This is my child's second year at ACLC and, for the first time since he was in second grade, he was looking forward to going back to school at the end of the summer!! The project-based learning, the fact that learners (students) have a say in their school, and they must take responsibility for a lot of their learning have been great incentives for my son. He was tired of so much rote learning in elementary school and not being able to learn at his own pace (faster in Math and Science, average in English/Social Studies). They recently had their Science Day and I was so impressed! Most of the projects were really well developed and during the school day they rotated among a variety of science related activities. Pretty much all the Facilitators are fabulous, experienced and really enjoy teaching. The leadership is also exemplary, always going the extra mile! This is a special place I highly recommend it.
I left ACLC three years ago along with over 1/2 of my class (the top half of the class). I have been talking to good friends of mine and I am afraid the school has only been getting worse (which I thought was impossible). This school has mastered the use of propaganda. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!! They talk about "student-empowerment" in running the school. Frankly I had less say then any student of any other public or private school. Furthermore they emphasis the importance of "project learning." What "project learning" is really busy work with no value to it what so ever. The curriculum is useless and focuses ONLY on California state testing. SAT, ACT, and general education they just don't care about. All they care about is their outward appearance. I lost years of my life going to this "school" I plead with you not to make the same mistake.
My son is a 9th grader and this is our first year at ACLC. We couldn't be happier. There is less structure and more need for personal responsibility, which is a good fit for my son. Parents are included in all school communication, including grades and homework. My son is enjoying his classes, teachers and choices that ACLC affords him. Teachers are very enthusiastic and available. Really pleased overall.
My daughter is having a great experience for 3 years now! Their project based curriculum works well for students interested in science and engineering! Creativity at its best!
ACLC is an amazing collection of creative, collaborative and exceptional thinkers (adults and youth alike). It's a place where my 7th grader girl feels accepted as an individual and "normal" in her love of math and science. She and we (her parents) feel that we have a voice at the school and really appreciate the talents of both faculty and families here. What a welcoming community!
ACLC is a diverse, inclusive student body that emphasizes project-based learning. Physics, algebra, and geometry, for example, comes into play in the egg-catapault and mini- rollercoaster projects. Grades 6-12 share a cozy campus next door to Wood Middle School and just a block from Alameda's Crown Beach. It's a good school for self-starters, although the school also emphasizes academic support and planning skills. Post high school planning begins in 9th grade. The emphasis is on learners as leaders, but families also volunteer. In 2012-13, almost 80% of the families donated $ to the school's main fundraiser.
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.
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