My daughter loves music, so we found her this school. Surprisingly, ASA not only encourages students to pursue their dreams in performing arts; it also has a rigorous academic program. It took sometime for my daughter to adjust and adapted to the new material (we moved here from Asia and she was used to rigorous academic program). Beside academic, I am impressed on their effort in building a student's character through the life skills class. BRAVO! BTW, my daughter is doing so much better now and she would love to stay at ASA until she goes to college.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pretty good school! Good arts program and gives students performance opportunities! Good for people who want to continue arts as a career.
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.....).
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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