My son has been attending the school for the past year. He is way above his grade level in everything, especially math. We are very pleased with the school, and I have never seen or heard my son talk about anyone getting bullied. I think the discipline at the school is good, and the uniforms are awesome. Every question I have ever addressed to an administrator was either answered directly, or I was told where I could get the answer. Every day the principal is out on the playground and in front of the school talking to parents and greeting them. As far as budget cuts, EVERY school in the state has them, and most are cutting A LOT more then our school. I encourage anyone to take a look for themselves. This is a great arts school.
Reading some of the reviews here, it's hard to believe we're talking about the same school. I don't see kids getting pulled out left and right, or rampant bullying, or uncaring administration, or the main focus on money, and I spend a big chunk of time at the school. Every school has had children leave. Every school has experienced bullying. All the schools in the state have had budget cuts. The exaggeration is a bit excessive in some of the reviews. Judge for yourself. Visit the school. Drop in and see a typical day. I continue to be very impressed with the school. The staff and admin are receptive and always answer my questions. The principal isn't hiding in her office. I see her working throughout the building and being where she's needed. I see happy, smiling children who tell me they love their school -- not just my own children.
We love this school. Our daughter is in her second year and she reads and does math above grade level. Her teacher is so warm and creative. My favorite thing about the school is the hands on creative things the children get to do which really make the learning concrete and gets the kids so excited. My daughter's class is building a teepee this quarter. What kid would not LOVE that?
We pulled our kids out of this school in 2008 because of many serious problems but decided to re-enroll them the beginning of this year because we were given the reassurance that all of our concerns had been addressed. Boy was I mistaken!! Not only have our concerns about severe bullying and lack of faculty intervention not improved, but my children have suffered emotionally and mentally, have night mares now and on some occasions been physically hurt including skinned knees from being pushed down and bites from other children. I find it remarkable that this school is now a pre-school! I deeply regret putting my children in harms way not once but twice now. Parents, please ask questions! Like the previous parent wrote, things are not what they seem here.
I agree with the previous poster that it is best to check the school out before making a decision. This school has definately had it's share of problems, but the teachers are wonderful and incorporating the arts into what they learn has been great. Both my children have attended PSD schools before, and they have been very happy at this school. Which is why I have not pulled them out. They want to go to school and when I pick them up they are talking a mile a minute on what they learned that day. I am hoping that now that there will be a new principal things will change for the better. For this school to make it, they need a strong music program, which they do not have. They need to rehire the Spanish teacher that was a true gift to the school.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
I love that my kids have music, drama, art, PE, and Spanish every week. My kids love it there.
NCAAK has wonderful, dedicated teachers and a program that encourages children to be creative, use their abilities, and think outside the box.
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.
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