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1300 Cypress Drive
Richardson, TX 75080

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June 13, 2015
Both our kids have attended ACM their entire K-6. We are moving out of state and out of the neighborhood and will miss our ACM family so much!!! Teachers are caring and devoted, parents involved and active and you won't find a better example of diversity at its best. It is a true Magnet attracting families that really care and participate in thier children's education. Thank you ACM staff and parents for giving our children such a strong foundation to build upon in thier lives.

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November 19, 2014
I has my kids in a montessori school since babies and was a not sure about the public education. So happy we got into ACM where the kids go and come from school happy and exited. Amazing group of teachers, staff,PTA and a very involve principal that contributes and promotes a positive , healthy learning environment .

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May 18, 2014
I cannot say enough about this school. We have 2 kids here and the school is amazing! Every day I pick up my kids from school and ask how their day was, they answer with "awesome". The teachers, principals, and parents cannot be beat. The opportunities my kids have been able to experience with enrichment, REACH, specialized learning groups, etc has been wonderful and they have soared. This is a private education for free. My only regret is that we have to move out of state and I am distraught that we have to leave this school that we love. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2013
ACM has had its share of obstacles to overcome over the past 10 years. The current school is the result of a merger between a small neighborhood school and a large, diverse magnet school. The current principal, Nelwyn Shows, has been in place for about five years now, and this school just gets better and better each year. The quality of the faculty, the extracurricular opportunities, the parent involvement ... all are unmatched, in my opinion. My daughter completed her seventh year at ACM last year, and now she is in junior high. Her time at ACM gave her a solid foundation, taught her how to balance her life both academically and socially, and prepared her for many future successes. As a parent, I have poured my heart and soul into this school, and I have been rewarded tenfold. I can't imagine a better elementary school experience for my children.

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October 20, 2013
We moved from Frisco ISD to RISD because of the schools. After exhaustive research, I came across ACM and knew that was where I wanted our son to go to school. We looked for houses within the area and were lucky enough to find one just down the street! The school is amazing! The teachers are invested, the principal is invested, the PTA a group of committed, caring parents....I cannot say enough positive things about this school. We are blessed to have found ACM!!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2013
ACM is the best school a family could ask for! The teachers are ALL wonderful and so the kids and their parents! My sons loves everything about ACM. He's not had a teacher that he didn't absolutely love and that says more than anything. Not to mention we (parents and PTA) are more involved and know what's going on with our children's school than I feel most schools are. ACM deserves to win! Go FALCONS!

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2012
My son began kindergarten this year.The strengths of the school are its instructors, the district and the parental involvement. My son's kindergarten teacher communicates regularly through email, a portal website, and folders with information and activities. The workload is age appropriate and diverse, the student population is a true reflection of the community, and the staff is nurturing and caring. There is room for improvement, but most importantly the school welcomes parental input and supports their efforts/outside projects. The school has a real sense of community and it reflects in the older students assisting younger students before and after school, with reading and learning activities, and in other areas where they gain responsibility and caring.

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September 04, 2012
We love ACM! I have a 2nd grader and 4th grader and could not be more pleased with my experience with both girls. The teachers and staff are all great and very caring. We have even had a few of them come to my girls' soccer games on the weekends! That's commitment! The students are happy and the parental involvement is phenomenal. We are "magneted" in and could not be happier with our choice! The school is diverse and a good place to learn about tolerance and understanding of others that are different from you. The school was just awarded the Healthy Zone School award - the only school in Richardson to receive this honor.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2011
Wow! When I started here, this school was Arapaho Elementary School! My family moved here when I was in 1st grade. I had Mrs. Holmes for 1st grade & Ms. Neil (Now Mrs. Zimmerman) for 2nd grade. When I was in 3rd grade, we merged with Classical Magnet. I had had Mrs. Duffy, who came from CMS, for 3rd grade, and Mrs. Walley, who also came from CMS, for 4th grade. My family moved again after I finished 4th grade! There are only 5 teachers left at ACM that worked at the original Arapaho Elementary School: Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Dean, and Coach Jackson. I knew each and every one of them! I hope they still renember me. GREAT SCHOOL, GREAT STAFF! GO FALCONS!

- submitted by a community member

September 25, 2010
Wonderful school with some amazing benefits. Our son has some extraordinary teachers but my son has also had some less than qualified teachers here.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2010
My daughter came to this school in fifth grade and was welcomed by the teachers and community in the school. She was able to be involved in many activities and felt right at home even though she transfered in. Her teachers were super: available when needed, good to her and challenging, and helped her get acquainted with her classmates. There were numerous programs to attend and open for the students and family. We especially enjoyed the Pumpkin carving with story characters and then the reading night that followed. It was fun and my daughter really enjoyed it. They also had a fitness night, school carnival, family reading night, I think this is an awesome school! I made the right choice sending my daughter here.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2009
Well,im quiet upset at this school because they only give rewards at six grade .I do believe students deserve a recognition at the end of the year no matter what grade are you in...My daughter is a transfer student from other state and she well both commendend at both taks test.Math is perfect score and not even a simple congratulation from the principal nothing i heard nothing.....I heard its because its magnet school but still at the end of the year children still need to be recognize at their effort after all year long.......

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June 26, 2009
How sad that Mrs. H is leaving ACM. She was an outstanding, caring individual that always put the well being of the students first. The teachers are very strong and always have special events at the school. I hope the special family nights and events don't stop now that ACM has a new administrator.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2008
We're heading into our third year at ACM, and we love it. Every teacher we've had has been wonderful, there's a strong PTA and there are a variety of extracurricular programs available.

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May 29, 2008
This school has hit rock bottom. No leadership in Mrs H., and teachers has burn out.

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August 22, 2007
My nephew transferred to 6th grade at ACM from Houston in October 2006 and we were so lucky to have this amazing school in our neighborhood. The office staff, administrators, PTA and most especially the teachers were friendly, helpful and caring. They took a child who had struggled academically for years and helped him become a 'B' honor roll student. All of the 6th grade teachers met with us regularly and personally kept an eye on our nephew, helping him to fit in and offering him emotional support when needed. Mrs. Le Fevre, Mr. Chapa and Mr. Chapman are all dedicated professionals and truly care about their students. We found ACM to be a vibrant, modern school with a small town feel where everyone knows everyone else. I feel so hopeful for this community after learning that such quality educators are caring for the children in my city.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2007
Academic programs are exceptional. Parent involvement is very good. The principal is the best I have experienced in 15 years of being involved in Richardson schools!

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2006
So far this year I have been very impressed with ACM. I am always able to conference with the teachers. They seem willing to help make MY child feel welcome in the new school, and they try to put my mind at ease. Although My child is one with Learning difference, I find it comforting to know that the Administrator seems to be concerned with how my child fits in, and seems to have an open door for the parents. The office staff is outstanding always pleasant, And the Extended day service is one of the best I have ever come across. I am very optimistic and appreciative for the attention my student receives.

- submitted by a teacher
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Arapaho Classical Magnet
1300 Cypress Drive, Richardson, TX  75080
(469) 593-6400
Last modified Arapaho Classical Magnet is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arapaho Classical Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top