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.
Wow! What an incredible difference a year makes! We decided to give PPP one more year because my daughter loves her teachers and friends, and we seriously couldn't be happier. I was able to bring another family over from a bad experience in D-2 and they love it. It seems like everyone is happy kids are off to a good start. I walked in the other day and so many teachers were there to greet my daughter with handshakes and hugs. So glad we stayed.
I have been at Pikes Peak Prep for 4 years. The first 3 were AMAZING. Until they introduced us to Odyssey. This is such a terrible program! It's so easy to cheat the system, and it's like your never being taught by the teachers! They just sat around and assigned you to computers. One of the teachers, (not going to say who) would ALYWAYS treat the older (9th grade+) better than us, younger ones. Anyways, as I was saying, I am very disappointed to say.. I didn't learn a whole lot in my 7th grade year. I am now switching to North Middle School, and I already love it! The teachers are very professional, unlike the ones here, at Pikes Peak Prep. I feel like I can actually do better this year, as an 8th grader. Parents, please think twice before sending your child here. There aren't any electives for 8th grade and under. As a 7th grader, we only got gym ONCE a week while 9th grade got 4 days a week. These teachers may have you believing its going to be the BEST school.. But it's not. There are tons of bullying problems at this school. It's awful! The teachers can NOT teach. I would honestly look into another school.
Pikes Peak Prep is leading the way when it comes to student AND teacher advancement. I have never seen or heard of a school that truly cares for its student body and teachers as much as Pikes Peak Prep. I encourage everyone to give PPP a look!
This school is an awful excuse for a charter school. Reverse racism is almost promoted here (that would be where white kids get negative treatment and bullied). My teen was stolen from multiple times during class hours, there is NO supervision. I actually got a letter from my 3rd grader's teacher explaining that the year was such a mess, if my kid did work -at all- then she received full credit...How exactly is that a "quality" education? The volunteer parents have no control over the children, you may as well send your child to public school, there is NO difference here. I decided to yank both of my children out after only 2 semesters, as none of my concerns were heeded and the principal spends all of her time in Denver instead of mentoring her kids and making sure her staff does their jobs.
I just read the previous posting. As a parent, I have no idea why someone would write a terrible posting about a school that is on the verge of awesome. To get a real feel for a school, you must visit and see the great teachers in action and the terrific things it has to offer our kids. I have two that attend and look forward to my third beginning kindergarten next year.
Pike Peak Prep is by far the worst school in the Colorado Springs area. The teachers are over worked the Odyessy on line program is wacked. They now have a Watch DOGS Dad program who is the hired help to keep the students in line. No teaching instruction and the only thing the GEO Foundation and the school board care about is all the state and federal grants money they can get for low income high risk students and families. Truly a dreadful place your students are not safe there.
Love this school! Great staff who cares deeply about my two daughters. Thank you Pikes Peak Prep.
The new administrators bring some hope for PPP. Many staff members appear to be doing the best they can. Some who weren't so good are, thankfully, gone. Equipment is in poor shape and inadequate. Students whose behavior should have gotten them expelled remain filling seats and causing disruptions. There is very little quality instruction and promises of being able to advance by doing computer work are not reality. Very little is offered for enrichment or for students who really want to learn.
Pikes Peak Prep is a wonderful school. We moved our kids from FFC 8 due to lack of concern for their students. We love the school here. My daughter as a freshman is in college classes and my son feels safe from bulling. I am able to volunteer my time here at the school and feel welcome. This is more than a school this is a family environment. I reccomend this school to all I meet. I look forward to many years here at PIkes Peak Prep. I love all the new changes the school is making to better our school. GO SOARING EAGLES
Pikes Peak Prep is above average. With recent changes to administration, the school has become a very supportive and even more academically rigorous place for children to excel. I couldn't be happier with the great changes going on at this charter school.
Pikes Peak Prep is a great place for children to succeed and grow. The staff is caring and skilled and the changes that have taken place this year are only making the school stronger!!
Pikes Peak Prep has consistently demonstrated high academic growth each year--except for 2012-13. As a result, the school board and it's non profit education management team hired a new leadership team in 2013-14. In addition, the GEO Foundation invested nearly $500,000 to assist in improvements. These dollars supported the implementation of TAP, paid for teachers to be trained in Teach Like A Champion strategies, paid for training in use of technology in the classroom and more. These strategies are widely recognized high quality teaching methods as they are used by some of the highest performing charter schools in the country. The computer-based education tools we have installed this year are also used by the best schools in the country and provide students the opportunity to excel at their pace while receiving personal attention from their teachers. It is clear that the school is addressing last year's challenges. The school has taken dramatic action in 2013-14 to improve its offerings for the students at PPP. The school board and it's management team are fully committed to providing a world class education to the families we serve. Come join us and watch us grow.
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!
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