How is Park Academy different than other institutions?
Park Academy’s core curriculum and assessment is aligned with common core state standards and benchmarks. Instruction is structured, simultaneous, sequential, and multi-sensory. Unlike conventional instruction, which perpetuates the concept that all students learn the same way, the multi-sensory approach encourages student learning by engaging multiple senses: auditory, visual and kinesthetic/tactile. The students’ stronger learning styles are reinforced while weaker ones are integrated and developed.
Who should apply?
Park Academy admits students with dyslexia and other language learning differences that have not been addressed in a traditional school setting. Park Academy does not accept students with significant cognitive, emotional, or behavioral disabilities.
What kind of training do the instructors have?
Park Academy teachers are trained in research-based, multi-sensory methodologies. Most teachers have also obtained their Master’s degrees in education or their specific field.
Is Park Academy Accredited?
Park Academy is accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (AdvancED) and is working toward additional accreditation through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). Park Academy has met the criteria as Candidate Member with NWAIS. These organizations provide both program oversight and professional development resources.
What experience does the Director bring to Park Academy?
Craig Lowery has spent his career in education focused on students with unique learning challenges. After beginning his career as a Language Arts teacher, he set off overseas serving as a teacher and teacher trainer as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the distant Pacific island Archipelago of Kiribati. Soon after returning, Mr. Lowery completed his M.S in school and clinical counseling and served as a teacher, counselor and adolescent therapist before moving into administration.
Mr. Lowery comes to Park having worked in the private school special education community for the last 10 years. He served as teacher and counselor for Gately Academy and as principal of Bridges Middle School.
Who is on the Board of Trustees?
Park Academy’s Board is comprised of civic and business leaders, educators, parents, and the founder of the academy.
Andy Pihl, Board Chair
Tom Boothe, Trustee
Attorney at Law
Dr. Keith Cheng, Trustee
Trillium Family Services
Gary Maffei, Trustee
Jeff Mengis, Trustee
Mengis Capital Management Inc.
Piper Park, Founder
Dr. David Plotkin, Trustee
Dr. Sheryl Reinisch, Trustee
Katie Walther, Trustee
Run Spot Run Media
Bill Westphal, Trustee
Gina Williams, Trustee
How much is tuition for an academic school year?
Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is set at $19,000 for grades 3-12. Visit our Application Process page for how to apply.
Is financial aid available?
Park Academy is committed to assisting families who are in need of additional financial support. Awards of scholarships will be based on the availability of funds as set forth by the Scholarship Committee and the Board of Trustees. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.
How can I track my student’s progress?
Teachers and staff are invested in student success and believe the role parents and families play in their child’s education is critical. Parents and teachers communicate regularly via email or phone regarding student progress. Grades can also be seen any time through Gradelink. Park Academy’s website and Facebook page also keep families informed of upcoming school events, curriculum design, fundraisers, etc.