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!
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!
No nonsense school that stresses education. Parent involvement required. Extracurricular activities better than many.
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.
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.
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.
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