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Acaciawood School, Inc.

Private | 1-12 | 129 students


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Posted August 14, 2014

Small school, big results! It's all in the attitude of a person. Diligence is pivotal to the development of a strong character and crucial for success in life! Most people who resist to abide by a high standard (take the military for instance) find ways to paint such environments as brutal and coercive. Acaciawood is the place to have your most valuable treasure, your child! The teachers/ staff members are loving and genuinely care for the children, even after they graduate. It is not uncommon for alumni to return to help or visit. As far as college acceptance, many students do in indeed get accepted to four-year universities. For those students who opt to attend a junior college (for whatever the family circumstances), there is no shame in taking diffrerent steps that still lead on to the final goal. The bottom line is that your child will not only develop the necessary academic skills that are needed for college acceptance, but more importantly, will be equipped with the character to love and serve God, be confident to take on leadership responsibilities, and embrace life's challenges without fear. Don't be fooled, do your own research and visit for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2014

Don't go to AWS. The main characteristic of AWS is that they just focus on MONEY and AUTHORITY, students never have any right in that school, they also charge lots of money from students in many ways
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2014

Acaciawood is king of the blood and sweat factory Students probably didn't have any human rights in this school. I think it's really difficult for kids to be mature.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2014

This school is merely an enlargement of homeschooling. They play favorites among the students. I have seen that they give all the awards to only the children of their friends. If you are not one of their close friends, they will not take care of your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 30, 2014

If you want to have a good future, please don't apply this school, it will destroy your life! On the website, it says can get in NYU, Berkeley, or Harvard and some good university, it's like long times ago, like 10 years, now the students only can apply community college, isn't that sad ? Acaciawood is not regular school, so they can't provide AP courses, and school don't have many course, because school was very poor, they don't have money to engage teacher, a lot of teachers are working in Acaciawood, therefore they don't need to pay the tuition for their kids. And some of the teachers don't have license, because they are volunteer for their kids. The important point is the students in here are so unfriendly, if you are not join the church life, they will let you be alone, or bully you. The students in Acaciawood are selfish, they only care about themself. It's my first time to saw that students in church life bullying the student who is not in the church life. Acaciawood is the most rigid school in USA, boys and girls can't talk to much in school. People heard that Acaciawood won a lot in NHD, because school was forcing students to doing NHD, they have class called NHD also.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2014

It's a school that's pretty terrible. There's not an actual playground for the upper school, all it has is an blacktop field with four basketball hoops and a volleyball net placed on it. The school is extremely small and everyone, including all students and teachers, practices religious activity, even though they don't call it "religious" and get offended if anyone opposes their viewpoint. The school has difficult course and a relatively heavy workload. Some of the courses are using AP books, yet it does not offer you any AP points. It'd be difficult to transfer out once you transfer in to Acaciawood as some of the schools, if not most, does not recognize Acaciawood as a "standard" school. No actual American aspects are in this school. The reason why there are good ratings about this school is because the parents are under religious influence and thought "this school is not that bad". Anyway, if you want your child to have a future, don't come to this school.

Posted September 18, 2012

There is a playground AND there is sports. ie volleyball net. Its a wonderful school. It is a small school, so more people should enroll.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2012

Fun school. The teachers are wonderful. Since the classes are small, teachers can help each student individually.

Posted September 9, 2012

No school is perfect, neither is any person. Yet, it seems that those who criticize never see the positive, and are very narrow in their perspective. My children have attended acaciawood for the last 3 years, and are currently enrolled. The teachers are caring and know each student personally. The curriculum is researched and core standard based, yet each student's needs are met and addressed. I did not have this experience in the public schools with class sizes of more than thirty. The environment is one where learning and goal setting is encouraged and fostered. My children have benefited greatly by attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 30, 2012

When I read the criticisms of this school I am reminded of those who criticized Jesus when he walked on earth. What's the motivation and purpose of the critic? Why would someone want to keep parents from coming and checking out this exceptional and wonderful learning environment for people sick of the public school environment and curriculum? Why does WASC (accrediting agency) rate the school so highly. Why does the critic base their comments on untruths (math books are extremely outdated, students not being accepted at top schools, etc.). If you're not happy with this place, send your kids somewhere else but don't "picket" the place to keep others from discovering the value that so many of us have seen. Yes, the school is not "grandiose" by the some standards (like Jesus) but what the students receive and become is priceless. I encourage you, if you're a parent, to "come and see"...make up your own mind and don't be so influenced by a "critic". One thing I have found as a parent, is that the school is honest, the staff is excellent, the teachers are exceptional, and the product is a person of high character, well-educated and prepared for a life of purpose.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2012

This school is merely an enlargement of homeschooling. Their Web site lists some very selective universities where students have been accepted to, but no one has been accepted to the Ivies and other top schools in five years. The acceptances occurred many years ago, and the board and principal during that period have already left. For example, although math is one of the fundamental core subjects, the textbooks are extremely outdated. If the resources are so poor, how can this school produce competitive students? Despite the school's claim that their graduates have a 100% matriculation rate, there are only about ten students in each graduating class and most of them go on to attend community colleges. If you plan on sending your child to attend Acaciawood School, expect the unexpected.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2011

I agree with all the statements in the one-star and three-star reviews. The five-star reviews are false advertisements.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2011

I am a retired educator and administrator from the public school system. Teaching is my passion, so I was thrilled when Acaciawood School offered me the opportunity to do what I love best again; TEACH! I am very priviledged to be part of a school who has excellent qualified teachers, a sweet and caring family environment, but that offers a very challenging curriculum. Our school motto perhaps best defines us" Strong in Character and High in Standard". Our school offers students not only a riguorous curriculum that requires in-depth analysis, higher order thinking skills, cooperative skills, communication skills, decision making and many more skills , but prepares them to be goal oriented and productive citizens and meet the challenging demands of the 21st century. In addition, students are surrounded by a caring and nurturing atmosphere and staff, who are always willing to help students with all their needs. I invite you to come and see for yourself. I really feel honored to be part of this school!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted October 21, 2011

My two sons have attended this school for three years. We are extremely happy with the atmosphere and staff. We shudder to think about the negative influences they would have to be exposed to and infused with in the public schools. The staff are wonderful role models and the development of character and respect are primary objectives. The kids are well prepared for life and further education and develop the inner strength to resist the moral degradation that is taking place in our society.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2011

I have an 8th grader and a 5th grader at AWS. We have been super happy with the curriculum and the teachers. Our children get lots of attention and care, yet are challenged to become high achievers. They went to a California distinguished school previously and have been much more challenged here at AWS. The projects take a lot of time, but have helped my children in many aspects (planning ahead, working with others, communication skills, and critical thinking).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2011

My son is in first grade at Acaciawood School; and we have been so happy with the school thus far. His teacher loves all the students and strives to encourage each student to do his/her best. My son is thriving in a class size of 12. The personal attention my son is receiving has made a huge difference in his penmanship, math and reading skills.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2010

This is the perfect school to indoctrinate your child at young age. The curriculum include seminars about the evils of rock music, praising Jesus and other assorted extreme religious values. The school is held in a militant state with staff intolerant of free thinking and spirit. The teachers' credentials have come under question many times. I find it unsatisfactory that there would be any question at all. I would not recommend to enroll your son or daughter unless they are a part of the associated church group. But if you would like to put you child "in their place" and leave them ill prepared prepared for the rest of the world, this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2009

Acaciawood builds character for us students and gives us the support to succeed and accomplish our life goals with the vision of Jesus Christ.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 16, 2009

they have a play ground but,no sports
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2009

In my opinion AWS is the best. I have 2 sons and 1 doughter and all I can say is that my kids are reciving what they need to be better students and better citizens. May the Lord keep this school, the Principal and their teacher w/the same love, goal, attitude and passion to teach and prepare such citizens.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 32% 52%
White 17% 26%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Michio Miyake
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  • (714) 995-4023


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2530 West La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92801
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