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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
No, Tim Peak does not have any governing control of this school. New owners and administration.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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