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!
Academic quality is excellent. Music, drama and dance are very advanced. Very high level of parental involvement.
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.
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.
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.
This is a place where students are safe, where teachers are positive and where real, meaningful and enjoyable learning occurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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