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American Leadership Academy - Queen Creek4
Posted December 17, 2014
- a parent
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.