You won't find a better school with more caring teachers and staff than APCS! From K - 12, all it has a community feel where everyone plays a important part in the educational process.
This is a GREAT school. Before teaching here, I was a substitute in several other districts. I am AMAZED at the hard work, dedication and long hours of the teachers here. They could ALL make a lot more money at a non-charter school, but they are dedicated to the children here. There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful these teachers are.
APCS really is an extraordinary place for children to learn and grow into who they will someday become. Our teachers here are highly qualified and offer rigorous instructional content, while at the same time taking a real interest in each child as an individual person. The administration is wonderful and works tirelessly to enable the staff to do what they do best. The number of students in each class is carefully monitored to ensure that each student is well equipped with the skills he/she needs to be successful in today's learning environment. Ours is a data driven campus and we work hard to safeguard that each student is achieving at his/her learning potential. Being challenged and being able to meet those challenges with a positive rate of success is what learning is all about. Challenges are met here at APCS in a caring and supportive way where children feel safe to take a risk and just be themselves. It's amazing to see students encourage and support each other's learning. Our students know that if they fall, as we all do in life, there are many who will help them get right back up again. Learning, growing, achieving our goals...Come learn with us at APCS, Maumelle, AR.
Great safe environment. New elementary building with latest technology available to support instructional materials. Open to students regardless of their place of residency nor ethnicity. Great staff and parents involvment as well as the support of the community.
Academics Plus is a great school! Re: January 16 Yes, there is a middle and high school band. But, that is just the beginning of extracurricular activities at APCS. Your children may be interested in middle or high school basketball. They would practice at the community center. Not into band or basketball? How about one of the following clubs: archery, chess, cheerleading, robotics ....to name a few. The academics are challenging and presented in a way that the kids are able to see real life applications. For example, my son just finished a math project that included answering equations, written problems, plotting math answers on a US map, looking up varius information pertaining to the states that the math answers had him travel through. He had to discuss how to plan travel on plotted path and write a short paper on all that he learned. Very similar to the actions an adult might take to plan a family vacation. Task such as this teach the student more than memorized facts. It teaches a student how to apply what they have learned to their own life. Again, APCS is a great school with wonderful staff and administration.
I have nothing to say but GREAT things about APCS. Our daughter is in her second year there and looks forward to going to school everyday...EVERY day. She is challenged daily by some of the best teachers I have known, in public or private school, period. Our youngest will be starting kindergarten at APCS in the fall and she sees how her sister loves the school, she is excited as well. I would like to address what was posted by a parent on 16Jan2013, Socially inept? please, APCS develops social skills as well as academic proficiency. As to your second point about extracurricular activities, I see school as a center of learning. I do not need a school to tell me what activities my children can participate in after school. Now if you are trying to develop a future baseball/football/basketball 'star' maybe you need to rethink this, you have just as good odds winning the lottery as junior making it to the pros, just saying. There are some life experiences that I have gotten from kids from ALL backgrounds, if you do not think a child can learn unless you have % of this race % of that race, then I really think you should take a step back, open your eyes and your mind.
If you have a middle or high school student you can rest assured knowing they will have NO homework. While they are in school they are taught to test. The middle and high school is facilitated out of mobile units and the cultural diversity among teachers is nil. Most of the good teachers from the middle and high school don t stay around long. Upon entering this school I had such high hopes. I thought the idea of a charter school is a corporate funded school that can take learning to the next level, developing strong students who are ready for college and a life of success. I have not seen anything of the sorts; just mediocre academics in a culturally bland school. There is more opportunity for a resilient child in public schools than this one.
If you are raising a child that you may consider socially inept, then this is the school for your family. If your child is into any extracurricular activity other than band (i.e. no decent sports programs, where would they practice anyway?) or if you want your child to acquire life experience with kids from ALL backgrounds, this is not the school for you. There is more to life for elementary kids than homework, but not at this school. Yes, it is great to want your child to strive educationally, it s another to saturate every hour of free time at home working on school matters. This school also teaches to test, so it is doubtful you will see any enthusiastic learning light bulbs above your child s head. Good test scores equal funding, so if your child can t keep up or score accordingly then prepare to work them to the core to catch up or literally get left behind... in the same grade next year. This school also ranks your child, how s that for confidence?
I would like to respond to the parents comments of May 8th 2012. I wouldn't say that APCS is on academics alert or probation. Our charter was up for renewal, and the previous Administration had set some very unrealistic goals, goals that were not attained. Therefore, APCS rewrote more realistic academic goals which will be reviewed yearly. Please DO go look at our test scores, they are comparable or better than other schools in the area. But more importantly, they have improved this year, thanks to the current administration and its teachers. It will only improve as we inform our parents of the goals and strategies and how they can help us help their children.
This is our 1st year at the elementary school. So far, I've been pleased. All 3 of my kids have great teachers who are always readily available anytime I need to talk to them or check on my kids' progress. I like the strict discipline because it holds the kids accountable for their actions and keeps down distractions in the classroom. This coming from a parent who has student who had many notes sent home and phone conferences due to his high activity level and talking. I understand that he has to conduct himself in a certain way in the classroom for the well-being of ALL students! I have one child going into the 6th grade (middle school), but I don't know much about the middle or high school level yet, so I'm having a hard time making a decision about whether to keep her there for higher grades or not. There's definately a different population than you would see in a traditional public school. It's more sheltered, so it just depends on what you think about that. There's also a whole lot of parent involvement, which I think is great.
Change is hard for everyone, even when it's positive. The new administration running this school is doing an amazing job. Increased academic standards, a stricter uniform policy and greater accountability of the High School students have had a positive impact. It's upset some parents and staff members, but you can't be the best without upsetting a few people.
This is my son's first year in Academics Plus Charter and we love it. He's not bored here as it is more challenging than his previous elementary school. His teacher is awesome and really cares. They are also getting a new elementary building which is promising.
This school has a lot of problems. It is not safe for children. They don t care about students; all they care about is sending students home when they wear off color pants. This school does not have too many good teachers or staff. They left. The Vice Principal criticized other teacher in the classroom to her students. I don t think my child need to be in that kind of environment.
This school has lost so many wonderful people in the past few years. The principal has run this school into the ground and completely neglected Special Education students. A nightmare and a lawsuit waiting to happen. Please spare your children this school.
A great atmosphere for learning. The teachers and children want to be there. The children want to do well, and are enjoying themselves at the same time. Quiet students are not looked as 'good' and 'having no trouble', paid attention to so not lost in the system. Respect for all factors highly. Very few problems with discipline. Leadership very involved and obvious.
My child learned quite a bit while at the school for a year. The buildings are run down though and that was the major negative. Also several of the best teachers have left
Come to this school! Troubles from the past still plague this school, but the effort recently made by students and parents to overcome the mess from the past administration show how important they feel this school is for their education. The education standards are high, a much needed change from other area schools. The environment is safe and promotes success, also a needed change. Come to this school!
Academics plus is certainly not for everyone because the academic expectations are above the norm. My daughter has been a student here for the past 4 years and even though the school has had some administrative problems, which are now solved, she has always had great teachers. The opportunity to get a concurrent two year degree is awesome and the fact of a partnership with a state university for a 2 year scholarship to complete her degree makes this school head and shoulders above any other opportunity out there!
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