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Twin Peaks Charter Academy is a charter middle school in Longmont. The principal of Twin Peaks Charter Academy is BJ Buchmann, who can be contacted at buchmann_bj@stvrain.k12.co.us. 1,000 children attend Twin Peaks Charter Academy and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 25% of the 1,000 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. Clearview Education Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 67%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 4%
Hispanic 17% 27%
Asian 17% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 28%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    LOVE Twin Peaks Charter Academy! We moved our daughter here three years ago from our neighborhood school. Although we were content with our old school and our daughter did well we had no idea of her potential once she was challenged! She has SOARED. The core knowledge curriculum yields an outstanding education our daughter is safe here we love the dress code and the continuous character education/assemblies are the icing on the cake. We are looking forward to the classical curriculum in high school for her AND soon we will have both her brothers enrolled! It will be great to be able to drop-off/pick-up three kids from ONE location!

  • (5 months ago)

    My daughter is in first grade and loves Twin Peaks Charter Academy. She was in Montessori for Pre-K and K so I didn't know how well she would transfer but it has worked beautifully. TPCA offers students and parents access to a great education. My daughter is learning a tremendous amount through the Core Knowledge program and really enjoys the extracurricular activities (Spanish music and art). The staff and faculty are caring and work with the children to get the most out of school. I also appreciate the level of parent involvement.

  • (7 months ago)

    The student to teacher ratio is way too high!! Typically 30 students to 1 teacher. The students that speak english as their second language typically get the most attention. Therefore be prepared to spend lots of time on homework and paying for a tutor. We have given this school 3 years to get it together. However we will be sending our child to another school next year.

  • (7 months ago)

    The ratio of kids to teachers is way too high. Typical classroom size is 1 teacher to 30 kids. In this school you have a lot of kids that speak English as their second language. This makes it difficult for kids to get attention if they can get by. The teacher gives most attention to kids that need to learn English and struggle. Your kid will get lost in the shuffle. They do not have Arts and Music classes routinely. They get to do it one quarter a year. The classes that are the focus are math and science. The dress code is a bit ridiculous. If your child doesn't tuck in their shirt or wear a belt they will get reprimanded. The dress code is strict. If you want your child to get a good education you will need to spend lots of time at the school and stay very involved. If you do not stay involved your child will not get the best education. They do not have a great safety program. They have all glass windows in the front. They have no security system. They have way too many entrance points. No security guard or anyone policing the area.

  • (7 months ago)

    What sets TPCA apart from other schools in the state? Well for one they offer Olympic fencing instruction at the high school level I've never seen that anywhere else and the kids can't stop raving about it. This school is awesome enough said.

  • (1 year ago)

    Twin Peaks Charter is not just another neighborhood school. Your child will be challenged and engaged with every day of instruction. The teachers are amazing the community engaged and the staff dedicated. Look at our scores Facebook page and parent survey to get a real feel for what the school is about.

  • (1 year ago)

    With the expansion the school lost its specialness. Classrooms became much larger all the "special" things they were to receive at TPCA went away. A lot of teacher turnover making it difficult for children who need consistency. No longer worth the extra drive time since the school no longer offers anything more than your neighborhood school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter loves Twin Peaks. She has been going there for 2 years and has been challenged beyond limits. I am so grateful that she did not have to go to the local public school. At TPCA she can take HS classes even thought she is only in 6th grade. The motto is "it's cool to be smart" the kids want to get good grades and do better. TPCA has grown for the better in the last few years and I am looking forward to the new sports facility they are working on. I like it that I can be involved in my daughter's education by volunteering at the school. If you don't like (or don't have the time) to put time in your kid's school or if you don't like HW then don't go to TPCA. Parent involvement is required and HW is assigned daily which weeds out the parents who don't want to be involved or sit down to do HW with their kids. We love TPCA and I recommend it to all my friends. My daughter will go there until she graduates HS.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school. I have 3 children inTwin Peaks and they all love the kids and the teachers. The school has volleyball basketball soccer theater choir band cross country track publishing computer lab etc... They are working on a football field and a baseball field. The school has won SEVERAL awards over the past few years. I think it is a great place for kids who want to do well in school. Any child interested in a great education will do wonderfully at this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Twin Peaks High School is phenomenal. The teachers are fantastic and make sure everyone understands the material being talked about. The school has a great environment. There is homework but it isn t usually an overwhelming amount. The coaches for the sports teams make sure that everyone is able to do their best and improve.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been involved with TPCA for 6 years and I'm choosing to move my children to the local public school. It's concerning that 3 board members did not choose Twin Peaks for their children this year they moved them to public school. The administration is ineffective and there are valid reasons why our board members move their kids. Children cannot play on the grass for recess but have to play on concrete. Usage of the large grass area is only for certain PE classes and the principal wants the school to "look appealing" so the children aren't allowed to trample the grass at lunch recess or any other recess. The principal is about "appearances" and not dedicated to academic or physical needs of the student body. Keep in mind that the principal doesn't even bring his kids to TPCA. This school is not what it once was and many families are leaving. I've found that the public school can better serve the academic needs of my children. A school that thinks tech science and math are relevant is a better fit for my young learners. TPCA's heavy focus on humanities leaves gaping holes in the long term success of the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attended TPCA up until this year where he transferred to a local high school. Academically this school is great for the basics (math english science social studies)... hardcore but great! It allowed for my son to definitely excel in high school where he is easily pulling a 4.0+ gpa. Socially we had problems with the middle school because they treat the kids like kindergartners and unfortunately don't offer enough electives. There are a lot of growing pains that have resulted from their new high school addition but I believe in 5 to 10 years this school will be "level" and ready to be great again. Until then just note that it has it's issues with the board "counselor" teachers and class offerings that might deter you from choosing TPCA. I hope it improves but I personally don't miss the issues my son encountered while attending TPCA.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love the principal. I love the teachers. This is a great school. My daughter has been there 3 years. She is challenged. I wish I had put her in here instead of the private school I had her in. I wish I had the money.

  • (2 years ago)

    My 2 daughters have been attending TPCA for 3 years. I have been very pleased with the staff and administration at this school. My kids are being challenged are excited about learning and have many opportunities to excel and be recognized for their achievements. Parents are highly involved -- which is great! The focus is on Core Knowledge curriculum which means my children are getting a great education in reading language arts math and social studies. The only negative side to the elementary program is their lack of science skills being taught. My kids are memorizing science facts but they have yet to do any hands-on experiments and inquiry investigations. I do like the fact that my kids have the opportunity to learn Spanish in elementary school. I would recommend this school for kids who are high achieving and thrive in a highly structured environment. I don't think this is the school for students who have special needs but they do offer literacy help for students who are behind in reading and language arts.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school routinely screens out children with disabilities. Even after selection in the lottery process if your child has an IEP be prepred to hear why Twin Peaks is "not a good fit."

  • (3 years ago)

    It is a great school! The children are getting a great education. The teachers are great!

  • (3 years ago)

    My grandson goes there and it is the first school he has really enjoyed and done well at.

  • (3 years ago)

    I see my child excelling at Twin Peaks Charter--more than I could've imagined!

  • (3 years ago)

    The committment of teachers and staff to my child's education is amazing! I am grateful and my child loves to go to school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school with great teachers great parents volunteers. Both my daughter and my son love the school so much. Their grade improves daily. The teachers care about each individual student. This school provides core knowledge study as well as lots of special classes with building students' characters first in mind. We just love this school. Parents input counts in this school.

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