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.
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.
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.
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.
Paideia Academy approaches the special needs of children with a can-do attitude. The school strives to challenge the academic abilities of all its students, not assuming that children with special needs cannot excel. In my experience, school staff also work hard to partner with parents. Currently, five of my children attend Paideia and I have one Paideia graduate who attends a local high school. Four of these six children have or have had IEP's. Paideia has provided quality special education services to my children. Three years ago, my 17 year old transitioned to high school from Paideia with a special education evaluation that communicated well his very unique needs. This year our 11 year old daughter struggled greatly with some difficult behaviors. Paideia staff, including special education teachers, school administrators, school counselors, and even the nurse and secretary worked hard to create a plan that helped my daughter achieve success and effectively eliminated her negative behaviors. Access to special "wiggle seats" also help my younger children to stay focused. We appreciate Paideia's small class size and look forward to our childrens' continued success.
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.
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.
Great Spanish program, small class sizes and year round education. Carpools available to help with bus issue if live out of apple valley.
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!
During Paideia's inaugural year, we enrolled our son who was then in 3rd grade, and we have never looked back. Our son is now in 10th grade and in spite of his autism spectrum disorder, he was ready for high school, academically and emotionally. Much of this is because of the can-do attitude of the staff and administration at Paideia Academy. We had been told by staff at his first elementary school that our son's hand-writing and math skills were so low that he should focus on keyboarding and only the most basic of mathematical operations. But at Paideia, our son was never pigeon-holed and now at Apple Valley High School, while he is still on an IEP, he has beautiful handwriting and is performing algebraic functions that we never expected him to be able to understand. I know this success is largely due to the high level of academic instruction he received as a student at Paideia. We currently have four other children attending Paideia who do not have such unique special needs as our older son, and they, too, are excelling due to the individualized attention they receive and the academic excellence that prevails at this quality learning institution. --Proud Paideia parents!
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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