If you believe in discriminating against kids, than this is the school for you. If your child does not meet the school's standard then they will be kicked out or never accepted. This school can say they are highly rated, but if you only take top performers, it's very difficult not to be at the top. So, yes, you can say you're a great school if you don't want poor kids, kids who don't speak English well, or who struggle. Perhaps that makes community members and parents feel great, but as for me I am horrified that my tax money is going to support such an unethical institution.
My daughter has attended Archway Classical Academy at Trivium for three years. We spent one year on the Archway waiting list and enrolled her in Kindergarten at a local public elementary school. While attending this school, we watched our daughter struggling for the one on one attention she deserved and desperately needed in a class of 25+ students and one teacher. Although it was an academically sufficient school, it did not remotely compare to the Archway community we have grown to know and love. Archway provides a fantastic teacher to student ratio. Each child walking through the hallways is known by name. Everyone from the office staff, teachers of different grade levels, and the Headmaster, are familiar with the students on a casual basis. The curriculum is challenging to be sure, but crafted in such a way, the students hardly realize the magnitude of their accomplishments. Many thanks to the dedicated staff who tirelessly serve our families! Without them, our school community would not be as dynamic as it is each day!
With the academic hunger of our honor students constantly being stifled by a local, A-rated public school, our family turned to Archway with high hopes... and they have delivered for us on so many levels. Our kids were immediately engaged by their new group of like-minded peers, the challenging classical curriculum and a fresh-faced staff who are obviously uncorrupted by the ideals of common core. We also love the fact that character building is just as important as academia here at Archway; their "no pop-culture" rule is brilliant! With an emphasis on subjects such as Latin, Singapore math and Spencerian penmanship (after technology seemed to replace the study of cursive writing in public schools) , we really couldn't ask for a better learning environment for our "scholars". I would highly recommend that parents who are intrigued sign up for a tour The two years spent on the wait-list is definitely worth the wait! :)
We were on the wait-list for 2 years before my son got into 5th grade in Archway Trivium this school year (2013 - 2014). As soon as I got the call, I wasted no time to register him and pull him out of the public school. Although he was attending a highly rated public school, he was not being challenged enough! The teachers at Great Hearts are so passionate about teaching! My son loves everything about it! I love the fact that whatever he gets as homework or assignment is due the very next day. I never have to keep track of project due dates for him anymore, which was a nightmare in 4th grade. There are some disadvantages like there are no school buses and Wednesday's are early release days! But these are very small things compared to the big picture! Archway Trivium provides top-notch education which is impossible to find in even the highest rated public schools. It has been 2 months into this school year and I still have to find that one thing which I would like to change about this school! None so far! Yes, the expectations levels are very high from each student, but thats exactly what we wanted for our son! This school gets "A++++" in our books!
This is my son's 2nd year at Trivium. I pulled him out of the local public school because he was not being challenged. I love the socratic method of teaching and the Classical education. My son was reading books in 6th grade that his 9th grade friends are just starting to read. The teachers have an incredible passion for teaching and it's not just a job to them. I love the size of the classrooms and the top-notch education he wouldn't get anywhere else. The AIMS testing is a true reading as they don't spend 2 weeks "preparing the students" by giving them practice tests. Yes, the homework can be daunting at times but my son has learned to be organized and can get it done in a timely manner. I wouldn't change anything about this incredible school and the staff who works there. This school gets and "A+" in my books!
My just completed his first year of first grade here coming from a highly rated public school. The reason I moved him is not because I had a problem with he public school personally, but the class sizes are so large with no teachers aid, the kids get lost n the crowd and teachers are exhausted and stressed. Volunteering in a class of 30 for 2 hours was exhausting. Plus, public schools sem to teach, to test. The budget cuts and test score focus at even the best public school are forcing parents to look elsewhere so our kids get an adequate learning enviromen. The Great Heart Accademies off 14 students per teacher with a high expectation on each student. My son in first grade with 28 students actually had 3 teachers in his class with no shared aids. They each knew their students personally. The only negative thing I could say about the school is YES, the homework and study load is alot. I feel like we got home from school, did studying and homework from time we got home until dinner at 7pm! But, VERY VERY WORTH IT. Pick your battles, if this is the worst thing, we are doing GREAT! Thank God for thus school that gives you a high eduacation without the extreme cost.
My son has attended archway for the past two years and has flourished on this academic environment. The quality of curriculum, teaching, and learning is phenomenal. I truly believe that the teachers are of a higher quality and really get to know each student. The only negative comment that I can make is the homework load is quite heavy and my son didn't do as well on the AIMS as I expected, however, this is a school that does not "teach to the test". Highly recommended!
Challenging curriculum, passionate staff and concerned parents make this school a wonderful environment for my children. Keeping this charter school small also allows the staff to know each and every student and take a personal interest in their success. Highly recommended.