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.
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.
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.
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.
When trying to enroll my child for high school I found the administration to be pretentious and unaccommodating. There seemed to be an air of 'elitism.' I felt as if I was being told my child didn't belong here, that they were looking for only the 'perfect' student.
Arizona School for the Arts provides an awesome well rounded education. While there are virtually no extracurricular activities, the classes themselves provide a greater level of arts exposure than would be provided through the same extracurricular activities in a public school. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting a strong college prep program.
As a student who has left and is now returning, I'm proud to say that this school is wonderful. The small classes make it easier to taken in information, and the one on one teacher student relationships are what is lacking in other schools. The school is a community, not based on sports and other highly competitive activites but more on the knowledge that your peers are interested in the same arts and academia that you are.
As a student, I find that Arizona School for the Arts fulfills all my academic AND artistic needs. The academics, especially writing, are exceptional. And the arts are wonderful, with middle school students recieving piano automatically.
small class size; high academic standards; caring, excellent teachers
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