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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 712

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10444 N 39th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051

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September 21, 2014
This is a decent school UNLESS you have more than 1 child. There is not nearly enough parking at the school so they remedied this by having release times 40 minutes apart for K-2 and 3-8. This is the only school in the district that does this. They will not let you wait in the cafeteria or playground if you have a younger child waiting for an older one. Your options are to use the pay per hour child care provided on campus or sit in the car and wait 40 minutes...

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My grandson changed schools this year and has been extremely happy here. His last school was a little harder but the kids were all snobs. This school has been the best thing for him all around.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
I am very happy with this school. My child is a first grader this year and although she was struggling in the beginning, her teacher was there to help us guide her in the right direction. My child started tutoring and the teacher would sit with us regularly to check on her progress. She is now right on track and feeling confident in her skills. Parents and teachers alike are very enjoyable and ready to work together from my experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
To the comment below VVV. That is awesome how your daughters are doing extremely well and you work with them. Take in to consideration the struggling student who gets help before school, during school, after school, and at home and the weekends. Not every child is perfect and children learn at different paces. I'm sure if your child was struggling and not so smart, you'd feel the stress as the parent and your child would feel down. You are having a great experience, because your children are above grade level. A real teacher can handle teaching different levels of kids and be capable of leading the class in a positive manner. This school is has great kids who have parents that care about their education and that is what is well-liked about this school. However, certain classroom instruction needs a bit of tweaking and adjustments. Children should not feel "not smart enough". Children this young need to be built in to confident individuals.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2013
Both of my daughters go to this school and we are more than happy. The teachers are great and have never had a problem and the Principal is fantastic, she cares about the kids and the school and does every thing she can to communicate with the parents. The dress code may be strict to some but it is needed and also parent interaction with your child AFTER school and even before is very important which is what ALTS pushes. We have three years of this school in our lives and are very impressed and could not be happier. As parents you also have to be fully involved with your child's development in school and not just depend on that school to substitute all parental involvement. It is a bi racial school that is a plus with everyone there with the same mind set, discipline, morals and education which prepares your child for the future . ALTS, is strict but so is the world and it prepares our children for that world and has an environment that has the focus on education. If one feels this is not what they want then ALTS is not for you. Through hard work both of kids are straight A students and are at a higher level than they would be at your standard public schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
On a good note this school has structure and great curriculum, but if your child is not up to pace with the others they make you feel like they are a burden to the class. If your child is smart this is a great place where they will feel the welcoming spirit and praise. If your child is not smart, then they will soon feel unwelcomed. This school needs to focus on a variety of students not just the specific student. I think they need aides in the class to assist the teacher, so every child can stay on track and not get left behind and feel horrible about not keeping up with the rest.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
Abraham Lincoln is an extremely structured and safe school!!! Total parent and community involvement helps ALTS to be one of the top schools. Teachers at ALTS actually care about there students success. I'm pleased to be part of the PATRIOT family!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
This school is very family oriented school which focuses on academics, discipline and modesty which is really great for children. What would be nice though is if they offer more sports for the kids 2nd grade and above like volleyball, softball, soccer, martial arts, etc. This would really help the children to have more diverse orientation and experience in their quest for learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I went to this school since first grade and the things they taught me have ern very useful for Highschool. The teachers teach us stuff that we will also need to know during Highschool. I loved this school and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2013
This school is amazing. My daughters are bi-racial and the last schools that they went to they were bullied because of their race. At this school the staff does not tolerate this kind of behavior. A positive to kids with bad behaviors at this school is that they will send them back to their home schools. Also you should know if considering this school for your child/children is, my daughters both have I.E.P.'s one is for speech and one is for reading. The teachers are amazing and really take extra time to help kids that may need just a little more time than other children. They have tutoring in mornings to help. I will say that because they do believe in such standards as we were taught it can be a little challenging coming from a different school because it's just a little harder academically...Only because the other schools are removing funding to teach such things as phonics or cursive. No one really thinks about what kind of impact it can make on someone to not know cursive. That means you can't read it or sign your name. Well at this school they are back to basics and care for each and every child as it were their own. I feel blessed to have my girls at this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
I am a previous student of ALTS, and want to respond to the recent negative review. Teachers are very caring and do not name call or belittle students, far from it, they work hard and give up lunch time to help students, they provide Saturday school to help students and all teachers are available in the morning to tutor. The principal would never condone belittling of students, ever. The reviewer mentions teachers leaving and parents leaving. I know for a fact that several teachers left because of moving out of state or retiring, As for parents leaving, that is their choice. ALTS is a school of choice, meaning anyone can attend if they follow the strict rules and enforcement of rules, many times parents are fine with this school until their child gets a detention or suspension. The reason why this school is so popular is not just the academics, it is a place where bullying is not tolerated. As for a bored child, I am not sure how anyone can be bored unless they don't like school.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2013
ALTS is wonderful place to work and learn. Our students participate in a number of interesting activities. We use worksheets (some may call it paperwork) in order to review which is vital to the learning process. A student must review a concept up to 500 times before it is considered prior knowledge. However, we also have great projects for our students. Our teachers have them writing books and poetry. They have gardens and plays. Guest speakers come in and creativity is encouraged. We have Music and PE for every grade level. Our children get recess every day - even in Jr. High! That is not something you will find everywhere. If you come onto our campus, you will see kids and teachers talking and enjoying their time together. Our teachers have great classroom management. You will not see students off-task. This does not appeal to everyone. However, if you want a child who goes into high school and college READY for the challenges they will face, this is the place to be. The majority of our 8th graders will go into high school taking advanced level courses and they come back and talk about how easy those courses are. As a school, this is our desire. Success for all children.

- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2013
Abraham Lincoln Traditional School is just that, tradional. It is a tough school meant for those who can focus and want to learn using the four cornerstones. It is not a school for everyone especially those who may have challenges focusing or sitting for a long period of time. If your child is excelling academically and wants to be ready for college, and as a parent you are willing to support them and their teacher this is the place for you. The school is advanced and expects a lot, but it is worth the time and effort to put into your child's future. Teachers, volunteers, and staff are amazing and work well as a team. Students are encourage to do their best at all times, as well as, use their creativity in many subjects. Those who disagree do not fully understand what goes on here. My 2 children went to another school in the district where they were not challenged, saw fights, and drugs. ALTS is a much safer place for my children and has taught them so much more than they previously would have leanred. It is rated an "A" school for a reason. I strongly encourage parents to bring their child to this school of choice!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
We have two students who have attended ALTS since kindergarten, by our choice. The older has gone on to high school very successfully, where the teachers have told her (and us) that the kids from ALTS are always well-prepared for the rigors of working independently, even in advanced and AP classes. While our second child is not of the same academic ability and has some emotional issues, the staff at ALTS has been nothing but kind, caring, and accomodating of the special needs of our child. They have worked VERY hard to ensure his success while being very accomodating of his challenges. It is true, ALTS does not provide counseling, as do many neighborhood schools, and we sought outside assistance. However, the teachers have done EVERYTHING in their power to help him to be as successful as possible while being sensitive to his needs. ALTS is not a perfect school - there IS no such thing. It's not the school for every child, just as a Montessori or a bilingual school is not for everyone. If you believe in the traditional school model, want your child to be CHALLENGED to excel and are willing to back it up with parental action and involvement, then ALTS might be right for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
This school is traditional in the level of excellence expected from the students. I think this school feels more like a private school and academically it is on the same level as a private school. If you are looking for a school with high expectations and smaller class sizes where your child will get individualized attention, this school is a good fit for you. All students are held accountable for their actions, even Junior High where the behavior is tracked on a Patriot card that records student behavior and missing homework assignments. There are built in consequences for students who misbehave and the Patriot card provides daily communication with the parents.

- submitted by a teacher
February 25, 2013
Seeing some of the negative reviews of this school amazes me. Yes, they are strict on discipline and expect the students to be respectful to the teachers and to each other. They do not tolerate bullying and I have never seen a fight at this school. Yes, they have a strict dresscode, but it is not unreasonable. Kids are on an even playing field and focus is on learning. Yes, they give a lot of homework, but it is not unreasonable. My son is a perfectionist and takes 3 times longer than most children but does just fine. Middle school does present more big projects often due at the same time, but this prepares them for high school, college and work down the road. Time management, stress management, and prioritizing are great skills at any age. Yes, parents are expected to be involved in homework and volunteering when possible, even if it's simply reviewing a book for the library. All of the negative responses seem to be from parents and students who do not seem to understand the value of discipline and rigor. Children will rise to higher expectations but if we set low expectations, we will never know just how far our children will fly. As for not getting extra help, simply not true.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
I've had two children attend this school with two very different results. If your child is smart or above average, and needs no additional guidance then this is an excellent school. My daughter excelled at this school and tested out into the gifted program. Her biggest complaint was in first grade the teacher used to scream at the class and call them brats,I questioned the teacher and she deined it, so I used the opportunity to teach my daughter how to deal with difficult people as I'm sure this is not the last difficult teacher she would have. My son on the other hand had a much more difficult time, I knew we were going to struggle but gave it a try anyways, and he of course struggled miserably. He was suspended in Kindergarden 3 times. I requested couseling and help for him and was told that this school doesnt have the resources to deal with Children like my son. (at his 6yr old well check he was diagnosed ADHD) we have since moved on to a very caring school that he is excelling at. Point is if your child thrives there great, if not find another place for them to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
After struggling with bullying, teasing, and a lack of supervision at a previous school in Arizona, my child was able to get in at ALTS. In spite of strict rules and academics, my child has embraced the new school, and in turn has been embraced. She has managed to make friends for the first time in four years, and has been treated with respect and listened to when she needs to be. I cannot thank this school enough for enforcing the rules for everyone and for allowing my child to be exactly who she is.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
Excellent School. ALTS has surpassed all my expectations for an Elementary School. My two 7 year olds (seperate classes) will be entering 2nd grade and can't wait to see what teachers they will have because the last 4 were awesome!! Great Job!!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
This school is a nice option for parents who want a traditional school that actually enforces dress code and academics; including homework and classwork completion, The school has set standards and keeps to them. It is a school of choice but every year we have many parents coming who complain about the rules. Or fight them throughout the year, so if you are considering enrolling your child, make sure you understand the school; parental involvement and structured atmosphere. Administrator is visible and available and cares about children, teachers and parents, she is awesome. Great team leader

- submitted by a teacher
August 14, 2011
ALTS is the BEST school! Great staff. Great kids. Very good cirriculum. ms mayole is an amazing principal who truely loves what she does and genuinely loves the kids. Wouldn't put my kids anywhere else if you paid me.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
Our daughter attendend Tumbleweed elementry school for first grade and I could not believe how horrible the school was..I am soo glad we found ALTS! The academics are challenging and her teacher has been great! It is just like private school without the cost!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 28, 2010
LOVE ALTS if you want your child to have a good education AND you want to be a parent who participates in your childs education, this is the school for you! The key is to participate, then your child will want to learn and have pride in their education and school!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2010
Great school, the administration is fair when it comes to enforcing agreed upon rules. The principal takes time for students and really helps solve problems which is why there is so little bullying or fighting at this school. The teachers are very aware of what is going on and everyone seems to get along. The principal and teachers are always nice to each other and seem to get along really well. The principal is always walking around the campus or visiting students in the cafeteria Respect is found on this campus. T

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2010
I love that this school strives for excellence and doesn't accept anything less. I wouldn't say that their rules are any stricter than other schools, I'd say that they actually ENFORCE their rules. The principal and teachers are always willing to make time for you if you have a concern. The dress code is wonderful! It's not too over the top that everyone looks like uniformed clones, it's about dressing respectfully and modestly which I do not think it too much to ask. They do have consequences for not turning in homework up to and including Saturday detention, which is just fine by me! Students who are constantly disruptive, delinquent in their homework, or have unresponsive parents are asked not to come back and I applaud such values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2010
That it stands for what our country was founded on originally.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
The teachers are the BEST, they are willing to work hard for our children!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
My grandchildren attend Abraham Lincoln Traditional School and I have seen nothing but good and positive teaching for the teachers and think they should be rewarded. This school is very caring and giving and could use some giving back to them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
A.L.T.S has a higher starndard of learning, dress and expectation at the same time being a place where my son loves to be Monday -Friday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
I love Abraham Lincoln Traditional School because my niece and nephew love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
academics, parent involvement, discipline

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
ALTS has wonderful parent involvement. This creates a positive atmosphere and leads to the success of the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Abraham Lincoln is an amazing school because of our families , teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
Its boring for the kids and everyone HATES the dresscode and many of the teachers. me and i didnt like this scholl... WHATSOEVER so if you are reading this DONT GO THERE I mean dont get me wrong the kids are all wonderful and its easy to make friends... but your child wont like it unless they are a little goody goody :P

- submitted by a community member
July 09, 2010
i am a goning to be eigth grader at this school and i will say i kinda love this school. the academics are good and SOME teachers are good. The school focuses too much on on dress code and i got to say i learned more in 6th grade then i did in 7th grade because in my 7th grad year the principal and teachers focused more on the dress code. I think some things are good about the dress code that keep us looking modest but some things have gone too far. Like i have a hard time finding jeans because of the new "tight jean" rule they call very pair of jeans you own tight and they want them baggy on you. The day of the made the rule, most of the junior high kids were in In School Suspension because there jeans were called "tight"

- submitted by a community member
July 05, 2010
I absolutely love everything this school represents. I have seen a huge improvement in my children since they started attending ALTS!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
As a parent of an ALT middle school student, I am very pleased with what ALTS has established. We appreciate the staff and principal's dedication to the 4 cornerstones and we rely on their enforcement. One thing I do like about the principal is she is a flexible thinker and understands children of all ages. She sometimes has to hold firm and other parents may not like it, but it is her job. The teachers are very dedicated and willing to do anything to help students. There are a few teachers who do not relate nicely to children, but the principal seems to be up on everything and changes have been made. I love this school except those parents who are always complaining that the dress code isn't enforced 100% everyday. Nothing is 100% enforced, you try your best and ALTS does a great job.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2010
I have had all 3 of my children attend ALTS because of their high academic standards. I also have had all 3 of my children "kicked out" of their school. It is ridiculous to me that the kids are not treated as kids, but more like a military!! My youngest child is 1 whole year ahead because of this school, which is great, however, at 7 yrs old she is also less mature than the other kids in her class. She has been bored and has received several detentions. Rather than testing her to see if she needs to advance again, they will not let her return do to excessive detentions. Don't they take into consideration that she might be acting out because of her age? NO, they just dismiss them like they are PROBLEMS! If your child is not perfect in every way, DO NOT send them here!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
As a parent, I have found ALTS to be very upfront about their expectations. There are some parents who choose to bring their child to the school, but do not abide by the dress code, homework or grading expectations. The principal deals well with the parents and it is evident that she expects parents and teachers to show respect for children. She deals with numerous issues and I am glad she holds her own when it comes to unreasonable parent demands and strongly supports ALTS. Whenever I have wanted to talk to her, she makes herself readily available. This school is not for everyone, there is homework and if it isn't done on time, your child will receive a zero in jr. high. So responsibility is key and parent support is necessary.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
I love love love this school. I have found if I have a problemt at all with anything I can go to the teachers as well as the principal. I am so glad we moved our kids to this school from the PV school district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2010
I have 2 children at ALTS. Our family is very pleased with our experience at ALTS. While no school is perfect, ALTS's back to basics and traditional values are almost impossible to find anywhere else unless you want to pay for a private school. They are strict and this enables the teachers to spend their time teaching instead of having to deal with unruly and disrespectful students all the time. The education is wonderful. My child can read on a 4th grade level coming out of K and 1st grade. My 7th/8th grader doesn't have to deal with the inappropriate behavior that is in so many middle schools across the valley. The work given to him is challenging. I can always count on his teachers for feedback in whatever areas I ask them about. They are always available to help should tutoring be needed. ALTS is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
I was hopeful when we got the new Principal, Ms. Mayole. I soon found through dealings with the new principal, that she is very emotionally driven, which impedes productive results based on facts. My child's teacher made a poor choice at the beginning of the school year which adversely affected my child. We met with the principal more than once to dispel my child having anxiety and self esteem issues as a result of the choice the teacher made. The principal made empty promises and did not follow through . She lacks leadership ability and the example she is setting does not make a good role model. We have taken our child out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2010
The principal is a horrible leader. You don't know when to approach her and if she doesn't get her way with students, she is not a nice person. I was so excited when the other principal left and Ms. Mayole became the principal. It was great in the beginning and now it's not a great environment for my kids. I don't like how they are treated like they are in prison. They get in trouble for talking at lunch. For goodness sakes, it's lunch!!!!! I will be taking my children out of this school & put them into a better school which is excelling as well without the dictatorship! I would really think twice about putting your kids in this school. The academic work is great for my kids but the drama here with some of the lack of teachers doing there job is pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2009
This school rocks! It is very educational and makes learning fun and exciting! It is the reason why I get up in the morning. It has an exceptional dress

- submitted by a student
no rating November 20, 2009
Our family has been very happy at ALTS. As a new parent I have had several concerns and each time the principal has answered my questions completely. She took time to meet with me and my daughter's teacher . She also has emailed me, and has taken time to meet with me another time. Principal Mayole has been very approachable and friendly. Some omments I have read here than gave me concerns just havent happened in my experience. Very satisfied parent.

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September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Abraham Lincoln Traditional School is exceptional. The only concern I have is the amount of homework that my third grader comes home with each night. Mandatory homework is one of the four cornerstones of the school and is one of the reasons ALTS continues to receive Excelling status year after year. However, my child is NEVER able to complete homework in the '30-60 minutes' stated on the responsibility sheet; it is more like an hour and a half to two hours to complete the homework assigned in four subjects. We have had many stressfull evenings as a result. I have been told that it will only get worse.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 05, 2009
I have had to switch my son's schools 3 times since he was in Kindergarten. This is the best school I've found. They actually follow their stated philosphy and hold the children and parents to a higher standard. They take a lot of pride in their school and the children excel and feel proud of themselves. My son has grown acedemically since attending there. They do not tolerate bullying. I'm glad we found ALTS.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
Moved children from nearby St. Jerome private Catholic school to ALTS a couple of years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. ALTS is focused on the basics, and this traditional focus has served us well. My children read and perform math well beyond grade level. Students are challenged academically, and they learn accountability for their work real quick (as do the parents...). I also really appreciate how accessible the teaching staff are to parents in discussing performance, needs, and progress.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2009
i love this school the only down fall is the dress code there it is too strict! if they could at least wear nail polish, some other shorts than uniform shorts and to be able to wear screen print on the shirts it would an excellent school! my daughter loves it there except for that!!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2009
This is my daughter's first year at Abraham Lincoln. The curriculum is very systematic; Saxon and Spalding as well as a new Reading Adoption district wide. She has improved in all areas due to the focus on instruction and good manners. Behavior is very important along with dress code enforcement. Parent involvement is awesome and staff is extremely dedicated to the students, the new principal connects with students, staff and parents and is a strong leader and advocate for the school's mission and vision

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
My daughter has attended ALTS since kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. The academics at this school are excellent. Parent involvment is a must, and helps make the school run the way it does.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
I am a former ALTS student. I believe that this school has a very good cirriculum, but the passion to teach it in the teachers is lacking. I had more hours of homework in 6th grade than I have ever had in high school. The teachers are more like dictators. They do not incourage students to be themselves. It was not until high school i found qualities in myself that i should have found a long time ago. The staff unwilling to handle children with special needs. I saw my brother have a extremely hard time in school because nobody wanted to take the time to sit and help him. He would be upset 4 out of the fives days a week. It was unreal, and the principles unwillingness to sit down with my mother was extremely un professional. If you like military style this school is for you.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
I am a former parent from ALTS. Although I did love my child's teacher the overall atmosphere at the school is very unpleasant. We left the school because we felt that our child's emotional stability was severly at risk. I would highly recommend making a few unscheduled visits to this school before deciding to send your child...it it definitley not for everyone!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
I am currently a student at abraham lincoln and it is really just an amazing school. the environment is so friendly, and it has a real good feeling to it. Everyone knows everyone,and there isn't as much drama as there is in other other schools' middle school grades. The teachers are really great. All the time I've been going to this school, 7 years, neither i nor any of my freinds have failed a portion of the AIMS test. i recently switched to another school to partake in their FLEX program, which is a program for gifted students, and i'm sorry to say that it was easier than the things i was learning at abraham lincoln in a regular class. i switched back to abraham lincoln, and i really appreciate how great this school is now. Everyone should go here.

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March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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March 17, 2009
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March 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
I was excited to send my child to this school, but she is now in 5th grade and I wish I hadn't done it. The new principal is unreal! I'd love to add so much more, but I'd be typing forever and a day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2009
I am proud to say my children attend. They get an outstanding education.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
ALTS is a wonderful school - we have an amazing staff that cares about our children. This spirit transcends from the leadership of our principal, and goes through our teachers, office staff, food services and maintenance staff! One main characteristic about ALTS is the dress code...it is an easy code, even though some still complain about it. We are grateful that our child can go to school and not have to experience immodest or offensive clothing. We believe that this is a piece of the puzzle that puts ALTS at the EXCELLING status year after year. The students ARE challenged academically, and CAN accomplish the goals set because ALTS teachers are committed to focusing on each student and their abilities. We are so thankful to have this kind of an environment for our child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2008
I am a promoted student of 2008! When i went it was an excellent school with a great junior high!

- submitted by a community member
July 28, 2008
I have 2 children at ALTS. Our family is very pleased with our experience at ALTS. While no school is perfect, ALTS's back to basics and traditional values are almost impossible to find anywhere else unless you want to pay for a private school. They are strict and this enables the teachers to spend their time teaching instead of having to deal with unruly and disrespectful students all the time. The education is wonderful. My child can read on a 4th grade level coming out of K and 1st grade. My 7th/8th grader doesn't have to deal with the inappropriate behavior that is in so many middle schools across the valley. The work given to him is challenging. I can always count on his teachers for feedback in whatever areas I ask them about. They are always available to help should tutoring be needed. ALTS is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 09, 2008
This is one of the best schools in Phoenix. If you want your kids to excell in high school, this school is for you.

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May 30, 2008
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May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
This school has great programs for phonics. Jr. high is ruled by fear and intimidation, with the use of a patriot card. The projects assigned at the 6th grade level rival that of a college term paper. The teacher's do not comunicate well with each other about when they are going to assign projects--so they come two and three at a time, and always on top of homework. The hand book states that for jr. high they will not have more than 90 minutes of homework. We as a family supporting our student, did more like 3 hours of homework on most nights. Students that do not cause trouble are not rewarded for the behavior of being good. This school is more focused on themis behavior of students and discipline, then they are with rewarding good behavior.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
This school provided an excellent learning environment for my children,with no bullying,and good friends,including a better social life.I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 13, 2008
My kids can be creative and imaginative individuals at home. They come to school to start getting ready for the real world out there. This school does assign many projects and reports in the upper grade levels, but it is comparable to educational expectations at local private schools. In today's increasingly tech-based world and economy, I am glad my kids are also learning prioritization and organization, as they learn the basics. My 8th grader has access to tutors every week, for any subject, whether her grades are down or not. My kindergartner reads 3rd grade-level books, and can do simple addition and subtraction. I have found most of the teachers respectful and encouraging, when the parent and student are the same. We like the family-oriented environment; there are many events, where the whole family is welcome. Extra-curriculars can be done elsewhere; this place focuses on education. Thanks ALTS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2008
This school is not what I expected it to be. I thought that the staff really all about helping the students achieve success. After my son has been there for half a year, I find out this is not the case. I have asked for help numerous times and have come up empty-handed. I am very diappointed in their curriculum and their way of not giving what they say.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
Total in this school there are really only 3 teachers that really love their teaching job! The schools current principal could care less. The teachers here are on a power trip and push these kids around way to much.These teachers are more like drill sargeants. I thought you became a teacher because you had a heart to teach. My child is very soft hearted and it hurt her to see kids publicly embarressed and humiliated. That is not what a teacher should be doing. For those of you reading this and think I wasn't invovled enough youre wrong. I was a regular in school volunteer and also kept upwith what my child was doing. Education is important and the happiness of your child should be as well. If I had wanted my child to go to military school I would have sent her.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2008
Love the school and am so happy to see the principal gone. Now maybe we'll have a better chance of our kids getting a better education.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
I have three kids attending this school. Two have been here for four years and my youngest has just started kindergarten. We have been more than pleased with every teacher they have had over the years. The staff have all been kind, supportive and understanding from the principal to the cafeteria help. We have also been very pleased with the choice of friends my children have made. The acedemics are great.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
We have been with this school for 5-6 years and the school is great! This is the best school in the state of AZ.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
ALTS has been great for our child. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
We've been at ALTS for 8 years. This is perhaps the best school in the state. Serious about education with a no nonsense approach. The rules and curriculum are determined by parent committees and the administration answers to those committees. Some people don't get along with this approach and feel that the school should be patterned after their image. The leadership has stood firm over the years and refused to compromise.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
My children attend ALTS now and this is their first year. I find that the teachers are very rude and that two of the three of my children are with teachers that don't seem to like them at all and aren't helpful with them in the slightest. I am very disapointed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
My son attended ALTS from k-5. When he started there, the staff and parents were wonderful, but as time went on, it got worse and worse. Starting in the third grade the kids were expected to act as if they were in college and if they started struggling, they were alway in trouble, in detention or on the wall at recess. I was very involved, in fact the teachers were always happy to have me there. He is now attending a school in the Madison School District and we are having a much better experience with caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2007
I am a student at ALTS. I want to say that this school has its pros and cons. The principal made rash under-thought decisions. This is based on my observations of a few times I seen some of my friends get suspended for reasons they did not participate in. Its sad to see this school run the way it is.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2007
My children just started at ALTS, 3 months so far there. It was chosen based on the positives from this web site. The principal does not perceive more than one side of a situation. The school's after before and afterschool activities are great. There is sometimes too much parent involvement to the point they are involved in the kids personal life. The teacher's push the kids to the point of causing them to have anxiety issues,esp. if their grades seem like they will drop.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
Abraham lincoln is a very focused and involved school that is excelling. I like the clean respectable dress code. Not just passing students thru rather teaching responsibility and accountibility which is what i want for my children. I know high school will be a breeze after abraham lincoln.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
My 5 yr experience with ALTS has been outstanding! Their approach; no student has the right to interfere with anothers education is so important to me. Repeat discipline issues are not tolerated. Dress code is strict so students arent paying more attention to what others are wearing, or the blue highlights in someones hair than what they are there to learn. Parent involvement is expected, which shows the kids that their education is worth their time as well. I wouldn't want my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
I live very far and thankfully am able to drive my children to this fantastic school! The reason, It Is The Absolute Best School In The Valley! The teachers and administration are wonderful and my children are way above the AZ average. I am confident in this school and appreciate that they encourage parent involvement and that they focus on what school was meant to be about, learning! (My kids like it too!)

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Great school. Not without commitment on the part of the parent. You have to be pretty involved making sure your child finishes all their homework. And volunteering is highly encouraged. The payoff is a truly great school, in a neighborhood where every other school is pretty pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
This will be our 5th year at ALTS. We couldn't be more happy with the education, staff, etc. There is no doubt that parents have to be active or aware of every aspect of the school for their children to succeed. The homework can be heavy at times but there is usually plenty of time in class to get a big head start. The children have to take advantage-which mine doesn't always understand. Every issue that has come up over my 5 years has been addressed, not always to my preference, but that really isn't realistic. I think most people that have strong comments about the teachers and principal didn't handle the problems they had properly. If you go straight to the district with problems, you should expect a less than happy staff. Just like in the real world. We had over 10,000 vol hours last year!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
I was a student attending this school, in some ways es, it can be very good. Student are the best, smartest, and the teachers puch them to continue its excellence. Your children definetly get taught more than the average student. I was in 4th grade gettitng phone calls from my eighth grade cousin to help him with his homework. But on the otherhand, teachers there are very strict, the whole school is focused on an unattanable dress code, and students spend hours upon hours on homework. The dress code is the worst- with so many rules and regulations they should have just went straight to uniform.

- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
Educationally this school allowed me to excel in through out high school, but it is very true what parents are saying. K-5 have phenomenal teachers and expectations, however 6-8 grade gave way too much homework and projects. I do believe that discipline is a very important part of schooling, but there is a difference between disciplined and unhappy, and most of the time that's what I was.

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2007
I really miss this school! all four of my children did great. We have since moved out of the state, and nothing we have found so far (except homeschool) has come even close to the high standards set for my kids. Kellie, centralia, wa

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
My children started at ALTS when they were in 2nd and 3rd grades. I watched a really great school become a dictatorship and watched the best teachers leave... It is far past time for the Principal to retire and get this school back to what it once was. The 6 - 8th grade program is horrific. I dissagree with the statement that says if you're unhappy it's because you don't know what is expected or are not involved. I was involved and understood, but I also spoke out when I didn't agree and that meant my kids were singled out. They were both good students... one gifted one a straight A student but they had their own personalities... not good here.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2006
There are several really great teachers here who take pride in their work. Unfortunately, there are others who are not as enthusiastic about the rigors and challenges of being an educator.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
Our child is a former student at ALTS. We miss this school and staff very much. If you want your child to suceed this is a great place for them to learn. The staff are always willing to help the kids learn. My wife and I were both on different comittees and were very involved in our daughters education. The people who are complaining did not have to be there. This is a school of choice. You have to be active in the school at least 2 hours a month, the kids have to be dressed in a business type dress. A great place to learn and a good environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
I loved this school when my 3 kids started there 5 years ago. However, the politics and condescending staff make it really hard to keep them there. My son is constantly given dress code violations and detentions for very slight offenses. It is a wonderful school academically, but an awful school for everything else.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Very poor job instructing special needs (including gifted) children...only want kids who can keep up the ALTS 'test scores.' Agree with parent who said they are 'instructors' - not teachers...there is a huge difference! Canned, boring curriculum. Poor job in teaching creativity and gifted children. Excellent primary grades until grade 2. Grade 3 and above lacks age appropriate activities. Overall caring staff, however. But, beware! If you want your child to be able to regurgitate canned facts, this is the place for you. If you want your child to learn to think on his/her own, participate, have healthy creative experiences, participate in the arts, sports, cheer, and overall be happy, this is NOT the place for you! He/she will learn that being a student is being put down, think like teacher...not always a good thing there!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
Any negative rating is probably from a parent who is not involved with their childs education. If they had been they would know what is expected of their child and would support the education opportunity. This is a school of Choice,if you don't like the curriculm or the teachers simply switch schools, no one will be offended.ALTS is an incredible Excelling school!It is highly recommended by many parents and students alike. Great teachers and staff, they are greatly appreciated!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
Although ALTS has a very good academic program and my child excelled academically there,it is definitely not for every child.It is important that a school creates an enviornment where all children feel valued and all children can learn. Without a doubt, Abraham Lincoln does not do that. This school does not belong in the public school system. The principal hand picks whom she wants in position(s) of leadership and no one else has a say in the matter.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
This school should not be in the public school system, they give WESD a bad name. These are not teachers, they are instructors. They do not want to teach the slow learners, because they do not know how. They only want to instruct the students that already know.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I agree with alot of these posts this school is very k-5 is good, however when it comes to 6th and up don't place your kid here. They are very self centered, and personally I really don't care what is said about my student and myself.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
This is a real find with a caring staff and a real down home feel.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
I am very pleased with the safety and cleanliness of the school. I do feel that the school does not encourage creativity and freedom of expression.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
I think alts is bad for juinor high students because way to much homework.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
ALTS is an overall excellent school. Academically every child is completely challenged. The level of parent involvement is incredible. The school Guild does a great job at sponsoring free family events and family friendly fundraising. Discipline and respect is not asked for but expected by teachers and students. I currently have a second grader and she loves her school. In this world where kids grow up so quickly it is refreshing to attend a school where your child's safety and education comes first to the administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
My child is in his first year at A.L.T.S. He enjoys his class and teachers. The homework load is alot but he is doing great. This is a great school to challenge your child but it is not everybody.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
This is the best school I have ever been associated with. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved, the children are treated with respect, and are challenged educationally. I know my child is safe and he absolutely loves the school despite the extra homework because he understands that this is beneficial to his future and he's willing to put in the extra effort.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
My children have been going to ALTS since kindergarten. It is very structured and the teachers are very good. Spalding is the phonics program used and it is very successful.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
Too many projects for the upper grade levels. Very good computer course. Lack of extracurricular activities for 6th-8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
I have spoken to many other parents with children in the upper grades and I continuely hear the same comments...'strong curriculum but..unfortunetly the teachers are just as unprofessional as the principal' As mentioned by another post...they are very self centered, hold grudges & if you child isn't 'perfect' the parent is treated like dirt. They only treat 10% of the children with dignity and respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Quality of academics for 4th-8th grades are above average. at the same time, too many projects for children to manage the other homework that is given nightly. Principle does not get involved. very poor communication with parents and with the children. Very unprofessional and unethical. Our daughter has been attending this school for two years and we are not happy with the unprofessional staff, ridicule and gossiping that goes on about the children and parents. Upper grade math teacher and computer teachers seem great though. Too many politics!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
We are very impressed with this school. If only all schools in Arizona could be this good!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2005
I think this is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
Very poor extracurricular activities, especially for junior high. Many pulling out to regular junior highs for this reason. Rude, self righteous and overbearing teachers (rare)/administrators make it very hard to get help for struggling students, although teachers give untold, caring hours tutoring on their own time...unappreciated by admin, I am sure! More concern for keeping test scores high rather than what public schools should do, and that is help all learners, regardless of their unique learning styles. A sad statement indeed! But...Excellent K-5 teachers, however - caring, kind, and loving to students. Administration has a closed door/uncaring/unfriendly to public service type approach--don't care about those they serve, which is the public...a 'my way or the highway as long as we keep the test scores high' type approach that many of us parents find repugnant. Children are more important than test scores!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
No nonsense school that stresses education. Parent involvement required. Extracurricular activities better than many.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
The academics at this school are great, however the homework load, especially in the 6-8 program can be crazy. It seems the teachers don't talk to each other. Also, asking for help for a child that is struggling is strongly frowned upon by teachers and staff. The politics can be a bit overwhelming as the staff has a long memory and seems to hold a grudge. If you have any sort of problem that you would like to take to the highest source on campus, you are very likely to hear 'This is a school of choice, and maybe this school is not for you'. When what was wanted was for two adults to come to a rational compromise. Most of the teachers are dedicated, I especially like the k-5 teachers. The parental involvement is over-the-top. The PE and sports programs as well as the music and art-programs-leave something-to-be desired.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
Great school! Small size, consistent discipline, good dress code, parent involvement and great teachers all come together at ALTS. My kids receive a better education at ALTS than at the private Chrisitan school they were attending.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
January 12, 2005
The academic standards are high. Students are expected to complete loads of homework, but they learn the basics. The Spalding method is used to teach reading. Band and strings classes are offered but it is not emphasized. The best aspect of the school is the parent involvment. I know the teachers and they know me. Playground, lunch, and parking lot duty is done by parents so teachers have time to perpare or to tutor.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2004
ALTS, from a curriculum and academic standpoint, is an excellent school, with excellent academic policies. However, their staff, while good at executing the school-wide policies on academics, lack in the department of meeting children's other needs. Our son was humiliated on a regular basis by his homeroom teacher, there was unaddressed bullying going on, and there was evidence that the school catered more to the needs of students whom they have served for longer amounts of time than new students. Having said all of that, our son came from a central-Phoenix charter school where his SAT 9 scores had taken a nose five over three years. The year-and-a-half our son spent at Abraham Lincoln Traditional School put him back on grade level in all areas and above in some on national standardized tests.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2004
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September 28, 2004
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August 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
My children have just completed their first year at this school and we are very satisfied with the quality of teachers especially in first and second grade. They go the extra mile to ensure no child is left behind. Two thumbs way up!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
This is a great school academically but they are very focused on just the three 'r's'. There is not enough emphasis on the arts oand PE, etc. Also the driving, pickup time and parking lot are an absolute nightmare. However, if you live in the area, this is definately your best choice in schools. Stay out of politics and stay in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
This school has a very solid education program very impressive for a public school. However, their willingness to accomodate for special needs (more specifically attention deficit disorder) is poor in some of the administration. My children are in their second year at ALTS. Their first year was fine. Both had caring teachers committed to the education of all children, including those with special needs. This year has been quite different. The teacher has is quite unflexible with accommodations to the point I had my child evaluated and placed on a 504 Plan. Unfortunately, even though the plan is active, the school has yet to provide the accommodations set forth in the plan. Good academic program, but needed better support/resources for special needs children

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April 04, 2004
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January 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
I have had the good fortune of sending 3 of my children to ALTS. From day one, I was very impressed with the challenging curriculum, the required parent involvement and the discipline taught by the school. Having attended private school from 1st through 12th grade, I wish I would have been exposed to a public school such as ALTS to save my parents the money. It definitely has private school quality education without the cost. As for the politics (which have subsided significantly from the earlier years), who cares, my kids are getting a tremendous education!!! Signed the Happy Dad

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
I love teaching at Abraham Lincoln. I have been here for a few years now and after teaching in the public schools as well as private schools, I feel this school is the ideal combination. It is a school of choice where the three R's get the attention they deserve. In most public schools, there are so many pull out programs and extra assemblies, etc. that the teacher has no time to teach. In private schools, the salary is usually poverty level. Having been a teacher for 10 years, I see how parent involvement can make or break a student's academic achievement. Here at Abraham Lincoln, the parents are wonderful and enable the teachers to focus on the students learning instead of their behavior. I highly reccommend this school for any parent or teacher who is serious about education!

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2003
My wife and I have nothing but positive things to say about Abraham Lincoln. The parent/teacher involvement is wonderful..reminds me of how it was when I was in school back in the good ole Midwest. The children learn to think for themselves, learn how to develope good study skills, and still have room for fun. Homework..they will definately have it, but its not alot, just right. The parent involvement is super..just like it should be. We have not experienced any ill will at all at theis fine school. Very positive atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2003
This is my daughter's second year at Abraham Lincoln. We chose this school over our neighborhood school because we knew that she would be bored silly in a 'regular' kindergarten. The curriculum is more challenging and keeps her on task. The program is much more like what people my age went through in public school - direct instruction by the teacher with plenty of work to measure progress, not 'whole language' or any of the other failed educational fads. Of course it isn't perfect - no school, public or private is, but there are far fewer discipline problems and classroom distractions than elsewhere. ALTS is a school of choice. No one is forced to attend - I choose to send my child here because I believe that the focus on the basics is more important than the 'frills' and extras.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2003
My name is Sarah and I have one child attending Abraham Lincoln Traditional School. I, like many parents want only the best for my child. I truly feel that this school has so far been able to properly teach my child the academic skills that are needed to have a succesful life. I personally feel that Abraham Lincoln Traditional School is the best thing that has happened in this district! I only wish that 'ALTS' could continue giving our children top quality education through highschool! This school gives private school feel and education without the cost. If you want excellent education you've found it, if you would like a fashion show better look at another school! Signed a very happy mom, Sarah

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2003
Absolutely wonderful school. Our son is in his second year there now. The whole idea is that if you're serious about your child's education, then you'll do what it takes to contribute to an excellent program. No room for slackers here. The homework is significant, and parental participation is required. Without those vital components, it would be just like any of the other truly lame schools in the district. But for those that can step up to the plate and make these time commitments, well, the results speak for themselves! An outstanding environment for learning. I fully support everything going on there. Call it luck, but for whatever reason I haven't experienced the politics that others are describing.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
The politics are awful and this school and it should be closed to save money for district and put it into other schools that need the money for overcrowding. This school has select/limited attendees and should not be permitted for a public school.

- submitted by a former student
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Abraham Lincoln Traditional School
10444 N 39th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85051
(602) 347-2600
Last modified Abraham Lincoln Traditional School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Abraham Lincoln Traditional School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 146 reviews. Top