Great school! if you read the review you'll see that the 'parents rating' 3 of 5 is not representative because some folks neglected to RATE the school, but their comments are positive. My son is excelling and the school has been very supporting and open to providing extra reading/math. They have an affiliation with St. Johns College (university?) and students from the Masters Program in Education come to provide tutoring help to those who are 'behind' as well as the the top percent of the class that need more stimulation. SO far our experience has been very positive and my son LOVES it.
As a graduating student from ppacs, i feel as though some of these reviews are absurd and should be disregarded. this school has a beautiful atmosphere. it prepares you for all of the obsticals and hardships to come in the next grade as well as highschool. i think if parents were to attend ppacs as a student, they would see that it is a very good to send your child to.
I also am a parent of 3 children attending PPACS. And my eldest is graduating this year. She has been there from day one in the very first kindergarten class. I am surprised at some of the reviews claiming that there is a lack of diversity. The students there come from many backgrounds/cultures. It is very diverse! And academically it is very advanced. My kids have excelled at this school! My daughter got excepted to every high school she applied to which is a true testament to the schools level of academics. And the arts program is superb!It gives the kids that extra leg up. I recommend this school to everyone parent I know!
As a teacher at this school, I see first hand how hard the faculty and administration works to make sure that every child excels academically. In addition, the arts program is first class, providing many professional opportunities for its students. Students from this school graduate and go on to attend the best criteria based and private high schools in the city.
This school is great. My daughter likes most of her teachers. But the only problem is that teachers are always busy to reach to discuss children with them. very hard to reach a teacher.
I feel there is nepotism in this school and any activities I tried to participate in or any suggestions I gave were ignored. My child has been exposed to bullying by a child who's mother runs activities in the school. The atmosphere of of this school can come off very cold and it is obvious that certain individuals get a warm welcome when others don't get the same.
As a teacher at this school, I am very surprised by the responses posted by some parents on this site. I have worked at other schools and can honestly say that the environment created here is safe, loving and inviting. There are a wide variety of after-school programs and events that welcome parents and children back into the school. In fact, our parent's association works hard to ensure that parents are involved. This is why I can't understand why some people have stated that they feel like they are treated as strangers. I feel I must also pay tribute to the administration and faculty at this school. Everybody works as a team to make sure that EVERY student, regardless of race, academic ability or economic background, is given an education that ensures they become successful students. From what I see, the students love it here as much as I do!
As a parent I am appalled at the way administration and staff discuss students and fellow teachers affairs. I have heard negative comments about their own staff's work, and students that are a 'problem'.
This school has a strong arts curriculum, unfortunately it lacks the diversity that one would expect in an arts influenced educational environment. As a parent, I believe this school has the potential to become a great place if the administration commits to providing a diverse staff, smaller class sizes (current avg 29) and an educational approach that enhances critical thinking. From a student perspective, the arts programming and unique learning opportunities are enjoyed.
Good philosophical premise of reaching urban children with the arts & culture.
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