My wife and I enrolled our son and daughter at ACLC when we moved to Alameda two years ago. Since then, we've experienced first-hand how ACLC s self-directed learning approach helps kids develop independence. Our initial parental jitters and hovering soon gave way to trust in our kids own ability to do what needs doing (or suffer their own consequences). This kind of self-reliance regarding classes, homework and community service makes ACLC a great college-prep experience. (They also get to take real community college classes instead of AP classes). Along with solid academics, ACLC kids get empowered in other vital ways. Our daughter became a more confident performer in the Rockshop music program. Our son co-created an ACLC baseball team that made it to the NCS championships. This summer, he successfully helped crusade for ACLC students to have the right to join teams at the adjacent (larger) public high school. Amazing things like this just happen at ACLC. With the infusion of energy from a new principal, counselor and science teacher this year, I m even more excited about the school s future and can t wait to see how our kids and their friends thrive and evolve.
ACLC has been an incredibly positive developmental journey for both of my children. In two years, my high-schooler has gone from being a non-participative (even rebellious) teen to being an involved and responsible leader with straight A's. My middle-schooler has learned to take full responsibility for homework, time management and achieve high academic performance, and have fun while doing it. Each child has benefited from this school in different ways because the personalized program allows them to create their own outcomes and requires them to take responsibility for their own learning. Though they follow the CA state curriculum, they go creatively beyond "teaching to the test." This is a supportive, yet academically demanding, college-prep community that fosters personal responsibility, independence, creativity and self-motivation with incredible opportunities for leadership and advanced academic accomplishment (taking college classes at nearby community colleges). With new school leadership and staff in critical areas this year (2012-13), it promises to be even better. An education in life as well as academics, ACLC is a special place that creates special people.
My child has thrived at this school. It is definitely an alternative to traditional public school and not for everyone, but has been a good fit for us. The teachers are inspired and really take the time to get to know individual students. A lot of "out of the box" learning takes place which is really neat. I have also found it very easy to monitor my child's assignments and progress through the school's online grade system.
I am very active supporting this very caring school community. I have to say my child's grades reflect the effort that he put into his classes. He has done poorly where he has missed assignments and done very well were he has been on top of his work.
Not recommended if your purpose in going to school is to get a great education. But if you want to hang out with friends, and your parent is super involved in the school the staff will make sure you have great grades even when you aren t in class. The school will accommodate your schedule if you want to travel, work or do something off campus. The teachers loose kids work all the time and don t give good lessons to assigned work. If you need help with schoolwork you are on your own, so your parents should have extra money for private tutoring if you want to learn anything. Never really new how much my kids were missing in education until they left ACLC. Sad thing is, they know this too!
ACLC is a great place to work as a teacher. The staff is highly energized and engaged and has the time and dedication to form meaningful relationships with learners and watch them grow into leaders and life long learners.
I currently attend ACLC and this school is pretty unique. We have free periods, which prepares us for college. We also have a tight relationship with the 'facilitators'. Although, I think ACLC needs improvement for its physical education.
I love ACLC because it is inclusive of all its learners, simultaneously nurturing individuality and community as well as facilitating lerners' self-motivated excellence.
Outstanding programs the empower students to take charge of their own learning. It's like the best parts of the freedoms of college, while maintaining some of the parental supervision that will help these kids transition into higher levels of education with a better chance of success!
The democratic government that the school body adheres to, the 'out of box' approaches in teaching not only subjects, but lifeskills
I love that the student, or 'learners', as they are called, are inspired to become active participants in their own education. The teachers are called 'facilitators', and they act to facilitate the students in their quest for learning. Creative and independent thought is encouraged. Students are encourage to problem solve, work in groups, and also work independently. A fantastic learning opportunity
This school is the most accepting and different schools in the country. We've had people who are British and Norwegian come to check out our school. ACLC doesn't deserve five stars it deserves ten. One day I hope all schools can incorporate a learning system like ours.
We're a tight-knit community where kids from 6th-12th grade get along. Everyone's super friendly, and ACLC teaches kids that it's okay to get out there and be yourself; we teach each other confidence.
The ACLC is an innovative model that truly facilitates parents, students and teachers to work together to provide 21st century education. After 8 years on the faculty, I continue to be inspired by this learning community and look forward to seeing what our future holds. ACLC is proof that when families and educators are given choices, incredible learning can be the result!
strong community, inspiring teachers, challenging classes and support for taking college classes, diverse student body, small and personal school.
ACLC gives my children an invaluable opportunity to become the wonderful people they were meant to be not what they are told they 'should' be. The facilitators are absolutely outstanding! I wish they were here when I went to school.
Alameda Learning Center has provided an excellent learning experience for both of my older children. The accessibility of the facilitators and their democratic structure make it a wonderful place to learn!
Our son, a tenth grader, loves the ACLC. He has grown in independence, in both physical and intellectual terms and is eager to learn and happy to be at school. We believe any institution of learning that fosters an atmosphere where learning can be a joyful experience, creates students who can go beyond thinking of a high school education as simply the means for graduating and moving on to profitable careers. An education is an exploration of self that begins in childhood and hopefully continues as the journey of a lifetime. This is the journey we hope our son will undertake. The ACLC has encouraged his particiaption in classes that are challenging and stimulating and we feel they are our partner in our son's education.
I love Alameda Community Learning Center because it teaches its learners to enjoy the *process* of learning, not just to regurgitate information for tests. Also, it is wonderful, after the nail-biting before we were sure that there would be a place for my daughter, to know that she will be there until she graduations High School--6th-12th grades makes 7 wonderful years in this great environment.
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