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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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