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K-5
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Altadena, CA
Students enrolled: 420
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1919 East Pinecrest Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

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(626) 797-1438
(626) 797-1918
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April 21, 2014
Aveson seems to be accomplishing what we wanted from a school during our child's early years which is teaching our child how to think without being burdened with useless (and sometimes incorrect) facts or homework. Our child is learning at an age appropriate level and we feel safe having our child at Aveson. Our child's adviser is great. Most communication is handled by email, lot's and lot's of email. From the action teams, the school, other parents, your child's adviser and more!. The email can be overwhelming and often contains incorrect or incomplete information as Aveson hopes that parents will be involved as much as possible, so, many of the emails come from other parents who are perhaps too busy parenting (with a few obvious exceptions) to always get information distributed accurately and completely. The classroom "open door" policy is really pushed as a plus during orientations, the reality is that the door is more often than not closed to most parents probably due to the reality of classroom disruption. There is a large garden and other areas with plenty of room to run and play at recess. At this point we are happy with Aveson and will continue to attend.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Our son started at Aveson in Kindergarten and is now a second grader. We wanted a school that would foster a love of learning and for him to enjoy going to school. He now loves school and we couldn't be happier with all his teachers so far.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2013
I give it 5s across the board! We love Aveson!! My daughter has a teacher and an assistant teacher she loves going to school. Teachers are easily contacted, there is a real sense of community. Each child is on his/her own learning plan.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
If you want to brag to your parent friends about how nice the athletic field is go private. If all that matters is your child s report card go public. If you want to have a child that understands what they re learning and has fun at school, go Aveson! At public school, my kids learned to line up, turn in pointless homework, get their name on the board for not doing timed math fast enough, or accidentally reading a book outside their assigned reading level. Why? At Aveson, they enjoyed reading again. They gardened all year (not just a little look how great our school is program jammed into an over-packed curriculum but all year). They did amazing projects that they chose, created and presented with confidence. They had time to interact with classmates AND teachers. Yes, your child will have actual conversation with a teacher about classwork and whether or not they understand it. They will not just move on to the worksheet for today. Sounds good right? It s amazing! Individual learning is not just in the brochure, Aveson actually makes it happen for each and every kid. The respect they show students and parents is Unique. Thank you ASL we will miss you.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Aveson is a public charter school, founded with the intention of inspiring and educating the social entrepreneurs of the future. The school offers each child a personalized learning plan suited to her or his strengths and challenges, and incorporating individual learning styles. Each child is afforded the opportunity to grow and develop emotionally and cognitively and to express themselves and have a voice in their education.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
My children have been going to Aveson since day 1. My son started in Kinder the year Aveson started. It is a very progressive school, the community is amazing, the staff is the best, no kidding! Considering the challenges public school have been facing, Aveson fared quite well. If what you want is a place where your child is nurtured, respected( developmentally speaking as well) and cared for this is the school for you. On the other hand if you want to get your child into the rat race and fit him or her nicely in a box and cram-all that useless info that today's society does not need, then you'll be disappointed . Aveson raises independent thinkers and ethical leaders. Check out Aveson's principles and if you agree with them this is the place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2013
my son is attending kindergarten at the Aveson School of Leaders elementary school in Altadena, Ca; and we are highly satisfied with how they are teaching and supporting our son's learning and growth. The individualized education for all, the project approach and the social-emotional component among yoga and more is just a dream come true. We need to clone Aveson and have all children in the public sector experience what quality is , and what education in the year 2013 should be. My son won the lottery in this charter program, and we truly won the lotto.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Aveson is a wonderful place filled with dedicated educators and involved families. Our K-5 campus benefits from the many talents of our parents, who regularly supplement the exemplary education provided by the teachers. Programs are tailored to fit each child, class sizes are small, every room has an instructional aide, emphasis is on truly knowing each student and helping him or her to develop in an environment that recognizes many different types of learning. My daughter is very happy here and is getting tons of support from faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
My school is Aveson School of Leaders. My daughter is in the first grade and loves it.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
This school caters to all kinds of kids from all types of backgrounds. The curriculum teaches respect, responsibility to others and the environment, and how to help others -- all while learning literacy, math, science and more. They are teaching the kids to be considerate, valued persons as well as the ABCs. Kids can also enjoy the extra classes devoted to literacy, other languages, and gardening. Because the school is relatively new, things that are disorganized are the IT systems but they have come a long way. Thankfully the parents participate in all manner of systems, classes and teams as well, making the school its own cherished community.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
We've been at Aveson for 5 years. My 3 children are happy, on track and eager to go to school everyday. The family community is truly amazing, I've never been a part of a school with such high parent involvement.. We feel fortunate to be attending Aveson and have enjoyed watching it bloom. This year there is an assistant in each and every classroom. So, not only is the student per teacher ratio fairly low but now there's an assistant! If you are thinking about this school don't hesitate to go and see it. The campus is beautiful, the community inviting and the staff inspired. A wonderful place for your child to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
I can honestly say the teachers, staff, and administration work hard and are super dedicated and passionate in making sure each and every student is getting what they need academically, socially, as well as their heath and safety. It's both parents/schools responsibility to stay in touch with one another. Teachers can be reached via email and have appt office hours. Aveson has taken great measures to communicate to parents through email, weekly newsletters and parent liaisons assigned to each class. plus website. We have a huge volunteer community through action teams. Parents can join a team where they feel their talents can be utilized. There is homework but not daily. We as parents make our child read every day for 20-30min. We even ask the teachers what we should be working on with our child. Director is always willing to listen to suggestions and is very approachable. Excited about aides in all classrooms & lunch program with salad bar! My son is making a lot of friends and loves advisory where the kids can discuss social issues. Looking forward to book club and monthly hiking trips and traveling to Catalina in the 5th grade!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I thought the mastery teaching and "I Can" approach would be a great change for my daughter who was in the 3rd grade. However, the lack of homework quickly got us down the wrong road. A no homework policy can work if the entire country adopted it. But the fact of the matter is, when my kid goes to Jr. high, high school and on to college, she will have plenty of homework and also be ill prepared. Long story short, I frantically took her out and ran to another school like my hair was on fire when I got her progress report and it said, "I CAN count to 100"...so CAN my toddler.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
My kids have been at Aveson from the first year, and since that time I've seen tremendous growth in the administration, teachers, and parents as well as the students. Our first child was in fifth grade when Aveson began and our second entered in Kindergarten a year later and is now in fourth grade. We couldn't be happier. We did see some teacher turnover in the upper grades at first, mostly because it does take a while for teachers to get used to this different style of teaching that is bringing out so much creativity and mastery in my kids. Fortunately, this has leveled off as a core group of dedicated teachers has become established. My oldest is in the high school now and loves it. We just returned from a field trip to the local college fair, and judging by what colleges are looking for, she has been well-prepared by Aveson to continue on to the university of her choice. Did I say we love this school? We do!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
The teachers are devoted, kind and incredible at applying individual teaching that works for each student. The parents are also very involved, which is intentional to help build a community and teaches the schools principles by example. The curriculum included history, art, drama, and other topics in addition to the required math and literacy. My daughter made great progress in kindergarten and continues to be excited about school.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
Aveson, shame on you! You have not grown at all in the past four years. I must say your K-2 is amazing! must be the montessori infusion. As for the 3-5 cadre and all others nice concept, unfortunately, Aveson still can't deliver. The state of CA should make Aveson accountable for each tax dollar given. Consider putting the education and welfare of the student first. Don't put business goals ahead of the primary reason there is a Aveson to begin with called the STUDENT.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2012
Our child has done 4th and 5th grades at AGLA. While nothing is perfect, we are very happy with the school. We left LAUSD because of a terrible teacher and the lack of responsiveness from the administration, among other reasons. Aveson has been a wonderful experience for our son. He loves to read, is enthusiastic about learning, and loves school. His adviser/teacher this year is the best he has ever had. I wondered about how he would do on the standardized exams, given that testing is not the primary focus of the school, but he scored above grade level in all areas last year. The issues listed below re communication seem to have been addressed. We get regular communications from the teacher and newsletters from the school. We have not encountered any significant issues in the organization of the school. What is great about Aveson is they tackle issues head on as they come up, rather than trying to sweep them under the bureaucratic rug as LAUSD does. The school lunch program this year was largely satisfactory, and that was a big help to this dual career family. We have every intention of staying at Aveson, at least through middle school, and perhaps all the way through high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
My kids are in the Independent Study program at Aveson, basically a 1-day a week program for homeschoolers. I like it a lot, and recommend it highly. The school seems a bit worn in its facilities, and I haven't had much contact with the regular school teachers or administration. But, I really like the option for my kids to go to a "school" one day a week, and it's free. They really love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
We transferred our child to Aveson this year after a very unhappy kindergarten experience in a pretty well respected LAUSD school. This morning he told me he never wants to leave Aveson. He loves it, loves his teachers and loves his new friends. Every day when I pick him up he is happy and excited and ready to go back the next day. I volunteer in his class and I have nothing but positive things to say about the curriculum and the teachers. Yes, I see things from the administration that I'm not to happy about but I feel like it is light years beyond what we experienced at LAUSD. My advice is to really understand what the Aveson experience is about before you send your child there. It is not for every child or for every parent. It's ok if people pull their kids out. It's just not for them and no child should be unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
We have a child who completed Kindergarten and is in first grade at Aveson. We toured many schools and talked to parents and teachers all over Pasadena before deciding on Aveson. What impressed us most was hearing about the things the teachers motivate the kids to do: give presentations in front of their peers, write their own storybooks, and work independently. We're not crazy about the frequent changes that seem to be made within the classrooms (e.g. adding 3 kinder classes this year), but we are very pleased with our child's progress, academically and socially, and feel like we are part of a strong and involved parent-teacher community.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
I have two children at Aveson, one at AGLA and one at ASL. I have found the administration at Aveson to be scattered, disorganized, insenstive and incompetent. The office staff and teaching staff are above average at both schools-they truly care about our kids. I have nothing but positive kudos to the teachers/office staff at both sites. However, the principles/directors at each school should take note. After multiple e-mails/phone calls I have yet to receive a follow up to a problem we encountered during the last week of school. We are considering pulling our children out of Aveson while they work out their communication processes. If you are not bothered by lack of accountability and responsibility from the administration, then Aveson is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
after reading many reviews i was glad that i wasn't the only one who felt this way. We started with such a positive outlook on the school, thought this was going to be one of the last 'great' schools but was sadly mistaken. We were warned by a few folks but thought maybe it was just not a good fit for thier child, however everything that was told to us about the curriculum (by teachers in other school districts and private schools) were dead on. Basicly not up to par, and the lack of teachers/admin watching your children is bare bare minimum, we had 6 other families bring thier kids to Aveson only to have all, including us, pull the kids out. Lack of parents involvement is a big part of the problem as well. Sad, but had to go to Homeschool instead, which we love.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
My child was in K this past year, and I was very involved and got to really understand what was going on at Aveson... First: understand that Aveson is a work in progress, mistakes are made, and things change a lot. You should only consider sending your child here if you are flexible and open-minded and have time to speak-up for what you want, repeatedly. Second: Aveson teachers and parents are a mixed bag. In my experience the younger grades contain exceptional teachers and parents who really facilitate the experience for everyone. This is less so in grades 3-5, and practically nonexistent in the upper school. Hopefully as the current K-2 cadre ages, the parents will demand more from the teachers in the higher grades. Third: Learning facts is not a priority at Aveson, which I find refreshing. However, if your child is super-curious and wants to be challenged constantly, (s)he may be bored here. If your priority is teaching kids how to think and how to relate to one another, Aveson might be a good choice for you. So it's not for everyone. I think the mix of reviews reflects the mistakes that have been made, yet how much better Aveson is than a (public but not charter) local school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
My son has started his school years in the multi-age kindergarten, and so far so good! He is being challenged and is also very motivated, something that only happens when he is happily engaged. Mrs Smythe and Dr. CC are most attentive and gentle with their pupils, and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
After 3 years I have pulled my children out of Aveson. This model just didn't work for my children. It sounded great on paper but just really failed to connect with my kids. There are some wonderful teachers there and amazing parents also. The administration is a whole other story. The director is more concerned with adding schools to her stable than making the two she has into really great schools. Alot of changes were made this year that were initiated by the teachers and I commend them for that but for us it was too little too late.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
I have a Kindergartener and 3rd grader who are both thriving! And they have spots open (a rare occurrence) for grades 3-5, so call the school and get in. They work with kids independently, have small class sizes, organic gardening and chickens! Its very cool and there is a lot of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
I am parent my child have been at Aveson since day 1. I have read all of these reviews and some of you are Dead On..I agree with the lack of communication from teachers, and all of the negative feedback..The 1st year was ok the 2nd year was a little better, but this year is horrible 3-5 cadre Literacy Teachers does not take accountability for the actions.If your a working parent & cannot volunteer ALL THE TIME your child will not learned anything! They want you to teach your child while on their campus..it's hilarious,the Administration is a TOTAL JOKE! it's like a SOAP OPERA in their office.If they focus on the CONCEPT introduced in the beginning then it could be a success..The only class that has impacted my child is Projects..I am taking my child out and other parents are too.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
We made the switch from private to public and we are extremely happy with our decision. Our son is thriving at Aveson! The teachers are on par with those in private schools and class sizes are the same (or smaller) than we had in private. The educational experiences are innovative and designed to bring out the best in the children. Each child has individualized learning goals and opportunities to work on group projects. Aveson makes excellent use of technology, design-based learning and regular assessments all while ensuring the fundamentals are well-covered. This contemporary education takes place in an environment that is reflective of the full spectrum of diversity.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
excellent school!!! we have been going to aveson for the last 3 years and love it. there teachers and administrators are all amazing. Their personalized learning plans are great and really help my students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I am a new parent to Aveson. My daughter is a freshman and just starting on her journey. I was very impressed by the staff and the children that led us around the school when we went for the open house. I have copied from their web site the list of Guiding Principals that I was pleasantly surprised to hear students and parents saying them at a recent event. Guiding Principles: Vision means seeing what could be and what will be and living the difference. There is no such thing as too much truth. How you say it is as important as what you say. When identifying problems, offer strategies and solutions. Everyone's time is valuable. Your commitment is to make others around you successful. Our growth together requires us to grow individually. Integrity is everything.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
Aveson has been a terrible disappointment for our family. While a number of the teachers, especially in the K-5 cadre, are truly exceptional, it is questionable whether they will stay with the school long enough for a community to develop. I blame the administration; they give very little real support to their teachers although they would dispute this vehemently. Benign neglect is pretty close to what happens here. The leadership of the school talks a lot and delivers little; they are so disorganized that they had trouble with even running a hot lunch program. Great dreams, not so great reality. I hope they can pull it together, but they will have to clean house and get some decent administrators who are willing to spend some time in the classrooms and problem solving instead of just bragging about how great they are and raking in consultant fees to teach their 'model'.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
I'm reading these negative reviews, and I have to say, I'm very surprised. My daughter started Aveson last September in Kindergarten. I am so impressed with the education she's getting. The level of literacy and math and science that she's getting is truly amazing. I have friends who's children go to some of the best private schools in Pasadena, and aren't doing anything near the level my daughter's class is doing. I guess I'll have to see if this continues on as she moves in to higher grades, but, as it is right now, I could not imagine her going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
Although still a diamond in the rough...it's growing and improving. My child is in the 1st grade so I'm invested in the big picture, but I'm very pleased with his progress. Personlized Learning is for the very involved parent...so be prepared to partner in this endeavor. So far the future looks very bright.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
I just pulled my children out of Aveson after 2 years and put them back into the PUSD system if that gives you a clue as to where Aveson's charter works. The teachers and its principal all seem to take no responsibility for the lack of progress of the children and turn the situation around on the parent or student. One child was having difficulty in a particular subject, the school wanted my homelife accessed. The no homework policy is a rouse for no work; with no homework a parent has no way to determine their child's progress, and struggling children are given no special attention. The high test scores are a result of natural acheivers and self-motivated students and not the teaching philosophy (which is basically one of 'figure it out yourself'). My children required tutoring to bring them up to get them back to grade level after leaving Aveson.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
We left Aveson to relocate, upon our children re-entering traditional school they were behind. It took approximately 2 months to to bring one them up to grade level. A current teacher had told us she was concern at first that she might not be about to catch up. Fourtunly we have bright child. The no homework policy was so appealing initially, we had left a private school to attend Aveson and were accustomed to homework. But what I found was homework was a great gauge of what and where they were (academically) We received little too no information in regards to their progress and when were informed (Celebration of Learning) too much time had passed too help correct the child situation The concept is beautiful, a handful of parents are amazing. Just be careful and ask a lot of questions of teachers.

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
The concept is absolutely great! But, they just are not capable of making it work. I thought give Aveson a second year chance and I do regret doing so. I believe last years test scores are a result of the academic (not) taught at Aveson, but purely driven by children who are naturally intelligent. Aveson Academics were equal to the standard PUSD failing standard. You be the judge and check the test scores for 2008-2009. Both administration and teachers take no ownership or responsibility they push that to both the parent and child for their lack of. Security gets a D minus. Maybe they will make accomplishments in eight years if they are still there. Don't buy into that individual learning plan for your child...I am still waiting to see one for my child after 1.5 years there. Foreign language and Physical education extremely low on their list. No homework...no clue.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2008
The Aveson School of Leaders achieved great things in its first year. The teachers were superb, and while some students were not ready and willing to learn (probably due to previous schools), the students adjusted and built a positive learning environment. The ownerhsip that emerged within the 3-5th grade group was phenomenal. I believe the school will advance significantly this coming year.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
We had a great first year. Our daughter learned a lot and is excited about starting first grade. We had wonderful teachers and great parent involvement. Because of the style of teaching and learning my daughter was always being challenged and exposed to things and subjects she would not had been at another program, We had a great first year.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 27, 2008
It's a brand new school with definitive plans for a unique school. The middle school cohort was lacking academically in English and Science. History was decent and could be tightened up. Math was superb. The problem with not one but 2 teachers leaving due to health reasons left these kids in the lurch. The principal could have waved our concerns on but she didn't. Truly honest about what wasn't working and worked quickly to address it. Still not there so we are staying with the increased academic push and with new Science and English teachers who are trained in this model. They apparently have already addressed the discipline issues with some specific staff training. Hey what do you expect when you get a mixed bunch of previous students from failing and not failing schools. Everyone needs to take ownership. There will always be a minority of parents putting their heart in

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June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
The school has major discipline problems and it is often that children are wondering around campus aimlessly during class time. The parents who are involved are amazing but they only represent a very small minority. The rest of the parents are inactive and unconcerned with the school. The school lacks a more involved principal. If it wasn t for the parents I think that the school would have failed this year. There is too much time spent beautifying the campus and not enough time on challenging the pupils and educating them. The kids waste too much time waiting around for the kids who are misbehaving in the classroom, especially in the lower level. Education should always be the first priority.

- submitted by a parent
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Aveson School Of Leaders
1919 East Pinecrest Drive, Altadena, CA  91001
(626) 797-1438
Last modified Aveson School Of Leaders is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Aveson School Of Leaders Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top