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K-8
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Scottsdale, AZ
Students enrolled: 475
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4330 N. 62nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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December 03, 2014
I'm an student at ANLC and I can definitely attest to great learning environment of my school. From the time of kindergarten, ANLC has instilled the values of doing my personal best and being a meaningful, creative thinker. I would describe ANLC as not just a smart school, but as a gifted school. My fellow students and I not only understand the materials were learning, but we draw inferences to connect to the curriculum, we don't just listen with interest, but we show our opinions to fully understand. Examples of this is when we get to do thinking maps, project based learning, and Socratic seminars. When I came to ANLC in kindergarten I had the opportunity to be inspired by older students. I love going to a school that has kindergarten through 8th grade because as an 8th grade student I know I'm a role model to many younger students. ANLC has an endless amount of opportunities. Some of my favorite activities at ANLC are, the morning announcements, taking math at Arcadia high school, National Junior Honor Society, exploration Friday and buddy read, family read, and student council . Regardless of what others have said, now you know, firsthand what ANLC is truly like.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2014
ANLC is an awesome school and a second home for my kids and I! I love the diversity. There is also a strong sense of "community" between the parents and the kids of ALL ages. It is a multi-age school where kids are grouped by two grade levels (K/1, 1/2,3/4,5/6,7/8). They have a "project-based" learning model and the kids are encouraged to "think outside the box" to complete their projects. This freedom helps spark passion and the love of exploration and learning. Because the kids are grouped by two grade levels and mentor each other, the relationships carry on through the years and on the playground. The older classes are also paired with a younger class and meet weekly to "buddy read" together. This is another opportunity for mentoring to occur across the ages and relationships to grow. There are also awesome programs that are traditions at ANLC. My favorite is "Exploration Friday". This occurs 4x/year. The kids have two (1hour) classes where they learn about various topics from square dancing to veterinary medicine. ANLC teaches much more than academics, it teaches the importance of community & passion for lifelong learners & leaders!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
In just the past week, I heard from an alum who said that ANLC changed his life; from a Mom who talked about how the presence of strong, creative Moms redefined her notion of the PTO Mom; from a teacher who is overwhelmed by the outpouring of help she is getting in her time of need; from a parent who is getting answers from fellow parents to complex medical questions. There is no question that the education your child will receive at ANLC is top notch. My kids thrive here, they enjoy learning and thirst for more. They are rewarded for creativity not conformity! They work collaboratively, something that is being lost in the "back to basics" schools in favor of drills and worksheets. My kids are exposed to a plethora of activities, cultures and new experiences through amazing PTO programs like Exploration Friday and Art Masterpiece, etc. But if I had to put my finger on the one thing I would miss if I had to move away and take my kids to a different school, it would be the community. It is a family and we care about each other, each other's kids, our teachers, our staff and your kids too, even if they don't go here. I truly believe we are making Arizona a better place.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
This school is perfect for those who want an alternative to the traditional school and for kiddos who may not fit into the traditional mold. The learning environment is creative and project-based. The families are down to earth. We have been at school since 3rd grade, however, do not feel confident about the environment at this point. We like that the middle school kiddos are separated from the lower school kids, however, we do not have a good feeling about our son's 6th grade experience. We are unsure of the what happens in the classrooms. My son says that he spends most of his day talking to his friends in class and does not appear to complete his classroom work. He gets nervous about changing classes because so many of his friends like to wrestle and yell in the hallways at school. We have tried to talk to teachers and administration and are told that our son is fine and he is in a great place. We are curious if anyone else is having similar experiences? We are thinking of finding a school with more structure for next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
We want to love ANLC but are struggling to get past many of it's faults. It has many wonderful programs that distinguish it from other schools, we have had one really good teacher, the new campus is beautiful, and there are a small community of families that do all they can to make it a wonderful place. However, although the leadership is accessible, it is weak. Decisions need to be made and problems need to be resolved, not just discussed. Discipline is very relaxed and ineffective. We have also had a teacher that was lazy and disengaged. It is certainly a school that is in transition. For us it's still better that many of the other Valley schools, but it could be so more with real leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
It is important to recognize that when one is truly confident with a given choice, in this case an educational fit, they feel no need to angrily defend their position. Comments like "completely off base", "your child needs more discipline", Veritas is right down the street", are certainly unfortunate and do not reflect well on the ANLC community. It is wonderful the previous reviewer has found a good educational fit for their family. Some of us had a very different experience at ANLC. Both positive and constructively critical feedback are outstanding tools for process improvement. Defensiveness closes the door on learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
The reviewer who believes that ANLC students spend "precious hours catching up" when they get to high school is completely off base and clearly doesn't know many ANLC graduates. ANLC students do extremely well at Arcadia high school and many take honors classes. In fact, the valedictorian of Arcadia high school a few years ago was an ANLC graduate. There are 10 eighth graders and one seventh grader taking honors GeoTrig (10th grade math) at Arcadia high school and doing very well (I can speak for my son and one other who are both making A's). My slightly nerdy children have yet to be bullied once at ANLC and my oldest is an 8th grader! So the "rampant bullying" comment is also absurd. Seems there is a propensity to exaggerate the negative experience of one child and draw inaccurate conclusions about an entire school. If your child is ready to learn, ANLC is a wonderful environment where learning is celebrated. If your child is in in need of more discipline, then Veritas is just down the street!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
As a parent and professional who has worked with countless schools, I can easily state that the commitment of education at ANLC is beyond that I have ever experienced elsewhere. It is not a school for every child and I am convinced that those who rated this school low had different expectations than what the school could deliver. It's main goal is to create self-motivated, self directed learners. Teachers look at what is in the best interest of the child. Even with the ridiculous demands imposed by the state and district, (class size, testing, new rules), ANLC is working to hold true to it's origin. I have never seen a school which embraces students, parents and staff members to do what is in the best interest of the child. Spend some time attending one of the Celebrations of Learning and you'll know what I mean. ANLC is a leader is progressive education. SUSD's standards based report cards were started at ANLC over 20 years ago! Enrichment class, projects, differentiated learning, independent projects, - they've been doing it for decades.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
We did a lot of research before enrolling our 1st grader in public school. We chose ANLC because of the educational philosophy, the sense of community, diversity, and child-centered environment. As a non-conformist, I liked the fact that the kids were not expected to walk in lines. As it turned out, it was a really rough experience for our child, who felt unsafe, lost, unclear on the expectations, routines, and schedules. Chaos. He cried every single day in class and felt harassed by other students. I spent time in the classroom and was underwhelmed by the quality of the instruction. Class size was enormous and there were many high needs students, but only one teacher. I learned that our child needs structure/sense of order, clear expectations, and some nurturing...and he didn't get those at ANLC. That said, I was impressed by my interactions with the administration and have several friends who have had fantastic experiences at ANLC. It's all about finding the right match between classroom/teacher and student needs. Could be a great school with a mediocre classroom teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
This is not your school if you are not among the gifted or self motivated. The idea of a K-8 school a good one, howver the Progressive Learning Environment doesn't work well for the student needing structure. Many of ANLC's graduates are not well prepared for high school and spend precious hours "catching up".

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2013
My child went to school at ANLC for Kindergarten and 1st grade and neither year was anything to be proud of. His kindergarten teacher LOST him TWICE because he wandered out of class. She also thought he was a bit "slow" no matter what I said to her until she gave him a reading test and he passed with the highest grade in the class. 1st grade was even worse! I got no communication from his teacher even after he was diagnosed with some emotional and learning disabilities. Other parents told me they had similar problems in which she would complain about the child having problems in class, make a plan to get in touch once a week with updates and then change her mind about how the child was doing and say the communication was no long necessary. This school was suppose to be really awesome and progressive and all I've found so far is that the teachers make snap decisions about a child and forget them.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
Absolutely love ANLC. Both of my boys have attended this school since K. The K-8 experience is so important because it allows the students to interact with each other outside their grade level. The teaching staff is very supportive of each other, and recognize the responsibility they have to all students. Teachers also look at the whole child. Parent involvement is evident throughout the school, and the Principal, Vice Principal and office staff are very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
2 kids at this school, first year, attracted to mixed-age classes, some Montessori influence in teaching, and afterschool activities. We LOVE ANLC. Principal is very involved/engaged; teachers are positive, professional, accessible and communicative; parents are all over the place volunteering; very active/organized PTO. The happiness seen on kids faces at school speaks volumes and when they don't want to go home at the end of the day, you know they love school! Each child is assessed for abilities, and cirriculum is customized to provide interventions or academic challenges for remedial and advanced needs. Every level appears to be served. Diverse activities, balanced homework with fun, tons of activities and opportunities for families. Sense of community is tremendous. Hoping academics are rigerous enough; but the love of learning is certainly fostered. Only complaint is there aren't enough hours in the day to participate in all the wonderful things going on there! One must see and experience the school to truly appreciate the unique environment ANLC offers.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I am a former student at ANLC. Now I am 21 years old working on getting my Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. I went to ANLC from kindergarten through sixth grade, went to a middle school in 7th grade and hated it, and I convinced my mom to send me back to ANLC for 8th grade. ANLC is a fantastic school - I can say with confidence it prepared me for high school, college, and beyond very well. I know some parents may be uncomfortable with the idea of multi-grade classrooms, but this is what I loved most about this school. I got to stay with a teacher for more than one year, and I formed deep friendships with my classmates due to the fact I got to stay with the students in my exact grade for more than a year. It is a beautiful campus with wonderful, caring teachers. I can honestly say I did not want the school year to ever end as a student.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2011
I have had 3 kids go to ANLC. 2 are currently in High School ...one in all Honors and AP classes. They both made a very successful transition to Arcadia High. I have one child still at ANLC. This school provides challenging academic opportunities and a community of learning that can't be beat. Feel lucky if your child gets in. Some of our kids also went to Hopi for K-5...we liked Hopi but we LOVE ANLC. Love not having to switch to Ingleside.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
This has been a great experience for our K student. She has excelled with the multi-age communities by being pushed to do more by her peers as well as supporting others. There is a great sense of pride, community and respect among the students. This school promotes positive social skills and involvement with others of all ages. The teachers have been amazing and the principal is very involved and enthusiastic about the school. The parent volunteers have provided incredible experiences for the children and are able to be involved in day to day activities. There is NOT a cliquish attitude with the parents, they are diverse, and passionate about caring for the school and ALL of the students. Coming from a Montessori program, we are thrilled with the communication and involvement for the parents which was seriously lacking in the Montessori school. We are very pleased and excited to spend the next 8 years here AND in a brand new facility!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
This school is the best kept secret. The multi-grade classroom approach requires cream-of-the-crop teachers so most teachers at ANLC are more highly skilled than your traditional classroom teacher at Hopi or Kiva. Kids are really stretched and inspired and allowed to go way beyond the "standard" curriculum for their grade level. (A lot of ANLC's teaching philosophies are based on gifted students learn) My daughter's teacher has a PH.d and is PASSIONATE about instilling a lifelong love of learning into young minds. Strong community of (mostly) caring parents and high quality of kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
My daughter is in kindergarden, school yr is almost over thank god, I haven't been very satisfied however I think it definitely depends on the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
As parents with children at this school, we think ANLC is best described as unrealized potential. One of our children has done quite well here; an experienced teacher and the right Gleam makes all the difference. The other child has not been so lucky. Two duds as teachers--if you're connected and teachers like your child, you have the potential to soar. For those on the outside, you're at the mercy of placement and inexperience... with teachers who lack the ability to engage, communicate, control bullying (we've seen it too), or motivate your child to do his/her best work. The motto 'do your personal best' works better in theory than practice. We wish our experience matched the school's reputation, but have been disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
I am in our 2nd year as a parent of a 1st grade boy. We LOVE it. I have volunteered in our classroom, but not in other school activities. I feel communication with our teacher (ms. gramer) is great. Email - newsletters - phone, she is easily accessible. I would definitely recommend her! My son definitely ISN'T a bully, and hasn't complained at all about being bullied. When I walk through the halls to pick him up after school I'm impressed by the middle schoolers. I personally went to Cocopah in the early 90's and think these kids are definitely on the GOOD side of the MS spectrum. I hear the occasional cuss word, and boy/girl interest, but nothing horrible. The school size is small, so you recognize everyone (kids, adults) if you walk on campus, too. The combined ages are what I absolutely LOVE. I think it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 20, 2009
My daughter is in kindergarten and I am a single parent with no other children. I have found the lack of communication by my child's teacher frustraing. I tried on several occasions to contact her about parent teacher conferences and never heard back from her. Not having any specific feedback regarding her progress towards the end of the year and no follow through on a behavior plan mutually agreed on has left me less than satisfied about her current school and teacher

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
ANLC has great potential. Very talented children, parents, and teachers here. Creativity is not tapped into here at the level of potential of the students. Terrible attitudes here of elitism. campus not maintained very well. pto has always been a country club where you're not wanted, so the result has been parents have no input into the school. in the past, terrible bullying problems and no accountability for the students behavior. some things are changing, more accountability and pto changing maybe.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
My children are now in the 5th and 3rd grades at ANLC; both kids have been there since kindgergarten and have thrived in this caring environment. I especially appreciate the multi-age classrooms which have allowed my children to establish a strong relationship with adults. At the same time, it allowed us, as parents, to create a relationship with their teachers. Because of our kids ages we were lucky enough to be with Mr. Welch for 5 years. I would recommend ANLC to any parent who wants a school that expects and wants parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2008
My son attended this school for 9 years. He is going on to high school and will be in all honors classes. I attribute this partly to the education he received at ANLC. I am looking forward to my daughter attending next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I am a parent of 3 students at ANLC. Through our years of schooling I have realized that each child learns differently and succeeds in different ways. It works for us and I am continuing to learn stratagies to help with home learning and parenting strategies as well. ANLC has helped my children become successful learners as well as successful humans! It is all encompassing. If you have an open mind to a new style of learning almost Montessori then this school is for you. Leave all that you remember from school behind you. My children have thrived here!!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
After observing the different classrooms at ANLC, I could sense the caring, trust, and respect that the teachers have for their students. I was impressed with their ability to turn over their classrooms to the students, facilitating them, as they took responsibility for their learning. It was evident that the teachers are experienced in creating an intrinsic environment where their classroom runs itself. Therefore, allowing them more time to work 1-on-1 with students and focus on each childs individual needs. It was also visible that they have taken the time to teach and facilitate social learning and accountability. ANLC's positive atmosphere and great sense of community is what every child needs to instill a strong foundation for a love of learning. It's a family school with a child-centered philosophy that is creating successful and competent learners. This school is truly a blessing for all children.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
ANLC is a great progressive learning environment for kids that do well without too much structure. They learn at their own pace and are encouraged to stretch their boundaries. My child has a reading disability and the school has been fantastic in helping him overcome it and reach his potential. Can't recommend highly enough. My only concern is that the long time principal retired and they have not been successful in finding the right fit for the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
My son is in kindergarden at ANLC and he loves it. Everybody is friendly and just enjoys going to school and will miss it during breaks and summer.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
This is a great school for a gifted and self-motivated child. There are some talented teachers here with the ability to effectively execute the school's very labor-intensive learning paradigm. Other teachers adopt a more 'laid-back' approach which results in spotty education for some.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
My son went to kindergarten at ANLC. Because he had a first-year teacher, it is a bit unfair to blame the school for the general chaos that ensued the first half. The school in general is lovely, but sometimes tends to seem a bit unsuccessful in their disemination of information to parents. We, parents, found that often we were unaware of what was going on until another mentioned it. I would have liked to see more music and sports programs available after school before my child would go to Kids Club.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
A fantastic and enriching social environment where the academic curriculum is less of a strength.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
This was by far the best expderience in my child's education.

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April 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2005
We have friends whose children attend this school. They love it, because the teachers provide a loving supportive enviroment and address issues that the children may have.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
I am an elementary education student at ASU and I interned at ANLC in the Fall of 2004. I have volunteered and observed in many classrooms and the classrooms at ANLC rate at the top of my list. The teachers know how to teach specifically to each student and they know how to center their curriculum to include each and every student. Exploration Fridays are amazing and I believe that anyone who is considering this school needs to attend on one of these days. I really feel as though ANLC is one of the best schools in Phoenix right now and any parent who has the opportunity to send their kids to ANLC needs to jump at the chance.

- submitted by a staff
November 29, 2004
My child went to ANLC for 4 years, then moved to a new school this year. I am appalled at the gaps in my child's knowledge base. ANLC is proud that students work to their 'personal best', and they therefore fail to hold students to high standards and help them to reach those standards. I said repeatedly my child was not doing well (below grade level), and they kept saying it was fine, this was a 'personal best.' In the new school, my child is flourishing and learning so much more. Please do not send your child to ANLC unless they are bright and highly motivated, and you are planning to spend much time furthering their education. For the average or below-average child, their deficiencies are hidden (why some parents love it), but they will not reach their full potential. Also, ANLC is very cliquish, despite their claims to the contrary.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
I am a former student at ANLC, my age is 20, I am now persuing my bachlors degree in Engineering, graduating this year. ANLC has given me one of the best foundation in knowledge, independence, and values than other schools and colleges that I have attended. ANLC gave me the oppertunity to advance tremendously in subjects that I had the most potential while allowing me to learn other subjects at my own pace. I was given the chance to persue 8th grade math, while in 7th grade, yet was able to continue with other subjects in 7th grade.I never felt that I was less able to excel in math though I was slow to learn other subjects.I feel that the teachers and staff have supported me in every way.

- submitted by a former student
July 17, 2004
I enrolled my child in ANLC at the recommendation of 2 schoolboard members that I had spoken with regarding my concern about large classroom sizes. While the class sizes were better, I found that there is a very loose discipline policy there and problems with bullying were not adequately addressed. Lunchtime in the cafeteria was also very loud and unruly. As far as the quality of the education -- who knows? I haven't a clue what (if anything) my child learned there....at least not academically. Only positive side -- there was alot of parent involvement, programs and $$ to support it all. I found that the trade off --smaller class size vs. a 'loosy-goosy' school environment was not at all worth it. I only hope that my child will be able to catch up with his classmates when he returns to his former school with the larger classes.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
I think this is a great school. The administration is wonderful as well as the activities our children participate in.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
All 4 of my unique children have attended or are currently attending ANLC. ANLC is a school about choice. The teachers are highly qualified and very dedicated. Children are encouraged to make good choices and are given many opportunities to do so, ranging from what book to read to how to present a project in a way that works for that child. Once my daughter, a budding actress, went to school dressed up as Eleanor Roosevelt to present her project. But it was the wrong day! Her teacher allowed her to present and she was never made to feel bad about the experience. I never would thought that my shy son would be able to stand up in front of his class and present his opinion on a current event confidently- but he did because of the self-confidence he gained at ANLC.

- submitted by a parent
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(480) 484-7500
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