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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 741

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3736 W Osborn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85019

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December 02, 2014
This is my kids second year at this school and I couldn't be happier. Education is the school's top priority which is surpristingly not a priority in many schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
This school has stood the test of time, 30years and still excelling. I have four children who have attended. My daughter just graduated 12th grade early and is headed off to college with academic scholarships, all thanks to the great foundation received at ATS. The children have all been challenged of course but just being consistent with them and pushing their limits has paid off. As they go to high school they truly appreciate the curriculum at ATS.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
ATS is a well run school with impressive results. Kindergarteners learn to read by Christmas. By the end of 1st grade, kids are working a year ahead. The test results prove the academics are solid for a public school. Also, they have the best behaved students who understand respect. It's not perfect. Yet, it was a great place for my daughter. This is my son's last year. I'm confident he'll be prepared for his next step.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
This school is by far one of the best schools EVER! You will DEFINITELY have to enroll into honors classes or an I.B. program if you want them to keep up their high intellectual level. I'm a freshman in high school and I am way ahead in all of my classes. The downside is that frankly, you only have four classes to attend in junior high. Be prepared to have the same teachers twice in eighth grade. There are o sports though and in my experience, the kids are just as bad as any other school, no different. I don't really miss it though because the kids are mean. They don't like new people at all! Like if you come during sixth-eighth grade they will not accept you. I highly advice for you to enroll your child into this school before middle school. It really is hard to find friends at this small school. The classes have about 25-31 kids and the teachers truly care about you.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2013
Amazing School!!! Our Son a Kindergarten had an amazing school year 2012-2013. He accomplished more than we ever expected and made us very proud!!! His Kindergarten teacher Ms. Miguel was amazing. Our Son got homework Mon-Thurs and that made h a better overall student!!! Early into the school year our Son was reading and writing!!! Amazin!!! A straight A student and among the many recognizable awards he received nothong topped The High Five Superintendents Awards he was nominated for over academics and leadership he received. A award based on all schools in the district and one student per grade.The 13 mile plus drive since were out of District is well worth the commute. Thank U Ms. Miguel, and Dr. Lopeman!!! ATS ROCKS!!!!! Parents get involved in your children s education. Regards, JG

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
I just recently graduated and I wish that I could stay there, the teachers will help you get through anything. I can honestly say, any parent who wants an above average school must send their child here.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2013
An excellent example of how parental involvement in education can lead to excelling performance regardless of intelligence level, SES, or negative environmental factors. This school functions exceptionally because of Dr. Lopeman's expectations of students, parents, and staff. The teaching staff are hand picked examples of excellence within the profession.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2013
ATS is a great school, I have two children who attend. Its great that they don't tolerate behavior problems or kids with ADHD issues. Parents like to put that responsibility on the school, but behavior is a home problem. Its about time schools stop allowing kids with social issues from home ruin the class environment. Thank you ATS for creating a safe, fun, and creative environment where kids can grow to become who there are.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
ATS is one of Arizona's top schools for a reason! Their staff and administration put the kids first and include parents with every step. The teachers are caring, the principal is amazing and the education is rigorous. i have driven my kids miles and miles to ATS for over 11 years-- and I couldn't imagine bringing them anywhere else. Their structure, discipline and high academics has helped my high school student sail right through honor's classes! Thank you ATS staff for providing so many challenging opportunities for my children to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
This school might be great if all you care about it academics, but if you want social, mental, physical growth this school is not for you. They dont have the resources or the help to help with any behavior problems, ADHD, or any kids who might be to smart for a regular school, but need help managing their self control. The principal is not understanding and does not cooperate. She would rather kick your kid out of school than to help them all she cares about is her scores for AIMS. She will mistreat both students and parents to get kids to leave.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
Another great year begins! I have several children at ATS and they were all lucky enough to begin in kindergarten. The flow in curriculum from one grade to the next is smooth with solid and consistent expectations. The principal and teachers are excellent. I am so happy that the wonderfully creative art teacher is back again this year. I am continually impressed with the academic achievements of ATS, but the quality of the social interaction is also top notch for the children and parents alike. A solid education, in a safe school, with likeminded families is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
Excellent school. I personally attended this school, graduated in 1999, and I know the school has played a signification role in my success. My younger brother also attended this school and graduated earlier this year. Are there limited extra-curricular actives? Yes. Is the school work demanding and difficult at times? Absolutely. However, if you have the mental drive to work hard with your child towards a great education and the capability to physically drive them to the campus for nine long years, it is 100% worth the effort since they will receive the groundwork for mathematics, English composition, research skills, reading comprehension, and time management skills (due to the homework). I am glad I attended the school and I am confident that my brother will breeze through high school due to the strong knowledge foundation. Overall, YES, the school is excellent; it is better than a charter school (established and excellent test scores) and cheaper (no cost) than a private one! :)

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2012
Our son went into kindergarten at another school. He did not like going t school and was not doing well. We decided to take him out and have him repeat kindergarten at ATS. This was the best decision we could have made. He loves school and excels in most areas. The teachers and their assistants are very caring and keep parents involved in all areas. He likes school so much more now and cannot wait until he starts the first grade.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
My son is a first year student entering the 5th grade from a Charter school and I LOVE ATS, his teacher is AWESOME, she genuinely cares about him, his transition into ATS and his well being, it is very hard to find teachers that care these days, I am so appreciative of the support he s receiving. The academic program is challenging, but in these first couple months I've seen my child grow so much. The school offers before and aftercare which accommodates my work schedule and leaves me with one less thing to stress about during the school year. The kids are respectful the staff is professional, I couldn't ask for anything better, this is a private school quality education at no cost. I drive from Avondale every morning gladly. There s not much focus on extracurricular activities but to me that s a small price to pay for the type of education he s receiving.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
This school came highly recommended to me by another parent whose child attends ATS. I have a child that just entered Kindergarted at ATS and it has been a great experience for him. He has learned so much already and they have only been in school for 6 weeks! Thanks ATS for being an excelling school!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
I am an 8th grade student i Love this school. Most of my family goes here. The teachers are fun the playgrounds are fun. The space is open. They come up with new creative events.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2011
We have two children going to ATS. Our older daughter excels in a class where every student would be a stand out at any other school... The curriculum is advanced for their grade level and challenging enough to hold the attention of some incredibly intelligent and well behaved students Thanks go to the wonderful caring teachers who get personally involved in the success of each of their students. The teachers always have the time to discuss the lessons. The principle for ATS is the best. She is no nonsense and takes the excellent academic legacy of ATS very seriously. At the same time the school is ran with much charm and pride We know our children are being well cared for. Our younger daughter is a bit more challenged but has come around nicely with the terrific support from her teacher. We re confidant that our children are getting the very best education available at ATS and an experience they ll fondly remember for the rest of their lives.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
This is an outstanding school. They teach respect, and our daughter just leaving Kindergarten is farther than her friends who just completed the first grade at other schools. There is nothing about this school that we don't like. Way to go, ATS!!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2010
If you want your child to be able to be safe from getting beat up, and have higher academic skills then send them here. I like ATS but now am switching schools. I wish I could stay!

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2010
I pulled my girls from one of the worse schools. I am disappointed in myself for not doing it sooner and allowing my now 5th grader to stay so long at that school. I am very proud that she was accepted and is enrolled in 5th grade at ATS. I also have a kindergartener that will be attending and have a 1st grader on the waiting list to attend ATS. I am glad we live only a mile from the school, but can see why so many parents travel from far valley cities to bring their children here. We attended the Meet the Teacher day and many of the parents came up to greet me and welcome us to the school. Probably the best elementary/middle school in Arizona. ATS is at the top of the list of Phoenix Magazine s Best Schools 2010.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2010
The best school ever! My son is now entering 5th grade and has attended ATS since K. I took him out of ATS for the last 2 months, last year, after we moved to Litchfield Park. I thought the schools over here would be "good enough". It was the biggest mistake I ever made. My son BEGGED to go back to ATS. I made him stick it out at his new school, telling him he needed to give it time to adjust to it (even though I hated every aspect of it myself!). Needless to say, he is going back to ATS. He will start back next Tuesday and he is THRILLED! So am I. This school is very high on acedemics and your child will learn so much--but every student who I've spoken to, who attends ATS, LOVEs it there.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
Wonderful teachers, incredible principal, great staff. I can't say enough good about this school- living almost 30 miles away and driving in everyday should say enough!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
My child started attending ATS (2nd grade) during the 2009-1010 school year and has learned more in 3 months than he did in an entire year at his previous school. The system in place requires both student and parental accountability and involvement. My guess is that those who are unhappy with the school are not fans of high expectations. I have seen Dr. Lopeman at various activities interacting with students and parents by name. At my child's previous school, I don't believe I EVER saw the principal. I am thankful that ATS is a school of choice. Those who do not like it can go elsewhere, leaving those of us who love the expectations, discipline and achievement. There is a reason we drive 15 miles each way when we can see the old elementary school from our front door.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
First I want to say, I attended this school and my son now attends. Before you start posting your thoughts on the school, ensure you are using the correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you have had the privilege of attending this school, you will understand the importance of making sure you are stating your thoughts clearly in the proper format. It is hard to take a comment seriously when there are errors that are negligent. Do not start giving the principal a hard time if you, yourself, are not capable of completing a thought with dignity and the knowledge to back it up. This school excels in every area. The staff for Extended Day is terrific; the teachers are terrific; and I have never seen a principal so involved with the students as the current principal is. Past principals do not compare to Dr. Lopeman ( give respect with the proper title, it is earned ). The teachers are excellent and my son would not receive an education even close to what is offered here. A.T.S. is a school that prides itself in the curriculum and success rate of children. It helps when you are in the real world to be able to complete a thought and sentence when you have been taught how to express it properly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
This is the best school I could hope for. I only wish it could go beyond 8th grade. It's hard finding a high school with the same high standards as ATS.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 04, 2009
My son has gone to this school since K. He loves it! We considered moving him to the new school that opened here in our Laveen neighborhood and after 2 day he begged to go back to his old school. It is very accellerated and as a parent you need to be involved with homework for your child to succeed and do well. All of the staff is very friendly and the Teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
I love the individual atention teachers give to each of their student, they make them feel unic and important. This is very important for the development of a child.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
The teachers are so involved, and deticated! there is more then just basic learning going on here. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
We have graduated two from ATS one still here. This will be our 17th year, we have had our ups and downs but would not change a thing. The teachers have been great starting with Mrs. Leek, she had all three.We have seen some changes in the school but the education my kids received and are still receiving has not changed. It's true this school may not be for everyone, but for us has been a wonderful experience and one we will truly miss when we graduate our last one.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
The school is great and the expectations are wonderful. The teachers are committed to helping the children succeed. The principal leaves a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
This is the best school I could have ever hoped to have ever gone to. I went to ATS for 9 years and there have been few cons. For one, the current principal Ms. L. is not very personable and certainly has something to desire in the dissipline involvement. But look on the bright side...ats sets you approximately 1.5 years ahead of other schools academically and i have been ranked number one out of tolleson university high with a 4.5 gpa...which is an awesome placce to send the graduates from ats to continue their higher learnign and prepare for a successful life...take it from an ats graduate

- submitted by a student
no rating April 21, 2009
I would like to know if any teachers are going to be affected by the layoffs, that are happening throughout the state of Arizona. Both my daughters go to the school and they love it. My oldest gets mad when you tell her she has a dentist appointment and she has to leave school early. She hates to leave early. I hope all the teachers keep their jobs and keep up the Great Work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2009
This is an awesome school. My daughter went to public school in the kyrene district, was in the gifted program and still thought her work was easy. This school actually challenges her!

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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
Great school. Best my children have ever been to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2008
ATS is one of the best schools in az, my children attend this school, I am very pleased with their progress!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2008
ATS is not for everyone, be careful. yes the curriculum is awesome, but its not worth the pain and stress you go through. When children are being bullied, nothing gets resolved and the teachers do not listen to you. The principal is horrible and so are some teachers. Mrs. Hoffer your the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
A.T.S. is a SUPER school! My children's teachers are going above and beyond to teach them what the state requires. The technology that my daughter comes home knowing is more than I can say for myself. The principal knows my kids by name and loads cars right along with the teachers each and every day. Kids travel from all over to attend here- which makes perfect sense. It is a safe, friendly school that is amazing in academics as well as discipline. You would be crazy to send your kids anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
I attended this school for 9 years. There are very few postives that can be said about A.T.S. Teachers act like tyrants and the principal was horrible. Students aren't treated like real people with real feelings. I can't even begin to count how many times teachers made me cry. At my high school I feel more comfortable talking to my teachers now than I ever did at this school. The only positive thing I got out of going to this school was a good work habit for high school homework. As for the social aspect, I am thoroughly disappointed with this school. Students become too sheltered and bullying abounds in this school. I think students would benefit from being in a different environment than A.T.S.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2008
I am thrilled with this school. Those who say negative things about this school, truly don't belong here. I have two children here. They study and have no problems. This school is not for everyone. Parents must be committed to their child's education. My children still enjoy playing with their friends, sports and art classes outside of school. My family loves the school, the teachers, the principal, and the welcoming environment. There are so many opportunities for parents to be involved; those who don't get involved can't complain. I recommend this school only to parents who I know will be committed to the curriculum. It does take some getting used to, but it is well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
This is the first year my child has attended ATS, and he has found school not only challenging but fun. He cannot wait to tell me about his day and for me to review his homework with him daily. I also agree that this school is not for everyone. Only those whose parents are active in their child's learning careers. So, if you want your child to receive a great education with plenty of parent interaction, than ATS is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
My child is new to ATS and is challenged every day with the amount of reading and homework that is given. As a parent I am 100% pleased because his previous school he was bored and did not care about learning. Since, I have noticed that he is such a stronger reader, now loves books, and does care about getting assignments done and on time. He has improved tremendously all around. This school is not for everyone. It is for the parents and children who are serious about there education. I would definitely recommend ATS to parents who are involved in their children's education and care.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
The principal is constantly visible on campus and very involved - and even sat on the dunk tank chair for field day sporting floaties and flippers. Not only is parent involvement appreciated, it's expected. Homework is to be checked and signed daily and we can walk into the classroom whenever we want. This school is the most fantastic thing that ever happened to our children. We drive them 30 minutes each direction to get there and it is so worth it! The use of the smart boards in the classroom is so fantastic. The teachers have instant feedback as to how well the students are understanding the lessons, and the kids pay attention because they are interacting with their own transmitters. I cannot say enough great things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
I love this school! It is comforting to know that my children are getting the education that provides a good foundation for their future.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
By far this school is going in all the wrong directions, admin is awful, the principle is down right unfair, and parent involvement is unwanted. Children are overloaded and have not life after school from grades 5-8. Policies are being broken all over the place and nothing is being done about it. U will see burn out r around 10 grade. Let your kids be kids and have fun with education. There is no fun at this school. Parents whom are involved watch out. This school is not the same at all and that is the plan. This school is open to all, but at what expense, just for the numbers to be pushed up. I will never send or recommand anyone to send their children here every again. Admin undfair and unjust. Bad location as well.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
My children were promoted out of ATS 3 and 5 years ago, and they are still benefiting from their education there. They were not only challenged academically, but they were also taught how to study and apply their knowledge. Our oldest graduated first in her high school class, and credits her success to the skills she learned at ATS. Our youngest is entering his senior year of high school, and his teachers cannot stop talking about how much he brings to the classroom environment - again due to his years at ATS. I recommend this school often - especially to those parents whose children need to be challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I loved and hated ATS at different times. Coming in and not starting at a young age is very tough. I recommend putting your child in at a young age. I started in 4th grade and had a hard time with the spalding method. Although the work is hard and you get a lot of homework I have realized it really does give you the upper leg when applying somewhere else. If you pay attention in class you will do great. If you don't get it the teachers are always willing to help. Extracurricular activities are great Music,P.E,and Art teach you a lot. If you are not a driven student and love to push yourself , I wouldn't go. Even though ATS gave me a great preparation for my new school, I wouldn't go again with all the groups who are harsh.

- submitted by a former student
March 19, 2007
I have 2 students at ATS. My oldest has attended for 7 years. My youngest for 5 years. The teachers are very good and I am amazed at all they are able to teach in any given year. The principal is easy to talk to and knows my kids by name. ATS has a small school feel - only about 600 students. My boys both can memorize long poems easily because this started with a short poem in Kindergarten and grew as the years went on. They love reading and math. They do not feel that they cannot be kids there as others have reviewed. They don't like the dress code, but they don't complain about it much. It is better than uniforms. My younger son is ADD and ATS has handled it great. The teachers work with me to come up with solutions that work. I love ATS and staff!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
The only difference from Ats to their other schools is that students are now doing both State req. and Ats Requirements. Overload! Uncooperative Principle and Dist. Superintendent.. Don't send your kids here!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
My child began ATS this school year as a second grader. The difference in the rigor and quality of education was tremendous. The expectation that all children are capable of learning at a high level is pervasive and interwoven throughout the academics and the extracurricular activities. The principal knows all of my children by name and greats parents openly. This school is an opportunity for children and families to focus on their education and a place where kids love learning. I look forward to all of my children having the opportunity to be part of the ATS family in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
I am a parent of 2 going to ats. The teachers are very uncooperative and don't teach very well.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2007
Hi I am a student at this school and I am in the seventh grade. The new principal is not as good as the old one, but I do think that she is trying, and I give her credit for that. My parents also agree that sometimes she is uncooperative but with students she is great with being fun and energetic( as long as you aren't in trouble). I would definetly say that this is an amazing school and the teachers are teriffic! I have attended this school for 7/8 possible years, and I have tried other schools, but they were awful! At alhambra traditional your children will get the best (free) education that their is, and they deffinetly can be children!

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2006
My 2 kids attended this school since kindergarden.I truly loved this school however new principal not very cooperative with parents. Teachers are great, education is great. However I decided to pull my kids due to the school administrators negative attitudes and thinking they control my children's future. Great education however kids are over loaded and have no extra activates. Kids need to be kids and they can't at this school. Send them if you want an awesome education. Things are changing @ this school and not for the best.

- submitted by a former student
September 21, 2006
I went to this school starting in 2nd Grade when we had one of the best principles. New Principle came in not as good as I might have thought, however teachers are great. I would say this was a great school until the last year with new principle didn't care about students so much, sorry to say that just a kids perspective.

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
So far my 4th grade child has done great at this school. He has made many friends, and really enjoys his play time. His grades have been outstanding. The teachers we have had each have different personalities, but all have been open to questions, and suggestions. Some of my friends whose children don't attend ATS, are struggling with things important, such as reading. ATS understands teaching children while young, and sponge like, is the best approach. Spaulding has worked very well for our child. ATS' Principal in my opinion is doing a very fine job. In a society where gangsters rule and lazy parents accept this, she has a challenging job, and does it well. More is expected from the child and the Parent. If you are not going to work hard, this is not the school for you. Go Eagles! G. Slaughter

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
My two children where in ATS for two years. They received an excellent education and we took them out because we moved overseas. During the time we where in the school my experience was that the rules overcame everything and exeptions where not made even in the extreme case. My kids had wonderful teachers and excelled while making great friends. The day I transferred them out I asked the front desk if they could say goodbye to their teachers and friends and we where denied. The rule states that since they no longer where students in the school and I had signed the papers they could not even step foot in the grounds to even say farewell. I left very disappointed and sad for my kids because I felt that an exeptions should have been made. Excellent school but very disheartening for my kids in light of their circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
I went to this school from kindergarten through 8th grade. I received a high quality education and also learned how to take tests, study, take notes, etc., which many students entering high school cannot do. I also started high school with a huge ego, thinking I would be smarter and significantly ahead of everybody else. ATS carves this idea into you brain; make sure you humble your kid before high school. Any decent school and parent involvement can produce the same result as ATS, only it would be more fun, more lax dress code and better extra-curricular activities. ATS concentrates more on academics than anything else. Don't expect good sports, field trips or arts.

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 03, 2006
I feel as if this school is too strickly structured. If you are looking for that, this is it.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
I was a student here from kindergarden-8th grade. This school does not allow a kid to be a kid! I urge you to continue your school search and not choose this school for your children! Please!

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2006
I like this school because of the challenge that provides to my 3rd grade child, there is one warning that I would like to give to the parents, please request a class room policy from your child's teacher otherwise he or she will be spending and receiving 0's and detention when he or she should not have.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
this is one of the best schools for excelling kids. it teaches kids how to plan for the future and strives for exclance

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
Great school! Excellent parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Alhambra Traditional School has good curriculum and extremely strict. Parent involvement is almost overwhelming.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Beautiful campus, wonderful staff, excellent reading program

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
October 10, 2005
Excellent education for my child. Very organized school. Principal always greets and talks to parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
Enrolling my children at ATS was the best thing I've ever done. The Spaulding program is the best reading and writing program! My boys are writing reports in 3rd and 5th grade that I didn't do til high school! They can recite long pieces of poetry from memorization. The school has 600 students and it has that smaller school feel. The students know all the teachers in the school. I feel my kids are getting the best possible education they could get and I feel like they are cared about while they are at school. Because this is a traditional school, the focus is on academics - not extracurricular activities, but they do have art, pe and music classes. There is also a before school band program. If you enroll your child at ATS, be prepared to be involved. Parents are strongly encouraged to take part in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2005
One year ago, we moved to central Ohio. My children had attended ATS. The move really brought home to me how much my children learned at ATS. Their writing and reading skills were improving very nicely. Reading lists at ATS included wonderful, classic literature. The time at school was spent learning. We are currently at a school in Ohio that rates 'excellent,' but the difference in the level of education is like night and day. Too much school time is used in 'feel good' activities and assemblies. The entire last week of school was spent going on local field trips to McDonalds and Dairy Queen. The teachers seem to expect the students to learn good writing skills simply through reading books. Our children need the guided teaching provided at schools such as ATS. Cynthia Vermillion

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
My oldest child has attended ATS for 8 years. He will graduate this year and I feel that he is well prepared for high school and the rest of his educational career. ATS prepares students by teaching them time management as well personal responsibility. The curriculum and teachers are excellent. I would recommend this to any family who is committed and willing to put forth time and effort to better their child's educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
ATS is a school for those who want academic excellence. It prepares your child well for high school. My two children who graduated from ATS were able to test out of several classes in high school, one child graduated from high school a year early as a result. The study skills and academic discipline learned have helped them go a long ways. ATS is strict on discipline and does not allow disturbances in the classroom - I love that. The downside is that they are inflexible and will not bend to accomodate a child with any special needs (learning disabilities of any kind, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.) It is a school for those who are willing and able to work hard and want to get ahead, not for the faint of heart. Depending in where you live, the drive may not be worth all that is required - nightly homework, etc.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
My daughter attended ATS from Kindergarten through 8th grade. It is very parent oriented and very structured. Parents have a lot of say in everything that goes on at ATS, become involved! It is absolutely the best school in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
We have been taking our children to ATS for eleven years and will do so until the last one graduates. it has paid off for the oldest that have graduated and went on to IB programs and are doing exeptionally well. ATS will work with you and your children if there are some problem areas but it requires a full commitment from the parents at all times to be successful above and beyond what other schools require of the parents. secondly ATS provides a safe and structured environment and exposes your children to other families that are equally dedicated to their well being.

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May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
My daughter has been attending ATS for 3 years now and we are very happy with the school. She is a very smart girl and we wanted a school that would keep challenging her and not hold her back waiting for the other students to catch up. It is a very structured environment. The teachers are very kind and want your child to succeed and will do whatever is possible to help in that endeavor. The teachers work very close with the parents so that your child can have a successful experience. I like that they teach Spalding, they have all the activities that a normal school would have such as; P.E., music,art,library,computers, etc. This school is not for everyone, it requires parents support and participation. I like that they have raised the bar of learning. My daughter loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
Great back to basics program. There is no 'frills' (meaning extra-curricular activities), all of those are to come from home. Lots of academic assistants, nearly one aide to every class. Lots of parental involvement, parents really have a voice in this school. Dress code is non-uniform, but strict and enforced. This school is as much work for the parents as it is for the kids, but if you want a good education for them, this is it. This school demands alot from the children and the whole family.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Alhambra Traditional School What can I say... I can honestly say this is a wonderful great school. I wish all school where like Ats. They show leadership, citenship,resondsibilities and very amazing study skills. Honest to God I can say when I send my child to school I am very confident that he is getting the education he needs and he is in safe hands. ATS as a school and their staff I give them A+A+A+A+A+A+A+A+A Thank you so much! Keep up the good work. From a proud parent who is proud to be a part of ATS.

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April 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
A.T.S. what can I say, accademically superior, demanding, strict, and a safe environment. If you decide to put your child in A.T.S., expect to have to work at keeping your child in A.T.S.. It is a family involvement school. I hear 'I pulled my kid out of that school and my kid is now doing great at hes/her new school' But lets see what happens in the long run. I know parents that after making that decision kick themselves for it. The school is tuff on the students, parents, and family. You will have to give up some things and make some sacrifices, to give your child the best education (it is easy to give up) but your child will love you for it in the long run. Parents of students that have graduated from A.T.S. know this for a fact.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Excellent school if you are a parent that expects high standards of academics and behavior. Parents have a voice in this school and are expected to get involved in the many essential programs that make this school what it is. Test scores here are always some the highest in the state and this school has a reputation that has been earned over the past 21 years. I have been here 14 years and by next year four of ours will have graduated from this school. If you want a quality education and be surrounded by dedicated teachers and parents, this one is for you!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
The reality of ATS: After not receiving support from ATS, I am now sending my daughter to Sylvan because ATS does not teach students how to study or think outside of the box. This seems odd for a school that is known for being academically demanding. Please know that at ATS, if your child needs any type of support (academic, emotional, or social) it is the parent's responsibility to get it. ATS has defined their role as instructors and discipliners. They provide an occasional pat on the back, but that is where the support ends. If you want your child to have an excellent academics only experience, send him or her here. Please know that they will politely and indirectly inform you that assistance outside of this area is not their issue. Be prepared to find any additonal needs on your own.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2005
I have a daughter entering Kindergarden this coming fall and I have been very impressed with the schools policies. I am excited for her to be challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
Alhambra Traditional School has always strived to teach the children the best academic programs available.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
This school provides a tough academics regeme, and strict disipline guideline which could be a good thing in some nature, depending on your preference;however it could use more teachers that portraits more patience/and genuine concern when it comes to teaching a child on an indiviual bases, whether than being bound by primary school policy in effort in using their on proffesional and intellicual judgment to be fair/just per student.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
I have two children that have attended ATS from kindergarten through eighth grade. You couldn't ask for a better environment for your kids. It goes well beyond just the three R's. The respect, discipline and a sense that each child can succeed. I will admit that it takes alot of parental involvement with their studies. However, isn't that why we became parents anyway? To nurture and help someone else be all that they can be. ATS, provides in a school, what you provide at home. A great, safe surrounding with lots of learning mixed in.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
This school, although academically good, is so strict as to not allow a second chance entrance exam for a nervous child who knew everything on the test. Unless your child is perfect, they might have trouble at this school.

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July 28, 2004
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July 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
ATS is a tremdous Academic Challenging School. I would have loved to have kept my daughter in the school, but after moving to a new home, the distance is greater than we can cope with. Other districts could take examples from ATS and build some greater schools on the philosophy from there.

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May 25, 2004
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April 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2004
Overall the curriculum at this school is very challenging for students. This school is not a good one if your child has extracurricular activities. Other parents I know have taken their children out of this school because their child has become burned out with the overload of school work given to them. It was suggested by one of the teachers that the children at the school not participate in outside activities such as sports because the curriculum is far to difficult and all spare time should be foucusing on school work. I think the idea that Alhambra Traditional school has is great but the focus should be to give children a fully rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
I love ATS! I wouldn't have my children go anywhere else. Yes, it is hard work for both children and parents. And Yes, it is strict. But the techers are fun and inventive and expect the children to be their best. I agree, that it is not a school for kids with learning problem. Those kids that don't make the grade at ATS might be honor roll kids at the school down the street. We have wonderful parent involment. So much so that we as parents have a say in how our children are being taught. I believe in this school and if you can get passed the strictness and large work load you will find that you children built a foundation that make high school and collage a breeze.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
I have two children in Alhambra Traditional, and find it to be an excellent choice. I went to public school, then moved onto Brophy Prep and found myself playing catchup for a few years. I know first hand the difference a strong academic foundation can make on a child's life. The school is strict, there is no doubt about it, but in today's climate of youth violence and lax parenting--it is great to find a school that has a vested interest in providing quality education and encouraging parent involvment. Perhaps, one of the best schools, private or public.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
Some teachers are involved with the kids but some are not. My child was asked to leave ATS not because of behavior, but because of acedemic work. She had a medical problem that was not detected until her third grade year(and was easily corrected) that had inhibited her from digesting all the class lectures. Because her scores were not prefect I was told that maybe she would be better at another school. She was better at another school and now she is the top of her class and not depressed as she was at ATS. She has more homework, but she is getting all of it done without fighting. The assignments are comparable and sometimes above what she was doing at ATS. This is not a school to send your child to if there is any little problem that can be fixed. They worry too much about scores to care about any child.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
I've been a parent here for 9 years. Students are taught personal responsibility from the beginning. They can read by Christmas of their Kindergarten year, and know they will be held accountable for themselves and their work. High expectations bring high results. Teachers here are among the most dedicated that I have seen. I worked at another school previously, and I know the difference. Disruptive behaviour, and slacking off are not accepted, every student is encouraged to be the best they can be, both academically and in their behaviours. There are no fights like at other schools, and all the kids work their hardest. I am very proud to be associated with this school.

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July 16, 2003
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Alhambra Traditional School
3736 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85019
(602) 484-8816
Last modified Alhambra Traditional School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alhambra Traditional School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 113 reviews. Top