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.
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!