Very few nice or fun teachers. Very strict rules like the ban of saying 'Merry Christmas' and very strict dress code. Very small and very little students.
PACT is great! . . . . in theory. But the current staff / teachers are unable to execute what their founders designed! K-2 is awesome, and the teachers are amazing. Grades 3-4 are a little more tough than probably should be --- students have gone from A students to D students with no explanation from teachers. Grade 5 teachers are not very good, and the kids don't seem to like them and that means they don't respect them. They also don't relate well to parents. Grade 6 teachers are self-righteous and too busy being friends with students to teach them. They don't have the ability to prepare students for middle school and many families are forced to find alternate home education over and above their PACT education just to keep up. Grade 7-12 teachers are remarkable and the program prepares students for college -- so much so that most students go into the PSEO program for grades 11-12. But, this leaves 1/2-empty classrooms which is disappointing for those left behind -- most of which are special ed kids. The school was unsuccessfully able to launch an online program 2 years ago because their authorizer (Bethel University) did not believe their administration was capable.
Horrid 5th grade class! My poor son went from top of his class to a D student and miserable attitude for school in 3 months of PACT!!!
We enrolled at PACT because of the emphasis on building good character qualities in students and the opportunity for parent involvement.The trouble is they don't recognize or admit that good character is possible without the christian religion. I am sure this school would feel like home if we were Christians, but we are not. PACT parents and teachers act as though this were a christian school. I have not met one teacher who is not Christian and only know of one other family that is not. We have been at this school for four years, and my child has been harassed (at the elementary level) by other students for not being christian. It is a very close minded, unaccepting atmosphere. The acedemics leave some to be desired as well. Very limited extracurricular activities, and they only interact with other christian schools. If you want your child to have a balanced view in life and feel free to be himself or herself I do not recommend this school! If you are a looking for free christian education then this is the place for you.
I am a current student right now and LOVE it! They give you more one on one time with the teachers I would have gone to Anoka and gotten little to no attention. Before I came to PACT I hated the idea of such a small school, but know that I have grow into the school I know I will have a life fully of learning for the future and life long friends!
I'm an ex-student who attended 8-10th grades. At the time I hated it, but after leaving (and growing up a little) I realized just what I missed out on. The teachers are spectacular, at first some are a little hard to get along with, but given a little time you learn to love them. As far as I can tell the majority of them love to teach and love their students, they go above and beyond whenever possible to help the kids their learn and grow. Violence is virtually non-existent (beyond the usual small time bullying which is dealt with swiftly and efficiently by the staff) and drugs are not even a small worry. The quality of the education is unparalleled by any of the other local school (albeit with the exception of sexual education). Looking back I can safely say that I made a mistake and now I can offer nothing but praise to them. I wish I could mention a few of the more great teachers here but its against site policy, you'll notice them though.
k-12, size and welcoming family atmosphere is supportive of parents, teachers and students
K-12. Small (two glasses/grade). Strong parent (and grandparent, in this case) involvement.
I love the class size, core curriculum, parent involvement, and the willingness of teachers to keep parents and students engaged. There is some left to be desired regarding communication for families new to the school - especially about what to expect during the first week and the bus system. I think the bus issues are because of the small size of the school and limited availability of buses. I also wish there were more sports options. But as a whole, the school is great.
Our whole family loves this school. We are very involved as parents. I love the teachers here and the teachers love the kids. The only down side is the limited amount of extra curricular activities as opposed to other public schools. On the whole we love it!
The teachers are amazing. The students are all super nice. We're awesome. End of story.
The parent involvement is broad and deep. There is a well developed committee structure. The waiting list is twice the size of the school. Teachers take a genuine interest in the children and appreciate direct parent involvement in the classroom. Technology has been a weak spot, but about 100 new computers were purchased in the last year. Sex ed is 'abstinence only until marriage.' Writing Road to Reading, Saxon Math, Thea Holtan, and a Unit Studies curriculum combining science and social studies form the academic core in K-6. The last year has seen an added emphasis on music. Students are generally respectful to each other and enjoy learning. Gangs and drugs have not been an issue. PACT provides its own bus service. The finances are rock solid. Our sponsor is Bethel. Five years here.
As a parent I have seen no cases where any religous agenda has been pushed and this is a fine school that unlike the local District 11 is accountable to the parents and the student. The teachers are top notch but the only negative is the lack of activties and sports but the educational experience makes up for it. This school is so well regarded that it has a waiting list of over 1,000 students which has brought upon it the scorn of the local school district that the NEA who opposes the school since they provide a better education at less funding per-pupil then a conventional public school. This school is all about accountability.
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