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K-8
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Apple Valley, MN
Students enrolled: 389
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7200 West 147th St
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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(952) 953-6200
(952) 432-2130
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September 16, 2014
Paideia Academy is a great school. In the past, it was criticized for having high turnover of directors. Now there is criticism over teacher turnover. As a veteran Paideia parent, I have seen many changes and challenges within this school, but what has remained consistent is the high quality of staff, the strong sense of community, and the commitment of the administration towards helping each student excel. I have two adult children who attended and graduated from traditional district schools. I also have two children who have graduated from Paideia Academy and are attending a district high school. Without a doubt, my current high school students were more confident and prepared for the rigor of high school than were my older sons who did not have the benefit of a Paideia education. Moreover, my younger children who are currently at Paideia are thriving, even in the midst of change, maybe even because of it! Additionally, we are thrilled with the administrative abilities of our current director, and we appreciate the rapport she has with our children. For our family, Paideia Academy has fit like a glove these past ten years, and we are excitedly looking forward to the next ten!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
My son started at Paideia in the 5th grade when the new Director started. Over the past 3 years, she has destroyed the school mission, values, teacher base, and parent base! You question her, you will feel her wrath!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
25% of the staff has quit over the course of the year as of today. think twice.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
Apparently, there had been some inconsistency with directors in the past, causing a high turnover rate with staff. With new leadership, this has changed. The teachers are passionate, caring and excited about teaching. We have a bright, creative child, who also happens to be on the autism spectrum. He feels supported, and we feel he is getting the education he deserves in a smaller, academically rigorous, nurturing environment. He feels successful and full of hope. That is high praise from a middle school student! This is our first year at Paideia, and we could not be more thrilled.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We love this school! Helpful teachers and staff, small community feel, many opportunities for involvement, small class sizes, art, music, Spanish programs, and uniforms.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
As a parent, the aspect I enjoy the most about Paideia Academy Charter School is their organization. Because of their parent engagement hours, 50 per year, they attract highly motivated parents. I was especially impressed that they got out the electronic directory within weeks of school starting this year. Also- a facebook page for parents was set up for each grade to ask those last minute questions such as- is tomorrow a relaxed dress code day? Did everybody else get homework this week but my child? It is so helpful! The office staff is personable and professional. The kids are just the sweetest. One time after I was finished volunteering, seven students were in a line, one child dropped his pencil box and the whole line swooped in to help him clean it up. You can definitely see their anti-bullying plan in action. This school lives their mission.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
We started our daughter in kindergarten at Paideia in August. Our entire family has loved our experience! Her teacher has been with Paideia since it opened, and has been fantastic to work with. We appreciate all the staff working together to help students learn at their own level, and are very quick to answer parent questions and communications. The director greets the students almost EVERY morning! What a wonderful way to stay visible and connected to the student body! Encouraging parent involvement has been terrific for getting families more involved. Most important to our family, is that the school doesn't just focus on test scores, but on building character in our children. As a family we would much rather have our daughter grow into a well rounded person rather than just a good test taker. At Paideia, we believe she will do well in all areas. We are so happy to find a smaller school that fits our families needs and wants.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
Paideia Academy used to be an incredible school, but it is a shell of its former self. The wonderful teachers that were passionate about teaching are gone. They were either forced out by the Director or have quickly gone elsewhere. The teachers left in droves last year and now so are the students. It was a wonderful school but unfortunately the "vision" the current board and director have is drastically different than it used to be. I will be surprised if it is still an active Charter School in the next few years.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
I have to strongly disagree with the last couple of posts. My family has been at the school since 2007 and prior to the last couple of years it was a great experience. However the atmosphere has changed within the school. It has become a revolving door of teachers leaving during the school year. A 2nd grade classroom had at least 3 different teachers last year and so far this year there has been 3 different teachers for the 5th and 6th grades math classes. And that does not cover all the changes for the special education teachers. I would not expect this current state of affairs at a public school, much less a Charter School that is govern at a local level. However, the saddest situation about the school that the only group of people that can correct its current direction are unwilling to consider that there is anything wrong.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
Paideia Academy has set a high standard of learning for other schools. Our 8th grade student transitioned into Eastview HS honor classes without stress. We recently moved to another state. The transition again went smoothly. The other three are ahead of their fellow students; a grade ahead in some classes. The staff at Paideia are knowledgeable, professional, and kind. The atmosphere of learning created by the staff and families of the students is beyond compare. I highly recommend this school to any family who wants an exceptional learning experience for their children.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Paideia has been a terrific choice for our children's education. We have been with the school since its opening in 2005. No school is perfect but the great thing with Paideia is that it strives to be the perfect educational option for families seeking an alternative to the large, cumbersome district schools. Being a charter school has given Paideia the flexibility of trying new and innovative methods of teaching. The early release of teachers, one day a week, allows them to collaborate with each other on how to better help their students so they do not fall behind. Implementing data driven instruction, to find those learning gaps has been a part of the teaching model at Paideia for a few years now. District schools are just now starting to consider it. We have also appreciated the Olweus Bullying Curriculum being taught to our students. Children, while needing to understand reading, writing and math, also need to know how to interact with the world, and the Olweus program, plus other character building curriculum taught at the school, prepares our students for life. We've appreciated the intimate school environment where parents can get involved on many levels.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
I have to agree with the prior comments. We have had struggles throughout our time. School is too focused on letting teachers get out early on Wednesdays every week and diversity and bullying classes instead of teaching kids spelling, math, organizational skills, assistance with homework incorporating study hall, etc. The school is not interested in sharing the results of all the surveys we complete , so how can the school become better when it ignores the problems that face it.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
I have had kids at Paideia for 9 years(since it opened). The first couple of years the school was building itself and it's identity. Even though turnover at the Director position has been frequent for the whole nine years, the school was consistently getting better. Until just over 2 years ago. A new dDirector came in and started the decline. Now, just 15 months ago, another new Director came in and was given free hand to turn the school into everything that a parent or student wouldn't want. The culture and identity of the whole school has now been erased and it has been turned into a simple daycare facility focused on studying to pass the MCEA tests. Avoid this school until significant changes are made in the Director position and special education leadership. If you want the same teachers from year to year at the school, this is not the place.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
Great Spanish program, small class sizes and year round education. Carpools available to help with bus issue if live out of apple valley.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Paideia Academy is a great school. Paideia's curriculum is above par. My child was very ready for high school in District 196 after graduating from Paideia, and the younger children still at Paideia are thriving, both academically and emotionally. An awesome school option!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
We have been at Paideia for 4 years and have gone through 2 directors and a current interim director. Kids need consistency, not rules to be made and have changed and not enforced by the interim stand in. Paideia is a great school with great teachers. We just need a director that will stay longer than 8 months and be be the rock that Paideia needs to succeed. T

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
My daughter has been with Paideia since day one - in her 7th year there now. As a new school, there have bee a few hiccups, but overall I give it top rank. We have never regretted choosing this school and wish there was a similar option for high school. As to the comments about the director, she has left and they have chosen a wonderful interim director.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2011
Regarding the 9/4/2011 comment: The curriculum is under review (along with several other potential curricula) and has not been purchased. Additionally, the staff has not been trained in the curriculum as it has not been purchased.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2011
Paideia is a good school working hard to become great. They finally have a focused purpose and meaningful 3 year plan. The majority of the staff is wonderful and work hard even though they are paid less than regular public schools. They do it because they love to teach. No school is perfect but as long as a school is working to get better, the closer to perfection they become. I like Paideia a lot. My kids love it. The new director brought in some much needed changes like new food, friendliness, and better training for teachers. I'm happy that a number of really negative people have left the school. Everyone needs to remember that Paideia is a school of choice. No one is forced to stay here if tthey are that unhappy. I do wish more parents were involved, especially those that sit back and complain and don't ever offer to help improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
Unfortunately the last comment was from a past parent who left the school because she stomped her feet and the administration did not jump... Paideia Academy is truly a wonderful community. It is a public school and people are free to come as they please. I am sure if you were to meet this parent at a store out in the community she would be stomping her feet there as well. Some are just never happy in life. This school has done more for my daughter than I could ever hope for. If I were to have more children everyone would go to Paideia! Parents must remember - they do not run the school...

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
I moved my children to Paideia because they were not being challenged at the local public school and were quickly losing interest in academics. At Paideia, they are continually being evaluated to be sure they are working at the appropriate level for them in reading, math, science, etc. Now, my kids are no longer "bored" at school and look forward to each day of school. I as a parent am also very pleased with the dedication of the staff, the small class sizes (22 per section), the excellent art & music instruction, and the opportunity to study a foreign language. With a new director recently hired, I expect Paideia will continue to grow and provide a very high level of education for my kids!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
My grandson attends Paideia Academy and I am totally impressed by what he has achieved. The curriculum is well-rounded and suited to his grade level. From what I gather during our conversations his instructors are not only knowledgeable of the subject matter, but also present it in such a fashion as to make it challenging yet interesting. Another factor which impresses me about Paideia Academy, which is definitely lacking in the public school sector, is parent involvement. To me this is just as important as the academic curriculum. I have nothing but praise for this outstanding institution.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2010
The positives are smaller class sizes, a float teacher in each grade level, and a year round schedule. The negatives include a weak administration with no accountability, unprofessional staff, and a lack of technology available to students. Paideia has potential to be a great school but is lacking a great leader.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2010
We have been with Paideia since the playdates before the school opened. We loved the idea of the principles on which the school was founded. Students, parents and staff all had to sign a covenant at the beginning of each year, committing to a standard of conduct and character building. The latest administration has let go of all those principals. Staff and particularly the director have adopted a very condescending and disrespectful attitude. In the beginning, there was a definite policy not to hire parents of students to work at the school, and that all teachers would either have a masters or be working on their master's in education. There was supposed to be a strong classical focus, but the music program has been cut to a point where it may as well not exist. They have won budgeting awards, now it's time to achieve educational excellence!!!! Stick with a plan!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2010
My daughter started at this school when it first opened, and went there for 5 yrs. We just took her out. Was going into 8th gr. We were very pleased with teachers and directors until recently. They are constantly changing teachers and staff inappropriately and saying it's because of budget cuts, but rehiring other teachers that are friends of administrative staff. It has become a big click of hiring friends and terminating others. The director has total control and has no human resource to answer too. If there is a complaint you are told if you don't like it here, we have a waiting list. The school board lets her get by with all these action. Teachers and staff are working under a fear factor of losing their jobs. This director needs to be replaced.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2010
Paideia Academy is a shining example of what charter schools can accomplish. Both my children love going to school each morning and are engaged and excited about their school work. The teachers and administration work hard to make sure the families know what's going on. It is a great place to send your children!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
Paideia Academy is a wonderful place to work. We have an outstanding group of dedicated teachers who are always willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our students and families. Our MAP test scores have risen above those of the average student, and continue to improve each year. We have high expectations for academics and behavior, and the students consistently stand up to meet them.

- submitted by a teacher
December 08, 2009
There are three essential elements that making teaching at Paideia Academy such a rewarding experience: the families, the staff, and the flexibility. The kids come to school ready to go, with a smile on their faces. They are ready to learn, and parents are ready to support the decisions we make as teachers. It is a wonderful feeling to know all of our classroom families by name and to be able to get to know them as they spend time volunteering in the classroom. The staff here at Paideia is a very supportive group of peers who all are willing to work together to meet all goals, easy and difficult. Having three teachers for two classrooms at every grade level helps us meet the needs of each student, and also allows us a lot of flexibility with how we teach the content in each subject area. The learning and teaching environments at Paideia Academy cannot be beat! Mrs. Rachel Chamley, Third Grade

- submitted by a teacher
October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Our child is in her second year at Paideia Academy. The educators have been wonderful. She looks forward to school each day. The vision of the school couldn't align more with our family vision for education. The education and expectation level far exceeds what we've seen from the general public schools in our area. We are thankful for the founders of Paideia Academy in forging ahead with their thoughtful vision to better education.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Middle school program lacks purpose and vision. Potential to be a great school, but poor math program with no real differentiation. piecemeal language arts proogram. Unfocused world language doing Spanish two days and Classical roots two days with not enough time to master either. We will be transferring to a school with a clearer Classical focus, a better math program, and a REAL world language program. The strength of this school is the focus on character and respect. The spirit at the school is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
My son has been going to Paideia for 4 years, he has grown so much. We love the small classroom size which enables him to get more one-on-one.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
We absolutely love Paideia. There is a wonderful school spirit that exists at the school - one that is reinforced by its small size, dedicated staff and the required school uniforms. We also like the focus on rigorous academics. Our daughter's teacher regularly sends home additional homework to challenge her and help her reach her potential. The Core Knowledge curriculum is fantastic because it keeps a heavy emphasis on the fundamentals that will serve the students well throughout their academic lives. We also like the year-round schedule. We get longer breaks during the year and a shorter summer break, which keeps kids from getting bored and losing their forward momentum. Overall, if you are looking for a small, caring school environment that challenges your child, Paideia Academy is a great place.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 24, 2008
I love this school I went to it for three years it is the best out there

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2008
We are new this year to Paideia, and could not be happier! Such a better fit than dist 196. From the sounds of it, things have improved every year the school has been open. The new director is doing a fantasic job. While I agree with some comments stated below about needing a playground, I am happy to say that it has been announced that construction will be this spring. If your child marches to its own drum, go check out this school where every student is 'cool'.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
This school has the potential to be a great school but still has alot of kinks to work out. Because of the many problems and diseases associated with obesity and the current epidemic with children, this school needs some athletic activities and a playground for the children. The kids are bored at recess. Also, there is a big safety issue with this school...security is sorely lacking. There is very little supervision in the lunchroom. Most of the teachers have very little experience. Middle school has discipline issues. Poor math program. If you do not have a self-motivated child, this is not the school for them. Education provided by inexperienced teachers makes learning hard, especially for a child who is struggling. Teachers, directors, curriculum have changed several times. Check the report card on this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
Our children attended for 2 years. Its a great school if you have an eager to learn child who is self motivated. Lack strusture and consistency in the middle school. Repeated changes in teacher, directors and curriculuum. Poor math program. My child who was an A student with little effort, left Paideia with poor grades and requiring private band lessons to catch up to the public school he will attend. After 2 years of immersion Spanish, he didn't do well enough on the public school test to take 2nd year Spanish without significant help over the summer. Our children's test scores went down while there. Loved the small size and the commnunity of Christian families, but not a fan of the education provided. They have the potential to be a great school, but have significant room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2008
2007-8 was our kids first year at Paideia Academy. We ve been so impressed with the respectful environment and enthusiasm for learning. The school has a really warm, positive, supportive environment, and a lot of involvement from Paideia parents. It s a great find sort of a public/private school hybrid.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
Paideia Academy is a gem. As the first charter school of its kind south of the twin cities, Paideia features small class sizes, foreign language starting in Kindergarten, outstanding music instruction through MacPhail, and an extraordinary faculty and staff. The classical curriculum encourages students to make connections between subject matters, fostering real thinking and intellectual growth. Paideia Families are dedicated to the success of their children and their school, and demonstrate this every day through their involvement and volunteerism. Beyond the strong academics and supportive environment, though, there is something about Paideia that can t be measured by test scores or surveys. Paideia Academy is simply a wonderful place to be.

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Paideia Academy Charter School
7200 West 147th St, Apple Valley, MN  55124
(952) 953-6200
Last modified Paideia Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paideia Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top