This is our 1st year at TPAAK & we absolutely love it! Our son is once again in a learning environment, keeping challenged and thriving. The academics are rigorous and expectations high. This is a great school for students who love school and love to learn! The teachers are extremely dedicated, hard working and fair. What a relief to find this school! The majority of start up issues have now been resolved. This school will only get stronger each year with highly committed parents, teachers, students and principal.
This school is sort of like a split personality. The amazing teachers and education vs. the 'Hyde' board. There have been 4 principals in the last two years, and the current one has absolutely no experience, but has been doing a great job at trying to communicate with the parents while being acting principal. My son loves his class, his teacher and his ITBS scores are getting better each time. My mother, a teacher with 30+ years experience, says he is doing great. The board, however, is secretive and has a reputation of being nasty to those who disagree with them. Over the next few years, the board will become all parent based, and I hope that this will improve things.
While most of the teachers at this school are phenomenal (with more teaching experience and education than the newly appointed principal, I might add) the administration has made it impossible for us to return next year. I agree with other reviews touting the great curriculum, but it really cannot thrive without a solid foundation. Education should not be treated as a business. Likewise, education is best left to educators.
We love TPAAK, and advise anyone considering sending their kids there to visit the school. Before moving to Ft. Collins my kids went to private school and I would rate TPAAK as good or better than the school we were paying thousands of dollars each year to attend.
This school is facing major problems in its administration, from Mosaica to the so-called 'board' to the interim principal! None are functioning at an acceptable level. Many teachers are doing a wonderful job, but there are also many whose skills are questionable at best. The curriculum is conceptually strong, but weak in its delivery. We've found the public school system to have much more to offer in the arts as well as in the core knowledge approach.
In less than two years of being open, we have had 5 principals! The chaos at this school is just too much for us.
The ability to subject accelerate is a great thing. However, the quality of teaching staff is not very good. Last year there were some very experienced teachers who did a wonderful job for our child. This year, there are a bunch of novice teachers and teachers who just cannot meet the needs of advanced children. I attibute this to poor treatment of staff by administration. Acceleration isn't enough when the classrooms to which the children advance have very little to offer.
We have a son with 'special needs' that are NOT addressed currently at PSD in the lower grade levels. Our son is classified as 'Very Superior Intelligence' when tested at CSU to see why he was having 'issues' at school. PSD's answer would have been to pull him out of class and have him educated by volunteers (assuming volunteers were available). OR advance him 2 grade levels - skipping 1st and 2nd grades. Then we found TPAAK, where they test him 2 times per year and advance him accordingly. Where they created a special behavioral plan for him and created a specific adademic plan for him. Where he is able to stay with his peers for the most part but advance in Reading and Math. So he gets to be a 7 year old boy AND he gets the education that addresses his 'special' needs. We are thrilled with TPAAK!
This school is absolutely amazing, especially compared to the neighborhood school my child would have attended if not accepted here. She has grown well past my expectations in Kindergarten, and I'm very excited for her 1st grade year. The academic programs offered are stellar, and the fact that they offer Spanish every other day as well as the 'arts' (music, drama, art, performing arts, etc.) The PE program is often enough to help combat childhood obesity, which is a national epidemic. The PTLO is strong and vibrant. They've coordinated so many awesome events and really boosts school support and morale. Parent involvement is very strongly encouraged, which can only be a good thing to strengthen parental/school/child relations. Because this school is only starting its 2nd year, some aspects are still 'works in progress', and some things are confusing, but I would recommend this school without reservation, otherwise.
In three words, WE LOVE TPAAK! The quality of the academic programs is the best we've seen and the arts programs are incredible. My children (all who learn very differently) are being taught in individual ways so that they can succeed. No cookie cutter molds for teaching and learning here! Test scores are up, they adore their teachers, and their personal confidence in their abilities is through the roof! They are excited to go to school every day and are thrilled at the daily opportunities to express themselves artistically as well as academically. The teachers and administration take a personal interest in every child, and go well out of their way to ensure success for not only their classrooms but for the entire community. Parent involvement is improving with the establishment of an awesome PTLO. Word is spreading- there is a new school in town and it rocks!!
I can't believe some of the reviews on this site! We have had an amazing experience at TPAAK. Although, granted, there have been some administrative difficulties, the majority of the staff at TPAAK have been wonderful. My daughter is an older student who used to HATE school. We no longer have issues with her not wanting to go, she's learning and excited, and her test scores have gone up considerably. Add to that the fact that she gets more science and Spanish than in PSD schools and gets three days per week of drama - which is not offered at all in PSD - plus creative writing instruction, music and visual arts regularly - what's not to be excited about?!? The P.E. teacher coaches TPAAK teams in the city league on her own time. Parents are excited and involved. We love it!
Along with all of the staff turnover and administrative problems, ultimately what made our family select a different school for next year was low academic standards at TPAAK. We expressed concern over and over about lack of academic progress being made by our son only to be continually reassured that he was doing great. We didn't see it. Standardized test scores at the end of the school year confirmed our concerns. He had dropped nearly 20 percentile points on the tests from the start to the end of the year. Our concerns were not heard or addressed and we've found better academics at a Poudre School District school.
I was not impressed with the academics at this school. My children attended for the entire year, but will not be returning next year. Some of the teachers were wonderful and went out of their way to enhance a curriculum that, in and of itself, was no better than what one would get in any public school. One of my children dropped significantly on ITBS scores from the start of the year to the end and I felt that another year at this school would have spelled disaster in terms of academic progress. We didn't have the time to wait for teachers and administration to improve.
As others have said, the issues at this school stem from the administration. Bullying issues are simply not handled at all. I'd caution any family to interview the principal before enrolling a child at TPAAK/NCAAK, if you can get your call returned.
The concept and the teachers that were at the school were great. Information that should be available is not. For this school to succeed they need to replace the administration team!
We attended the whole year at TPAAK. My kids loved the school, especially my older child who has attended many other elementary schools. We loved paragon. I feel like creativity is very important to overall learning. The way social studies and history is interwoven with art is refreshing and beneficial to the children's overall learning. We also love that core knowledge is taught at TPAAK. History is easier to understand when it is taught in chronological order. The Spanish classes are another plus. They also teach more art, music, and drama than average, which goes back to the creativity = better learning issue. Einstein said, 'Creativity is more important than knowledge.' I don't know about the principal / teacher thing going on.
I would have ranked the teacher quality more highly than I did, however we recently found out that teachers have either been let go or have resigned - mostly the better teachers, unfortunately. There are serious administration issues at this school.
My son started kindergarten this year at TPAAK. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of education and the abundance of enrichment programs offered. The staff is wonderful and you can tell that everyone there truly loves what they are doing. I have 2 teenage girls that have gone through the public school system and their education isn't even a fraction of the quality that my son is receiving at TPAAK. I especially like the Paragon curriculum. I never would have imagined in a million years that my 6 yr old son would be telling me the history behind Egypt, Australia, and Sacagawea! It is also refreshing to see that they are keeping PE in their curriculum when other public schools are eliminating it. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality education with an emphasis on the arts. Tammy
I believe this first year school has fantastic potential! After a tough first year it seems the ball is finally rolling! My child loves going to school! The paragon presentations teach us what they already know! I enjoy this monthly interaction with my child's teachers. Also all of the extra 'specials' (Art, Music, Drama, P.E., and Spanish) Provide a wonderful exposure to learning.
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