About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Timpanogos Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Timpanogos Academy had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Utah average is 23 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Timpanogos Academy Reviews
I have six children and through the years have had children attend regular public elementary schools, Challenger private school, and Timpanogos Academy. Of the three elementary education choices I feel that Timpanogos Academy has been by far the best. Mr. Porter, the principal keeps the school running well and my kids LOVE it! The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are great. Great School!
As a parent, I definitely wouldn't recommend this school. This school has seen a significant decline in test scores in recent years. It also lacks extracurricular activities. The school has seen a sharp decline overall in recent years.
While I would love to give this school a great review, unfortunately, I cannot. My kids have suffered there due to (according to them), the teachers "brushing their challenging questions away". That is not the academic environment that we need for our kids. This school has seen a significant decline in test scores in recent years. It also is experiencing major faculty controversies over the school's lack of extracurricular programs and declining students. Plans to shut the school down were considered in recent 2012 public board meetings. I would not recommend to send your kids to this school.
This school has definitely been declining in recent years. Test scores are significantly lower than before and extracurricular activities have been cut. It is also experiencing a decline of students.
ALL OF THE FIVE STAR REVIEWS ARE LIES WRITTEN BY PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS!!! I have sent two kids to this school. This is the worst school that one can POSSIBLY go to. This is not an exaggeration. The school has seen a HUGE SIGNIFICANT DECLINE in student achievement and test scores. Worst of all, the principal is a complete SHAM. He believes he is "the owner and the best of all in the school". His ARROGANT personality will get him NOWHERE. In a few years, this school will close down, just watch. This principal and school limited the capabilities and opportunities of my high-achieving children. The principal DISCRIMINATED against my older son. My older son was running for Student Council Elections. He made logical reasoning on why people should vote him for his position that he was running for. The parent of the other opponent that my son was running against thought that my son was "putting her daughter down and making condescending remarks." With no evidence, whatsoever, the principal believed it. He made MY son apologize. At this point, I was in a rage and absolutely IRATE with the school.
Then, came my younger son. He was constantly bullied and picked on by other classmates. My son (without even me knowing) decided to take proper action by telling his teacher and principal. WITHOUT A WORD, THE PRINCIPAL IMMEDIATELY STARTED ACCUSING HIM OF BULLYING OTHERS!!! Can you imagine how frustrated I was as a parent? I immediately countered the statements of the principal (which I don't do on a normal basis, but since I was frustrated to the extent that I was, I decided to counter).
The next day, another young fellow classmate, who was a responsible, high-achieving virtuous student decided to take proper action and tell the principal that Jimmy was not bullying others in any way, shape or form. The principal then thought this was a NULLIFICATION OF THE CRISIS!!! He decided to completely STOP talking about the matter and move on without saying a word to my absolutely distraught son.
Another incidence I had with the poor leadership of the principal was when my son took a summer math course at another school over the summer. The principal acted extremely unprofessional at the start of the school year when we let him know about this. He immediately REFUSED to transfer credit from the other school and NOT offer my son a math option. He wasn't even willing to lend my son a Geometry textbook for review (much less his Algebra II level). He told him that he had no option for math and that he "somehow knew" that my older son was transferring to Maeser Prep NEXT YEAR, anyways, so he thought my older son "didn't need a math option" (which is actually required by state law in 8th grade). If the school were investigated for this, he would almost certainly face criminal consequences. Again, can you believe the unprofessionalism here!
In all, the principal (as previously stated) is the "head honcho" of this school. As a parent, I became very distraught and frustrated many times by this school. After all, being the small school that Timpanogos Academy is, the principal is the head of the school board. He makes virtually all of the decisions. His ABSOLUTE LACK OF LEADERSHIP and UNPROESSIONALISM renders himself and the school absolutely horrifying. There is a reason why CRT scores are declining significantly each year consistently. There were previously several extracurricular activities, but there are none now.
The teachers/staff used to brag that this school was "one of the top schools in the state". After a few years, it became "this school is one of the best schools in the district". After another few years, it became, "this school is one of the best schools in the surrounding Lindon area. Finally, it became, "this school is one of the better schools out of the "public schools" in Lindon (And again, how many public schools ARE THERE in the tiny city of Lindon?) This school's mission was "to be a model of excellence in education". Is it reaching that mission? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
All the school brags about now (as of recent), is how they are one of the most "financially stable schools" in the area. WHAT KIND OF JUSTIFICATION IS THIS? Are schools supposed to be "financially stable" and completely lack all academic achievement or "top academic achievement" with relative financial stability? Well apparently, the feeble-minded principal and administration believes that the former is superior. This is a reason that the school board members are conspicuously losing hope in this school and that many are serving on school boards of other schools.
On greatschools.com, I posted a review similar to this. However, it was removed and "marked as abuse" by a school board member/parent. This shows how arrogant the school and its parents/teachers/administration/principal really are. Many other people also posted negative reviews about this school on greatschools.org for very understandable reasons and they were all removed, except for the 5-star reviews. It almost seems as if, to the few supporting parents/teachers/administration/principal, their reputation on greatschools.org is the EXISTENCE OF THEIR LIVES.
Back to my previous statements about extracurricular activities, this school formerly had a lacrosse team. But, due to the lack of principal leadership and involvement, it resulted in the lacrosse coach becoming discouraged and refusing to teach. Band and orchestra were also terminated for similar reasons.
As a parent, I rarely have to write reviews this horrendous. However, I honestly feel that this school has limited the opportunities and capabilities of my children. Even when my top high-achieving children ask the teachers challenging questions in class, my children come home discouraged saying that the teachers literally "brushed" their questions away.
The arrogant principal even refused to implement the MANDATORY Common Core Curriculum. He thought that "Timp was good enough" and will "pass the tests". As an educated parent, I have looked through the Common Core material with my kids very extensively. It has turned out that the Common Core Curriculum has NOTHING to do with the original Saxon Math Curriculum that Timpanogos Academy has been using.
It will only be that after this school becomes investigated by the State and loses its charter will the principal/administration realize their mistakes. By then, it will obviously be too late. The school will INEVITABLY shut down. This school has frustrated me so much that at one point, I even considered taking legal action against the school for its educational malpractices (for example, not allowing my older son to take Mathematics).
At the end of the day, it will obviously be your choice of whether or not to send your children to this school. However, at the end of the day also, no matter how much the administration attempts to shroud the school's declining test scores, student achievement, lack of principal leadership, and malpractices; parents and students will continue to be defiant of their practices, students will continue to be limited in their opportunities, and worst of all, students will continue to fall into the trap of attending this school.
However, as much as I convince as a parent on here, there is nothing that I can do to stop students from attending this school. The only thing that I hope students, parents, and other personnel get out of this review is to truly understand the school and a truly inner view of what the school is really like, in the past 5+ years that my children have attended this school.
I love this school! I have been there since kindergarten and its the best school ever. A lot of my friends that dont come to Timp Academy learn things like times and dividing in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade and we learn it in 1st and 2nd grade. Its early but helpful. Great teachers and Principal. I love the uniforms. They are super comfortable and perfect for the school. Other students are very welcoming and friendly. You have friends the first day or even the first couple of minutes. Great atmosphere. I love it!
This charter school has an excellent staff, small class sizes, a wonderful principal who really cares about the students, a fair uniform policy, and a great curriculum. You need to fill out an application and then yo9u may have to wait on a waiting list to get in, but it is worth the wait. It is a great school!
amazing. Challenging. fantastic. Special. Better than the Best. Great teachers. Great students