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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think alts is bad for juinor high students because way to much homework.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too many projects for the upper grade levels. Very good computer course. Lack of extracurricular activities for 6th-8th grade.
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.
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!
We are very impressed with this school. If only all schools in Arizona could be this good!
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