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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 Notes:
EARLY RELEASE: Friday,September 17th, Staff Development

Our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan may be viewed here.



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 2022 is $51,834.
The average base salary of all teachers employed in the prior year 2021 was $50,693.
The increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2021 was $1,141, which is a 2.3% increase.

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 POSTINGS:

Click here to view our Public Meeting Notice Statement, Board Meeting Notices and Agendas, Financial Information including AFR’s, and our Academic, Financial, and Operational Dashboards.


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6th Grade Visited by Air Force Veteran

Retired Air Force veteran Don Irwin made a virtual visit to PRA 6th graders to speak about the history of the Armed Forces. They discussed the branches of the military and the technical innovations and personal contributions throughout history that led to today’s U.S. Air Force. It was a timely presentation, occurring in the week […]

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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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