At first I was so excited when my kids got accepted in to Archway School. At First day at school, I already knew that we will be up for a challenge. Teachers were very cold, non communicative and not helpful. I think its due to the very young age and inexperience of teachers. Uniform code is extremely strict, I mean very, very strict. Classroom are tiny and kids get very little recess time during the day. They are using some old way of teaching, like Spalding. Literature for very young children is quite old time too. The school has a feeling of a very old tightly run catholic school. I pulled my kids out of school after 3 months being there. When I came over to get official withdrawal from school, the principal assistant was arguing with me, was very rude and unprofessional. Her behavior only confirmed why I decided to leave the school. I am sure as the school builds experience (this is their 2nd year) they will fix (hopefully) some of their issues. But at this point I want my children to be excited to go to school, that is nurturing and motivating.
Great Hearts - Archway Veritas is an excellent school! They have high expectations of their students and excellent commitment to learning from the teachers in the classroom through the Administration. I have never seen a school so committed to learning. Every teacher offers additonal tutoring to any student that wants it. The Art & Music teachers are exceptional, teaching not just the words to a song or lines on a paper but the foundation of both as well as about composers and artists from a historical perspective. If you are looking for a school where you can make excuses for your students behavior and "helicopter parent" your student out of the learning experience this is NOT the school for you. This school offers a "Classic" education. For the parent who left the 1 star review clearly they did not research this school before sending their child there as the expectations are evident from the first time you tour the facility.
If your child does not learn the "right way" or write the "right way" or cannot seem to sit in his chair without a few wiggles, please seek elsewhere. Save yourself the agony and the ego-driven conferences with administration. Think want to be military school with less experienced teachers. This lack of experience makes classroom management not adequate for the non-typical child. There are students here who have nightmares and feelings of inadequacies due to their teachers. To respond to the comment below about computers, wake up! Technology has exploded and computers are replacing the average worker. This is the future.
I would rate this school higher if I could. They have great teachers and high academic and disciplinary standards. Uniforms, as well as a focus on learning instead of the latest fads, create an excellent school culture. From the teachers to the after school clubs, there is nothing not to like about Archway Classical Academy of Veritas. Submitted by a student.
We have been so pleased with our child's education this first year at ANP! The courses have been challenging but engaging. We love the fact that it is a well rounded classical education. As to a previous post regarding a lack of computers in the classroom, I find it refreshing. So much more can be gleaned by reading a book on the subject than a google excerpt . The teachers and administration are all focused on assisting the parents in raising well rounded children; mind, body and soul.
My experience with this school has been undesirable. Their educational methods are questionable. Rigor has been confused with rote memorization and regurgitation, drill and kill. Rigor includes the ability for students to learn using multiple methods and to demonstrate their learning the same. There are many paths to the solution and it seems in 2013, this would be encouraged. Computers need to be integrated into their curriculum given technology is a focus in todays work place. More collaboration amongst students and less teacher talk should be the focus especially since higher level questioning is suggested. Assessment needs to be evaluated since my child only receives a summative assessment bypassing formative assessments that would indicate immediate successes or needs. There are plenty of online grade sites such as Engrade.com that should be utilized. I have asked teachers to produce grades throughout the year and I they cannot.
Your children will amaze you in what they are retaining and the quest for knowledge and structure is fascinating. A love for classical music and the arts will develop but for those who do not have this at their present school all hope is not lost. Take your kids to the ballet, the museums, and even the orchestra and art museum to cultivate this appreciation. The one thing that Veritas will teach is how to express an idea. You can also encourage this at home when discussing the latest book your child is reading (not captain underpants or j b jones). This school allows no popular culture, a zero tolerance for bullying, and uniforms. Detentions are given if they are not prepared for learning and expect spelling tests in the latter half of kindergarten. If strict discipline and straight rows of desks and no computers are a deal breaker for you this is NOT the place for you. However, my children desire to do well and based on their previous private school, this school is by far much better. However no school is perfect. Archway could help themselves by hiring more teachers with experience in dealing with various learning styles and behaviors because one size does not fit all.
Exceptional school with a strong liberal arts focus. Headmaster is fantastic and the quality of course material and teachers are superior.
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