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T.R. Paul Academy Of Arts & Knowledge

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted February 25, 2010

You can spend hours researching different schools and hearing different viewpoints, but every student and parent has different needs. If you are unhappy with the school your child is currently at and are considering other options, the best thing to do is visit the school and decide for yourself. Don't let good or bad reviews on some website make the decision for you! Not every school will be right for everyone, but this school has been wonderful for my daughter. I love all of the specials while still having a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math. But don't take my word for it- call the office, find out when the next Paragon night is, and come see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

Lack of leadership and the so called principal being more worried about the money coming in the school than the education of the children is sad. i will not send any parents to his school and i hope any parents wondering about this school will realize their children would be better somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

The so called board is a joke, the principal is even worse. if and when you have any issues and questions, she is either hiding in her office or passes the buck to someone else. also, she sends out emails saying the school desparately needs money because it has exhausted all funds, then a few weeks later a news letter is released and says the school is in great shape and financially stable. they have cut certain classes, and art is next on the chopping block. parents are pulling their kids out left and right. PLEASE PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK ABOUT THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I am having trouble posting a review, so hopefully this one will work! Basically this school has gone down hill fast, and after receiving an e-mail asking parents to write positive comments I felt compelled to do otherwise. Our child will not be attending TPAAK again next year, bottom line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

My son made the move to this school after spending 2 months in a PSD school. I was disgusted with PSD. He has attended since Kindergarten & is now in the 3rd grade. They divide literature and math classes into appropriate levels, so that no one gets left behind & has to wait for others to catch up. The school offers Art, Music, Drama and P.E. Parents are far more involved here. Parents drop off and pick up their kids everyday. Parking IS a little crazy but manageable once you learn how to navigate. My slight inconvenience is easy to overcome considering it is a slight compromise for a better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

We have been at TPAAK for almost 1.5 years after transitioning from PSD. This school focuses on giving students the core curriculum (Real Math and Open Court Reading), but then so much more! Our favorite subject (not found at any other school in the district) is Paragon. Students learn social studies throughout the world and express the knowledge through art and performance. I continually learn new things from my children every 5 weeks students present their work to the parents. For example, the students were learning about the Renaissance period (4th grade) and they chose to dress up as different key historical figures (i.e. Galileo) making their own costumes, writing up a presentation, and then presenting it to all the parents. Afterwards, they discussed how they created mock-ups of a Venice village and how transportation was used at that time. WOW!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

My daughter has been going to this school since K and she is now in 2nd grade. Up until the time around Christmas, we were in love with this school until a financial hurdle forced her teacher to be let go. The way it was handled was ridiculous and we were quite upset about it to say the least. My daughter was very effected by this abrupt change and didn't want to go to school for about 3 weeks. But, in the last couple months, they have handled the transition well and answered any of the questions we were all having, thoroughly and honestly. My daughter is once again happy to go to school, her new teacher is great, and we have re-enrolled for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2010

Two of my children attend TPAAK. They have an amazing and strong principal who is doing the best she can leading a charter school through a tough economic time. They are amazing teachers and have an amazing Pe, Art and Music teacher. I wish they had a field and a better facility, but they do well with what they have. I really think tpaak is a great school. Come and see yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

This school has had a 'gifted and talented' program for the last few years. Being in the program means absolutely nothing. Every year there is a promise of extra activities for these children, but so far nothing has ever happened! This school advertises that if your child is falling behind that they will provide tutoring, yet another thing that they have never done. Look at CSAP scores for schools before enrolling your child!! They are here on this website!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I pulled my child, they cut numerous teachers and the school board members are a joke. The building is in bad shape and the safety is concerning, the parking situation is a mess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2009

TPAAK is a disaster. Staff morale is at an all-time low, students are stressed and unhappy, arts classes are being cut, Spanish has been eliminated, test scores are unacceptable, leadership is inexperienced and ineffective, Many families are pulling their children mid-year. We deeply regret ever moving our children there and would not recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

If every child tests 'at or above their grade level,' why does TPAAK have some of the lowest CSAP scores in PSD boundaries and why are half or more of the kids not proficient on CSAPs? Take a look at the test scores. They're right there on this site.


Posted October 3, 2009

I love that my kids have music, drama, art, PE, and Spanish every week. My kids love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

NCAAK has wonderful, dedicated teachers and a program that encourages children to be creative, use their abilities, and think outside the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My son is learning about things that I didn't get to until much later. The curriculum is all-encompassing and the teachers don't just teach to 'bubble tests'! Speaking of teachers, my son (now in 3rd grade) never complains about going to school and always looks forward to it. When he went to 'back to school night' on a Thursday he saw his new teacher and said 'I want to start tomorrow, not wait for Monday!'. Folks that says it all. We love the teachers, love the curriculum and most of all we love the way the school keeps him motivated, happy and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My kido was really nervous about starting 3rd grade. He had a wonderful 1st and 2nd grade teacher and someone new was going to be hard. He did not even want to come inside for back to school night. When we left after back to school night, he asked if he could start school tomorrow, rather then Monday. Need I say more?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My 4th grader has attended NCAAK since 1st grade. He loves school! He is not 'slipping through the cracks!' The teachers know his strengths and weaknesses and are able to instruct and encourage him at all levels!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Because this is the only school that has been able to challenge my daughter. I love the staff, they are very helpful and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

It has given my grandkids the very best learning experience that they have had since entering school. They both are doing great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Our kids learn in such a well rounded fashion, getting great exposure to the arts at a young age. The teachers are so dedicated and caring. This is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 57% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female89%
Male100%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant95%

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant89%

Writing

All Students68%
Female68%
Male67%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female100%
Male86%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant92%

Reading

All Students82%
Female94%
Male71%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%

Reading

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Science

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English50%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant50%

Writing

All Students65%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunchn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 56%
Hispanic 13% 32%
Black 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A41%
Male 45%N/A51%
Female 55%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Phyllis Nakagawa
Fax number
  • (970) 226-2806

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4512 Mcmurry Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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Phone: (970) 226-2800

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