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Welcome to Reid Traditional Schools’ Painted Rock Academy, an ‘A’ Rated school ranked at the highest level by the Arizona Department of Education. We offer students an accelerated back-to-basics and traditional education that provides them with a traditional foundation for the future.  Painted Rock Academy is a tuition-free public charter school within the Reid Traditional Schools family. Our schools have been consistently ranked among the best schools in Arizona. We offer enrollment to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and we offer a private preschool for four-year-old children.

Our Mission:
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.


In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order dated June 29, 2020, we are delaying the start of school by seven school days.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00  p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Reid Traditional Schools’ 2020-2021 COVID-19 Plan

We have thoughtfully created an operating plan designed to keep children safe, respect parents’ choices, offer flexibility, and maintain the social connections between teachers and classmates.

On-site classes will be held in the morning and early afternoon.  Remote classes will consist of at-home academic lessons and an hour-long, live remote-instruction session with the teacher and remote learning students each afternoon. The remote and onsite learning programs will cover roughly the same material, making it easy for students to move between the programs as needed.

Your child’s homeroom teacher will teach both the remote and online sessions, so students will not bounce between teachers and classmates. When we can all come together again safely, our classroom connections will remain intact.

On the campus, teachers will take each student’s temperature in the morning. Any employee or student with any COVID-related symptoms will not be allowed to remain on campus. We are following local face mask requirements and have plenty of hand sanitizer available. Classrooms will be sanitized throughout the day and cleaned nightly. Students will remain with their own small group of classmates during school hours. We will do our best to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for your child.

Painted Rock Academy Named Charter School of the Year

The Arizona Charter Schools Association has named Painted Rock Academy the 2017 Charter School of the Year, stating the school has “established itself as a model of consistency” in its academics, continuing to earn “A” ratings every year the labels have been given. The Association stated “a stable, committed group of teachers and strong parental involvement are the hallmarks of Painted Rock’s success.”
Read the full press release here. Congratulations to Principal Joshua Bauer and Assistant Principal Robin Harper, along with the PRA faculty, staff, students, and parents whose teamwork and dedication earned the school this well-deserved honor.

Teacher Compensation Information

At Reid Traditional Schools, we treasure our teachers. We offer premium benefits to our staff, including Arizona State Retirement and almost free PPO health coverage. In addition to fully stocking paper and supplies, the Board of Directors reimburses teachers $100 per year for anything they spend on their classrooms, thus minimizing any out-of-pocket costs for teacher extras. We offer every teacher up to $100 for approved Professional Development costs.   We also maintain staffing to ensure that teachers do not have lunchroom or recess duties during the school day, so they have productive time during the work day for planning and other tasks.

Unlike most district and charter schools, we maintain transparency in the faculty pay scale, and we continue to use a fair and easy to understand pay grid. Since this scale was put in place prior to 2000, we have consistently honored our commitment to providing teachers raises as promised and expected. During the recession, we were forced to freeze the pay scale only one time, while many schools froze salaries for almost a decade.

The average base salary of all teachers employed in the budget year 2021 is $50,926.
The average base salary of all teachers employed in the prior year 2020 was $48,768.
The increase in average teacher salary from the prior year is $2020 was $2,158, which is a 4.4% increase.
The average salary of all teachers employed in FY2018 was $42,764, for a total percentage increase since FY2018 of 19.1%.

These average salaries are affected by changes in personnel.  All returning teachers have received a 20% increase between FY2018 and FY2021.  The average salary does not include retirement, insurance, and other benefits.

Our attention to the well-being and satisfaction of our faculty has resulted in a very high teacher retention rate. We honor and protect our teachers; they are our most important asset.

Public Meeting Notices:
To view our Public Meeting Notice statement, Meeting Notices, and Agendas, click here.

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“A” Rating for Painted Rock Academy

The Arizona Department of Education has announced preliminary letter grades for the 2016-17 school year, and, as always, Reid Traditional Schools’ Painted Rock Academy and Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy both received an “A” letter grade. In our organization’s 20+-year history, our schools have never received less than the highest possible ranking. While we are […]

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clear glass trophy for Arizona Charter school of the year in front of School, Reid Traditional Schools' Painted Rock Academy

PRA Accepts Charter School of the Year Award

RTS Painted Rock Academy Principal Josh Bauer, pictured here with Arizona Charter Schools Association president Eileen Sigmund,  formally accepted the award for 2017 Arizona Charter School of the Year at a luncheon hosted by the ACSA. Ms. Sigmund stated the honorees “embody the promise of public charter schools and work tirelessly every day to improve […]

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PROP Installs New Shade Awnings

New shade structures have made working after-school pickup and cheering for the Painted Rock Hawks much more pleasant this fall.  Thanks to our generous Painted Rock Academy families, the Painted Rock Academy Organization of Parents was able to install awnings over the north pickup waiting area and over the sports court bleachers.  Thank you, PROP […]

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