A Champion workshops or TAP conferences. We offer concurrent enrollment for high school students, night school, after-school sports, and tutoring.We have a Robotics Club, Science Club and family nights. I am excited about the future of Pikes Peak Prep!
I am an educator myself and feel that I have a great experience to write a well-thought review, so please read! I have just seen 2 articles on Education Buzz thru the Gazette and feel it necessary to respond, but want to remain anonymous, which is possible here. While on a gut-level I agree with Ms.Montoya, I will try to remain factual and even positive where possible. We saw the need to move our child after only a very short time. Principals have come & gone, the new teacher rate for last year was 90%, to my knowledge, and during this year's fall semester almost half have left!!!! What does that tell you!?!?! Little to NO disciplinary action was taken in times of obvious need for it while our child attended. We feel very strongly that a governing body should not be across the country; they cannot possibly have a day-to-day knowledge of the school where it counts. What is happening now (imo) is a last-ditch effort to save a school that should have closed years ago. It's really too bad since that community needs a CMCA-like school as a boost. This is what we had hoped it would be for us since we lived around the corner. Good luck finding a different school parents!
My Name is Ella Winey and I have 3 wonderful boys attending this school. The teachers are amazing. They are very hands on and care about all their students. Not only do the teachers care about the students in their grade they care about all of the students in the school. I had one teacher tell me when my son introduced us that I am not a teacher for one specific grade, I am a teacher for all children and will always be that way. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone that is unhappy with the school their child or children are currently attending
From a personal view of Pikes Peak Prep, I am very satisfied with what new changes have occurred. I am a 12th grade student and before I came to Pikes Peak Prep I was a student in need of one on one help with teachers. My public school did not help as much when I asked for the help. As for Pikes Peak Prep, I have become more involved in everything and have increased my GPA by outstanding numbers. I am top in the class and have been going to college classes. Pikes Peak Prep is well known for giving students an opportunity to experience college, I am one of them and have been helped to get my college credits started WHILE in high school. New rules and programs have straightened some students out and made them realize that once they enter the real world, they will need to know what to expect before doing what they wish in the future. The teachers are amazing and have been amazing when I asked for help and there is no need for ANY student to complain about not liking a certain teacher. When a student needs help, they should know that they have many resources to help them achieve their needs and tasks. Pikes Peak Prep has been a great experience to be taught at these last three years.
I love this school bunches. I have a kindergartner and an 11th grader in the school. No one has been able to get the oldest interested in school in 2 states and sadly has had to repeat the 11th grade. He went from D's and F's to getting his first A's since elementary school. This place shows a lot of respect to it's students and the response is amazing. Thanks Pikes Peak Prep for getting him back on the right track and making my little girl love school from the start.
Wonderful things are happening at Pikes Peak Prep! Teachers are focused on helping every student achieve. This is the best year at Pikes Peak Prep ever. I have seen many charter schools and many public schools. Having 5 kids of my own I value good education and know the importance of teaching every child. With the school's new blended learning model teachers are able to customize a learning path for every student. They will meet each child where he is and move him to the next step and beyond. I am very excited about everything going on at this school.
Pikes Peak Prep is a great school! There's a sense of community and caring atmosphere that helps the students to excel and learn. With improved curriculum changes this year, students learn with lessons more customized to their individual needs, and teachers have a chance to discover specific information about how a student is performing across subject areas to be able to tailor lessons to fit their needs. With a great new principal, the staff is happy, administration is running smoothly, and students come to school excited to learn. I highly recommend Pikes Peak Prep!
This year is off to a great start. New curriculum that will enhance 21st century skills as well as academics. We have great a staff and wonderful support from our administration. As staff member I'm encouraged with the new and exciting this year is going to bring.
Pike's Peak Prep is a wonderful school with a wonderful staff. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a great education for their child or children.
All of the changes that have occurred over the summer at PPP are amazing. The teachers are using a new curriculum this year and I am sure that the students will excel under this new model. GEO offers lots of great support to this school and all of its schools. The early college program is a great opportunity for the students at PPP. Please come in and talk to us about the great future for your child at PPP.
Over the past couple of years, I have noticed an increase in school spirit, a staff that cares about students learning in a safe environment and recently implemented programs, like blended learning and opportunites to review classroom assignments at home that will only help each and every student either catch up to their grade level or exceed grade level standards. Parents also have the ability to monitor their students progress daily from work or home.
Pikes Peak Prep is filled with people who truly care about the kids and eachother. Everyone is committed to making the school experience one that will excite our kids about their education, both now and later, when college years are approaching.Good choice for kids, good choice for parents. Excellent college opportunities, while still in high school.
This's a great place to study. This school really cares about students and their achievements. The staff is very pleasant and nice. There is a lot of exiting classes this school provides. You can actually attend college classes and get real credits while you're in High School. Totally friendly and safe environment.
Staff is friendly and welcoming to prospective/new students. The potential for working at own pace on computers appeals to our child.
I don't know where to begin talking about this "school." I'm a former student (I went to Pikes Peak Prep for seventh and eighth grade) who consistently got A's and kept out of trouble. I hate to sound pompous, but now I go to one of the best schools in the state and I do very well there. It's been over a year since I was enrolled at Pikes Peak Prep, so admittedly some of my opinions could be irrelevant now. But from my experience, the work load is minimal, the material itself is laughable, a lot of the teachers are lazy and couldn't care less, students are (sometimes) controlled and restrained out of fear, not respect; punishments are hardly effective and end up doing more bad than good, many of the kids are poorly disciplined, have little self-control, and are, for lack of a less offensive term, a bit dull; the lunches are barely more than edible, the physical education is a joke, and picking your kid up from school is unnecessarily arduous. As for the good qualities of this school, they're outweighed by the bad. However, a couple of the teachers are very good at their job. They teach you practical ideas and really help you apply them to the real world.
My daughter attended K and 1st grade at PPP. We had a great experience and my daughter is now above her grade level in reading and math. Thank you Ms. C.R. and Ms. C.M.
Our school has been through a lot of changes this past year and I must say they are all for the better. We are adopting new curriculum along with other GEO Foundation schools and all of the teachers are very excited for this. We also have very little staff turnover this year, which means that all of our wonderful staff will remain to serve students to the best of our abilities. We have started so many new programs that will only grow next year such as more sporting activities, National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society as well as a possibility for National Elementary Honor Society. We are all VERY excited for the wonderful changes to come and look forward to teaching all those bright and shining faces next school year! SOARING EAGLES RULE!!!!!
My kids go here and they are excelling. The school has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years, however it is better than ever. There is new leadership that is making a positive difference in the schools traditions and culture. Academics are excellent because of the dedicated staff. I would definitely recommend this school.
My 2 kids have been at this school for 3 years and I have to say that Pikes Peak Prep has seriously let my kids down academically. In my sons freshman year they did not teach Algebra 1, instead they taught consumer math, which is not needed. Then decided that algebra 1 would be taught in the senior year AFTER algebra 2. Plus this year my son had the top GPA in the 10th grade and when tested for entrance to a top school, his scores said he should be going into the 9th grade. And if he did summer school in english and math and passed algebra 1 they would let him into the 10th grade, which he is about to finish at Pikes Peak. My daughter tested better but will still have to take summer school and probably struggle in the 9th grade. The kids get no homework and it shows. Both my kids say they aren't learning anything. Beware!
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