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Peoria, IL

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2711 West Willow Knolls Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

(309) 692-7570
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November 20, 2014
Peoria academy is a very nice school and advanced but not too much and all the teachers are really nice. I actually enjoy going to school. To the student that keeps writing bad reviews, have you heard the middle school motto "If you can't be kind be quiet?" Everybody on here knows you hate PA and you don't need to keep posting to bring everything down!!

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2014
I am disappointed in stating that my experience at Peoria Academy was a rather dreadful endeavor. While I concur that the curricular aspects of this institution are adequate, I had witnessed and underwent the folly of the social environment. Ever since the initiation of my education at the school, I had faced numerous instances of bullying. Throughout my time in the primary grades, the severity of it was to a minor degree. However, as I progressed into the middle school, everything changed. I was degraded for my rather slim physical size, my lack of athletic ability, and even my own political views. After attempting to communicate with the teachers and staff, I was promised that my struggles would be halted before their severity increased. However, no alteration in the behavior of said bullies occurred, and I remained in such a pattern of being bullied and addressing the issues for the rest of my presence in the school. Since then, I have moved out of the state, and in all honesty, I am pleased to be gone. If you wish to send your children here, you may take your chances. However, be prepared to face possible social struggles as I did at Peoria Academy.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2014
Peoria Academy is a great school, the best in the Peoria area. There are a lot of negative reviews on this site, that must be taking with a grain of salt. As with any review site, letting people leave as many reviews as they would like without identifying themselves, one person can try to manipulate the reviews. Nearly, if not all, negative reviews written in 2013 were written by one student, and if you read them closely you can tell it is an immature teenager. The school went under new leadership in 2012 and is much more stable with a great group of teachers that work well together. The school went out and found some nationally recognized programs to help supplement its already advanced curriculum. They have Singapore math, Lab Learner, PLTW, Lexia, Math Buddies and a few others I can not recall. The tuition is reasonable, and one if the only problems I see us that the school tries to be like a school that charges 20,000+ while Peoria Academy's tuition is less than half that. That would be my only complaint is that to many parent expect the school to rival an elite east coast school, but do not want to spend any money.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
Hi everyone! This is my first year at Peoria Academy (as an 8th grader) and I LOVE PA! It is the best thing in my life. You can't beat the curriculum (tends to be 2 to 3 grades above normal public schools) and the social life there is GREAT! I would like to ask people to ignore the reviews on October 23rd and September 7th- they were all made by a friend that was supposedly bullied, but no one else has ever seemed to feel that way. Ask almost every PA student, and they'll say "I love it here!" It's an Eco-school which makes it better for asthmatics, and it's filled with natural sunlight. An advanced curriculum, amazing teachers, and a culturally diverse community is the thriving environment of Peoria academy. If you aren't financially able to send your kids, they offer almost full scholarships- no special qualities needed. If at all possible, SEND YOUR KIDS TO PA! It will Be the BEST decision you ever make. Come and visit!

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2013
Our son entered PA in 3rd grade after falling behind in a former private school. We were worried about whether he could keep pace, let alone excel in an accelerated academic environment. He is now in 6th grade and reading at 10th grade levels and testing in 8th grade for Mathematics. He boasts about his friends, teachers and experiences at Peoria Academy. We could not be more pleased. This school is more than we could have ever hoped for in academics, extra-curricular activities and cultural diversity. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
We have been going to this school for three years and our child is flourishing!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
We have been very pleased with our experiences at PA over the past years. We are particularly impressed by the principal and his thoughtful approach to creating an active learning environment. We are equally impressed by the supportive community of families and teachers. Our children have done very well and absolutely love going to school. Others have commented on the strength of the science and math curriculum. I would add that it is lovely to walk into school and see an art studio space and to be able to visit the school veggie garden. It is nice to be in a place where education isn't viewed primarily as a series of standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
With the advent of Singapore math, the new integrated science program and the focus on STEM, all in the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year, this school will continue to outpace Dunlap and Washington Gifted in providing a superior education. We have been there for five years and actively compared our friends children's experiences in other schools, including the parochials, and for us, it is the best our kids can get living in the Peoria area. The head of school is excellent, and continues to upgrade the faculty and provide ongoing training and support for them. The facility is in good shape, and the school is not trying to be everything to everybody. For the cost, an incredible bargain. Look at the alumni from here and what many of them are achieving. They are prized students at every school they matriculate to, and excel in IB and AP programs.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
PA is a wonderful school. My son has been at PA since 6th grade. It is wonderful because it provides a learning environment for different learning styles. The teachers truly care about the students and are willing to help the students. It is the only school I have seen where teachers stay until 5pm helping students if necessary. They are preparing students for high school and beyond by focusing not only on the basics but STEM courses also. You can"t go wrong with PA.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Peoria Academy is the only school in the area excelling in the STEM courses. Their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs are producing students ready for an accelerated path to the corporate world. I am so impressed with their flexible grouping curriculum that allows this process to occur. Way to go Peoria Academy

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
There is a lot of very nice and intelligent students and a lot of them are likely to succeed

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Oh come on, no ones perfect. About that lunch room incident: that is the first time anything of the sort has ever happened. Some children during the "detention" actually admitted how that was better than going out in the cold weather on the black top. I bet that if you go to a Dunlap school (which I've been to), this would happen much more often. I mean no disrespect: there was a bullying issue at Peoria Academy during the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, but the school filtered through the bullies. Peoria Academy offers a near perfect education, and is a parent-involved environment that kids and parents alike enjoy. I believe that Peoria Academy is one of the best, if not the best school in IL.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2012
The interim principal is making some very needed changes that have gotten the school back on the right track. The teachers have always been very dedicated and caring, and I am sure that will continue. I attended this school from Kindergarten thru 8th grade. My 8th grade year was rough due to the principal in charge, but I loved the educational experience and all of the teachers.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2012
Small classes and involved parent community. Adequate education. Interim principal is making some very positive and progressive changes.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
Great school! Our children started in Pre-K and are now almost done and excel in every level. Great caring teachers, involved parents and a great administrative staff make Peoria Academy the best choice for education in the Peoria Area. As a parent, I highly recommend that if you are school hunting, go and visit Peoria Academy and you will be delighted. The moment you step in you feel the difference, and we are a tough group of demanding parents always involved in the education of our children. This makes Peoria Academy a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
My sons have been going to Peoria Academy since my oldest started kindergarten in 2004. It is a wonderful school with excellent teachers who make learning fun. It is small enough to allow teachers to meet the needs of each individual student. The teachers are wonderful, nurturing people who accept each child for who they are. I have read several poor ratings that were recently posted on this site about Peoria Academy. I will admit that the school went through a rough patch that lasted about a year, but in my opinion, things are back to normal, and I have fallen in love with the school all over again. There are endless opportunities for parents to get involved at the school, and the more parents get involved, the more the school feels like home. I highly recommend Peoria Academy to anyone looking for a school with a friendly, caring staff and challenging academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2011
We love PA! We have been here for several years and are very pleased with the high quality of education. Our child receives a alot of individual attention and was reading in Kindergarten. We looked at 4 schools and chose this one due to the excellent academic program. The parents are involved and there is a great parent community. There have been some changes in the middle school, but they are continuing to develop. Some people don't like change. We look forward to our future at PA!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
This is going to sound trite, but it is the truth: my daughter was very unhappy at the public school she was at. Ever since she has been at the PA, she loves school. She is learning a lot, the teachers are great, and the Headmaster greets every single student at the front door every morning. I've never seen that before.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
Great school. Highly recommended, and not very expensive at all (compared to other Independent schools that charge well over 10K, this one is just under 7K).

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
My daughter attended the school for 2 years. We had the pleasure of meeting the original Head of School. She was amazing. She retired and the new head of school came in to "fix" everything. In the process, he had 11 total staff members leave the school for other jobs. The teacher quality until the new changes was amazing. The 2010-2011 school year saw many changes, teachers not sure what direction they were supposed to go with everything. Communication from the Head of School was poor. Emails to all parents with grammatical errors, changes emailed to parents the day they went into effect, or no communication at all. My daughter complained the Head of School took all field trips away to "save money" yet, he hired extra help because he couldn't do his job. The focus and priorities of the school have changed. Now the school is focused on creating a college prep high school to accomodate the executive board(those with money) and don't want to send their child to a public high school. This once proud school has forced me to send my child to a public school for a better education. Go to Dunlap, Washington, Morton, or Germantown for your education needs!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
I have had the displeasure of attending Peoria Academy for 4 years, and every year, I hated it. My parents were unaware of my displeasure, because I never told them. Anyways, at Peoria Academy, I did not learn a single thing. In second grade, the staff was teaching us the alphabet, while I was already reading chapter books! The teachers were nice, but they had no experience, and I learned nothing new! Also, my parents stayed away from the community set there; the parents (and students) were all stuck up and snobbish, and, quite frankly, rude. Additionally, I spent more time at that school doing nonsense and playing on the computers there than I learned!! Please, many of my friends decided to switch from Peoria Academy to a public school- don't make the mistake of sending your child to PA and wasting hundreds of dollars of hard earned money. I switched from PA to a public school, Charter Oak, and I loved it! I learned so much more there, and the teachers had years of experience, and there was a balance between very intelligent students and average students. I felt welcome, which is why public schools beat PA anytime!!

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2010
My husband and I are very excited about the changes that are occuring at Peoria Academy! Updated curriculum, advanced student programs, exciting new sporting activities and a wonderful parent community! We are very pround to send our son to this school and would highly recommend it to anyone! Looking forward to the up-coming school year!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
ok i have written many reviews but for some reason all of them get deleted. i think it is because people report mine but even though what i write is harsh its the truth and i would appreciate it if people kept them on here so parents who are thinking about sending their child here now the truth. ok i have moved so many times and been to too many school to count and peoria academy is by far the worst. the lunches are terrible the teachers dont really care about you and think that they are doing us a favor by teaching us and when you try to suggest things no one listens. lastly they claim that their education is so much better then a public school but i go to a public school now and we are learning way more advanced things. DONT SEND YOU CHILD HERE!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
Oh come on, although it does have flaws nothing's perfect. I do agree about the lunches but other than that it is an amazing school. I have been to Mark Bills and Washington gifted but had to leave because of my love of PA. It is NOT so bad. If your having trouble with the social environment your child is dealing with at PA. Your child may get upset about something someone said, but I know from experience that it is much worse at district 150. The teachers are excellent. The give us their full attention and care about us and our grades. Here a teacher will individually talk to your child and help him out if he doesn't understand.At district 150 it is common for your kids to be forgotten as an individual. A few years ago it was rough with the fifth grade but all problems have been fixed.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2010
The elementary program at Peoria Academy is good, but beware of the middle school. After trying to talk to staff and school leaders, I found that it's a useless endeavor to voice concerns or recommend improvements. As far as the comments about diversity: there is no economic diversity. Don't expect any parents to acknowledge your existence (or your child's) if you receive financial assistance. My children are now at Washington Gifted School, which is superior in social diversity and academic quality.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the above review. We are very happy with the elementary school and feel that, for the most part, our children have have had a quality educational experience that has challenged them as individual thinkers and learners. However,our first year in the middle school has been extremely disappointing and has failed to meet our expectations. The caliber of teaching has dropped significantly and faculty and administration have been defensive and often unprofessional in their approach to our concerns. As a result, we are leaving the school after five years of attendance and a great deal of parental involvement. I would give the elementary school four stars on its own; I would give the middle school one. I hope the new head reads this review!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Wonderful, friendly teachers & staff. Parents are very involved, more on the well-to-do side, yet not snobbish whatsoever. Advanced academic curriculum. Each child feels welcome and a part of the culture. Diversity is embraced. The school also has scholarship programs for students whose families cannot afford full tuition, in the interest that anyone who really wants it should be able to get a wonderful education. I've never been happier with a school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 05, 2010
My name is Brendan Sheerin and starting on June 2010, I will be replacing the retiring Head of Peoria Academy. With 30 years experience in independent school educaton, I am delighted to lead a school with a wonderful vision of success for ever child. I looked at the school carefully before accepting the position, and it is the real thing. I am happy to speak to anyone about the school and its program, and about our exciting plans for the next decade. I am also more than wlling to listen to any concerns that a parent may have-it is only by looking at ourselves honestly that we can continue to grow.

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March 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
My daughter attended this school, and she received the best education I could have hoped for. The teachers were caring and challenged her to do her best. The school made her think and not just memorize factual information. As a small school, my daughter was able to participate in all kinds of activities after school. The school promotes diversity, and there is great acceptance for diversity in cultures and thought.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
my daughter had the worst experience there and she begged me not to make her go back, and with all the money i am saving we are happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My children are in their second year at the Academy, and thriving compared to their previous experience at another well regarded school in the community. Peoria Academy provides a tailored educational experience in an environment that provides diversity, opportunity to explore individual interests through many on site enrichment classes and a growing athletics program. We have found the administration and staff to be responsive, helpful and truly interested in our boys growth and development. Standardized test score results are among the best in the area, and students leave the Academy well prepared for their next educational experience. We have found the school to be well worth the tuition and related costs. We are hoping that the school expands to include a high school as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
We have had a great experience. Our oldest was well prepared for high school (she is on the honor roll) and a love of learning was instilled in her that was directly because of the program at Peoria Academy.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
My daughter graduated from Peoria Academy, and had a fantastic education. She was well prepared for her high school coursework, and the creative learning experiences helped propel her thinking. As a small school, her ability to participate in so many different activities, helped her leadership skills, as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
We have just returned to Peoria Academy after several years out of the country and we are so pleased to have our children back at the school. The school was wonderful when we attended before, but has since made some fantastic improvements, especially with the after school/extracurricular activities -- there are so many to choose from! The teachers are attentive and do a great job motivating the kids to learn. We have also been impressed with the school's implementation of Snapgrades which is one of the ways the school uses to communicate with parents. Overally, we are very happy with school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2009
We had a wonderful experience at Peoria Academy! We love the teachers and the staff! The Academy has many things to offer for both parents and students. It is a welcoming enviroment and we love the enriched education. We are looking forward to another wonderful year!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
We have been with Peoria Academy for the past three years. The teachers are excellent, and the principal is very approachable. The curriculum is the best, with out-of-the-box approach to learning, and recent test scores showed higher than the Washington Gifted school. They are fully supportive of the gifted students, and tailors the lessons to each kids' learning abilities. We love the diversity of the school! A lot of students are from Europeans and Asians, that is better diverse than the general Peoria area. This school is very committed to have a socially diverse group, that includes 25% that receives financial aid. Overall, a nice, small private school with a family feeling, a lot of parental involvement, and wide-ranging extracurricular activities to choose from.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
oh yes, academy is what you want for your child

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March 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2008
While I was a student at Peoria Academy I enjoyed it however, my opinion has changed. One of PA's goals is to accept diversity but they make it a big deal. They have a whole month's theme as 'multi-cultural'. This is highlighting each culture's differences rather than the similarities. Also, it didn't really prepare me for high school as well I had hoped. My friends that went to Washington Gifted School were much more prepared when they entered high school. I did like many of the teachers I had while I was at PA. Sadly, the majority of them have left to go to different schools.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2008
this school could use some adjustments for example the teachers are really not that gret except for a few

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2008
As a parent associated with Peoria Academy for more than 4 years I must say beyond 4th grade is very disappointing. There is no consistency or adequate preparation from one grade to the next and while the expectation is high for students there is no guidance or tools provided to assist in 'success for every child' as they boast for their platform!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
I really like this school the staff is great and the c;asses are really FUN!

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2008
Peoria Academy is one of the best if not best K-8th schools in the Peoria Area. The philosophy that governs the school utilizes out of the box learning methods, more cutting edge than traditional public schools. The academic curriculum is rather demanding but the results show. The children are challenged as they learn. Test scores are through the roof as compared to other local schools! Memorization of concepts is not stressed but critical thinking and expression, true learning at its best. The student body is culturally diverse. Parental feedback is constant and appreciated. I have been affiliated with the school for over 8 years and my kid s progress will prepare them for high school and beyond. If you are serious about your child s education, I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is moving to the Greater Peoria area or who are exploring their options within the market.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I loved Peoria Academy and I'd love to go back there. There was great curriculum, and the teachers were great.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
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August 28, 2008
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April 25, 2008
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November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
As a student who attened Peoria Acdemy for two years (and as a student who has been to many schools, international and local) I feel that PA is one of the worst. Teachers who discipline without asking for your side of the story, a curriculum that is dissatisfying for those who actually wish to learn, and no move made to push kids in the right direction socially are all seen regularly at this school. I never want to step inside that school building again.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
We were very disappointed with our experience at Peoria Academy. There is very little thought put into how to best serve individual children. They have a formula and they apply it blindly. We were disappointed and received no assistance from the principal. Her main role appears to be fundraising. We will not return.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
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Peoria Academy
2711 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL  61614
(309) 692-7570
Last modified Peoria Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Peoria Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top