Fantastic school, both my kids are there and love it, they look forward to going to school. The teachers are highly skilled and motivated and the principle is in a league of his own. He really does know all the kids by name because he doesn't hide in an office. He gets out there walks the playground, directs traffic and generally gets involved. I can only assume the negative reviews have some kind of other motive since this is a wonderful school. Perhaps somebody didn't get the results they expected because they were unwilling to accept that they have a part to play too.
I can honestly speak to a majority of the teachers at this school. To say that the only grumblings are about the hot temperatures on the playground are ludicrous. I don't know who is painting such a rosy picture, but it is not the teachers I have spoken with. The atmosphere at this school is terrible. The superintendents create an atmosphere of fear and paranoia. Everyone is afraid to be honest because they are worried about job security. The principal has very little respect from the staff. He is viewed as being lazy, a real under achiever. I know of some teachers who can't wait to get out of this school.
My youngest son was thrilled to come back to his school, he loves AOT! He's looking forward to science and all the class pets. Thank you to all the teachers that make this environmentl so safe, bully-free, and successful as an "A" rated school.
Awesome school, tucked away and tuition free, amazingly because this is likely the best public school in Tucson. Highly recommended, best kept secret.
The start of school is just around the corner and I am so happy to report all of our teacher staff is returning! (100% retention) The previous reviewer is misinformed and should not put incorrect information in their review in order to make our school look bad. Our teachers seem very happy and my children love this school! We can't wait for another great school year!
This will be the fourth year my daughter has attended AOT Elementary School. The teachers and principal give 110%. The curriculum is challenging and well balanced. I appreciate all they do. I am surprised and sad to hear on this site that the teachers have not received adequate raises. I hope the school does not lose good teachers as a result.
As a very satisfied and quite frankly a happy and fortunate teacher at AOT, I can speak for the majority of the teachers if not all. The only grumbling that goes on at this great school is how hot it is on the playground during the summer. Clearly if this parent is not happy, yet feels the need to fabricate trash regarding the teachers, principal, etc. then I bid them farewell. We all have an open door policy, so feel free to speak to any of the teachers in regards to our great school.
Not at all impressed with this school. Hear too many grumblings from teachers. High turnover and dissatisfied teachers does not leave one with a good feeling. Even less impressive than the elementary school, is the middle school that it feeds into. Terrible location on a busy street next to low income housing. I would never send my child to that school. I'm looking into an elementary school with a middle school that impresses me.
I am not impressed with this school. It lacks in up to date materials as well as technology. The school really needs to invest in technology as well as the most basic in classroom supplies . If you compare it to other schools, it fails in comparison.
I cannot say enough about Academy of Tucson Elementary School. As a parent of a child with special/specific needs everyone from Principal Allardice, therapists, teachers, office staff and parent volunteers have been nothing but helpful, encouraging, flexible, accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and respectful to my child and our entire family. I feel such comfort with my child in their care and educational expertise. I am an involved parent and I have been heard and welcomed as an active participant in my child's educational, emotional and behavioral plan. It is such an honor and relief to find a school that has my trust in all areas of a child's educational needs. Our experience as an entire family has been nothing but positive. As this amazing school year comes to an end I would like to thank everyone involved at Academy of Tucson, well done, many thanks! I fully recommend this school for any and all children.
I absolutely love this school! I'm so glad I placed my daughter here. She is now in first grade and excelling. It's like a family here. The teachers are great and so is the principal. I'm actually shocked by some of the reviews, we haven't experienced anything like that at AOT. I highly recommend this school!
Just reviewed the average scores for our school, great stuff! Nothing but good from this school. Some parents are cowards and use this venue to complain, doesn't matter what school they go to, they whine, moan and complain. They don't help with the school or it's children. There are other schools to utilize in the neighborhood that only want warm bodies.. Please do take the grief there. Many others that would HAPPILY take your place at this school.
The last posting seems to be very defensive and frankly quite perplexing. There are many CONVERSATIONS that are not appropriate for professionals in a school setting and the students of the school. Talking about religion is a CONVERSATION that should be taking place between a child and their parents. Isn't this common knowledge? I would question the last reviewer that said there is no hidden agenda.
In regards to the previous posting - if a child at school starts talking about his or her religion most people would ask where they go to church. It is called having a conversation. He doesn't have any hidden agenda. We have a great principal who cares about every student. And he knows them all by name. Can you say that about most schools? If this is a serious concern of yours, why not address the principal himself and find out what the whole conversation was rather than post your "assumptions" where every potential new family can see it. Go and have a CONVERSATION with the principal.
I don't believe it is called a conversation when an adult brings up religion to elementary students in a public school setting. That should not be happening. Review the Constitution. Our school has students with varied religious beliefs. I would not want to alienate a single one. I believe we should keep religion out of public schools.
Yes, it probably is time for an ACTUAL teacher to respond to the comments. As someone who has taught at this school for many years it is unfortunate that I too will be looking for employment elsewhere. The high turnover at this school is happening for a reason. Morale at this school is low. Teachers have had enough. I know that I am not the only one. Let's see how many more teachers leave this year. It is sad really, when some of the teachers who have left tell me how incredibly happy they are to NOT be at AOT. Some schools treat their staff as professionals on all levels.
I am considering pulling my child from this school mid year. After touring other Elementary schools in northeast Tucson, I am astounded by some of the differences. This school pales in comparison to TanqueVerde Elementary.
I am so proud of the teachers at this school for getting an A rating. I am not proud of the Superintendents for going YEARS without giving teacher's raises. I am not proud of the principal for not earning the respect of the staff. Not proud of the fact that teachers will be leaving this school as soon as possible for better employment. They have no idea how deep seated the resentment is, how bad things are. When the good teachers leave because they have had enough,will they still have the A rating?
How can it be said that the school does not have a high teacher turnover when nine of twenty teachers are new? I think that says something about the way teachers are treated at this school.
Reading through the reviews it appears there is a lot of dissatisfaction with things at the Elementary school. I was worried about high teacher turnover - it's never a good sign. My concerns are about how unhappy teachers are overall. It seems as though the school ignores concerns of teachers and parents. They write nasty comments as rebuttals to parents reviews. I am looking for a school that actually listens to concerns of parents that only want the best for their children. It has become apparent that this just isn't the school for my children. I will be pulling my kids and enrolling them at Tanque Verde Elementary. It is far more organized and the principal truly cares about concerns as well as displaying professionalism on all levels. It also feeds into a superior Middle School. I never intended to send my children onto to AOT Middle School. Submitted by a parent
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