Actually the pick up problem is true, I have never picked up my kids in 5 min even when I'm at the front of the line. 3 times a parent has almost hit my car head on becasue they were speeding and going the wrong way. I notice a huge difference from last year. Many staff have left and continue to leave. The focus is on increassing attendance. Flag is now 10-12 min long and class does not start until 8:15 or after. Much is spent handing out ribbons to teachers (NOT parents) who have 100% attendance. There are still many good teachers there but it's obvious many don't respect the principal Many teachers don't show up for flag or just chat the entire time. Athlos alows a parent to coach the kinder cheers who brings her toddler son who hits the cheer leaders and runs out on the court during a game. Also check out the 35 page science fair instruction packet and revisons and forms before considering.Athlos. My family loves the traditonal appraoch we are just not sure if Athlos is the school for us anymore.
I'm very disappointed in the way the school year has gone. As many as a dozen teachers and staff have left the school from the beginning until now, and they continue to leave. Some had years with the charter. The curriculum is very challenging something that I had felt would be for the betterment of my child. But I'm realizing that there is and issue with the quantity of instruction versus the quality of instruction that is given to students here. I question who's best interest is the priority at Athlos.
The review posted 12/17 is complete hogwash. The only kids who go across the street are ones with parents who are too self absorbed to wait in a line for a few minutes to pick up their kids (seriously folks, if you arrive at 2:50 you can have your kid in your car in about 5 minutes). It's the parents' decision to have their kids go across the street, so who is the one "sacrificing safety"...not the school. My student has been attending the school for two years and I've never been approached to write down "good comments" except in an email communication that was written to the whole student body asking people to share if they wanted to. Finally, the cafeteria cannot parent your child for you. The school believes that the parent is the first educator and the one in charge. They can't babysit your kid in the lunch line. If you haven't taught them about good food choices and established expectations, that's your fault, not the schools. Finally, funny that at the end the writer put as a side note that their teachers were "really great" both years...isn't THAT what's important? I'd take this "review" with a grain of salt.
Went to this school for 2 years, I continuously told the adminstration that the student pick up situation was extremely dangerous, they told me not worry about the little ones crossing 8 lanes of 50 mile and hour traffic, since their parents signed a release for them to walk home. Many kids parents won't wait in the long lines so they drive to other areas down gilbert rd and accross at the gas station and wait for their kids there. So safety is sacrificed and allowed to be compromised by the school since it can't handle all the traffic anyways. Beware also of mind, body, nutrition claims, they do nothing to help the kids with this. The cafeteria brings in the same junk all the schools bring in, processed stuff and mix it up and warm it up. Kids can eat fried chicken sandwiches everyday if they choose to, and many do they are not eating balanced meals. This school is a Public relations machine and they are very good at it, just look at all the ads in the papers, we were there about 10 days when we were approached to write down good comments about the school. On a good note, our teachers were really great both years.
This is my daughter's 2nd year at this school and we are LOVING it! The experience here has been a pleasure from the ground up. My daughter is reading, writing and doing math well above her grade level but even then she is constantly striving to do better! A personality like hers couldn't have been paired up with a better learning system that Athlos has. The teacher's she's had have both been amazing in recognizing her accomplishments --but also the areas that require more attention/guidance. Also, the community environment is great ! Yes the school enrollment has increased which obviously created a bit of a traffic issue within school grounds, but the school has been quick to respond to that. The only problems now are the parents who are either too stubborn or unwilling to follow the pickup/dropoff guidelines that the school provides. Those drivers cause all sorts of issues that they later pass blame onto the school. Bottom line, the education is amazing and the teachers are caring. I highly recommend this school!
Last year the school was run by a caring principal and staff. This year a new princial has changed the way the school operates. There has been a mass exit of good teachers from the school in the first 3 weeks. My take on these changes are a combination of inexperienced administration and bad attitude. Very unprofessional compared to last years staff. The school is all about the staff power and not about the kids. Very disappointed this year.
Now this is what I call a school! Excellent teachers, staff, administration, challenging academics, positive learning environment, physical education program encourages a healthy lifestyle, outstanding parental involvement...I could go on and on! My kids LOVE school - Thank You Athlos! A++ in my book!
My daughter attended 7-8thgrade here. She had some issues at Bogle Jr high that sent me threw the roof. The school academically is fabulous. The teachers are great. The one troubling thing to me is the school seems to be more interested in increasing enrollment to make more money than to pay attention to being able to handle so many kids. They tripled their enrollment in 2012 so traffic became a nightmare. They were supposed to put in a parking lot but decided a new building was more important. Gilbert/Queen Creek is a super busy intersection, there is no where for the parent to pick up kids, kids crossing the street and wondering around the Circle K parking lot. I witnessed so many near accidents in front of the school. The academics is great, but safety cannot be overlooked to make more money.
Athlos Traditional Academy is the best school!!! A lot of homework maybe a little to much but I believe it will benefit my daughter in her schooling!!! I Love this school!!!!!!!
We moved to Chandler a year ago and I was looking for a school that would give my kids an educational challenge. We came from a school that taught math a year ahead and was recognized for their high test scores. I really wanted my children to be challenged in school. I toured many of the schools in the CUSD. And although it would have made my life so much easier with being able to put my kids on a school bus or drive just 1/2 block to the school I felt as though my kids would not be given the same quality education that we were accustomed to. I toured Athlos and although I was apprehensive about the "traditional" teaching styles I couldn't be happier with the quality of education my children are receiving. I have to drive now 4 miles to school vs the 1/2 block that we would of had to drive, but I tell you what...it is definitely worth it if you are looking for quality education for you children.
This year I moved my two children to Athlos from a local private school and I couldn't be happier! Their teachers are both amazing - so dedicated and loving. The principal is a fantastic leader. The gifted teacher is so creative. Plus, the children are tested several times per year and are placed exactly where they need to be academically. (free tutoring is available for children who need it and the school won't hesitate to test a child for the gifted program or allow them to go up a grade for math etc. if necessary) My children aren't just getting a good education - they are truly happy to go to school everyday!
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