Welcome to Reid Traditional Schools!
Our mission is to offer back-to-basics, traditional education by providing a challenging, sequential, teacher-directed, standards-based, textbook-driven curriculum supported by individual accountability and high academic and behavioral standards.
For over two decades, the Reid family and friends have dedicated their lives to providing a superior public education to elementary students. In 1995, concerned about the public school system, they worked to create a challenging, respectful learning environment for their own children. Since then, thousands of children have benefited from the hard work and focused vision of these parents. We invite your family to participate in the vision with your students at Valley Academy or Painted Rock Academy.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on September 30, 2014 that Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Only four Arizona schools received the award this year, and RTS Valley Academy was the only charter school to do so. The award recognizes RTS Valley Academy as an exemplary high performing school. View the 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Profile.
The U.S. Department of Education will honor 337 schools from across the nation at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10th and 11th in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Victoria Wilber, RTS Valley Academy Principal, says, “This is one of the most prestigious awards a school can attain, and I am so proud of our dedicated, talented teachers and smart, hard-working students.”
In the history of Arizona charter schools, only eight other charter schools have ever been named a National Blue Ribbon School.
Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy was one of the first charter schools founded in Arizona. Since 1995, the school has consistently received the top available rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Mrs. Wilber explains, “We attribute this 20-year record of academic success to our unwavering dedication to traditional education and our team’s commitment to continuous improvement.”
Mrs. Wilber will travel to Washington D.C. in November with Mrs. Mettes, a 3rd grade teacher chosen by her peers to represent the faculty at the awards ceremony. Ms. Heidi Mitchell, CEO of Reid Traditional Schools says, “This is truly an honor, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate Valley Academy’s 20th year of excellence in education.”
Now Accepting Applications for 2014-2015 School Year
The availability of classroom openings varies by school and grade level, so you will increase the likelihood we can offer you a position by applying at both Reid Traditional Schools locations. You can apply for both Painted Rock Academy and Valley Academy with just one online form. We will be contacting families throughout the school year as openings arise. Your first step toward providing a traditional education foundation for your child’s future is to apply at Painted Rock Academy or Valley Academy.
Letter Grades Announced: “A” for both Valley and Painted Rock Academies
Reid Traditional Schools is proud to announce that once again, Valley Academy has been granted the highest rating possible from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the letter grade “A,” for the 2012-2013 school year. Reviewing the last decade of ADE evaluations, Valley Academy has consistently scored in the highest category, “excelling,” for many years and now under the ADE’s newer program, letter grade “A.”
Following Valley Academy’s tradition of excellence, Painted Rock Academy also earned the letter grade “A” in its first year, in the 2012-2013 school year. One of the factors considered in calculating the grades is the amount of academic growth each individual student achieves over the course of the year. Painted Rock Academy scored among the top 2% of schools for student academic growth.
According to the ADE, of 1,732 Arizona schools, only 27 per cent received an “A” grade this year. Schools are evaluated both on how many students are passing AIMS each year and how much the students academically grow each year. Other factors such as a school’s English language learner reclassification rate are taken into consideration, when applicable. “A” schools demonstrate an excellent level of performance.
Reid Traditional Schools congratulates the administration, faculty, staff, students, and families at both schools for the excellent teamwork demonstrated by the “A” grades they achieved.
Special Classes and Extracurriculars Round Out Academic Offerings
While Reid Traditional Schools’ main emphasis is preparing students for the future with rigorous academics, we also recognize that students are, first and foremost, children who need physical and creative outlets as well. P.E. classes for all grades and extracurricular sports at the middle school level provide opportunities for both play and competition. Creativity is fostered through our Art and Music programs, and various after school clubs. It is our goal to provide a balanced education that meets the needs of the whole child in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.
$690,000 Grant Awarded to Painted Rock Academy
Reid Traditional Schools’ Painted Rock Academy has been awarded a grant in the amount of $230,000 per year for three years, for a total of $690,000 in funding. The Arizona Charter Schools Program (AZ CSP) recommended Reid Traditional Schools’ Painted Rock Academy to the Arizona State Board of Education for AZ CSP funding at its March 26, 2012 meeting, and that recommendation for a grant has been approved.
The AZ CSP is a competitive start-up grant that supports visionary leaders who will form charter schools that will improve students’ ability to achieve high academic standards. The grant is available only to new charter schools during their planning and implementation phases. Painted Rock Academy will use the AZ CSP grant in the first year to purchase textbooks, train faculty, and implement community outreach. Grant proceeds in years two and three will be used for additional equipment, supplies, and training. Congratulations are due to Painted Rock Academy!