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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C

Applying

Application Deadline
January 31
Application Fee
$0
Interview Required
No
Required/Recommended Tests
None
From Prospect Ridge Academy

Voted #1 High School in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools and the top 3% in the nation by US News and World Reports, Prospect Ridge Academy is a K-12 tuition-free public charter school with a vision to create academic, social, and ethical leaders.

Prospect Ridge Academy is committed to providing a comprehensive foundation of rigorous coursework, social leadership, competitive athletics, and community service. Expectations are set high for PRA students to achieve their full potential as lifelong learners. In 2019, 100% of PRA 109 seniors graduated; they received 124 scholarships resulting in $8,785,771; and they served 15,000+ hours as community leaders.

Acceptance into PRA is based on a lottery which opens from December 1 to January 31. Choose PRA and attend an Open Enrollment Session to learn more about its elementary, middle and high school.

Prospect Ridge Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1250
111 responses
Average ACT
29
39 responses
AP Enrollment
23%

Middle School Highlights & Traditions

The middle school years include highlights and traditions such as the annual 7th grade trip to Camp Timberline, Middle School dances, Access, and Miner Mania. Grade-level field trips to local locations add unforgettable experiences.

Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$89,624
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,583
National
$949
Median Home Value
$382,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
  • Miner cup
    33%
  • Homecoming
    29%
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • Cross Country Team Events
    5%
  • Girls Basketball and Volleyball games
    5%
  • Miner mania
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    B-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,409
    Free or Reduced Lunch
    1%
    58%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
    58%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
    50%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    20:1
    National
    17:1
    Average Teacher Salary
    $71,893
    Teachers in First/Second Year
    28.3%
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    C-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Average
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Expenses Per Student
    $10,601/ year
    National
    $12,239
    58%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
    17%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
    58%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses

    Prospect Ridge Academy Reviews

    44 reviews
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    I've been to multiple schools in the past and PRA is probably the best school I've ever attended. They have an incredibly supportive close-knit community, and wonderful staff. The curriculum is challenging but students have everything they need to be successful, from office hours to private tutoring sessions. Sporting events are always fun to attend, especially girl's basketball and volleyball. Overall an incredible school, with remarkable teachers, and a friendly community.
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    Prospect Ridge Academy has a strong academic focus, and most of the teachers exemplify this, especially the History Department and the Literature departments. Every Thursday we have a time known as 'peak' time and some of the lessons are useful, but others are not valuable because we have been told the same information for all of our lives. We also participate in clubs for half of this time. And clubs are okay, but there are limited options and some of the teachers are taking over the student leadership.
    The dress code is good becuase of the changes Thomas Dilts made, but it is only addressed to certain people. Overall the environment is friendly, the people you met are nice and care about you. It is easy to find your place at this school.
    This is the best group of people I've ever worked with. The teachers, admin, counselors, staff, and volunteers really care about these kids. No school is perfect, but I have seen so many people here go above and beyond to make personal connections with students and make a difference in their lives. Yes, the high school is rigorous, and it's a college prep school, but it's also an amazing education that caters to all types of learning. As a teacher and coach at PRA, I'm proud to be a part of it.