The Kindergarten program is wonderful. My daughter started reading chapter books and is writing full sentences!
Ssa is a wonderful envirenment for my children.They never give up on any student and it is a student centered ,teacher led learning environment.I drive 30 miles every morning to go to this school. They set very high goals for the students. I thank a lot to the administration ,teachers and the founders of the school.
I am very happy with the school.I have two children at this school. I did not see such a quality school with limited resources compared to established public schools.Seniors get very good scholarships. Their math teams are doing great. They got the 1st place award and the most improved school award this year.The administration and the teachers are very professional and dedicated.I am sure my children are getting well rounded education at ssa
The teachers are great but the facilities and administration need improvement.
I'm sorry to say that I've been disappointed several times with this school. A positive is it's extremely family oriented with lots of parent involvement. That's huge and fantastic. However I've had problems trying to commit to community hours due to a newborn and have no relief in site. 2ndly; it's a beautiful campus and seems very safe. There are other things about the school that are nice... The negative things I've experienced is that the staff puts up with misbehaving kids which in return makes it not a positive, inspiring environment for those kids willing to learn or children who thrive on structure. Far too many times I've seen teachers lose their patience and take it out on children with their words and expressions. Sadly I feel there are politics going on and with that it seems some children are favored more than others and given special treatment.
Sonoran has a great math and science program. This school is for students who are high achivers and more advance. The school only offers classes that are well above grade level. There are also many after school programs to go to and a good sport program. The school is located behind a walgreens making it not so appealing.
The quality of academics is great.Teachers are very much professionals and they care for my child and give him extra help him during the study table,after school and on weekends.They had mandatory tutoring for my son on saturdays so that he will excell in the areas that he likes.I like the administraton's effort to provide all round education to my son.There are atlethic clubs,academic teams and social booster clubs available for students for free of charge.I like to participate PA activities.They had a great Book Fair a few days ago. It was great to see many parents helping to make the fair a success.
I had a tour of SSA campus today.I am impressed very much about the curriculum and qualified staff.They provide kind of gifted education to all the students.I like the meaningfull communication that all the teachers are having with the parents.Teachers are posting Homework assingments online and I can check my son's academic progress online. I suggest you should visit SSA before you finally decide for you children's schooling.
My son feels proud about his school. SSA provides well rounded education to my son. there is a focus on academics as well as extra curriculars for all round development of students.The administration is great and they listen to your concerns.It is hard to find such a dedicated team of teachers and administrators.
I like the small size of the school. Teachers care for my two kids and communicate well with me.I changed a few schools before SSA and now we found the school that we were looking for. I want to help SSA grow bigger.
My kid went to SSA. Unfortunately, we had to take him out because new house we bought is too far from school location. Great school, great teachers, there were also some foreigner teachers aid at my sons class. I think he liked her even beter then his teacher. I hope to find school with similar quality in our new location.
SSA offers quality education, especially math and science. Small classes (faculty student ratio) is noteworthy. It is the second only excelling school in Tucson, AZ. this itself is telling a lot about education in ssa. This school makes particular emphasize to prepare student to national competions (science and technology). it is one of the fewest school that has robotics team in tucson.
I have a Kinder at this school. I love the lower elementary teachers for 2004-05 school year, but both the K, and 1st grade teachers will not be returning next year. As far as the administration, I feel they don't support their teachers, not are they educated in elementary school administration. Therefore, some of their desicions are not the best for the students. Out of 26 K and 1st gradres, only about 7 will be returning to this school next year. I am pulling my daughter and placing her in her home public school for next year. Many other parents feel the same way I do.
My two sons love SSA because teachers care for them.The administrators are very much approachable and they listen to students and parents' concerns.
Wow, where do I start. The class sizes are big. I was not impressed when I visited this school so now my child is in another school with class size of 14 kids. The staff need to work more as a team and esp with the parents.
My Grandson has become very independent and such a better reader since he started at this school. The teachers work hard with him and really work to help him do his best. He is very happy at this school and I never thought I would see that until now.
We stopped in recently to check the school out and I wasn't impressed with the physical setup. Nobody offered to really explain anything about the school. I've heard good things about it academically and plan to go to the upcoming open house. Hope it's better than what I've seen so far. (I was at least given a lunch menu and was a little chagrined to see they order out everyday, and it's not healthy stuff at all: McDonald's, Pizza Hut, etc. If we do register there, we will be sending a lunch from home each day, which is not always convenient.)
SSA is a place where teachers and administrators care deeply about the students. Students receive personalized attention. Those that are ready to move ahead academically are provided the level of instruction that they need. No one is ever held back! In fact, just the opposite. Students are encouraged and rewarded for excellence in academics, behavior and effort. Teachers at SSA work incredibly hard. They are there at school late in the afternoon, and even set up tutoring sessions during the week and on Saturdays. I have never met such a dedicated group of educators. The school offers great afterschool activities that range from academic groups such as Robotics to Drama to Turkish Club. Parents have online access to their student's grades anytime. It has been a fabulous learning experience for our children.
Beware of the location in Phoenix, they tried opening in Ahwatukee last year and misled parents. My kids missed almost 2 months of school because the promised they would open and never did. They have changed the name but are still associated with the Tuscon school. Now they seem to be trying a new location with a different name. It seemed like a good idea, but went nowhere and left parents scrambling to find a new charter school at the last minute.
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