The accelerated Learning Center in Phoenix has been a life saver for my daughter.
The school uses a well thought out and intelligent teaching format along with having a wonderful and dedicated staff that treat each teenager as family and an individual of worth that can succeed. Rather than overload kids with hours of homework, every principle and lesson is learned in class and must be passed successfully in order to move ahead to the next lesson. This allows one on one teaching when necessary and prevents failing a course for kids that need extra help or encouragement. The teachers here actually teach! My daughter now comes home and tells me of interesting and useful things she has learned, rather than telling me it is the same old boring stuff. The classes are small, around 15 students each. The entire school is small, well maintained, and is not lacking in equipment or teaching aids. Even paper and pencils are supplied, the student is not required to carry a backpack of heavy items. This is the first school that I know who the principal and vice principal are. It is amazing to see the vice principal stand at the gate and greet every student as they enter, and the principal in the parking lot every day after class to be sure those that drive are safely leaving the property. On several occasions I have walked into the office unannounced and instead of brushing me off or giving me an appointment for later, time was made to talk to me.
This school is appropriate for those kids who should have been doing well but have been failed by the public school system for any number of reasons, possibly because they need more guidance or one on one help to understand a lesson. Because it is a 4 hour school day it is also for those who might need to work a job to support a family or have outside interests that require many hours outside of school. It is not for those that need the large number of competitive sports or on campus activities that a large school provides, and it is not for those that are serious discipline problems. This is a school for the student that wants to graduate, and wants to know that something is possible after the diploma, whether it be college or career. I am so grateful to have found this for my daughter and my only regret is that more towns do not offer this type of program. One size does not fit all when it comes to education.
My son was a student at both Horizon and Chaparral High School for his freshman and sophomore years, respectively. His experiences at both schools were disappointing to say the least while remaining respectful. He tried to explain to us in middle school that he found the larger public schools unsatisfying and asked to attend ALC his sophomore year. Unfortunately, we didn't listen clearly to what he needed at the time. He started to hate school and learning as well. He did have a few great teachers at both HHS and CHS. However, the other negative, overly authoritative teachers and administrative staff made his experience traumatic overall.
We are so glad we took a second look and thoroughly checked out ALC. He feels respected by the staff at ALC and behaves respectfully in return. His grades have soared, reflecting the return of his self confidence and renewed joy of learning. He is now exploring the possibilities of higher education after graduation next year.
We are so grateful for the administration and staff at ALC!! Kudos to all of you!
Everyone at ALC is committed to seeing the students succeed. Because the school is smaller, they really get to know all of the students and their needs. Teachers are very encouraging and helpful. My son was in Pinnacle High School and hated it and was falling behind on his credits. We switched to ALC and son really enjoyed his experience ALC and graduated on time with an outstanding academic achievement award!
We had such a wonderful experience at ALC. Dr. Canady, Mrs. Curran and all of the staff are amazing. They truly care about each and every student and do anything they can to ensure that the students are successful! We could not be happier with our son's high school experience at ALC.