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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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