I've applied to this school for three years consecutively, because it had been recommended by a former student, and have not yet been able to arrange an interview for my child. After emailing the Principle directly to inquire about the backlog of applicants, I never heard back from anyone... I can't speak to the quality of the program, only the difficulty in enrolling.
I'm not sure why this school has anything less than 5 stars. If anything, it should have 10 STARS!!! This public school is the best education money "can't" buy. The principal is fantastic, so hands-on with all of the parents, faculty, staff and students. The faculty is top-notch and the students are truly loved by everyone in this family. Yes, I said FAMILY because that is the feel you get the moment you step foot on this campus. The bad reviews are old, outdated and in no way reflect the current culture of this institution. This school is ALL inclusive and serves a diverse population across all zip codes in Huntsville. It is a beautiful melting pot. And if you've never caught a performance by the children at this school, well, you've missed the biggest treat. You've got to see the "Broadway-like" shows these children put on. AMAZING! If you have any doubt about this school, you need to come and see for yourself. You'll come in a visitor and leave like family.
I should point out that most of the negative reviews of the school are out of date and don't reflect the situation with the current principal. The current principal is fantastic, I'm constantly blown away by her knowlege and caring. The academics are outanding, the teachers are caring and fun, and the arts experience really gives the kids amazing confidence. When I visited the school for the first time, I was amazed to see how many of the kids would approach to find out if I needed help finding something, and looked me in the eye. My son started 6th grade there last year and has loved every minute.
AAA = Best Principal, Best Teachers, Best Students; hands down best school experince one could have!
This school is a big who's who popularity contest. It's already figured out whose kids are going to be the stars. No talent needed, just an old or big name and sucking up to the right people. Politics, politics. The principal is queen of this clique.
I don't know why this school is getting a 7 out of 10 rating. This is way too low. I have experience at a lot of different schools because of being military and having 6 children and this is by far the best elementary school I have had any experience with. It's a public school with a private school feel. The Principle and staff are wonderful, the academics are great, the arts program is fabulous, I mean you would not believe how amazing the performances are! Three of my children have attended here and loved it. I couldn't speak better of any school.
My daughter and I both LOVE AAA!!!!!! She did well at her previous school but has really grown since she started at AAA last year!!!! Children here have so many opportunites beyond what is offered in other public schools. The faculty and parent involovement is above and beyond anything I have ever seen!
This school has the best, most caring environment for students. The teachers and staff care about the students and actually take the time to get to know them so that they can ensure success. The school has a new principal this year who is very dynamic, intelligent, creative, and focused on what is best for the students. The parents are very active and supportive of the school. The magnet programs in the arts cannot be beat. The school celebrates diversity and the kids feel accepted and loved while they are at school.
Like another reviewer wrote, this school is about who's who within it's ranks. You have a principal who really just smiles and nods and doesn't make a move unless the select few feel that his actions are acceptable. This school has much potential, but when people are allowed to run it to their liking with nobody controlling their actions, a gluttonous, self-serving, arrogance overwhelms the enviroment and they forget to treat everyone fairly and politely and only serve the uppercrust that fits their needs. Again, they have excellent programs and plans, but without fair, logical leadership, only a few prosper and thrive.
This school is all about "old politics". Your child's position and roles are not based on their talents or abilities, it is dependant upon what your last name is, who you are and who you smooze with. You can lack talent and have the starring role of a huge production all based on who you know around there. Yes, there is alot of talent there and they offer wonderful programs, but it's old politics.
This magnet school has excellent leadership and exceptional teachers. They are caring and dedicated to every child. The arts teachers (art, music, vocal, dance, drama, and strings) extremely gifted and giving. Every school should be so wonderful.
I think that at one time the school was great, now it is a showcase for the administration and teachers to get their friends and relatives into the school, it is controlled by select memebers of the staff. A majority of the children that attend are friends or relatives of a staff members. It is a well known fact, but rarely mentioned in for fear that your child will be kicked out of the school.
The Academy has a wonderful environment for our children to learn. The Principal is excellent with the children and makes a point to call them each by name and always knows the family. I am a grandparent and feel very blessed to have my grandchildren in such a wonderful school situation. It is a public school but there is a waiting list and children must be interviewed before accepted. It lets them know that the school is for learning. They do not have the discipline problems of most schools because the children realize it is an honor to be accepted. All parents are expected and do their share of volunteer work at the school.
The school has provide four of my Grandchildren with both an excellent education and arts topportunities.
My son has just finished his first year at AAA (6th grade) and I can't say enough good about this school. It's hard to believe it's public and not private. My son never really liked school, although he always had good grades. This year, it's as if he's blossomed. The environment is nurturing, older and younger kids interact and are accepting of differences. The arts program is impressive. The theatre and performance programs are outstanding, and I wouldn't have believed that you could get this level of stage preformance out of 6-8th grade kids had I not seen it myself. Be prepared. If your child attends AAA, so does your whole family. Parent involvement is expected and is crucial to the sucess of the school.
The teachers are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile for the student. The principal and the assistant principals are wonderful, and believe that every child can make a difference. What ever it takes seems to be the motto and the extra curriculum is just too wonderful. My family is very excited with the school and all it has to offer.
We have had children at AAA for 11 years and even with a change in administration and the other changes that occur in public school, we would have our kids nowhere else. The Academy is family. The faculty and staff truly care about the students, which are a very diverse population. The Arts Magnet is excellent with opportunities for students in music, dance, strings, visual art, and dramatic art. The class sizes also help toward no student being left behind. The kids who graduate from AAA go to High Schools all over the City and continue to succeed. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed. We love the way the older students interact with the young ones and how the special needs students are accepted as well.
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