Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Paideia Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 389 students

Our school is best known for our school culture and innovative instruction.

 
 

Living in Apple Valley

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $171,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,100.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 11 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

39 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted Tuesday, 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


Posted Monday, 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


Posted June 3, 2014

25% of the staff has quit over the course of the year as of today. think twice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted March 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 27, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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.


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2010.

43 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

44 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

43 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

44 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

44 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

36 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

33 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students71%
Female80%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students69%
Female67%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students48%
Female45%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant48%

Reading

All Students41%
Female50%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Not migrant41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Female78%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students63%
Female67%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female70%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant58%

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant70%

Science

All Students57%
Female62%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students50%
Female29%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%
Not migrant50%

Reading

All Students61%
Female62%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female56%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students71%
Female59%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant71%

Reading

All Students67%
Female61%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant67%

Science

All Students72%
Female56%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 73%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A37%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marci Levy-Maguire, Director
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (952) 432-2130

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Families provide, mostly
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
 

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Eastview High School
Apple Valley High School
Rosemount High School
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

7200 West 147th St
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Website: Click here
Phone: (952) 953-6200

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



Tea Alternative School
Apple Valley, MN





ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT