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Paragon Prep Middle School

Private | 3-8 | 215 students

Austin's Independent Private School - Work Hard, Play Hard!
 
 

 
 

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Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014

Both out kids go to paragon for the last 4 years ... we love the school, teachers, mix of sports, art and of course academics. This is our extended family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2012

I am a graduate of this school, so I have first hand experience with it. I have been to only top-tier schools across the US and Europe for my education, and Paragon stands far above the rest. I say this because Paragon has several qualities which other institutions, despite their size and resources, simply lack. Paragon cares about its students. It's small, you get to know the teachers, and the students very personally. They are like family, nothing more and nothing less. Small class sizes also mean more individual attention, and can correct deficiencies much more quickly. Paragon is academically exceptional. Many of the teachers have Masters degrees in whatever subject they are teaching. They are among the best for the money. Paragon competes with schools in many competitions, and wins. For example, the school competes in the intrastate challenge called the PSIA and regularly ranks highly (3rd when I graduated). Considering the school size, and the size of Texas, the feat is nothing less than astonishing. Paragon is not just the best value for money, it is the best. I will send my children here if I end up in Austin, TX.


Posted March 6, 2012

Our third grader is extremely happy here. Paragon is known for creating an atmosphere in which students thrive both academically and socially. We are certainly reaping the benefits of their approach. Our son looks forward to school each day. He is adequately challenged and excited about new subjects and topics on a daily basis. The teachers are the best. The passion that each educator, from administration to special areas, has about teaching shines through. Something magical is happening here, and we feel lucky to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

Great school. Our son is doing so well and learning so much. The staff is the best we've ever seen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

I love my school! I am challenged everyday and the teachers are awesome. It's like the whole school is one big family.


Posted February 18, 2010

It is hard to put into words how much I love my school, but I'm going to try. Paragon offers an experience like no other. With its small, family-like environment, it is perfect for the changes that we go through during middle school. At Paragon, I have the best friends and teachers that are possible. I'm very thankful to be a part of this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2009

We currently have our 3rd child going through Paragon it 100% lives up to its promise to prepare students socially and academically for the rigors of high school. Our oldest went through Paragon and is now at AISD s magnet math/science academy. Whereas some of his 9th grade peers are stressed and tanking, he is making straight A s in all pre-AP classes. Paragon stretches its students, helps to instill a strong work ethic, and focuses on getting them organized and motivated to succeed and make the transition into high school very smooth. Its graduates get high school credit for Latin 1 and Algebra 1 (7th) and Latin 2 and Geometry (8TH) as well as extras such as health and speech. Extracurriculars include Certamen, Math Counts, AIPL sports and more. We couldn t be more thrilled with our experiences at Paragon. We are forever grateful--go Knights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

Paragon is the best little school in Texas. Don't let the little fool you - that is what makes it BIG. Every teacher knows every student by name. It all begins in 5th grade with Mr. Cash - the best teacher in Texas. All the other teachers are very good too. The best part of Paragon is you get a great education with values and have some fun along the way. If you don't want to work - don't bother coming here - it is good -not easy. It is the best investment we have ever made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

This is the best school ever. There is the perfect balance between Working and playing. The teachers actually care about my education. It's Awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

Paragon is an amazing school if you really want to push yourself to do your best. The teachers know what we are capable of even when we do not think so, they push us to be the best that we can be.And on top of that it is just plain fun, I mean PE the science Labs, colleges, MidKnight Madness, Bob Cash Day, Up day, Homecoming week, the dances, Fall Fest, Spring Fling and so much more. I really could not think of a better middle school to go to. We also have a hard curriculum but the teahcers help us to really understand and be prepared for high school and beyond.
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Posted October 27, 2008

Paragon has an extremely challenging curriculum. It's not for everyone. My son is in fifth grade and has struggled, not with the content, but with the workload. It is an awful lot of work for a 10-year-old. But, despite this, he loves it. No more easy A's, but he is very, very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

I am a current 6th grader at Paragon Prep and am ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT. All the teachers are nice, and the curriculum is fantastic. I also attended 5th grade at Paragon and had Bob Cash as my teacher. I learned more from him than I ever have from any teacher, and he really helped prepare me for 6th grade and my future. The sports programs and director, Bobby Swartz, are great and have helped my strength and agility incredibly. Deepak Swami, the science teacher, has been great, and has taught me so much about how the world works. Joseph Colletti, the 6th grade english and world cultures techer has been phenomenal, and our math teacher Mark Hathaway just has a way with kids. Other teachers for 7th and 8th grades are outstanding too, and Paragon has the perfect number of kids so that everyone knows eachother. I highly recomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

Paragon's academic standards are pretty much unequalled for Austin middle schools. The teachers are 100% committed to truly helping students achieve their academic and personal best and the school leadership, headmaster David McGrath and Co-founder Mark Hathaway, have the expertise to match their enthusiasm. While their has been some recent teacher turnover(one left to return to college, another is taking an extended maternity leave), the new teachers have really impressed me, and more importantly, my daughter. She will start Austin's toughest magnet high school in the fall and be way ahead of the game, thanks to Paragon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

Paragon used to be an outstanding school, but it has lost, or reassigned, many of the teaching professionals that made it a great institution, and it is questionable that the good ones that remain will stay on in the long term. In recent years, the school appears to have lowered its high academic standards and is now accepting a quality of student that requires greater micro-management of disciplinary issues. To an outsider never having attended the school, it may appear to be a good academic institution, especially when compared to some of the public Austin middle schools, but to many of those of us who have experienced Paragon during its peak years, it is quite a disappointment now. A known drawback of the school is its complete lack of sports infrastructure, but despite this, Paragon makes effective use of public park facilities for PE during school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Paragon is an outstanding environment for middle school kids. It is accademically excellant with great teacher - all of them. I believe it is the best education for middle school. What impresses me most is that it brings out the best in EACH student. Each Student is special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

School has been easy to deal with and accommodating. Excellent reputation for academic excellence. Graduating students accepted at top high schools in the area.
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Posted December 10, 2003

Our son is an eighth grader and we, like so many of the parents, wish Paragon went through high school. We never want to leave! Don't believe those who say that middle school is an impossible age. They work miracles at Paragon in getting kids motivated and caring about academics. Students work hard in challenging, stimulating classes. The social atmosphere is a dream. There are no cliques or outsiders. If you care a lot about giant gymnasiums and trendy courses, don't bother. If you're interested in a rock solid education with teachers who know and care about your child, check out Paragon.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 3% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dave McGrath
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • TAAPS
Fax number
  • (512) 459-1875

Programs

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  • College prep
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

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  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
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2001 West Koenig Lane
Austin, TX 78756
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