My kids both love this school and their teachers! My middle child fought going to school and we had nightly homework battles. The no homework through 3rd grade and only a little in 4th is awesome since research shows it's actually detrimental in elementary school. The teachers truly care, the class sizes are very reasonable and my kids are being exposed to more art and music than in any other school I've heard about. They also get at least two recesses which is critical to kids being able to learn and grow. Kids get the chance to be well-rounded and are reinforced to be caring and compassionate. I highly recommend this school!
TPAAK offers my daughter so many opportunities to learn and grow. The elementary school band, choir, drama, and art opportunities are numerous. Children have the chance to preform and take on new challenges often. We find the Paragon instruction (a mixture of history, social studies, and art unique to TPAAK) to be a great piece of the overall education puzzle. I want my children to be great at science, math, and literacy but I am also trying to raise global citizens with cultural literacy and Paragon is a key to that. The teachers and administration are hard working, caring, and immensely talented. The board and PTLO work tirelessly to support the students, staff, and greater TPAAK community. I especially appreciate that the PTLO and Board insulate students from fundraising. My daughter has never been asked to sell or peddle anything as happens so often at other school. At times the school day and year seem a bit long, but I know my child is benefiting from the additional time at school learning, creating, and engaging with her peers. TPAAK students are excelling. Students have made great showings in art competitions, science fairs, OM competitions, band and drama opportunities.
The teachers and staff at TPAAK are highly educated, motivated, and caring. Their passion really shows in their creativity and hard work. The staff has really excelled at making the environment welcoming.
TPAAK seems to have moved away from focusing on homework as an extension of the school day. Kids need time to be kids and I'm glad that my kids aren't weighed down my homework each night. For the most part homework is made up of occasional projects or small extensions of classwork.
The primary grades in the school don't receive any homework all (no packets coming home to be returned by the end of the week!!) In 4th and 5th grade, they begin to add homework to help develop skills the students will need in middle school. The school does encourage school-home connections.
This school has certainly had some changes in the last past years--mostly for the better. The current leadership has really helped to bring the school up across the board. The art and music program are top notch as well as the social studies program. The kindergarten and first grade are also very strong foundations for the school.