My son is being pulled fro this school this year. After attending the school for 3 years, he has lost his love for learning. His first grade teacher hated him and it was obvious to anyone looking in. He actually got into trouble because one of his classmates cut a hole in my son's shirt. He fell in the bathroom banging his head on the concrete and got yelled at for crying and was not allowed to see a nurse, nor was I notified of the head injury. The last straw was in second grade when for weeks at a time he was not allowed to participate in gym class because he wasn't picked to be on the team. What kind of elementary school program does not allow every child to participate in every class. Other parents voiced the same concerns regarding gym class. Then to top it off, one day he is left outside after gym class and no one knew he was missing. My child was wandering around trying to get back into the school during child pick-up times. He was unsupervised in a chaotic parking lot and anything could have happened. Meanwhile I'm waiting for my child and none of the teachers know where he is. I made complaints to the school board and was told these things happen.
My daughter started Kindergarten this year and wearing uniforms made deciding what to wear in the morning so much easier. You have many styles to mix and match. The education my daughter received this year has been amazing. There are plenty of projects and homework, so if you are a parent that loves to be involved in your child's school and education, ASFL is the school for you! They have many field trips, after school activities, and fundraising activities to ensure the school has the supplies they need to make learning fun. Dr. Garrett is an amazing principal. She greets the students by name and makes an effort to have short conversations with everyone she sees. The teachers do everything possible to create a fun but structured environment.
I must say, this school is a WONDERFUL school!! For all you parents looking here too see if its a good idea too send your children here, let them go because so far this is the best school! I went in the begging of 6th this year and I love this school. The only reason why there is bad reviews because of Dr. Summerville. Dr.Garret made an improvement on the school. Next year im re-applying and hoping for the best i get back in!! <3
This school is horrible. I went here for 6th and 7th grade and I must say that the students are horrible-talking to the teachers any kind of way and/or tone-and the teachers are of the lowest quality. Do not let your child go here. The school only cares about how the children dress. They only care about there IB Program-which is garbage. They are stuck on titles rather than what the kids need to know to have success in the future. I remember hearing a lot of kids say they have a 1st to 4th grade reading level in 6th grade. A person with an actual 6th grade reading level was considered super smart when it is only supposed to be average. A majority of the teachers curse at the children and the children curse back at the teachers. More discipline needs to be ensembles in the kids. It actually made me thankful for having a good upbringing and to know that I shouldn't talk to adults any type of way. ASFL needs great improvement before I would even think about recommending that school to anyone. The building is also very low maintenance causing mice to wander around the building. I am very glad that I left the school, I hope that the school gets better for the sake of the other kids.
An ok school, though alot of the older kids behave like young thugs (not racially speaking). PTA is an absolute joke with very little parent involvement. Some of the teachers and admin staff are rude to parents and students and little is done by the Principal to curtail their behavior. SAD. Eight years of mixed emotions. Out of ten ten - ASFL gets a five.
My children both attended this school and i will say that things have changed since they first started. They did have some very good teachers Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Pope, and currently Mrs. Alexander, Mr. Snodgrass and Mr. Ryan showed a great deals of interest in the child and make sure that they are learning. The space program was a great interest to the students, but was discontinued. The school seems more interested in the test scores and uniforms now, 4-5 years ago they were actually interested in the student learning and fdoing well in class. I would not recommend this school to any one over another school.
My daughter loves ASFL since starting in 3rd grade. She is looking forward to continuing through 8th grade. I love the uniform policy. Dr. Summerville is a positive influence on the students and is truly hands-on. She takes her responsibilities seriously and is able to do amazing things even when resources are hard to come by. The staff is equally committed and motivated. While some unpleasant things have occurred (and where do they NOT occur, frankly), but each incident was handled professionally, promptly and appropriately. I could not ask for a better school for my daughter.
ASFL is a wonderful school to work in and for students to attend. ASFL has had one of it's teachers awarded teacher of the year in HCS 3 times in the last 10 years and all teachers are dedicated to the best interest of the students. Class sizes are small, students get the opportunity to participate in an extremely wide variety of extracurricular activities even though there are no sports. Adminstration is constantly looking for ways to improve the school. The students are great. They are typical kids, but they have a passion for learning and not just for learning about academics. By the time these kids graduate you can see in them their desire to know what's going on in the world and to understand it on a deep intellectual level. Overall ASFL is one of the best schools in this area and I'm proud to be a member
I would like to state that ASFL is an absolutely wonderful school. If you conduct a longitudinal study of the test scores over the last five years, the data will indicate that the students are making a lot of academic progress. This year the students are in school uniforms and I have observed a definite positive school climate. I understand that because of the high academic standards for the students, there is a long waiting list of parents who want to enroll their children in ASFL.
They have been more concerned with what the children look like not what they are learning. Meanwhile our test scores continue to drop. At one time this was a great school but it has been falling year after year. My children went to this school for 7 years and I pulled them out this year. Very disappointing!
The make-up of ethnic backgrounds at ASFL is wonderful. The more they learn from others the world may one day have peace.
ASFL is an extremely well organized and student friendly institution and i am pleased to have my child attend. I am pleased with the smaller class sizes and the attention that the educators give to each student. Their commitment to excellence, not only from the student, but from themselves makes this a very goo school to have your child or children attend.
The teachers are awesome, and go beyond what is required of them. Most accept parent involvement. Administration can not be trusted and does not communicate well. They only communicate what they want you to hear.
ASFL is great school to attend, because the Ms. Allen is great Space teacher. My daughter has excelled to new heights and gain the confidence that she can do anything.
I consider myself a very involved parent and one of the things I love about ASFL is the parents eagerness to volunteer. Every staff member at ASFL, from the Principal to Cafeteria workers, are doing a great job in interaction with the parents. Also, ASFL's daily, weekly, and monthly information and feedback has been phenomenal. My child has just recently completed kindergarten. Because my child started Kindergarten slightly before his 5th birthday, I knew it was a shaky ride. Yet to my delight, I soon learned the freedom to interact with my child's teacher and principal became the catalyst that ensured my child success. ASFL substantiates the one-on-one attention that has been vital to my child's achievement, as well as all ASFL students...
The Academy for Science and Foreign Language in Huntsville, Alabama is the perfect school for my son. This year, 6th grade, was his first at ASFL and it was the best academic year he has had since second grade. The 6th grade teachers are fabulous. I could not believe how much they motivated him to write! My son was writing paragraphs and short essays for English and Social Studies class of course. But the Science and Math teachers also had him writing paragraphs and short stories for their classes. It really, really helped him progress in writing. This school provides an absolutely wonderful Science curriculum. My son really enjoyed the frequent hands-on science activities. He learns so much better that way, rather than just textbook work. And each child at ASFL studies a foreign language. That's hard to find in a middle school in this area.
I want to commend a Ms. Pearson for her outstanding and excellent teaching. She treats each student individually, works with them, respects them, and does an all around excellent job. Keep up the good work, Ms. Pearson.
I pulled my child from this school after three months. Reading levels were not tested in first grade, the teachers lack concern/interest in the children, safety issues as well as the curriculum are also very questionable at this school.
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