We have 3 children at the school and I have to say that it's been a great experience. My kids do have a lot of homework but it's very manageable, and necessary if the school is going to provide them with a better than average education. If they need it they readily get help from their teachers. It really does feel like a family and if there are any problems with other students, it's handled quickly. Bullying has never been an issue with us, but like every other school in Colorado it exists. The teachers and administration make us feel very comfortable with the way they handle it. We were already aware of their great reputation for academics before we visited Twin Peaks for the first time....but what sold us the first time.....and in our decision to send the rest of our kids...was how comfortable they fit in. They were happy and other than an education, that's what was important to us.
We have had our daughter at this school for 4 years. We have hoped that things would improve. Not so much. The student to teacher ratio is way too high. One teacher to 30 students. I have noticed a lot of issues with bullying. The school doesn't do anything to stop it and the teachers don't have time to deal with it. The homework is ridiculous. You should expect 2-3 hours of homework every night. Also expect to hire a tutor. The teachers seem to hate teaching. I would highly recommend looking at a different school. We are trying to get our daughter into another school right now.
Based on experiences at other schools and countless conversations with parents at our school and others, I believe Twin Peaks is on par with the top tier educational environments in our area. We have had tremendous teacher experiences from first grade through sixth, both with my kids' classes, and the volunteer work I have done on an ongoing basis with more than a dozen teachers individually. I am pleased with the middle school team and how they work to improve the transition experience for the students and parents. I love that my kids can stay at the same school through 12th grade and have similar schedules that make my busy life easier. I am happy with my children's growth and that of other students I work with on a regular basis. I feel blessed to have additional support from the character education that is built into the curriculum. The reason I am not giving all fives is because I believe every school has room for improvement and that we should not stay idle. Also, I would not rate any other school higher. I know my kids are getting a useful, well-rounded education that will set them up for success in higher education and career life.
TWPCA a great disappointment We moved to Longmont last year and were excited by the proposect of her attending a charter school but TWPCA is not what a STEM school should be. Key Issues Student:Teacher Ratio is to high Turnover of Board is to high Parents withdrawing their children from this school Sense of Desperation in recruiting new families Board and Leadership do not seem to have a clear plan to execute No visible plan to drive standards back up
LOVE Twin Peaks Charter Academy! We moved our daughter here three years ago from our neighborhood school. Although we were content with our old school and our daughter did well, we had no idea of her potential once she was challenged! She has SOARED. The core knowledge curriculum yields an outstanding education, our daughter is safe here, we love the dress code and the continuous character education/assemblies are the icing on the cake. We are looking forward to the classical curriculum in high school for her AND soon we will have both her brothers enrolled! It will be great to be able to drop-off/pick-up three kids from ONE location!
My daughter is in first grade and loves Twin Peaks Charter Academy. She was in Montessori for Pre-K and K so I didn't know how well she would transfer but it has worked beautifully. TPCA offers students and parents access to a great education. My daughter is learning a tremendous amount through the Core Knowledge program and really enjoys the extracurricular activities (Spanish, music and art). The staff and faculty are caring and work with the children to get the most out of school. I also appreciate the level of parent involvement.
The student to teacher ratio is way too high!! Typically 30 students to 1 teacher. The students that speak english as their second language typically get the most attention. Therefore, be prepared to spend lots of time on homework and paying for a tutor. We have given this school 3 years to get it together. However, we will be sending our child to another school next year.
What sets TPCA apart from other schools in the state? Well for one, they offer Olympic fencing instruction at the high school level, I've never seen that anywhere else and the kids can't stop raving about it. This school is awesome, enough said.
Twin Peaks Charter is not just another neighborhood school. Your child will be challenged and engaged with every day of instruction. The teachers are amazing, the community engaged and the staff dedicated. Look at our scores, Facebook page and parent survey to get a real feel for what the school is about.
With the expansion the school lost its specialness. Classrooms became much larger, all the "special" things they were to receive at TPCA went away. A lot of teacher turnover, making it difficult for children who need consistency. No longer worth the extra drive time, since the school no longer offers anything more than your neighborhood school.
My daughter loves Twin Peaks. She has been going there for 2 years and has been challenged beyond limits. I am so grateful that she did not have to go to the local public school. At TPCA, she can take HS classes even thought she is only in 6th grade. The motto is "it's cool to be smart", the kids want to get good grades and do better. TPCA has grown for the better in the last few years and I am looking forward to the new sports facility they are working on. I like it that I can be involved in my daughter's education by volunteering at the school. If you don't like (or don't have the time) to put time in your kid's school or if you don't like HW, then don't go to TPCA. Parent involvement is required and HW is assigned daily, which weeds out the parents who don't want to be involved or sit down to do HW with their kids. We love TPCA and I recommend it to all my friends. My daughter will go there until she graduates HS.
Love this school. I have 3 children inTwin Peaks and they all love the kids and the teachers. The school has volleyball, basketball, soccer, theater, choir, band, cross country, track, publishing, computer lab etc... They are working on a football field and a baseball field. The school has won SEVERAL awards over the past few years. I think it is a great place for kids who want to do well in school. Any child interested in a great education will do wonderfully at this school.
Twin Peaks High School is phenomenal. The teachers are fantastic and make sure everyone understands the material being talked about. The school has a great environment. There is homework but it isn t usually an overwhelming amount. The coaches for the sports teams make sure that everyone is able to do their best and improve.
My son attended TPCA up until this year where he transferred to a local high school. Academically this school is great for the basics (math, english, science, social studies)... hardcore but great! It allowed for my son to definitely excel in high school where he is easily pulling a 4.0+ gpa. Socially we had problems with the middle school because they treat the kids like kindergartners, and unfortunately don't offer enough electives. There are a lot of growing pains that have resulted from their new high school addition, but I believe in 5 to 10 years this school will be "level" and ready to be great again. Until then just note that it has it's issues with the board, "counselor", teachers, and class offerings that might deter you from choosing TPCA. I hope it improves, but I personally don't miss the issues my son encountered while attending TPCA.
I have been involved with TPCA for 6 years, and I'm choosing to move my children to the local public school. It's concerning that 3 board members did not choose Twin Peaks for their children this year, they moved them to public school. The administration is ineffective and there are valid reasons why our board members move their kids. Children cannot play on the grass for recess, but have to play on concrete. Usage of the large grass area is only for certain PE classes and the principal wants the school to "look appealing", so the children aren't allowed to trample the grass at lunch recess or any other recess. The principal is about "appearances" and not dedicated to academic or physical needs of the student body. Keep in mind that the principal doesn't even bring his kids to TPCA. This school is not what it once was, and many families are leaving. I've found that the public school can better serve the academic needs of my children. A school that thinks tech, science and math are relevant is a better fit for my young learners. TPCA's heavy focus on humanities leaves gaping holes in the long term success of the students.
I love the principal. I love the teachers. This is a great school. My daughter has been there 3 years. She is challenged. I wish I had put her in here instead of the private school I had her in. I wish I had the money.
My 2 daughters have been attending TPCA for 3 years. I have been very pleased with the staff and administration at this school. My kids are being challenged, are excited about learning, and have many opportunities to excel and be recognized for their achievements. Parents are highly involved -- which is great! The focus is on Core Knowledge curriculum, which means my children are getting a great education in reading, language arts, math and social studies. The only negative side to the elementary program is their lack of science skills being taught. My kids are memorizing science facts, but they have yet to do any hands-on experiments and inquiry investigations. I do like the fact that my kids have the opportunity to learn Spanish in elementary school. I would recommend this school for kids who are high achieving and thrive in a highly structured environment. I don't think this is the school for students who have special needs, but they do offer literacy help for students who are behind in reading and language arts.
This school routinely screens out children with disabilities. Even after selection in the lottery process, if your child has an IEP, be prepred to hear why Twin Peaks is "not a good fit."
It is a great school! The children are getting a great education. The teachers are great!
My grandson goes there and it is the first school he has really enjoyed and done well at.
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