"We are best known for Leadership."
Students enrolled 650
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Rob Brown, Director
Transportation options Yes
District American Leadership Academy Inc.

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17019 S Greenfield Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85295

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(480) 988-3204
(480) 988-3280
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4 stars
Based on 54 ratings

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August 14, 2014
This is an amazing school! It is fun and challenging. My kids are totally engaged and growing. I'm proud to be the parent of a Patriot!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
My child started attending ALA in kindergarten and is now going into 3rd grade. He loves it. As a family, we've had a great experience with his teachers and the staff. The academics are accelerated and the atmosphere is encouraging and engaging, which are key for our family. I can't praise this school enough.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2014
American Leadership Academy is a fantastic school. The curriculum is rigorous (a grade level ahead) and the teachers are loving.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
If u are considering placing ur children into ALA. Here are some things u should know before u do. My daughter who is 6 was recently diagnosed with Autism this past September. I thought ALA would be a great school for my daughter bit it turns out it's been a nightmare. They are currently getting money for her from the State as an Autisic child, yet they don't have the resources or teachers to make sure she is getting her education. Most of the time she is just being watched by one teacher or another. She has been placed in 3 different schools in the district and all 3 have just shuffled her around like a basketball. rediculous.Having a child with special needs is difficult enough, but to constantly have these teachers moving her a round is a nightmare come true. I am just counting down the days til the end of the yr and praying that the public school will be able to take her next yr. This school is disorganized and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Great Environment for my children. Glad they have the opportunity to get a quality education and participate in sports. ALA gives the opportunity for everyone to be involved football, volleyball, cheer, dance team, cross country, basketball, soccer, baseball, track, and softball. Love that they can participate and get a good education.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
What an incredible school!!! My rating comes from seeing a wide variety of education opportunities. I taught elementary school in a public classroom, volunteered in a free choice school, homeschooled my child for a few years, our child attended a homeschool/public school hybrid campus, and observed other charter schools. I have seen several approaches to learning and we are so pleased with ALA. No school is perfect...but I believe it is possible to find the right fit and placement for you or your family. ALA has become this for us. We enjoy the curriculum...it is solid! I have two children attending ALA and they are receiving quality learning. There are "no holes or gaps" in their learning. The homework always pertains to in-class instruction. The teachers so a great job balancing out the core subjects with enrichment activities as well. We have had incredible teachers at ALA! The administration is wonderful. We correspond frequently with the director and his replies are always returned promptly and professionally. He promotes an "open door" policy and is willing to meet with us whenever we need to. The overall climate at the school is positive, kind, and inviting. Thanks ALA!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
Queen Creek HS, is great!! We moved to AZ from MT (we are a Military family) and after growing up in UT (no, I'm not LDS) I was terrified that my daughter would be treated like a second class citizen. I was so wrong! These teachers are the BEST! Yes, there are a lot of LDS students but my daughter has never been criticized over her beliefs. Yes, there are LDS teachers, not that they talk about it but doesn't it matter more on how much your child learns? My daughter has struggled in Math until being at ALA, she's doing excellent now! I would highly recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to be taken care of. They are pro-military, which is so great to have understanding staff supporting our families. I'm so glad that we found this school! For anyone fearing your child will be taught the LDS way (whichever way that is), Fear Not! I wouldn't have my daughter go to any other school but ALA!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
Great teachers in such a wholesome environment for kids. Especially loved Mr. Anthony Wright as his unique teaching style had the kids wanting to learn and enjoying school. I wish he could be my daughters teacher every year!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
Excellent school. I feel very good sending my child here and know he is in good hands and getting an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
I want to post back to the parent about the LDS issues. You are definitely correct and I would recommend you getting out of that school. My boys were kicked out of school 2 weeks before the year was over and were given W's for the entire school year and our community school had to do assesments so they could have grades. My son has Aspergers and they were failing him in every subject. The SPED teacher was not kind to my son because he wouldn't talk. They said he was emotional distrubed even though he has a diagnosis from a very highly regarded clinic they claimed they didn't feel he had Aspergers and he was just ED and and couldn't come back until he was clinically evaluated. Since leaving ALAL- he has all a's and b's and just scored the 2nd highest in Math on Galileo and Social Studies which ALA determined he was incapable of being taught. They forced me to withdraw my other son or they would expell him for minor things like throwing rocks at a fence and arguing over whether he was out at 4 square. My step daughter over heard them talking in the office that they were trying to remove as many kids as they could so they could get the LDS kids in that were on the waiting list.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
I am concerned about the strong LDS (Mormon) influence in the school. My daughter is registered at the ALA High School and most of her classmates are Mormon. We are not Mormon. My daughter has been told by several of her Mormon classmates that she is not a true Christian and she will not go to the highest heaven and live with God. I strongly feel that since ALA is a PUBLIC charter school that such conversations should be discouraged. I also feel that since the director and much of the staff is LDS, my daughter will be overlooked because she does not fall into their beliefs. I also asked who founded the school and where the money came from to build the school, but was told that was private information. I have since learned from a few of the LDS parents that members of the LDS church donated money to build the school. I am very concerned that my child or any child that is not LDS will not receive fair treatment at the school and that too much of the LDS doctrine will be influenced in both the curriculum and in the school's policies.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
The new format of self-contained classrooms for the middle school grades at the Gilbert campus has been a refreshing change. The teachers for 7th & 8th grade are fantastic. I also have 2 other children in 2nd and 4th grade, and the teachers are wonderful. The curriculum meets state standards and beyond. They kids come home excited about what they are learning, and I;m amazed at the depth of their knowledge and recall. Thanks ALA!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
DO NOT ENROLL your child in the new ALA High School in Queen Creek. I had my child in the Gilbert Campus the year before and was pleased with how the teachers and principal handled situations and communicated with the parents. The high school is the complete opposite. The principal won't call you and instead has the counselor call you. They have a student handbook that they refuse to follow and instead dish out punishments as they please. Several of my son's friends have already left the school and we are only 2 months in. We are putting our son back in public school, at least they have to follow protocol.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
I enrolled three of my children this year. My son loves the high school, and my other two have really loved the Gilbert campus. I'm thrilled with the schools!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2012
very disappointing!!!! believe the reviews are there for a reason as well as the low academic rating. Also, question the affiliation by which they received their special recognitions - if they were actually earned or jst handed to them for other reasons. If you dig, you will discover there may be a little more to it.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
Hoping this change is the right change. I took my kids out of Ben Franklin to come to ALA. I hope I don't regret it.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
i love it my child has been there for 6 year and no problems yet to have

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
Im coming from a public school to ALA this year for sports. I did not feel like I had an opportunity at the school i came from. My friend told me he was leaving a public school to go to ALA for sports also. So the next morning i checked out their practice. Since its their first year of sports they were new to the stuff. I most likely will attend this school and wanting to take my football and wrestling career to the next level. If i stay at my old school i wouldnt have that chance but here, i have a feeling i will. Lets see how the year goes!

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2012
This school is wonderful! My son was in another traditional school for kinder and 1st grade and he absolutely hated it! My son now loves school because he gets to learn history, science, and art (Core Knowledge). The other school did not really teach these subjects for several more years. Plus, he had one of the best teachers I have ever met! We were also impressed with the Covey Leadership program. I recommend this school to anyone who wants a well rounded education for their children. You will not be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
Ah, i meant 'a good prep for college' education. Sorry about that. Im tired today. :$

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2012
I love American Leadership Academy! I have three children that attend and a fourth this fall. My kids are happy and enjoy attending this school. They are challenged but not overwhelmed. They have homework but not overloaded. They have had opportunities to step out of their comfort zone with new leadership skills. Thanks ALA! You are the BEST!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
I would like to express my gratitude for my child's teacher and for ALA. We have seen such a turn around in my child. They have truely cared about my child's education and about my child. I love the parent volunteer hours. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of my child's education. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2012
I am so proud to have my children at ALA. My usually shy daughter has learned how to be a leader in any social situation, and has even developed some coordination within the sports. She has gained several personal victories as the teachers have helped her celebrate talents that not even I knew she had! My boys have become young men and are caring towards their sister and mother. Besides receiving an amazing education, my children have raised their own personal standards and character. Thank you ALA!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2012
The teachers are absolutely great. They challenge the kids and expect the kids to do their best. The curriculum is the best I have seen. Spalding, Shurley English, Singapore Math. My kindergartener was reading and recognizing and spelling words within the first few months of school starting. My younger kids have a greater foundation with grammar and writing than my older children did attending another school using a different English Curriculum. The foundation Singapore Math creates is fantastic. ALA has worked hard to go back and fill in the gaps that my older children had missed in earlier school years. Singapore Math has given them different techniques that answer the question why instead of just solve the problem. The faculty and staff at the school are the best. They want what is best for the students. They recognize students and call them by name, not just the students in their class or the students who are always in trouble, but all the students. ALA is giving my children the best education available. I am glad we have this option.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
AMAZING! This school is as big as some public schools, but with the care that charter schools give. I have only been a student here for one semester, but I want to stay forever . Believe it or not, i was very far behind before, but now i am excelling. Thank you ALA. I really like how there is A days and B days too. The only thing i would complain about is the amount of homework! I take about 1 1/2 on a normal day, but sometimes i have around 3 hours!

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2012
I have 2 children that attend ALA and love, love, love this school! I have had my children in the public schools, tried a Franklin school and have even homeschooled. This is the only school I have ever had my children get upset if they have to miss school! This school has so many great things about it! I have one child in Ms. Darst's class who never would finish his homework, (in the public school), and now is excited to complete it! She is an amazing teacher and he loves to be at school every day! I have another child who is in Mr Wright's class. He is phenomenal! I don't know how he handles a fifth grade class the way he does! My daughter loves his class and adores and respects her teacher! She also loves loves to go to school everyday! I am very fortunate to have found this school. My children are not only getting a top notch education, but love to go to school and enjoy the learning process! I also want to mention the incredible values and leadership skills that are taught are priceless! Thank you ALA!

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2011
American Leadership Academy is the quintessential balance of family, business, education, and leadership. Our administration has a business savvy with the compassion for children that drives sound educational decisions. The staff loves to work here, the kids enjoy learning here, the parents are involved, and it is a pleasure to come to work every day. If you want your child in a school where the teachers are caring and competent and the students are happy and respectful, look no further. American Leadership Academy is the place for you and your child! ALA is not just a school, it's a place for friends and neighbors to come together and raise the next generation of leaders.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2011
This school is awesome! The academics are above and beyond what you would learn at a normal public school. The students, teachers and staff are nice, encouraging and fun to be around. It is definitely a leadership school. :)

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2011
We have had our children at ALA since its inception and have been nothing short of impressed with the curriculum, inclusiveness, and overall learning envrionment at the school. In addition to these qualities our children have learned about accountability, improving their leadership skills, and their civic responsibilities as citizens. I would reccomend this school to anyone seeking to have their kids exposed to academic challenges with positive reinforcement.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2011
I have been with the school for the last two years and have been SO impressed. I am so pleased to find a school that emphasizes personal accountability and leadership from the children. You can see the Covey training in everything they do. My children even come home talking about and using the 7 Habits that they are learning in class everyday. On top of that I see my kids being challenged. My daughter who has always struggled in math is thriving with the new curriculum. It is also nice to see a charter school that give the kids a chance to participate in a competitive sports program and other extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2011
This is an awesome place to work and be. The students are great. It is exciting to see so many students striving to be strong leaders. The staff is so fun and hardworking.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2011
This is such a great community school. The parents are so involved and supportive. The kids are amazing! The teachers are strong teachers that exemplify great leadership skills. They are fabulous examples for the students and parents. I am so proud to be a part of this skill.

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2011
American Leadership Academy is a great place to work. My wife has worked there this year and everyone from the front office staff to the administration is abnormally happy to be there. As a teacher myself I recognize how unique it is to have a staff come together with a common goal and be so happy all the time. After seeing the success of the newest campus in San Tan Valley I would definitely recommend American Leadership Academy to any family and especially to quality educators looking for a positive work environment.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2011
I have two children who have attended ALA since it began in 2009 in both the elementary and middle-school levels. I began working at ALA in Dec. 2009 as an instructional assistant. I have been continually impressed on many levels, from the perspectives of both a parent and staff member. While ALA has had certain growing pains, I observe the administration consistently making decisions that better the school. The learning environment is safe, the curriculum is challenging, and the teachers are all highly qualified. Teachers, staff, and administrators constantly strive to bring out the best in each student by teaching them to implement leadership techniques. My children are happy at ALA and are learning leadership skills that will be with them for life.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
My daughter struggled with English in the past. Mrs. Provencher turned that around. Thank you ALA!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
We just moved our son here from a AAA Gilbert School. THEY are AMAZING! I've been telling anyone that will listen. The entire staff is passionate, knowledgeable, caring, driven and displays all of the quality of true leaders. They merge the teachings of Franklin Covey, Singapore, Spalding and other information with perfection. I had no idea what my son was missing until I brought him here. He is challenged and supported everyday. He has always loved school and now he is passionate about school and leadership / life skills. Based on what I have read... this school has gone through massive changes and I hope you as parents give your child the opportunity to experience this environment. They have open curriculum nights, monthly learning opportunities for parents and every time I have asked a question... Every Single Person eagerly talks with me. They are given "Planners" at the beginning of the year. It has inspirational quotes, fun facts, structure of the government, periodic table, etc. My son sat at the table for 3 hours the first night reading it. These people are making a difference and I can not be happy enough that my son is part of this school. AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
I have 6 grandchildren that attends American Leadership Academy. I am very impressed with this school. The teachers and staff are very attentive to all the children at the school. I have gone and picked my grandchildren up from school multiple times. The teachers and the staff goes above and beyond what I have seen working in other schools. Each student isn't just a name but a person that is important to society. When my daughter has a question about what is going on in her children's classroom she gets in touch with the teacher. The teacher responds back in a very short period of time. I never had that type of contact when my children were in school. I wish I had. I am very glad that American Leadership Academy is available to my grandchildren in Gilbert.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2011
For this to be a school that prides themselves on leadership, it has some improving to do when it comes to being fair to all students. My son was mistreated several times and suspended for something that was clearly started by another student. I was told by director he would check into a situation on Monday and was suppose to get a call back on Tues, but it took me going to the school on Thursday to get answers. If you are not a part of the in crowd, don't send your child to this school. There are things in my son's folder that should not be that will follow him wherever he goes.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
This school is simply okay. It is a good atmosphere, but the quality of teachers is below average in some of the grade levels. The school offers leadership and a curriculum you won't find at public schools. But some of the school's higher-ups are definitely not experienced in education, which is unfortunate. I'm hoping to see improvement as the years go by. -ML

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
ALA High School, which is now located in Queen Creek, has been amazing for my son! His grades were barely passing and he struggled socially at his old high school. At ALA the small class sizes and amazing teachers have helped him take an interest in his education. Now all his grades are As and Bs! Thank you ALA!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
After one semester at ALA I went back to my old school and now I'm so far behind. The elementary grades are better than Jr. High and High school. My younger brother seems to be learning things I never learned at that age.But as for the older grades I would stay at a REAL school.

- submitted by a community member
December 27, 2010
Some of these comments really shock me.I absolutely love ALA! My children come home from school feeling uplifted and empowered and they wake up in the morning excited to go school. This school has high standards and an amzing staff. The Director and Assistant Director are very attentive to the students individual needs. If you are looking for a school that teaches leadership skills and good morals than ALA, in my opinion, is the best at providing that.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2010
My children having been attending American Leadership Academy since August of 2009. The classes they offered where where the only ones I could find for my kids. I wanted them to be learn Spanish and learn it as a regular part of their education. I also liked the 7 habits of highly effective people program. I knew my kids needed a program that would help them to become leaders. Those two classes along with Core Knowledge, Shurley English, and Singapore math make American Leadership Academy a great school. The teachers are warm and genuine. They are teachers because they like the children and want to help them. The director and assistant director have always listened to my concerns and helped with any problems that have arisen. The staff couldn't be better. KW

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2010
As a new teacher to American Leadership Academy this school year, I am so impressed by the caring staff and administrators that I work with. I am amazed at the rich curriculum the school offers. The content is valid, age appropriate and challenging. It is helping to raise the bar in the AZ educational system. I also think the school has been really successful in developing their new middle school program and routines this year. There are some neat course choices, and caring teachers that have been creative in presenting the curriculum content, and rewarding the students for their positive efforts. I'm glad to be a part of this caring and academically challenging school. The ALA administrators and staff have made some wonderful decisions for the success of this schooland all of the students that attend. Way to go!

- submitted by a teacher
December 23, 2010
As a teacher, returning to work after 12 years of staying home, I researched many schools in the area. I knew ALA had theenvironment and acedemia that I wanted to be surrouded by, for myself and my children. I have not regretted tha decision for one minute. I feel supported by the administration daily. The curriculum is strong and offers the teachers the support they need to challenge the students appropriately. Great job ALA!

- submitted by a teacher
November 28, 2010
I was a student at this school and I was not impressed at all. In fact when I switched to public school I wa so behind they had to offer me a TON of classes to catch up. I am very satisfied with my new school San Tan Jr. High. With tutoring and a lot of work im finally up to speed. But this "great education" at American Leadership Academy was horrible! If you want a better education dont go to American Leadership Academy.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2010
We were looking for a school that not only offered the education standards that we were accustomed to, coming from back east, but also a safe place for our son to learn. We chose American Leadership Academy for its new vision of what an education should be. It brings back the values that we learned growing up. This school does not just emphasize subject matter to help your child pass the AIMS test, but what your child needs to learn to succeed in life. When enrolling our son, we mentioned that we would be moving midyear. The staff not only made sure that our son had transportation, they added a bus stop just for him the SAME day! The middle school they plan on building is going to be right down the street from us. Transportation is offered to students in Gilbert, San Tan valley and Queen Creek!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
No, Tim Peak does not have any governing control of this school. New owners and administration.

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2010
The high school program just keeps getting better and better. We have highly qualified teachers and great academics. The staff this year is amazing. The goal of the school is to increase academics and help students get ready for college. The classes offered help students to accomplish this goal. The director knows educational needs and understands what it takes to help the school grow. We balance Covery leadership training with academics to provide a unique opportunity for students to become true leaders. This is NOT the American Leadership School of Eagle's Aerie.

- submitted by a teacher
June 01, 2010
Keep in mind as you read the reviews that ALA took over Eagles Aerie in 2009, and IS NOT the same school as Eagles Aerie. The curriculum is hands-down wonderful and academically rigorous (Shurley English, Spalding, Core Knowledge, Saxon Math, Singapore Math, and Covey Leadership)! It IS NOT Eagles Aerie (which I heard terrible things about)! The principal is great, and is good about responding to any questions or concerns. Great environment for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
I agree with the previous review, although I can understand where the past reviewers are coming from. I have had kids at this school for several years, both as Eagle's Aerie and American Leadership. The school is much better now and only getting better. Of course there have been some growing pains, but all-in-all we are very happy. It is not true that there is lack of funding - the new management has spent a huge amount of money in improvements and increased teacher salaries, etc. Also not true that teachers are 'inexperienced in proper methods of teaching' -- ALL of the high school teachers and Middle school are 'Highly Qualified' and have many years of teaching experience. I would admit the high school experience offered at ALA isn't for everyone; but in the K-8 there is really nothing to complain about!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
American Leadership Academy took over this school in 2009. All of the test scores and the majority of the comments on this site relate to the previous school, Eagle's Aerie. American Leadership Academy has a COMPLETELY different curriculum focused on academic excellence and leadership. It is a very safe, family-oriented atmosphere.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2010
I'm a student at this school (which is no longer Eagles Aerie, but is now called the American Leadership Academy) and am completely unsatisfied with the high school program. The curriculum featured in the core classes is terrible. There is lack of funding and structure in the high school program. However, this is only the first year of operation under the new management. Nonetheless, the teachings are all from the book (which I might add consist of 8th grade Shurley English textbooks for the high school students) and completely not based on the individual. The teachers are caring and supportive but inexperienced in proper methods of teaching. There is lack of effective discipline. The Covey 7 Habits are part of the structure and are GOOD TO KNOW, but once you have memorized, applied, and gotten sick of the '7', you have no room to grow or improve any further.

- submitted by a student
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American Leadership Academy
17019 S Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ  85295
(480) 988-3204
Last modified American Leadership Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
American Leadership Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top