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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.

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.

CALENDAR NOTES:
Our Summer Office Hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
We will be closed July 1-5.
Thursday, August 8 is the first day of school.


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. The Painted Rock Academy Organization of Parents also reimburses $100, thus minimizing any out-of-pocket costs for teacher extras. We also maintain staffing to ensure that teachers do not have lunchroom or recess duties during the school day, so they have time during the work day to take care of the many ancillary issues that teachers must deal with.

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 2019 is $43,950.
The average base salary of all teachers employed in the prior year 2018 was $40,311.
The increase in average teacher salary from the prior year is $3,639.
That is a 9% increase; we raised the entire faculty pay grid, including new hires.
Additionally, we distributed to teachers the one-time 1% pay increase as per the 2017-18 state budget.

In addition to this base salary, our teachers receive Proposition 301 Merit Pay and a Results-Based bonus for scoring in the top 10% of all Arizona schools. 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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