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Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy (PTAA) provides a unique, innovative, and tuition-free Charter School providing a middle and high school option for residents of Dallas-Fort Worth. Our goal is to make education better, fun and enjoyable to our students. With our focused Engineering and Technology curriculum , PTAA is providing the best in education across all of our campuses.
As a parent, PTAA knows the education of your child is one of the most important decisions you will make, and our commitment to the community is providing the best educational environment, making your decision one of confidence. We hope once you have researched and analyzed your educational options, you too will join our growing learning community. Refer to our Mission Statement to better understand our commitment to your student’s future.
A recent study carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked the US 17th in an assessment of the education systems of 50 countries. These number are more troubling in Math and Science where we slip to 29th and 22nd rank respectively. Because PTAA believes that our students should be competing and excelling at a global level, so too should they be prepared, challenged and mentored at that same level.
PTAA’s curriculum is infused with technology and adheres to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Digital Learning Standards (NETS-S, 2007). These include: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision-making, Digital Citizenship, Technology Operations and Concepts. This begins in middle school, a pivotal time for students. Individual graduation plans are created for each student which gets reviewed each semester. Diagnostic tests reveal gaps the first weeks of school so remediation begins early and students stay on track.
The digital world has created a new challenge for today’s students – global economics. Students today are now competing for careers with students from around the world. At PTAA we do not see the global environment as a challenge but as an opportunity, and through our STEM curriculum and our foreign exchange program we are providing the student with the knowledge and understanding to succeed in a global economy.
PTAA has partnerships with educational institutions in China, India and Brazil. Through our partnerships and tri-lingual education at school (English, Spanish, Mandarin & Latin) your student will have first-hand exposure to our global economy.
So what exactly is a charter school and why would you want to send your child to a charter school? Public charter schools are tuition-free, open-enrollment public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students, while held to strict state academic and financial accountability standards The Texas Charter School Association's (http://www.txcharterschools.org/) website is a great resource for researching the benefits of a charter education. Check out the site to better understand the advantages of charter schools.