This school has rigerous acedemic challenges and has a great community despite the issues with hiring teachers
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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