Currently have 3 children enrolled at Athlos (2 in elementary, 1 in junior high). My oldest has been at Athlos since it opened.
Elementary experience has been fantastic - very happy with curriculum, methodology and student management.
Junior High has been a disappointment. The differentiating factors that make Athlos so great for K-6 seem to be missing in 7-8. Teachers (many, but not all) seem to be going through the motions in 7-8. Instead of DEALING with student issues, they simply deduct pride points and send a curt email to the parents.
Homework is another issue. Having homework every night is not a problem, but the zero tolerance policy for missing homework IS a problem. No flexibility whatsoever for missed homework. An example: our student missed a homework assignment due to a doctor appointment. Received a zero out of 100 points, without a chance to make it up. We asked if the homework could be turned in late for half-credit -and were told no. Period.
If my understanding of this policy is incorrect, I hope that someone can clarify it - as this is what was communicated to me by the teacher.
I do think that the Principal is going a great job, she has a huge responsibility to keep Athlos "special" in comparison to other schools, but there is only so much she can do on her own.
In summary, I would give Athlos K-6 five stars (GREAT), and give 7-8 grade ......"Average-minus".
Yes, persistence is absolutely necessary for Athlos students to keep up with the school's policies and academic requirements.
If persistence is not present or can't be developed in a student while at Athlos, this is not the place for them.
I have two chidren who attend this school. One child is in 4th grade and the other in 8th. My child's teacher lost her homework and then gave my daughter an F on something I watched her turn in! The students are pushed too far and the math is extremely challenging. I have a junior high student also and they are worked too hard. Some students are taken as victims when they are really bullies. My son is in 8th grade and went to Athlos last year also, he is an extremely bright boy and it takes him at least 2 hours to do his homework. This really cuts down on family time. They say that they prevent bullying, when really it happens all the time and when it is brought to thieir attention, they don't do anything about it, or they make it worse. At lunch the students can't even get up to go to the bathroom without being yelled at. Last year one kid was throwing the balls for reccess at people and instead of punishing that one student, they punished the entire junior high. The parents weren't even told about this. The only reason I found out was because of my kids! The junior high has PRIDE Points for behavior and teachers take them for simply, reading when they have finished their tests. Also, when students finish their work early and they work on another classes homework because they have time to, the teacher will yell at them and take the homework away so that the student gets a 0% on whatever they were working on, but they don't even get a warning, telling them to put it away. Other times, they are yelling at the students because they are not working on something from another class when they are finished. They promote a heathy life style and balanced meals, but then they feed their students fried "chicken" sandwiches and the "salad bar" is cut up, three week old pizza and moldy potato sald with purple stuff on it. This is what I call hypocrites. About half the students here are over-weight and they wonder why! I am fed up with this school and I would seriously reconsider if you are thinking about sending your kids here.
We are so happy we chose this school for our daughter. This is our second year (daughter just started first grade) and we are looking forward to many more years! The teachers, administration and leadership are absolutely outstanding! The principal is amazing and is always available. My daughter loves going to school and adores all of her teachers. She is nurtured and appropriately challenged while also being taught the importance of kindness and citizenship. Parents are asked to be activate participants their children's education in any way they can and I think that is one of the best parts.
Athlos is an A+ school and I would recommend to anyone!
I love Athlos. This is our second year with the school and we couldn't be more satisfied. I am just amazed with how much information my daughter can hold in that little head of hers. My daughter looks forward to going to school, she loves her teachers and the staff. My daughter feels safe and cared for. That is the type of environment I want her in. Yes they have high expectations for these kids, they have rules to follow but It's all to benefit them in the future. Athlos also encourages families to be involved in the school which is awesome. I love that! As far as academics, my daughter is challenged on a daily basis but she loves it. It's nothing she can't handle. I believe my husband and I have made the right choice picking Athlos.
How can this school promote fairness when they are not fair to their students? This school expects the students to be robots, I'm not the only one who feels this way, look at past reviews! The students are expected to be quiet in class, then when they go to lunch they are expected to be quiet or get yelled at by the aides. They don't even want the kids going to the bathroom at lunch! How can you deny a student the bathroom. Then at recess, my child has told me they aren't allowed to run and play tag or they get yelled at for that.
My child was in 4th grade and there were a few students being bad at lunch. So what does the school do? They actually discipline the ENTIRE 4th grade because of a few bad students!! My child was punished when they did nothing wrong. The next day at lunch, all of 4th grade had to have a "silent lunch" where NO one was allowed to speak at all. This school is run like a military school. The principal is horrible it was a great school until she started running it. You never see administration either! When Dr. Croatt was there you saw her and the assistant principal every day out at pick up and walking around the campus all the time. Not anymore, administration is no where to be seen. Who is running this school?
For junior high, students are given homework for almost every class every day. In math, students are given 1-30 questions each night. That's tough alone as it is, given the school is excelerated. That means that students are doing 1 year above what they should. So if a student goes to a normal school and does Course 2 math, they skip Course 3 and move straight to Algebra. That can be challenging to some students.
This plus all the other classes homework everyday can take up to 2-3 hours.
Students go to school from around 7:40-2:40. That's 7 hours of school, plus the 2-3 hours of homework. If students are supposed to go to bed by 8-9 that leaves 3-4 of freetime/family time and to some families that is not enough. If you're a family looking to send your child here, take this into consideration.