The quality of instruction is mediocre at best. Children are given laptops, but this use of technology does not mean the teachers are busy being innovative. This is a middle school that uses the 70's television series Roots to "teach" history and considers The Outsiders to be a "great classic". Despite some worthwhile features (orchestra), this school fails to inspire a passion for learning. Only chosen "star" students will be given any hope for opportunities to fully engage in their learning. Teachers here seem to have little passion for their respective subjects and only exert enough effort to meet minimum expectations. Don't let the laptops fool you, this school offers a late 20th century education to children desperately in need of one prepared for the 21st.
I'm an 8th grader. Our school payed $700 for each and every of the hundreds of students we have, and that very likely amounts to more than $500,000. Yet, our school doesn't even buy the walls in between urinals. To be honest, all these laptops pose are a distraction to students to play games and more of the like. I myself included. Everything was much more efficient when there weren't personal laptops for each student, and things were on paper due to this fact. The addition of these laptops also forces students to stare at a screen all day long to get their work done. After, say, a year of this, you can imagine that this is not exactly good for eyesight. Aprende also has a ridiculously stereotypical bullying issue. I've never seen so many alone people trying to get attention then giving up whenever they get dismissed as "annoying". Dress code should also be enforced better. Girls wear short shorts which are literally shorter than guys' boxers. What the heck, Aprende. A+ my butt.
Being a 8th Grader In Pod B is Amazing. Sure Girls Wear so called 'inappropriate' clothing, That clothing is short shorts, Girls starting wearing these in 5th Grade, It's not biggy! The teachers are amazing, Including our Police Officer, Officer Gomez everyone calls him OG though! I recommend Aprende Middle School for most of the children, especially if you're coming from Fees.
My son is in 6th grade pod B (gifted) and it suits him perfectly! He is challenged on a daily basis by all of his teachers..the 4 core teachers are wonderful!!! Could not be happier....and neither could he!
Education is of the highest importance at this school. They are truly preparing their students for the future. My older son sailed through Corona Gifted where he left with 28 credit hours to start college. Speaking of college, he just completed his freshman year at ASU Barrett Honors College where he attends on a full scholarship thanks to Mrs Deer's 6th grade advanced Language Arts and Mrs Furman's 7th Grade Advanced Language Arts. They are the Best!!!!!
our third and youngest daughter just finished an amazing 6th grade year at Aprende. Our older 2 have sailed with high honors through Corona thanks in large part to the excellent preparation they received at Aprende. As an active PTSO mom for 6 years, I've had the opportunity to get to know almost all of the teachers, administrators, and staff on a first name basis. I can't say enough wonderful things about them. Plus, the incredible array of activities beyond the classroom give the kids opportunities to grow personally and gain a wealth of hands on experiences. This includes but is not limited to yearbook, newspaper, NJHS, Stud Council, Peer Mediation & Tutors, sports teams, math clubs/competitions, and much, much more. The overnight trips to Prescott (6th grade), Grand Canyon (7th), Disneyland (music) are but a few offered. Art & FACS-fantastic, the music program- super talented teachers, etc. Everyone is committed to excellence despite limited budgets, economic challenges, and lack of state support. I can honestly say there is NOWHERE else I would want my kids for middle school than Aprende under Gerri Shaw's leadership. A well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award & A+ award!
My son has enjoyed a year of learning and growth at Aprende Middle School this year. He completed 6th grade at Aprende and is excited about entering 7th grade next year. My son has enjoyed warm connections with his teachers and has made many new friends. I would recommend Aprende Middle School to any parent who is looking for a solid middle school placement for their child.
Moving my children to the Kyrene District was the best decision I ever made when it comes to their education. Yes, there is a 20 minute commute but it is well worth it. My son attends Aprende and is in 7A. The curriculum is amazing and he has had many opportunities to learn things that I believe are not taught elsewhere. The STEM program is wonderful and he excels in that class. The teachers are very good at communication, Mrs. Starling sends out weekly newsletters so you are always in the loop of what your child is learning. A+!!