Leslye Padilla, the school social worker. That's her title, but she's more than that. She wears many hats, including making sure my son was able to return to school under a 504 Plan after his illness. She monitors his progress, his grades, and if he isn't doing well will ask for a review. She also allows my son to sleep on her couch in her office anytime. She's the person we rely on to make sure my son will meet his goal of graduating with his class. Because of Ms. Padilla, we know what classes my son has to take to graduate. Thank God for guardian angels at PAPA. I love PAPA because of people like Ms. Padilla. There are many teachers and staff like Ms. Padilla at PAPA, including the principal, but I had to choose one. Ms. Padilla exemplifies the type of teachers and staff that make up PAPA.
The principal sends emails to parents about issues arising at the school and encourages us to talk with our students about these issues. My son was recently suspended from school for engaging in a scuffle with another student. The manner in which they handled the suspension was done with integrity and fairness.
Before my daughter attended this school her self esteem was crumbling due to bullying at her old school that staff rarely if ever tried to intervene. At PAPA there is a diverse set of kids where individuality is celebrated and respect among peers is expected.
This school is amazing. My daughter spent her elementary years miserable, it was a fight everyday to get her to go. She's now in her second year at PAPA and loves to go everyday. Even though it's about art school, standard curriculum is taught and my child is held to a high standard but she wants to do well and cares about learning now. She loves her visual art class, has improved so much in dance, and even loves her piano class even after years of private lessons. If your child loves the performing arts or has had trouble "fitting in" somewhere else, this school is perfect for kids like this. It's not for kids who don't want to perform. It's also not for kids who rather spend their days belittling others,