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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.

IMPORTANT UPDATES:
Our Pandemic Response Plan and related information may be viewed here.
We are
currently operating on Level Two, the Hybrid On-Site/Remote Learning Program

Calendar Notes:
EARLY RELEASE Friday, November 6, Staff Development
NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day
NO SCHOOL November 23-27, Thanksgiving


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.

AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES AT RTS PAINTED ROCK ACADEMY
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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Then & Now: School and Parents Work Together

For Reid Traditional, it’s always been about the parents and teachers working together. Since 1995, when parents and teachers started our flagship school, Valley Academy, we’ve stayed true to this partnership. And in this unique year, Reid Traditional’s parents have really stepped up. Thank you. School/home teamwork has never been stronger, or more vital. Together, […]

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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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