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5-12
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 750
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1410 N. 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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(602) 257-1444
(602) 252-7795
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November 20, 2014
We just started at ASA with a 5th grader. Groundlevel Grade. UNREAL. Initially, we were a bit shocked as were told by the teachers that our 'A' student was struggling. In my daughter's last school, papers that looked beautiful and was 'done' got an A. In this school, she gets feedback, questions to expand her thinking and she is being held to task with punctuation and processes in math rather than just getting the right answer. In just three months, our daughter has changed from 'doing' her work to THINKING. She is learning to be a conversationalist and to ask questions. Her arts teachers are amazing and are teaching legit. theory not just 'how to play songs'. We are totally impressed with the work and communication of all the teachers at the 5th grade level. They have a great balance of patience, high expectations and caring. They even have a Facebook Page just for 5th grade parents to ask questions! As far as who should go to this school? REALLY strong academic students who crave learning, understanding and are curious and like the arts. I think some of the dissatisfaction in other reviews comes from kids/parents who probably shouldn't go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2014
I have been going here for about three months and I absolutely love it. The curriculum is very advanced and there is a lot of homework, but i think it prepares us for college and careers. The students and teachers are very friendly, helpful, and welcoming. I was a little nervous before coming here because I had read other reviews saying that there are many cliques and too much stress, but that's definitely not the experience I have had. I'm a rather shy and reserved person but being at ASA even if only for three months so far has helped me realize my potential, become more sociable and really enjoy school.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2014
This is my daughter's 2nd year at ASA. I appreciate the emails teachers send me regarding my daughter's progress or places that needs my attention. I especially appreciate the lecture videos teacher created and the free tutoring time at lunch. I am thankful my daughter study at ASA.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
I am currently a 9th grader and have been going here since 5th grade. About half of the teachers I have had since 5th grade were good while the other half were easy and worksheet orientated. The teachers and students are a small number, so the environment us very close. The teachers observe you closely and if you mess up a couple of times, the teachers gossip to each other and create you a really bad reputation (like me). The classes are not close and caring but rather people who judge you and roll their eyes. All the teachers and administration underestimate you and care more for their "image" to the public rather then the students happiness. The education and college prep is higher than most other schools but in reality only about 10 students are doing great while the rest are dragging behind. From 5th to 8th they use a meets system, that goes from fars far bellow, aproaches, meets-, meets,meets+, exceeds. Meets minus the the passing minimum,so a m- = C-. So most of the students at a m- are in into the C section in highschool because the meets- was considered okay in middle school. Overall decent school with character flaws.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2014
My children have gone to this school for some time and still feel ASA is one of the best. The arts instructors remain excellent, though academics seems to be slipping. I've noticed that in the past years, many of the long term teachers have left and some of the new ones aren't the same quality, passionate, accessible and accommodating calibre as their predecessors. I see more busy work and my children have complained at times of not learning anything new in some classes. In one case, a teacher was thankfully replaced. At birthday parties this conversation is prevalent. We love ASA but get frustrated by some instructors that lack the gift to reach our right-brained, divergent thinking children. Some have a rigid structure that favors complacence and surface learning. My children miss certain instructors because they learned so much. I wouldn't say the school has replaced all the good teachers with inferior ones because some new ones are really quite excellent and my children love those that challenge them and reward their uniqueness and are willing to work with their weaknesses. Hopefully the academics instruction will move beyond mediocrity with more time on the job.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
I graduated from ASA in 2011 before it was expanded and remodeled and attending high school there was the best four years of my life! Sometimes I wish I could go back and do it all over again. I am who I am today because of ASA and I try to return as often as possible to see performances. ASA prepared me for college, for life and helped me perfect my talents and what I love to do. By far the best school in Arizona.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2014
The Arts programs are fabulous. The parent community is extrememy involved and inclusive. The majority of the teachers create an environment that is very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
Like any school, this one has negatives and positives. The teachers are wonderful. The academics, however, are not much different from the public school my child attend. In fact, half the books taught this year were ones my child read last year. The ballet is geared more towards beginners in the early grades which is difficult for those with extensive ballet training. Piano and choir are amazing. I keep hearing that the ASA "culture" is so different but I haven't seem much difference from public school. I do wish they explained a little more about the "culture" and what the administration deems important. It's not for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
This school is incredible. I am a little surprised by some of the negative reviews that a few people have posted. I couldn't disagree with them more. My oldest son graduated last year and is now pursuing a career in performing arts. My younger son is currently a sixth grader and thankfully my youngest will get to attend there next year. The academics are rigorous, the arts training is top notch but what I love the best about the school is the culture. The kids are totally safe to be themselves and are treated with respect. They have zero tolerance for any bullying. The teachers are so on top of it. The school teaches the students to be independent learners and how to take responsibility for their own education yet they are always will to help any kid that is struggling offering their lunch hours to come in for tutoring. I have had the privilege of chaperoning a few field trips and have always been so impressed by how well behaved ASA students are. Not for kids who are looking for the traditional high school experience of football games and homecoming. But if you are looking for a great college prep school with great exposure to the arts ASA is a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
I am a parent of a 7th grader and I am very pleased with the education and environment ASA provides. I was concerned coming in in 7th grade that my daughter would be behind the other students in her arts courses (she had not previously had any arts education). The environment for learning is warm and supportive. It is such a positive feeling when you walk on campus, very different from most middle school settings.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2014
This school persists to continuously decline in quality teachers, quality staff, and quality education. For a school that continues to advertise as a school built around the community, the admin at this school consistently disprove this theology. The quality of the arts department is a complete parallel to the overall success of this school. The school lacks enthusiasm for the arts and continues to suppress the enthusiasm of the students for their arts. This is such a disappointment, for this school had such great potential. .

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
It's a bit of an adjustment entering into such an academically rigorous school, but, the teachers are compassionate and pay attention to details on every student. No student slips through the cracks at this school. The opportunity to have daily exposure to the arts is something that very few schools offer these days, and, the best part is that the kids at this school are awesome. They are really nice, no bullying, and it's good to go to work each day knowing that my child is safe, being inspired artistically, and is learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
My daughter started 6th grade this year and I'm so happy that she's found a place where she can be immersed in arts and get a great education. The people at this school are amazing, students and teachers alike. They're so accepting and supportive. I'm loving the stories she comes home with and I even find myself wishing some days I could go take one of her classes. If you're looking for something for your motivated, creative, thoughtful, artistic child, this is an incredible opportunity.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Arizona School for the Arts is fantastic. The staff and faculty are wonderful and my newly attending 9th grade is getting a sure fire education in all areas. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
ASA is even better than schools rated excellent. My daughter started two years ago as a fifth grader and found it to be above her then current level academically and I doubted she would make it through the year. The teachers were genuinely concerned, collaborated, and continually encouraged her. By the fourth quarter my daughter was engaged in her learning and doing well. Sixth grade teachers continued to encourage her and by year end she even wrote a novel. I am amazed at the academic growth over the past two years due to an extraordinary staff and a welcoming learning environment. These teachers really teach their student to think and express themselves. The small classroom size and the teacher prep time gives these teachers an advantage over other schools in that they truly have time to prepare and provide an ideal learning experience for their student. The arts program is equally outstanding. All staff go out of their way to help students flourish. I am looking forward to six more years of continued growth.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
This school goes above and beyond in nearly every way. They have rigorous academic standards and a welcoming culture. The school environment is fairly nonrigid, but disciplinary action, when required, is swift and effective. The performing arts program is phenomenal. Students take classes such as choir, ballet, and band. The music performed is much more complex than what is commonly provided for this age group. The teachers are kind and are experts in their fields. I would highly recommend this school because of the quality education they provide. Submitted by a student.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
Two of my daughters graduated from ASA and went on to the honors college at ASU well prepared for college because of the high standard of education they received over the 6 years they attended ASA. Both girls qualified for full scholarships because of their hard work. There IS a lot of homework, but honors students at other high school have the same workload. ASA is a college prep so students need to be prepared to work hard. My daughters found life long friends at ASA and we are grateful that we had the opportunity to send our children to this great school. One of the wonderful opportunities that ASA gives to its seniors is the chance to serve the community by volunteering 35 hours as the foundation for their senior project. This for me was the icing on the cake. Thanks ASA.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
Elitist school pretending to be open to the community. So glad to be leaving. Look at the upper grades. There is a continual mass exodus of quality students. Do not let your child attend this school unless you love stress.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
My child is in his second year at ASA and so far, it has been an exceptional experience for him. The teaching staff is engaged, communicative, caring and really good at what they do. They have a reasonable number of kids in their classes and provide a extraordinary amount of tutoring during lunch if necessary. So, every child has the opportunity to succeed if they want to. My child wasn't a "performing arts" kid but is loving his instrument and choir (although he wouldn't ever admit it). The student body, during those challenging middle school years, is accepting, kind and cares deeply about school. It is a great place to learn, grow and challenge yourself. You are certainly not boxed in!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
Pretty good school! Good arts program and gives students performance opportunities! Good for people who want to continue arts as a career.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2012
My child is starting his 4th year at ASA and I couldn't disagree more with the negative reviews of the administration. We went through 3 schools before coming here and I am also an educator. This is the ONLY school where I have been treated with respect as a parent and feel like both the teachers and the administration have my child's success and well being at heart. My experience with the fundraising was that it was no different from what I experienced elsewhere, it is symptomatic of the times we live in. ASA has been the best educational experience for us. My child is highly intelligent and the academics are challenging without having to segregate him into a "gifted class" (yup,been there, done that.....).

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
This upcoming school year will be my 5th at Arizona School for the Arts and I have seen a lot of change go through the school (good and bad) but overall I have been very happy with the education the school provides. As a student ambassador and ASA community member, I find that along with great teachers, a wonderful school community, and performing arts education second to none, the people at ASA (teachers, administrators and students) strive to be the best they can be and that really shines from all who are privileged to attend the school. Although growth has come over the past few years, it has been one of my personal goals to strive to uphold the ASA community and what that entails on a day to day basis. ASA, while a great school, is not for everyone and that is understandable, but I encourage anyone who has a passion for learning and performing arts to at least come and take a tour of the school. At least apply because more often than not, people have a great experience here.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2012
Just found this site and reviewing the comments. We have been in this school for three years with our youngest and five years with our oldest and have nothing but amazing things to say. All of our experiences from 5th grade through now going into the 11th grade have been amazing. Every teacher, staff member and administrator has the children's best interests in mind. They teach them to look at their own skills carefully, ask questions and grow. Both my children have grown so much at ASA in this environment where personal responsibility is REALLY a focus. I'm very grateful for ASA helping my child to become the confident, questioning student he is today. And am even more grateful they don't throw worksheets at him, but allow him to analyze what he knows and doesn't know and go from there. It's been a great choice for us, but it's not a fit for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
Arrogant, impersonal, administration......They are sure, not what they claim to be : A "caring" school that believes in individuality... All they care about is to raise money and shine in public through their great students that are handpicked, and come together in that school for the Arts.. If your student is loud and had a sharp elbow and can push herself to the front rows, or you can afford to go to all their fund raising events and be heavily involved, you sure will get the benefits and all the attention ,.. The only good thing I can say about that school is the great liberal, open minded hand selected students that find their way to that school, .. because of the name of the school .and a few great teachers that have already left.. There are still a few good ones left, like every other school .But the head of school & principal & vice principal are so busy with raising money and advertise for themselves that don't care about individual students .

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
I am so grateful for ASA and their wonderful environment. I have had children at this school since 2005. Some years are better than others, but overall it is a great place for your child to get a great education. The teachers are caring and dedicated and the experience is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
I have been a student at ASA for four years. My opinion of the school has steadily declined over time. Although ASA constantly vaunts their "outstanding academics," many of their classes are not challenging in the slightest; in fact, I often feel limited in my classes. The administration is extremely condescending and never listens to input from the students or parents. They seem more focused on boosting their public image than cultivating student happiness. They spend most of their time making and enforcing bureaucratic rules. Don't confuse the administration with the teachers; many of the teachers are wonderful and helpful. However, the majority of ASA's best teachers have left in the last few years. The teachers ASA has been hiring in their place tend to be of lower quality. I have had a good experience at ASA, but it's mostly because of my classmates. I've had the privilege of going to class with many brilliant peers, and that in itself has taught and motivated me. ASA's probably one of the best options for schools in Arizona, but it has many problems. It succeeds because of its great students, not its often mediocre programs. The administration would do well to remember that.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2012
This school has been wonderful ever since y son started. He is in 8th grade and will be their for High School. He started in 6th grade. The education is tops!!!. The art program is the best ever. The kids are wonderful. Focused on their life to make something of them selfs. Teacher are so wonderful and love helping and getting the kids off to a wondrful start in their life journey

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
I am a four year student of Arizona School for The Arts, and I have to say that this school is not what is used to be. Many teachers who have been working there for years and have made ASA the school that people know it to be have left or are now leaving and the new teachers, I feel, are not the quality of the old. The administration at ASA is very hard to contact and treats students like "you are lucky to be here" instead of a friendly "we are lucky to have you". They spend a great amount of time correcting the dress code and building the new building instead of making students feel like they are part of a community. There has been a huge exodus of students since I have left middle school and I feel there will be many more. I know I have said some strong negative points, but this is how I feel about ASA. Though ASA has flaws just like any school. Its acting and music program is very strong! They help you become great musicians and excellent actors.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
My daughter is really privileged to attend ASA. The school embodies excellence, from the development of every student's artistic side to becoming a well-rounded individual. My child who has been known to be very shy gave a very confident project presentation today. I am very proud of what she has become since she came to ASA in the beginning of the school year. Her teachers are admirable people who guide her through every step of the way. Thank you very much for your hard work ASA teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2011
I am a parent of two current middle school students. Both children love their school. Overall it is really friendly. I find the teachers to be really on board with the kids, they know each child well and are rooting for them. Neither of my children are academic superstars, but so far they are coping really well, and don't seem to have any problems with the academics. They can't imagine going to any other school. The arts program is FABULOUS! The school strikes a perfect balance between achievement, life learning skills and fun. I couldn't wish for a better environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
ASA is a school that is worth going to. Yes it is hard, yes it pushes your limits, yes you feel like you are going to dies sometimes. I am a senior and I have been here since sixth grade and every year I have grown. The academics prepare you for what is coming ahead in college, so the dreaded presentations and all nighters that happen are WORTH IT.The theater department is fantastic, the teachers are amazing. The only problem I have, is that I feel the school is turning more conservative and less liberal than it used to be for the school, which is said, because the liberal environment is what drew me to the school in the first place, where I could be myself and explore politics, plays, musicals, etc. without feeling restricted.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2011
My son has attended ASA for two years now. He could not be happier here. In previous schools he was bullied or teased because of his out of the box thinking and ADHD. He has deficits in social interactions because he comes from a family of Aspies. The school and teachers have been able to work with him to help him make friends in appropriate ways. The teachers nurture his love of math and science and he has learned so much more than I ever did in school! The training in voice, piano and strings has contributed to his cheerful disposition and love of learning. 7th grade was especially tough, but my son cheerfully did most of his homework independently, even if it took 2 or 3 hours. I am a single parent and an elementary teacher who does not have much time to volunteer or money to contribute. The teachers and administration have always been supportive of me, even offering free tickets to events I could not afford. My younger child cannot wait to leave the kill and drill of elementary and be challenged at ASA. The only minor request I have is making German an option in HS.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
As a student who has been attending ASA for four years, I feel that it has greatly gone downhill. I feel like I have not been challenged at all this year and it is my first year of high school. In middle school, teachers stress the difference between high school and middle school, but I have found high school a lot easier than middle school. I wish the administration would take a better look at the students' opinions on some of the teachers even after they've been hired.

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2010
I have been going to Arizona School for the Arts for a year now, and I love it! The teachers are always very helpful nice and like socializing with us.My life has changed in the past year. I feel that everyone deserves the education that I get at ASA.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 27, 2010
This is the best school for those that need a challenge and to learn to think outside the box. It school prepares them for college and how to be the best they can be. The test scores and the achievements of their alumni only prove it. This school is not for those that want a sports school, but are more into the performing arts. My son has been here since 6th grade and loves it. The teachers care about their students and want them to succeed. My daughter started in 8th grade and also loves this school and I have seen a big improvement in her confidence and academics.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2010
As the parent of an a 7th grade student this year I am am overjoyed that she attends ASA, She was in a gifted program at her local elementary that did not challenge her this extent. She is in the ballet program and loves it. I am glad that excellence and self advocacy is taught, I am surprised how many parents are upset about the stress at school. Many kids are not cut out for this enviroment of excellence and success if you work at it. The test scores alone is proof of the success of theses kids, theses kids choose an art over the "sports" programs. Typically they would not do sports at school anyway, many kids would not participate if they had it, and may are involved in dance , theatre and music after school. I am very glad we attend ASA

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
If we had more schools like ASA in the state of Arizona we wouldn't be rated 48th in the nation for education. Yes, ASA expects more from their students. I don't think that is a bad thing. Finally we have a school where kids are expected to think, to be responsible and be held accountable for their education. Those are the type of citizens our country desperately needs. ASA has an excellent, challenging academic setting as well as a top notch arts program. Thank you ASA for raising the bar and not settling for mediocrity!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
My child has been attending ASA for the past 4 years. Her math teacher at ASA noticed she was struggling with the way she was taught in her previous school, suggested a tutor and my daughter has been an A math student since. My child continues to significantly improve her art year after year, solely due to the education and training she is receiving via ASA. I do not donate additional money or even time as I just don t have it. I have never experienced my emails being ignored even by the Principal herself. I have never had any issue contacting staff via telephone. The Ballet program is quite vigorous. There are no athletics but this is not something that the school hides. Bottom line is that ASA is an excellent school with results not only academically but individually. I do not believe that I would have seen results at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
Curriculum and Arts programs cannot be beat. However, this school has no mandate to accomodate gifted/talented kids who find it difficult to follow prescriptive learning models. This school is academic performance, not ability based. Students whose strength is following directions will thrive; others are placed in lower classes that are below their cognitive abilities. Ironic for a gifted/talented school, which is what ASA really is; these kids teem with talent and potential.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
When you think 'performing arts' school, you probably don't think about rigid administrators who dislike individualism, but that's what this school is like in my opinion. There appears to be blatant favortism, so if you don't give $$$ to the school, sit on the board or teach, your inner city kid will quickly be singled out to make room for someone else. They have an elitist attitude and act like it's a private school instead of a charter school funded by our tax dollars. There is absolutely zero physical exercise which seems cruel to do to the younger grade levels especially, who are expected to behave like 17 year old kids. Putting my child in this school was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made and I wish I would have trusted my gut from the get go. If your child is truly creative and gifted they will probably be repressed by this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
We each want a great match for our children. This is an excellent school, for those students who are motivated in *both* performing arts and academics. It is not for everyone: if not performing at least at grade level or has learning issues, this is probably not the right place, as the pace is pretty quick and the expectations high. The rubric evaluation system results in focus on details of execution and weaknesses, which, again, can be very frustrating. If your child cannot sit for a long day, has big troubles with materials management, or really needs PE, think again. There are many happy students here, but there are also students who end up leaving after painful attempts to force them into a system that is highly disciplined. There is NO tolerance for misbehavior. This is in no way a 60's style 'alternative' school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
I am a graduate of ASA and overall I had a very positive experience. It was a lot of work but I think it was worth it. I think the best thing about ASA was my fellow students. We were all great friends and we enjoyed learning together. I miss the opportunity to discuss issues with my fellow students whether they be from current events, history, or literature. I am sad to see many reviews saying that ASA is cliqueish because that was not the case when I was there. I hope that as ASA expands and moves into new facilities that the school will be able to maintain the character that made it so special. The buildings may have been old when I was there, with no computers, but that didn't matter. Inside those decrepit buildings we learned skills that will serve us well for a lifetime.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2009
ASA is such a wonderful school. They not only teach the children the basics, they also offer a nurturing environment and help bring the children out of their shell. My daughter is thriving in this school. In the traditional school she did well academically, however she would not participate in class and no one encouraged her to do so. I have seen such a change in her from the time that she started ASA to now that it is amazing. I can't say enought about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
My daughter has attended ASA for 5 years with 2 to go and I can't imagine her in any other environment. Due to the excellent leadership and teaching professionals available to her, she has been successfully preparing for college since she began in the 6th grade. I have witnessed a transformation in her desire for academic excellence, accountability/responsibility, and self confidence. Arizona School for the Arts has been the best kept secret in education for years.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
I attended ASA and it is a fantastic school. It isn't the traditional high school setting, but there is a lot of peer mentoring, and as it is a small school it becomes more of a family community for students, and provides a higher quality learning environment. As a student you feel safer and more able to explress your ideas and discuss more freely among your peers as well as your teachers.

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
excellent academics and 'out of this world' art programs

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
ASA is an amazing place. It is the type of place where 6th graders can be friends with seniors in HS along with other kids their age. The arts progrm is FABO and the academics are fantastic! It is definitelty a school where all of the teachers and kids are friendly! Everyone wants to achieve and has a passion for the arts and school in general. You don't have to be a prodigy at the arts, but everyone is exceptionally talented! The teachers are amamzing and with the small environment everyone feels safe, welcomed and known one another! I would definitely reccomend ASA as a current 6th grader who plans to stay till HS! :)

- submitted by a student
February 17, 2009
This school has taught me that i can do anything i want to do. I can voice my opinion and I feel trusted by the teachers and faculty. Students constantly engage in thoughtful class discussions that open so many doors. I have been here for about 1 and a half years and I can't believe the change I see in myself everyday.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2009
This school has rigerous acedemic challenges and has a great community despite the issues with hiring teachers

- submitted by a student
no rating December 24, 2008
I go to asa and i have to say it is an incredible place to go! And i know that it will look beautiful on my collage application!

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2008
Don't get the Nov. 16th post. My oldest child has attended ASA for five years and has gotten fabulous math instruction. The students are expected to make connections and think on their own, it's definitely not the drill and kill or 'turn to the next page' type of math instruction. I have found all of the teachers to be fabulous. They are amazingly interested in every child's progress unlike any school we have seen. This school is for self starters and high achievers. We just learned that they are expanding! They are adding 5th grade in 2009 and are adding 50 more spots in 6th grade. I am sure it will fill in a heartbeat. I see it as a school for kids who love classic musical study, project based learning and having alot of their own responsibility for their learning. No hand holding; high expectations.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
Sending my son to ASA, the worst choice I ever made. My son loves mathematics (95% in 2007 AIMS); the math teacher was more concern on enforcing his pencil only policy (my son prefers a pen) than fuelling his passion for mathematics. That man had nothing to teach my son.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
Fabulous, talented kids. Fabulous talented Faculty. If you have a high acheiving student who loves the performing arts, look no further. Those kids who find ASA not a good match, are those who are not strong students or have behavior problems. I agree with another parent here that misbehavior is not tolerated. This is not a school for kids who need to be 'fixed'. My son loves ASA. It's for serious students and musicians.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
I love ASA. I do feel it has gone downhill slightly as many excellent teachers have left(plus Dr. Francis!) and the students keep getting marginally less accepting, but the classes (especially arts) are very high-quality and the environment is great. I am staying until graduation.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2008
My daughter is a junior and attended since 6th grade. The teachers had high expectations of the students and expected the students to meet these expectations. They are interested in her personally, and worked with her on every issue of concern, academic, health related, etc. The administration is proactive, vocal and very personally involved with the students. Self-advocacy is taught so the students learn to stand up for themselves through the proper channels, an excellent skill for the business world. The small class size adds to the positive experience academically and socially as well as the team teaching approach across disciplines. My daughters writing skills, developed here, far exceed her peers in other schools. The lack of a phys. ed. curriculum, is unfortunate but the arts training is phenomenal. Our experience with ASA has been exceptionally positive.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
We are parents of a new ASA student. Our daughter is starting as a 6th grader and she loves it. Her math and science teachers were there last year and she thinks they are great, as we had heard. The 6th grade language arts/social studies teacher is a veteran teacher but new to ASA this year. We were hesitant because we had heard such great things about the teacher who left, but my daughter loves language arts and social studies, both; like never before and is writing up a storm. ASA expectations are very high and people w/ children with behavior problems or severe learning issues should probably look elsewhere. There is little tolerance for misbehaving or students who are not intrinsically motivated. My daughter says all of the teachers advertise their willingness to help students at lunch She says many students work during their lunch. Awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
I am a current student attending ASA. This school has a foundation of communication and understanding that I do not feel I would find anywhere else. The teachers work with individual students who need any help and are always glad to have you come in at lunch and talk with them. The work load can become hard at times, but in the end you find all the hard work was worth it. During third quarter you do a major project, which is where a lot of stress can be found if the student does not meet deadlines and show up to class on time. Overall I love ASA and do not plan to leave until I graduate in 2013.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 25, 2008
I am a student currently going to asa, as many reviews have said this school is a very safe-enviroment, however the school's methods are very, very confusing and it tends to get me and my fellow classmates confused. This school is much more different than any other public schoool, yet that can be a good thing. ASA has a huge stress level and there is no time to just relax and be a kid. Many students become depressed because they care so much about their grades ad the teachers put even more stress, telling the students that it is not enough and that they must revise. Arizona School for the Arts does have a good enviroment, yet the education is alright and it tends to protrays as if the educaion is one of the best in the west.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
This is our first year at ASA and we are loving it. My daughter came from public middle school and the leadership, class quality and parent involvement is night and day. Transportation and location are tough but worth the drive. We find the ballet program to be very strong. The expectations are very high and if your child is not good with stress normally found at the higher grades, it may be a challenge. Great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 29, 2008
This is our 8th year at ASA. We have had one graduate, who received a scholarship and is doing very well at college. He felt over-prepared! I have been so pleased with the faculty and leadership at ASA. Some amazing teachers left a year ago, but other excellent ones have replaced them. Some of the music programs have had their ups and downs over the years, but the strings have been consistently excellent. The choirs are wonderful and the new band director is very good. All the staff members we have had contact with have been awesome, cooperative and communicative. If you have a child who is hard-working and motivated, this is an excellent place to be. Low achievers should probably find a different school, as should slower learners, who will find this school very frustrating.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
I am an ASA alumni and am currently in my second year of college. ASA was a great school, but unfortunately has lost a lot of the qualities that made it so great over the past few years. The school still continues to offer opportunities that can be found no where else. ASA provides students with a good education both academically and artistcally, but has lost many of its key teachers and its greatest contributor and supporter; Dr. Mark Francis. The friends that I made at ASA are my closest friends and we continue to be friends! As for the academics, every skill I learned at ASA I have used! ASA is still a great school, but not what it once was.

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2008
My daughter is excelling at this school. The expectations are consistently high throughout the academic program as well as the arts program. The kids are just fantastic. My daughter never complains about kids misbehaving. Not sure about the comments regarding cliques. Kids do form groups, as do adult, but I find the kids to be accepting and supporting of each other. The facility needs to be improved. I could see prospective families being turned off by the old buildings. I see the only lacking elements here as lack of technology and the facility. The academic teachers spend the whole afternoon talking about the kids and planning. You don't get that anywhere else! The education my daughter is getting her far surpasses what she was getting in her public middle school.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My daughter loves this school even though it is very clique-ish. She adores all her academic teachers and is handling the workload well. Arts programs could be better, especially the Ballet. New buildings or location would be great, very old and rundown. I understand that fundraising has been going on for years. They are extremely hard on absences for illnesses, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
My child has been attending this school for five years now. It seems that the school was much, much better 5 years ago. Gradually things seem to be going downhill. Granted, the academics are strenuous, which is a good thing, however each year something else seems to be eliminated. There used to be a retreat where the kids actually went away for a couple of days. Now it is one day and they stay at school all day. Last year at the end of the year several really good teachers left. They were teachers that had been there for awhile.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
this is definantly a great school, but it sint for everyone. This is my 2nd year, and middle school was fun and exciting and different, but highschool is a big leap. The arts are phenominal, the students and facilty are amazing! I must agree, though, that the lack of physical education, visual arts, and class size is not everyones favorite. Don't get me wrong, this school is great and really is a safe environment of non-judgmental and mature students!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 03, 2007
My teenager has been at ASA for 5 years now. 5 years ago ASA was much different than it seems to be today...it seems that the middle school does more activities together, which gives the parent the feeling that it is a real 'community' at ASA. However, as high school progresses, it turns into something different. Gradually, many classmates leave, and relatively few replace them. The classes get smaller each year. (the higher you go up into high school) The middle school just keeps growing. I think that the level of academics is high -- I agree with the parent that was concerned about the stress level, however, and the lack of physical activity. While arts instruction is very good, it is sad that there are no visual arts. We have been fundraising for a new building for all 5 years that we have been involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
I go to this school, and it's amazing, I've never felt so warm and accepted in my life as I do hear. The students are friendly and accepting, the teachers are great and easy to understand. The work is kinda hard but it's the best. It definitly is excellence in education, and the talent that these kids have is amazing. I love this school and never want to leave.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
Is it possible to get a first-rate academics while attending an Arts school? Absolutely! ASA accomplishes both and sets the standard in the process. Their refreshingly unique philosophy of encouraging life-long learners, not simply test-takers, pays off with kids who truly know how to use critical thinking skills. (Oh yeah, a side benefit is they post exceptional scores without 'prepping' for the standardized test each spring!) The Arts classes are also exceptional. The teachers and administrators are phenomenal and set the tone for the school. They know each student by name and help keep the 'family atmosphere.' Discipline problems, which are rare, are handled immediately and fairly. The front office staff is the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
I am a student currently in 7th grade at ASA. I am new here and it is wonderful! Every one is friendly and very helpful. You can enjoy waking up and putting on anything your heart desires and safely knowing that you WONT get made fun of. I have been to three other schools but none can compare to the education and fun here. Even though there are no sports which is kinda on the downside they do alow you to play flag football at lunch. At lunch you are not told where you can and connot sit heck you could sit on the stage if you wanted to. All I am saying is this is a wonderful opportunity to exceed and suceed.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
ASA is an exceptional school. My student who graduated 2 years ago is still benefiting from the top-notch education they received. I still am very involved with the school and the leadership at the school is still as strong as ever. The new faculty members joining the ASA community are fantastic. Come to any event at ASA and you can see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2007
ASA was a very good experience for my child, but something is very wrong when all the best teachers leave at the same time. No one is talking about it, but it should be addressed openly, hopefully so that what ever went wrong won't happen again. Without the leadership that was there, it is hard to guage if the same great program is still there.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
I am currently a student at ASA, going into 9th grade next year. I've been here since 6th grade and I've enjoyed every year. I would never leave the school for the world. The school has many good qualities, including great academics combined with excellent teachers (this has helped me learn so much), and a truly remarkable arts program. The level of training in arts classes has resulted in many highly professional Showcases. There are also some bad qualities though. The stress level at ASA is extremely high. The school also does not provide very many extracurricular activities. In terms of student relationship, I've found that the students do tend to create clique-like groups. Although not as obvious, it does create a feeling of exclusion.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 07, 2007
This school does work hard to achieve a balance does not meet the needs of many of the students. Faculty do not like working with the parents with their children. It is their way or the highway mentality. This does not foster good relations between parents and the teaching faculty.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
This school has a great learning excperience but the kids just get too stressed with there homework and grades. I am a student there and I tend to cry or get mad bacause of too much homework or too much at one time...I am currently going to be leaving this school because of too much stress.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2007
I am a student here and am in 8th grade. I like this school very much and it is a great school. The kids are friendly, but there are many clicks. The academics are great and the teachers are very supportive of each student. The arts are only good, you could probably get a scholarship from any other high school. There are few extracurricular activities and absolutely no sports. There is also no physical education, only ballet. the level of parent involvement is so-so it is pretty much half and half. Some contribute and others stay as far away from the school as they can. I would recommend this school only if your child is an overachiever.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2007
As a current student at ASA, I can agree that it has its good qualities, and it's bad ones. If your child is a good student who really loves the arts and has strong self confidense than this school will be a good fit. The teachers and the academic programs are unmatched in the Phoenix area, the arts, however stongly incorrporated, lack quality and do not balence out the horrible lack of physical activity. The two main problems with this school are definatly the lack of sports and the lack of variation in the student body. You are with the same 26 people for 6 years and, generally the school atracts a similar kind of person: white, over-acheiver, and image-obsessed. In short: if your child enjoys varied company and physical stimulation, this is the wrong place for you.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2006
ASA's first and foremost goal is a college prep curriculum. Students have little to no outlets to express their concerns with other students, faculty, or curriculum. The performing arts program is mediocre, even sub-par when considering the nature of the school. Although the ballet program is exceptional, the music program matches that of most large public high schools. The theatre program has a talented faculty that reads like a who's who of the Arizona theatre scene.

- submitted by a former student
September 16, 2006
Okay, so I'm not a parent, but this is a student speaking here. I adore ASA. The teachers are amazing; I want to come to school every day, and I enjoy all of my classes. I learn so much, and the balance of academics and arts is just perfect. Also, not only does ASA have great academics, but it's just amazing. I mean, I was really quiet and shy when I came. It was so easy to open up and be me. There were no clicks or 'popular' or 'nerdy' or 'gothic' groups; there's just individuals, people who aren't afraid to be themselves and be open about their opinions and feelings... I'm in 9th grade, by the way, attended since 6th grade. If you can get your child in, do it. I love ASA with a passion. I wouldn't leave it for anything in the world.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2006
ASA is a wonderful school if your child is willing to work extremely hard and has the aptitude. I have two children at ASA. One loves it, she is making a 4.2 GPA and is very motivated. She adores ballet. The school showcase is amazing - like professionals. The other student is in middle school and is struggling. She was asked to attend three summer school programs and it was very overwhelming for her. Her AIMS tests were much higher than meets but not exceeding, and she was still told she was almost failing by ASA teachers. I would like to see the school have a track for students who are struggling to help them with alternate methods of learning. Not every student can read and test out well and they need the encouragement too. Not everyone can make an A at every subject!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
As a current student (attending since 7th grade and going into my senior year), I have to say that ASA is an amazing school. Originally interested because of the high quality arts programs (ballet, especially), I stayed because of the college-prep academics. It's hard work, but as the cliche goes, that's what makes it great. The school's like a family, not surprising since I've been in class with relatively the same people for five years and the director of school greets each student by name at the door? Yet ASA's not for everyone- a lack of sports, high stress (and high yield), and an expectation that you will do well and you will strive for excellence, drives some people away. But I've stayed, and I think it's been worth it. Though parents have to realize that it's not all the kids- parents are expected to participate and help.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
This school is the place we all wish we had gone to when we were in high school. The sense of safety, community and teacher involvement is matched by the expectations for excellence.

- submitted by a teacher
May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 15, 2006
My daughter has learned so much here. I'm very impressed by the yearly presentations and science curriculum. We also love that she can take ballet at school! Her teachers have always been very commented to ensuring she is actually learning the skills, not just turning in assignments.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
ASA is the best school I've ever experienced. My son was floundering in a large, public high school. At ASA, he has become an accomplished musician and a much improved student. The quality of the teachers is outstanding and the small class/school size create an atmosphere that is conducive for learning and achievement. As a performing arts school, ASA is an especially great place for unconventional/artistic kids. It's a phenomenal school!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
Outstanding number of extracurricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
Academic quality is excellent. Music, drama and dance are very advanced. Very high level of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
The truth is that you either love ASA or you don't. A majority of the students love ASA; I know I do. Many people have become stressed over homework, and they decide to leave, but almost 100 percent of them come back within a couple months. ASA is not involved in who is 'popular.' There are not cliques. Everyone knows eachother as in a big family. Also, the classes are small, so you get the attention you need. The teachers are willing to help at lunch, and they are the best teachers that you are going to get. The curiculum is amazing, and the arts teachers are amazing.

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 23, 2005
ASA is a public funded charter school with grades 6 to 12 but they do not serve the economically disadvantaged. They only serve the over achievers and superstars. This school is geared toward doctors' and lawyers' kids not inner city kids. They expect college level performance from grade school students. They have a sink or swim mentality that is not conducive to a good learning environment for all students.

- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2005
If you want your child to become a self-directed learner, a confident person, and an independent thinker, as well as becoming exceptionally ready for college, this is the school they should be attending.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
This is a place where students are safe, where teachers are positive and where real, meaningful and enjoyable learning occurs.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
ASA is a wonderful school full of open minded individuals who are highly mature.... this school is not only socially comfortable for students but academically comfortable for parents.... they may not have a sports program but their arts programs make up for it... parent involvement is highly encouraged here and welcomed.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Very high stress. Good peer group. Mostly great teachers. Just graduated from there in May. Got a lot, lost a lot (as far as stress). May or may not be worth it. 12 year-olds are dealing with several hours of homework a night and extreme pressure to live up to expectations. You can do it if you keep in mind that they just want you to do your best and the good teachers are pushing you for your own good, not because they expect something unattainable from you. Small classes and going through similar high-pressure times creates an amazing peer group. We're more like family than anything. Which of course means we fight, but whether or not we like each other, we love each other. I wouldn't change my decision to go there, but I couldn't go through it again either.

- submitted by a former student
January 10, 2005
It is a marvelous school! But alot of hard work. THere is alot of homework, but the benifit is great. We have been very pleased with it.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2004
Excellent college prep focus with an emphasis on performing arts. I have been very impressed with the guiding principles of the schools founder and faculty leaders. The success of the school's approach is evidenced by the high number of students who advance into college, many with scholarships. My children have thrived in this environment where the emphasis is on academics and performing arts, not athletics as in traditional public schools. A real gem in the Phoenix area.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2004
This school is amazing! When I first came to this school I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly atmosphere, and genuine people.I love ASA!

- submitted by a former student
September 16, 2004
ASA has been a good experience but it is not for everyone. It is a good fit for my son who really enjoys music, but my other will not be attending due to a lack of sports (there are none). The teachers in Social Science and Language Arts have been inspiring for my son, while Science we feel was better in our public school. Also, foreign language is not taught until high school, but the students do have 3 arts classes each day, which will be perfect for some.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
The best school for the creative - intelligent student. The students are supportive of each other, and enjoy celebrating each others achievements. The staff is caring, and understanding.

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August 01, 2004
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June 30, 2004
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June 02, 2004
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May 28, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 19, 2004
ASA was a great school for my son. He went there in six and seven grades. We had to change schools, the kids in his classes were bullying him. Now my son hates school also playing the vioin. The kids make fun of him. They were very mean to him. He now goes to two Doctors for depression. He's on two medication's for depression. I try to get help about want the kids were doing, from the school, nothing was done. In the first month of school they say why don't you find a new school. They don't like to help handicap kids. I miss the happy and joy my son had for school,vioin,and other things he enjoy before ASA and the kids there bullying him.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I know the school has good academics, which is very important to me. However, there seem to be a lot of student, administrative and parent cliques. On the whole, my son's transfer to this school, from a montessori environment has not been successful. I am not sure how much of that is because of the montessori methods, and how much is because of the schools appparent inability to deal with diversity of thought and learning styles.

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July 09, 2003
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Arizona School for the Arts
1410 N. 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ  85004
(602) 257-1444
Last modified Arizona School for the Arts is a Charter school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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