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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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