PHOENIX COLLEGIATE ACADEMY

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 3325 S Parkside Dr Tempe AZ 85282 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an absolutely amazing school making remarkable strides in one of the lowest performing districts in Maricopa County. The leadership is engergizing, knowledgeable and most importantly interested in making a difference in the lifes of children. If I had school aged children, I would send them to this school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the improvment in the reading comprehension with the group of students I read with on a weekly basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people aware of the great education provided in this school.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the educators and the students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, enthusiastic, and extremely knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy supplies for one student for one semester.

Ways to make it better...

the facilities were larger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

being involved in PCA is a rewarding experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen firsthand the kids learning in this excellent environment. The kids may have some challenges in their life, but when they get to school, there is food to keep them focused, and teachers who care about them. This kind of focused education is exactly what they need. The teachers are motivated and excited about what they are accomplishing. They are filling an unmet need in the community and the kids are thriving... they just need more suppport!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Awards and honors bestowed upon Rachel and the her efforts with the PCA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

An incredible achievement of taking an old bowling alley in an older, economically-challenged Phoenix area and converting it into a school where local children can expand their opportunities including the realistic long-term goal of achieving a college education.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

touring the campus to witness the well-organized learning environment, sat in on classroom activities to see first-hand how well the educational model is working, and I have listened to the passionate instructors discuss their motivations and successes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build a site where physical education/recreation activities could take place. While these teachers and students are making the most of their in-class learning environment, these young adults need physical activities to help round their education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how they have truly made the most out of the little resources available.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, self-motivated, and strongly believed in the mission of the school.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably organize five schools with the same educational model (and the need exists).

Ways to make it better...

I could hear feedback from some of the parents of PCA students to get an idea of the transforations their children are experiencing on the home front.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

achieving the goal of adding a new age level each new year until the school has 6th through 12th Grade education.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is just an amazing achievement how far the PCA has come, and yet there is still so much more work ahead.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

PCA is a great school that is putting college front and center in front of a population whose parents' didn't have that option. The school does amazing work with limited resources, and it is an inspiring story.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

speaking with inspired students who are committed to going to college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

PCA is an amazing school that I had the privilege of serving as a founding board member. Rachel leads the school with her passion, enthusiasm, and rigor- and she is a true inspiration to all those around her. The students of PCA show the same qualities as their leader; they strive to achieve and ultimately go to college, a dream that may have seemed unattainable before PCA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sharing with others that high-quality education is possible for all students and that it takes the dedication of the student, their parent(s), and the community to make it possible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a community of passionate individuals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with education organizations for several years now and came to know PCA through those associations. I am continuously inspired and energized by the fabulous work being done by the PCA staff. The goals are ambitious - preparing every student to complete college and be successful leaders and contributors in their community! This is a daunting task for most schools in a high needs area, but PCA is taking it on with enthusiasm, determination and a terrific game plan...and it is working! This is a testament to what is possible...all organizations should be run with this kind of creativity, focus,collaboration, excellence and energy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the students' confidence,competence and leadership abilities grow during the course of the first year. This is evidenced by their test results and academic achievements, as well as participation in community service projects.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the constant inspiration of Rachel and her staff -- they are amazing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily dedicated and collaborative...they are able to adjust to whatever comes up and to produce great results in the face of huge challenges

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the kind of facility needed to grow and offer a more state of the art teaching environment

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

Phoenix Collegiate Academy is an amazing place where students in the South Phoenix area have an opportunity to truly reach their potential. With a dedicated and determined staff of teachers (all are alums of the TeachForAmerica program) and an Executive Director that has both long-term vision and the ability to get things done at all levels, PCA is a charter-school success story like few others.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The student presentations I have attended at PCA, the parents I have met, and the 'Showcase' events that are held to recognize the great work that the students and school are doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

PCA is a charter school which takes any child who wants to work hard in order to be well prepared for college. Most of the students have family support but no family member who has graduated from college. These students haven't learned how to study and have gaps in their education. PCA teachers find each students weak area and help the student gain confidence while learning

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PCA 's physical building was a bowling alley which has been converted into a school. Ernie Hostetler and Mark Leinweber have donated their time to create a 5 year plan and find other building trades who have donated or work for greatly reduced rates

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing a school grow from the ground up

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the high school on our wish list

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

PCA is a new (this is its second year) charter school in South Phoenix. It's motto is "A seamless path to college". PCA is located in the heart of the lowest economic area in Phoenix - the school is almost 100% minority students who haven't had the best educational experience to date. Now they have PCA as an option....and what a difference. In one year the reading, math and language skills jumped more than anyone expected. This school is offering these students opportunities to succeed and be leaders in their community. Hats off to the dedicated staff - they are a terrific bunch of really hardworking teachers and administrators.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the outstanding test scores of the first year of 6th graders. Outstanding! Congratulations PCA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

PCA is cultivating future leaders in the South Mountain community in Phoenix, AZ. It's preparing students for college using the power of high expectations. PCA offers students dedicated teachers, a longer school day, the academic support students need, and a lot of extras for students compared to other nearby schools.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking and observing students and viewing the results of their AIMS scores compared to nearby schools (posted on their website).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger, and replicate it all over the Valley, so more students could have the opportunity to get that quality of education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their success and hard work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, mission-driven, intelligent people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand, replicate, serve many children, help increase the number of students in the South Mountain community who go to college, create high-character leaders.

Ways to make it better...

The school was bigger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising enough to compensate for low AZ education funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the best school I've seen in Phoenix

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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