Adams is very academically challenging, which for some Is a good thing! We switched to Adams due to some bullying issues at the local public school. We had a fantastic 2nd grade teacher who was very understanding to the "transition period" that new students go through to get used to the rigorous curriculum and homework demands. I have found, though, the turnover rate for teachers is VERY high bc of the demands of the job at this school. Third grade was an entirely DIFFERENT story. My son (who is a good student and very well behaved!) was regularly bringing home homework that took 60-90 mins to complete, he was constantly criticized, and ended up HATING school. Third grade is a tough year at Adams and they tell you that at orientation! We are switching to a school with similar philosophy, but with teachers that want to make learning fun and less homework demands so that my children can participate in afterschool activities and still be kids!
Adams Traditional Academy is huge step forward from the public school my kids were attending. The teachers really care if the children are succeeding.
This school is wonderful academically, but the rigour, in my opinion is too much. The teachers are strict to the point of kids not wanting to try, because it is never good enough for the students. Teachers that can not adhere to this way of teaching quit mid-term due to the pressure. It is the teachers' job to motivate students for excellence. What I see us punishment, shame, and grading down work for minor infractions. Grades are not soley based on achievement. Students in 3rd grade lose 20% of a grade for forgetting to write their name. I'm sorry, I can not agree to that.
Great for most girls; not for some boys. Start boys late or hold back in 1-3rd. Play first, homework second & take breaks between subjects. Needed: more recess time in 3rd & staggered pickup times, IEE & advocates for IEP/504. (The school of BASIS could = high school/college burnout, so backup plan needed. ATA/JP = harder than public, easier than GP. BASIS too hard in 7th; no free ride to college is worth killing a childhood & possibly gaining an OCD/dysthymia child with anxiety; talk with a neurophysiologist first & consider a student loan for college, instead!
Wow, that last comment was harsh. When you are writing a comment llike this, please watch your punctuation, spelling and capital letters. People might take you more seriously. Please be more specific. As a former teacher and now parent of a kinder kid at Adams, I have had a wonderful experience. My son loves school and loves his teachers. They have high expectations of children here. I love this school!
My kid is in ATB preschool program, their preschool program is nothing but BABY SITTING. They do not teach anything and teachers do not communicate at all with parents. Principal is mostly interested in increasing pre school classes vs kindergarten classes. You can see that based on number of paid preschool classes they added vs KG classes.
This is our first year at this school. So far it's been great - they have great curriculum. My kids seem learning a lot academically. Breakfast/Lunch programs are also great as they build a state-of-art kitchen on site this year - so the kids can enjoy the fresh made food.
Adams Traditional Academy is a wonderful school and the pre-school is very special as well. We've been with the school for 2 years now and I can't say enough good thing about it. My daughter is in 1st grade and the education for fundamentals has been outstanding.
I love this school! I'superbly picky with schools, I'm very pleased so far. My child gets to learn with a great curriculum with art classes, and latin. The uniform code is strict (fine with me!), and the parking, pick up/drop off is kind of a challenge (they need to buy more land for parking spaces for sure!, or stagger the start times of the different grade levels?) I'm very excited about it. The attrition rate doesn't concern me at all. The school I went to growing up had a high attrition rate, because it was challenging - but it was an amazing school - so this doesn't matter to me about Adams. This is a school for kids who want to be challenged.
We moved our kids here from the public school and have been very pleased. Our daughter had all A's & B's before coming here and really struggled to get caught up to the speed of how things work at Adams. We as parents had a lot of learning to do as well, you know you are in trouble when they offer classes on how to teach the parents, to teach their kids! They offered free tutoring and our daughter ended the year on a great note, but it was A LOT of work for her. Our son had some behavior problems at his last school, he just was not being challenged, the structure of Adams and rigor was exactly what he needed. He is like night and day, just a new kid, more well mannered and so much happier. The teachers here work their butts off. We love this school, the high expectations they have for our kids, and love knowing that our kids are surrounded by "good kids".. Adams is not for everyone, we shall see if our daughter can handle it this year, she loves it, but we don't want her to loathe school. You really just have to know your kids and what is best for them when choosing a school. The principal reminds me of my Catholic school days.
If your child is academic oriented and not interested in sports or any literary activities, this school is for you. They do have good curriculum but lot depends on the teachers. Singapore math they teach book reports they make kids write are wonderful experience. However, both student and teacher attrition rate is too high. Though not against disciplining the children, I think the amount of detentions kids serve for some unbelievable silly reasons should reduce. On the other extreme, my son had to serve detention as the teacher assumed he had stolen a toy from another kid s bag. Luckily that small toy was from a set of 12 I had at home carried the remaining eleven to show that it belonged to him. Unfortunately my son already had served the detention by then. That left a very bad taste with us and will never forget that day. Teacher was not careful enough to enter correct marks obtained into their system. After 2 quarters, carried all corrected papers to show the inconsistency. Again, I stick to what I said earlier. No doubt It s a good school with good curriculum standards in case you get good teacher but with limited extra-curricular activities and adverse discipline policies.
The good news about this school is it's a school of choice! I choose to send my kids here. If teachers are not performing there is no district guideline that needs to be followed to terminate employment. I have found this school for my children to be both challenging and rewarding. I appreciate that I have to be involved in my child's education. If you don't believe in being involved and discipline this is not the place for you. I appreciate the curriculum and after school activities that are made available to my child. I look forward to learning Latin next year with my children as well. I am excited for the school and it's future. To have a school be be able to provide a preschool through 12th grade education is a great accomplishment. Keep it up ATA!! You are doing great things!! Remember, we are here because we choose to be here, not because it's the school down the street or within our district.
I have nothing but praise for ATA and would recommend the school for every parent. Comparisons to DVUSD, the home district my son would be attending, all favor Adams. 1. My DVUSD school has been experiencing a decline in student population. The struggling DVUSD schools need to be consolidated with other schools to save money and cut losses. ATA has a waitlist and is expanding. 2. ATA's curriculum is challenging and, I believe, rewarding long term. I'd be hesitant to recommend ATA to DVUSD students beyond 3rd grade as many will struggle adjusting to the curriculum (kids who have left ATA found district schools to have a much easier curriculum). Parental involvement will help with adjustment to ATA. 3. DVUSD continues to ask for money via override and hasn't made any needed cuts in places like school consolidation or reductions in Sr. Administration (if the district is shrinking, leadership is to blame, not the teachers). If ATA had the same money issues, the school would have to close. ATA has to execute well and has. Every school has its issues and every school is not for everyone. ATA is 4 years old so and is still evolving but I choose and recommend ATA over DVUSD.
I am a little skeptical about the authenticity of the test scores. It seems the lower grades score in the 70's for math (5th grade) and then all of a sudden perfect scores for all students in 6, 7, and 8th grade math and reading (not 1 question missed in either section by even 1 child) Hum...Curious about how that happens..seems very unlikely.
I am the mother of two children that attend ATA, with another attending in the fall. We LOVE this school and are extremely pleased by the education our children are receiving here. Previously our children attended a private school and they have grown so much academically since they moved here, the growth rates on their test scores are amazing! I The administration and teachers are very hardworking and we are so impressed by the quality of the teachers who challenge students in the classroom. The teachers are also wonderful at giving extra time to tutor students before or after school, which is not something we experienced at a previous school. Parents are also highly involved and encouraged to participate in their child s education. I highly recommend the school!
I have children that attend this school. My experience is inconsistent teacher to teacher. The question you need to ask when you tour Adams is what is the attrition rate? I've seen an attrition rate of approx 40% in some grades. In my opinion, parents that are pleased with a school and the job the teachers and administrators are doing do not choose to leave and enroll someplace else. My overall impression of the school has been that if you drink the Kool-Aid and think that the school has "rigorous standards" (what the administration tells you) you'll be happy here. When (or if) things don't go well for your child if you only look at your child as the sole problem, then you will be happy here. However, if you question the teacher(s) or the administration and how they run their classroom(s) or the school you will quickly be ignored and encouraged to seek the door (the reason for the high attrition). I found that this school tends to think they have high standards for their students, but in my opinion, they have low standards for their teachers. Charter schools like to "sell" that they are giving you a private school education for free. Don't believe the sales pitch.
I love the school, it's really pushed my kids to work harder and strive to do their best. The parent university classes will help parents understand what their child is learning and I'm always amazed at the expectations of the teachers, the curriculum is very difficult. It's impressive what your kids can learn and comprehend if they are just given the opportunity and right leadership
Adams Traditional Academy is one of the best schools out there. Very involved staff, parents, and administration. I am amazed by all the work my children bring home. The teachers are definitely challenging the students in a good way. I highly recommend this school.
We came from an excellent public school on the East coast, Adams is a close second. We toured several schools, public, charter, private in Phoenix and I was very impressed with the curriculum. My kids have been there for three weeks and I am extremely happy. The school is small, but not too small.... The teachers are quick to respond to emails, the homework is appropriate for the grade level.
This school is amazing! Next best thing to a private school. I'm really enjoying our time at this school. I have a kindergartner and he absolutely loves it. The teachers are very caring & supportive. They take the time to tell you EVERYTHING. My child had an asthma attack & school and I brought the nebulizer up to the school, his teacher sat in the nurse's office the entire time (while it was recess for her class). Pretty scary experience for a 5 yr old. The principal calls you back in a timely fashion should you have any issues you need to bring to her attention. They have movie night's on some Friday evenings & math workshops to help you understand their math program (Singapore Math). I love the traditional approach to education. I really like how they say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. And they use the Spalding Program to teach reading. It's simply the best. It's fun & easy! I would rate this school 5 stars but it's too early in the school year. This is my opinion thus far.
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