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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am very impressed with the teacher at ATS, they are very dedicated and want each student to succeed. My son was labeled a troublemaker and was unwilling to learn anything, but his teacher Mrs. Leek invested in him and worked together with us. Now I can say my son has succesfully finished his year in kindergarten. He knows how to read and write and his teacher told us he is ready for first grade. Without the dedication of his teacher and the strict discipline they have at ATS this would have never happened. Thanks to ATS and Mrs. Leek
Principal, first year @ ATS, has kept well hidden to parents. Prior principal was always visiable. i.e. parking lot before/after school. My child is in the 5th grade and @ ATS since kinter year. Excellent school, excellent teachers preparation for later years in school is terrific. Children learn to think, are disciplined and learn to study well with time management techniques.
My wife and I have been extremely happy with the education that our daughter has received at Alhambra Traditional School. We live in a strong school district and still choose to make a 40 minute round trip to take our daughter to Alhambra. The test scores don't lie! For our daughter to go back into her regular school, she would need to move up a grade to keep from getting bored.
i went to ats for nine years and i loved it. i am now in high school and ats prepared me so that high school is a breeze and i am in all honors classes. ats also helped me to manage my time so that i can become a state qualifier for wrestling and manage school a job and everyday life.
Discipline in this school can be somewhat harsh and borders on breaking a child's spirit. I have several children at this school and I must say it is very well structured and is very organized. This school works at a fast pace and has a heavy workload. I do not recommend this school to anyone who's child does not work at a fast pace. No accommodations are made for intelligent children that need additional time on a regular basis to complete work. A 504 plan is unheard of in this school. The new principal is a huge disappointment and seems to care more about the scores the school receives than the children.
I agree with one other parent that has comments on this site. The discipline is needed. However, I feel it does go a bit farther and harder than it might need to. Especially for the kindergarten ages. The school aks a bit much of how this age group should sit still and quiet longer than I would like to. Otherwise, my child is excelling academically. I like the teaching curriculum.
Our family has attended ATS for 13 years and have benefited from the high academic and behavioral standards insisted upon here. Parental involvement and volunteerism is an integral part of the equation but the rewards are enormous. The school provides a rigorous academic environment while at the same time expects the family to provide the traditional home support and values. This is not a school that you just drop your kid off and forget for 7 hours! Be prepared to work hard if you want your child to reach their potential!
ATS's success is due in large part to the cooperation between teachers and parents in setting the standards for the school and following thru with those standards. It is very important that parents be involved in PIN and SCC for this school to continue its success
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