Speaking for PTAA Board Members, we are honored and proud of the dedicated staff members of all six of our campuses – Mesquite, Greenville, Royse City, Fate, North Dallas and PTAA/Meadow Oaks Mesquite. Through these challenging times, through the constant changing of regulations, school opening dates, our staff has worked tirelessly in preparing for our virtual opening, August 17th. And to the staff of our newest campus, PTAA North Dallas, the transformation in the last month has been amazing.
To all PTAA parents and family member, thank you for entrusting your children with what we believe is the best school choice, and we will do everything possible to have earned your trust. Together we will overcome these challenges in preparing all students for their future challenges.
PTAA Superintendent, Shubham Pandey, has assembled the best and the brightest, and the Board is proud to have his vision and leadership.
In closing, this will be a challenging school year, and there are three words for all of us to remember – patience and determination.
Brent Parrott Board Chairman
Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy (PTAA) provides a unique, innovative, and tuition-free Charter School providing a K-12 grade 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 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 numbers are more troubling in Math and Science where we slip to 29th and 22nd rank respectively. PTAA believes that our students should be competing and excelling at a global level, and should 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 with our K-5 program and scaffolds skills through Middle and High School. Diagnostic testing reveals strengths and gaps the first weeks of school, allowing for support and remediation to begin early helping our students stay on track. Individual graduation plans and pathways are created for each student beginning in the spring of 8th grade preparing for their "PTECH" (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) experience.
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. Through our STEM curriculum and foreign exchange program we are providing our students 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 (Spanish, Mandarin & Coding) your student will have first-hand exposure to our global economy.
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.