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7-12
Public charter
Queen Creek, AZ
Students enrolled: 1,484
Before care: No
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23908 S Hawes Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

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(480) 987-4500
(480) 882-1330
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July 28, 2015
Today we took our two children on a tour of ALA. At first they were not very excited about going, but the minute we stepped through the doors we felt like family! Teachers were in their classrooms getting set up for the new school year, and they were all interested in our children and what their desires and goals were for the upcoming year. ALA exceeded our expectations! Before we walked out, the girls had done a 180 and were ready to shop for school uniforms. They are SO excited to be a part of the ALA family!

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 08, 2015
The academic program centered around learning and working at home is impeccable and second to none. I believe homework is a key element to life skills, and too much of it can be a deterrent to growth. This school got it just right.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
Hands down this school works rigorously to motivate and encourage the students to achieve their lifelong goals. It develops champions from the ground up.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
Respect is a core element in the curriculum and environment of this school. Disrespectful students quickly learn there is no tolerance for that kind of behavior.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
The students have been held to a high standard of behavior regarding respect and caring for others. It's an experience unlike any other I have ever had. The students and staff are kind, compassionate and look for opportunities to improve the quality of life.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 08, 2015
The highest expectations is given of students and I believe it elevates the entire educational experience.

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July 08, 2015
We have been moved around so much due to my husband's career, and this school has been the friendliest, the most welcoming, wholesome and safe environment. There isn't enough stars to give.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 08, 2015
My children came home from the FIRST day and said, "The teachers are SO nice." On their LAST day, my children were in tears thinking they might not have the same teacher. INCREDIBLY powerful and motivating teaching staff. I have never been more pleased with schools - and we have been to a lot of them. I will never go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

June 25, 2015
So happy with the school! My 4 kids attend, this is their 3rd year and they love it!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Effective
June 25, 2015
I have had 4 kids at his school and have had many outstanding teachers that I love and eh, teachers I don't love. Overall, my kids have learned that they won't love every teacher, but they can succeed in every class with communication, respect and hard work.

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 25, 2015
I think the home work load has been good. I have a pulse on my child's understanding of where they are at in a class by watching them complete their homework.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 25, 2015
Yes! Students are expected to dress well, speak well, and interact positively with each other as well as teachers. My kids have re-learned many great traits while at this school, that we support at home. Respect is definitely one of these traits.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 25, 2015
Absolutely!! My kids aren't just getting an education. My kids are learning to be awesome people because they are surrounded by caring, concerned, pro-active adults.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 25, 2015
We have 4 kids at ALA QC for 3 years and have had a wonderful experience with morals and values, fairness and definitely integrity. If I have ever questioned anything, I have investigated, called and gotten to the bottom of issues quickly. All concerns have been addressed and resolved.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2015
I've been attending ALA for about 4 years now since the 7th grade. At first I liked the program and what it had to offer but it all went down south when I began my sophomore year. Not only did they fire 2 of my teachers due to cuts I also had to get my schedule changed without my permission both times. ALA did not even ask me if I liked the new classes and teachers I was put into. They give out lame excuses on why teachers are being fired, if granted they even tell the students. ALA is quite possibly the most corrupt school I've ever seen. The student have had not one but TWO protest over the firing of a popular and successful athletic director. I am proud to say I was part of this. Then ALA says you parents need to sign you back in if you're caught participating. I'm sorry isn't it in the Constitution of all things to have freedom of speech and expression?! The students are fed up with ALA wasting money on new campuses and teachers that disappear on the spot cause they were "expendable". This school is filled with kids that are brainwashed into thinking ALA is great and will shun you if you think anything other than that. If you love your kids don't send them here.

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March 18, 2015
My kids have gone here for 3 years and what started out as a great concept has turned into a nightmare. Like a lot of Charter Schools in Arizona, the best way to get ahead at this school is to be friends with the owner. If you are friends with him, your kids can stay out of trouble and get ahead at the school. My kids have worked hard, made good grades and stayed out of trouble, but opportunities for them have been few as I don't hold the clout of being one of the elite parents who will kiss up to the owner. After further investigating, I've seen this owner has a history of opening up schools and bankrupting them and then jumping up and moving to another state. BEWARE! Wonder why they are throwing up schools so fast??? The charter management organization that makes the money off of the building is owned by Glenn Way. The more school buildings he opens, the more rent he collects, regardless of number of children in the seats.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2015
this school has so many problems. they fire teachers, but build 2 new schools. my kid had to get his schedule changed for the school firing teachers. he didnt even have any of the teachers that were fired.... the teachers are very rude. my sons science teacher points out every mistake and makes stupid embarrassing jokes. the class sizes are way too big or way too small. the electives are so much money. take your kid out now or as soon as possible.

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February 22, 2015
I have to say, I really used to like this school. When my daughter was in the 6th grade, everything was wonderful. Of course though, this was at the Gilbert campus and it was before the school had its growth spurt. When my son and daughter switched to Queen Creek ALA, they began to notice some things. One, there is a very STRONG LDS background. Some students talked to my christian daughter, and tried to convince her to convert. At SCHOOL! I thought there was a separation between church and school. Two, they are very disorganized. At the beginning of this year, we didn't know where the bus would pick them up until the day BEFORE school started! I did not pay them an 850$ buss fee plus elective fees, for tardy information. Third, and last, They fire teachers in the middle of the year. My daughter and son have suffered from MULTIPLE teacher altercations in just ONE year! This school needs to make changes before school starts or after the school year ends not in between. I hope you read this, DO NOT send your kid here!

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2014
My son attends Mesa ALA. I thought it was very interesting when I read all the reviews. I know there are many different ALA' s around the valley. We attend the Mesa campus and we do not feel the LDS pressure at all. In fact, most students and staff members are NOT lds. It might be assumed that they are. But I know all the staff on a personal level and I only know of 2 that are LDS. Now as far as the school goes it is a pretty good school. It definitely has it flaws. One of my biggest complaints is the lack of communication. But in a world where we have to worry about bullying and other issues I am happy to report this does not seem to happen at ALA. It has a positive feeling within the school. It feels like one big family. I hope this school has continued success in the future.

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November 21, 2014
ALA I thought was going to be a wonderful school...the concept is fantastic. However the staff especially administration is very clickish and kids are suffering because of it. They are very judgemental instead of just seeing people as different they get snooty and judge you as being wrong. This school is headed down hill fast.

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July 18, 2014
This is such a great school!! The teachers are wonderful and really care about education. I have noticed that alot of students are LDS, it does not matter if the students are or not....the education of the students is priority at this school. I have had 2 of my children go there and graduate! They did extremely well with A's and B's on their report card. The staff are busy when you walk into the office, so sometimes you might have to wait for a minute, but they Always take care of you. LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2014
We have been very pleased with ALA overall. We transferred from BFCS (also a great school), because we feel that ALA is more well-rounded. The atmosphere is loving, and the staff really wants to be there! We feel that any concerns we've had have been addressed and the admin. has an open door policy. We are glad to have our children learning here.

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June 01, 2014
Academically, I am like with this school. Some of the teachers have really helped my kids, but then I find out tht 90% of the teachers are not returning. Strange. I am not happy that is very biased to the LDS group. Some of the reward/ incentive trips are to help service LDS people and are geared to the LDS kids. How is that a reward for getting good grades. I am not happy with the front office staff. You can stand there while they talk to amongst themselves before helping you. The last day of school you had the option of going to 8th grade promotion or come in cleaning attire (with gloves) to clean the school. Free child labor. Staff kids wander the school without getting in trouble. And for some reason they do not do the state tax credit. What is that about? How does a public charter school not take the state tax credit.

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May 02, 2014
After spending many years at a A+ charter school(K-8) that was nearby, my husband and I decided to switch our child to ALA for junior high and high school. This choice was not taken lightly since a good education is important to me as a parent. With LOTS of research & after speaking to administration at ALA (at length with LOTS of questions) I am SO happy and thrilled that we made the choice and placed our child at ALA! Our daughter has come home from school excited and motivated like never before to succeed. The opportunities that are available to children at ALA are endless and I can not stress enough how caring and dedicated the teachers are their to the students. As a educator myself I know working with children is not easy and sometimes the motivation can be difficult, but I have not once gone into ALA and seen a staff member, teacher, or administrator not look happy about being at their job. I have read some of the other reviews on here about the issues of it being an "LDS" school... we are not LDS and never have I felt it was an issue. My daughter has never come home upset or complaining, nor have I ever felt like I was treated differently there because we weren't.

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February 03, 2014
I heard great things about this school so I enrolled my child hoping for the best. If you are not LDS I would NOT recommend this school! It is obvious they are a Mormon school and show blatant favoritism toward their Mormon students. We are a Christian family and my child was told we are not Christian. Ridiculous! School is to educate and church is to worship. They called their celebration of the new Temple a "cultural celebration". I am pulling her out and sending her to a local public high school.

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February 02, 2014
I love this school! It has allowed my daughter to come out of her shell and become the leader that I knew she could be. I appreciate the academics as well as the extra curricular opportunities. I know that the school has a true open door policy that help me be a partner in education!

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January 24, 2014
I thought that sending my children to a school that was primarily attended by LDS children would be a great idea. I was wrong. Unfortunately, the school is run very much like an LDS ward. The directors and the office staff, even though they are paid, act like ward volunteers. They get the job done as though doing it in their spare time, and never go the extra step to make any improvements. Too much emphasis is put on making things look pretty on the outside, while ignoring curriculum, student achievement, and staff development. Also, in true LDS fashion, any time you bring your concerns to those in charge, they try to make you feel guilty for complaining. There are some really good teachers at this school, but I am afraid they won't stay because they will not be rewarded or supported by the administration. Sadly, I am taking my kids out of the high school at the end of this year, and sending them to a local high school next year. I just can't afford to risk my kid's education at ALA. As long as ALA is run by LDS staff, it will never compete with the other high school in the areas.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2013
Love, love love this school. Love the curriculum they offer my children and the basis around Covey's 7 Habits. The teacher are willing to help you child if they are having a hard time with assignments. Office staff is very helpful and remember who you are when you walk in.

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January 16, 2013
The "leadership" concept is lip service. Teaching methods are inconsistent and ineffective. Issues with staff retention. No recommended.

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ALA was founded on the belief that families have a claim on schools to support them in preparing their children for college and to succeed in life. This is done through rigorous academics, a culture of student inclusion and providing a complete, memorable high school experience. This in part founded on a high percentage of participation in our highly acclaimed performing arts and very successful athletic programs. Service, leadership, personal responsibility and patriotism are school themes.

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American Leadership Academy - Queen Creek
23908 S Hawes Rd, Queen Creek, AZ  85142
(480) 987-4500
Last modified American Leadership Academy - Queen Creek is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
American Leadership Academy - Queen Creek Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top