"AAE is known for its innovative, safe, researched-based learning environment."
Students enrolled 1335
Hours no info
School leader Lisa Lamb
Transportation options None
District Apple Valley Unified
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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17500 Mana Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307

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4 stars
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August 19, 2014
It is amazing, the bad reviews and the negativity from parents on here. It's easy to be negative behind a computer screen & dole out criticism without the repercussion of saying it in person. My kids have gone to AAE for over 8 yrs & for the most part, we have been very pleased at the caliber of education being taught by these amazing teachers. To counter what one parent wrote re: students only being wealthy, athletic or related to staff...well, we are none of those & we STILL love it over at AAE. SURE, there are flaws, but you'll get that anywhere you go. One of the great things about this school: it's a CHOICE school. There are plenty of other options to pick from. This school might not fit the needs of every student. Your child DOES NOT have to attend here . Fact is, many kids come and love it here...a few realize it's not for them & they leave...& there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't make the school bad. It's just not a fit for your kid. AAE is and has been a "fit" for us and we love it, we're blessed to be a part of such an amazing campus filled with caring teachers and administration that seek the best direction for the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2014
I graduated from AAE this past June after attending the school for eleven and a half years, since first grade. Truly, I cannot imagine a better place to have grown up. I doubt that most people would refer to their school as the place that they "grew up," but, I think that there is no more accurate way to convey what my experience at AAE has meant to me. Academically, AAE served me incredibly well, with teachers that simultaneously held students to high standards but also made personal attention a priority to help us achieve such standards. Thanks to this combination, I am headed to UCLA next month to study biochemistry. Personally, AAE's students and staff truly made the school my home. Among the students, I developed a strong group of close friends, but still enjoyed amity with most of my classmates. While there were different social groups, there weren't cliques. Not only that, but now that I've graduated, I miss the staff greatly, with many of whom I developed what I know will be lasting friendships. AAE made me a student and a leader, and introduced me to a group of people with whom I have become family. In short, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2014
I am responding to the writer who wrote that the AAE is getting worse and said, "There have been so many students and staff that have left, including the founder of the school," I am the Founder, Rick Piercy and this statement is intentionally misleading. Three years ago I began a transition plan for my retirement. After 35 years of teaching and 7 years with the State Park System I retired to spend time with my grandchildren, but continue to volunteer at the school as the Cross Country coach and Advisor to the Young Ambassador program. I felt secure in handing over the job I have had for 29 years because the school is doing exceptionally well with about 1,400 K-12 students and a waiting list of over 2,800. The comments made by this individual were in my opinion intentionally misleading and disingenuous. I welcome anyone to come and visit the campus and see for yourself. We never shy away from constructive criticism and work hard everyday to improve our school to benefit all of our students, but it is disturbing to see someone try and purposefully taint the works of so many outstanding parents and educators.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2014
The quality of education at AAE has progressively gotten worse, especially beginning in junior high and throughout high school. The athletic program and coaches have also declined. Good coaches have left, and poor role models have remained. There have been so many students and staff that have left, including the founder of the school, that the writing on the wall should be clear. There are better schools available in the high desert to choose from for both academics and athletics. Parents should seek those out for their children.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
This schools elementary is good, but as soon as you hit HS there's a wall. The good teachers leave do to low pay. The bad teachers stay and can't teach. It's a Math & Science school and every HS child I know had a personal tutor at home to teach what their class teacher couldn't. My senior wasn't prepared for the college assessments through the bridge program, which this school is the pilot for. There was no direction in the bridge program at all. They have a 1 to 1 laptop program which just went to 4-12 grade, with no advance notice to parents of 4th graders. You are required to purchase a laptop through the school or use one of their loaners and risk your child damaging it and you being responsible. My 5th grader had migraine headaches the entire first semester of 5th grade. Admin. likes to pluck parents off one by one instead of facing them together. This school is disappointing to say the least, and NOT at all what they claim to be. :( What another parent posted about faculty is absolutely correct, they are all family/friends and they are also afraid to speak up to admin for fear of being fired, as there's no union and completely at will. It's not what you know it's who.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
A very Sad experience ever. Have two girls and we are leaving this school. Can't allowed this people educate my children any more. Proctors are family or related to teachers or board of directors. You don't need to have a degree to teach in this school. The worst is one of the male proctors touch one of my girls and w reported to the principal and she did not do anything. (to sad). The rest are several things that you as parent will disapprove before you put your child in this school. Substitute teachers are present almost half of the year. So many thing I want to say but no space in this review. The waiting list they are proud of, is only a fraud. The reason the have this is only to have control of whom enter to school. Check this out : almost none of the neighborhood are attending the school. Everybody are related, family, friends, and people they want in the school. So very sad to post this. We are leaving with this experience. I hope they change. Good luck to parents looking for a great school for your children. One more thing the few good teachers they have; they are leaving and some a knew they are gone. Now to teach in this school you don't need a degree.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
This school is an absolute gem! I love that the teachers genuinely care about students. There is so much parental involvement that behavior issues are almost non existent. Its so easy to get a hold of staff members when you have concerns or questions. They staff keeps me very informed and treats me like a partner in my childs education. I honestly could not be any happier with this schools mission and values.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
AAE is one of a kind. Despite the rumors about requirements to succeed at this school being high affluence and athleticism, it is quite fair in those departments. Any awards achieved at this school has been earned. I have attended AAE since 7th grade and i honestly do not think there is anywhere I'd rather be. The culture of our small but might charter school is so unique and there is something to offer for everyone. In public schools the people who aren't 'popular' don't fit in, but at AAE everyone fits in. Another fantastic quality of AAE is the programs it offers like AFJROTC and ASB. The ASB advisor recently earned the "Teachers Are Heroes" award. The AFJROTC unit is about to receive their award of 'Distinguished Unit With Merit'. These two things alone prove how superb the staff, students and parents are at the AAE. I am confident in saying that the wait is well worth it.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
I am a parent of a lower elementary child. AAE had been a wonderful school. The staff is very caring & thoughtful. Individual needs of each child are met. I plan to continue here as long as possible with my children.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2014
I have been attending AAE for around four months, I transferred from a nearby school quite recently. At first, the school seems wonderful, small class sizes, other high school kids who are anxious to learn, and a lovely campus! It is quite enticing until the excitement of the school wears off. I came from GHHS where I worked tediously and earned my reputation as a great student, along with a reputation for my work in extracurricular activities and sports. This school has an established hierarchy that is based on appearance, wealth, athleticism, and whether or not you attend HDC. if you're looking to transfer to a new school in hopes of a fresh start and a chance to change yourself, I would highly advise those reading to look elsewhere. The school will not provide for the new students, but instead cater to the needs of the students who have been attending this school for many years or are athletic prodigies. Academically, AAE is inferior to other schools with limited AP classes and less-than-rigourous courses. The harder I look for redeeming qualities in this school, the less I seem to find. I hope any who read this will consider attending AVHS or GHHS if you want a chance to excel.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2014
I've been driving 30 minutes each way for 6 years. This school is worth it. We tried Victor Valley Christian and Encore. Neither school compared. This school has professional caring teachers and staff. For the most part the students are a great bunch of kids. The new gym is such a great addition. The music/band program and the video program are both wonderful. Mr. Sockwell and Mr. Orsinelli are amazing teachers. They both encourage each student they have in their programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
Congratulations to our AAE Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets! The AAE AFJROTC has received an Exceeds Standards rating (the highest rating attainable) during their recent unit evaluation. Col. Armstrong and MSgt. Britt continue to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an focus on service. Our instructors provide outstanding leadership in administering the cadet-centered citizenship program. The AAE cadets performed exceptionally well during the evaluation and always take great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The AAE Air Force Junior ROTC continues to be a shining example of our school's motto: Honor, Generosity, Courage!

- submitted by a teacher
January 21, 2014
OMG...this school is AMAZING!!!! I'm a parent of an Honor Roll 8th grader who has attended the AAE since Kindergarten. She has made wonderful friends who are also focused on achieving their goals. Courage, generosity, and honor are paramount at this school. This is evident in the school culture and students. The community involvement amongst the students is mind-blowing. I am so honored and proud to be an AAE parent!! I wouldn't dream of having my child at any other school. Period. Thank you to all the wonderful staff and students at the AAE who show their best every day!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
i really think parents need to know that the wait list for this school is not worth the wait! beyond K-5 the novelty of this so-called "great school " will slowly wear off and you will see it major flaws when your children are at a crucial time going into their early teen years. the school cant get or keep quality teachers ,couselors/staff. phone calls & e-mails go un-returned.the big thing also to remember here at this school is status status status ! grades are great but they are far less important when you have plenty of money & play sports! but remeber if you want to do that make sure you get in good with the coach . and since many of the staff also have children of there own attending the school, youve got to also make sure your children befriend their children and all will be well . otherwise goodluck getting in with the in crowd . in all my years i have only seen the likes of what i have described here in movies or on tv . this school really puts the icing on the cake for discriminatory practices and favoritism . and just to clarify i am and have been a parent of honor roll students that are very athletic. i just feel the truth should be told .

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
Great school. My kids attend this school one in 3rd and one in 1st. The teachers are the kindest most dedicated group you will find. Our parents are involved and pay attention to their kids. We have imperfections, but they are far outweighed by the greatness of our school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This is the best school in the valley. We have three children that attend and they all love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Love, love, love this school. The staff has been incredible with my girls....I commute 30 miles each way and would never go back to the local school in my area.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This school is horrible. The majority of the teachers are rude and the students are disrespectful. This is officially the worst school in the history of the universe.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2013
This is a great school! The Teachers and staff at this school truly care about the students. This school has the best students you will ever meet.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
Love this School! Love and Logic really works! Teachers and Staff are the best, very respectful and professional.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
My daughter is in 1st grade, and I wouldn't have her anywhere else. I love the close group of people who work and attend here. They are always accessible and friendly to talk to. They are truly caring about all the students and very committed. I also love the discipline and that the kids wear uniforms. These days it's sad to see how some kids dress. I would recommend AAE to anyone who wants their child to have a good education.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
My child has been on the "list" for AAE since 6 months old. I have been very happy with all of the teachers my child has had so far, and all of the teachers I have had any dealings with while volunteering at the school. Almost every parent I have been in contact with is kind and friendly. There is a HUGE parent population that is ready to volunteer, and be active in their kids lives. That part is great. The only fault I find is... Some of the office staff (on the K-4 levels), are usually pretty rude to the parents. So much so, that it is common knowledge that you are going to be ignored or talked down to by the secretaries. It's a pretty unnecessary power trip some of them have.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
I have twin boys in the third grade at Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley Ca. They have been attending here since kindergarten. My sister is a school teacher at another school in our district and made me put my twin boys on the list for this school at age 2. I love the school and how its ran. The parents are the best. The classroom sizes are smaller than other schools, because we are a Charter School, it seems Parents care more about their children s education. I feel very blessed to have the kind and caring staff we have.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
A great, safe school. Wouldn't go anywhere else but would like to see improvements in the math and science depts. Some of the H.S. teachers are so lazy and just should not be teaching at all. Elementary teachers are beyond awesome. Kids are all nice, love the amount of parent support.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Great school I love it my kids love this school I hope this school is 5

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
So far I really love this school. Our kids have been here for 3 years now. We are about to have a Kindergartener, 3rd grader, and a 5th grader. The teachers have been amazing. They reply to emails instantly. There are so many parent helpers. It's so nice to see parents who actually care and devote their time to the school. Really looking forward to the 2014-15 school year when they will have K-12 all on one campus!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
As a parent and a staff member I am pleased with the school culture as well as with the comradely between the staff and administration. Two of my children have attend the AAE (one graduated in 2007 and the other will graduate in 2015). The AAE is a small school, only 400+ students at the HS level makes for fewer course choice but smaller class sizes. Some subject teams are stronger than others but if a student is motivated, they can more than "fill their cup" academically as well as athletically. The "love and logic" approach used in many of the classrooms helps the instructors encourage students to realize and face the consequences of their action on a daily basis. The campus "character development officers" (CDO's) also firmly but gently enforce campus discipline and school policy. Since the AAE is a "school of choice" for many families, students may not like the choices their parents make at first, but I have discovered after teaching at the AAE for 11 years, students quickly learn to appreciate the school safe and friendly atmosphere, finding it easier after a year or two to improve their personal levels of academic performance.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2012
Very safe. Great families. 5th-8th grades have been fine, but HS is a problem, especially in Math & Science. Difficult to get needed help. Many students leave because of the HS teachers. AFJROTC is a strong program. All staff members are very courteous. We have children in MS & HS and we are hoping to stay with AAE to the end with both, but will change High Schools if necessary. This could be a wonderful school with better leadership and a few changes in teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
I went to AAE for grades 9-12. I really liked the fact that the classrooms weren't too big. The Literature teachers were all amazing, but the math and science teachers fell short. There were a few teachers that were some of the worst teachers I've ever had in my life (all math and science teachers). Whenever there were some rowdy people in class the teachers wouldn't really do anything about it, therefore making it harder for others to learn. Overall I had a good experience, especially my senior year. Those teachers were the best!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2012
the school is very tough and will help your child. Some activities during school however are very challenging and difficult but with time your child will understand what is being is given to him/her to learn and understand.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2012
You left out the award winning Air Force Junior ROTC program. Since AAE AFJROTC started up in January 2007, the program has earned the following awards: 2008-2009 AFJROTC Distinguished Unit 2009-2010 AFJROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit 2010-2011 AFJROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit 2011 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor with Merit 2011 AFJROTC Officer Instructor of the Year

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2010
I have three children who attend AAE, one senior, one freshman and one in Kindergarten. After fleeing the public schools in the area several years ago, we have tried several options, finally sending my older kids to private school - paying more than my house payment. We have been at AAE for several years and we could not be happier. The older kids have been able to build some great relationships in this smaller setting, with their peers and their teachers. One of the teachers even called me when she was concerned about my son adjusting and being comfortable after he first started here. At the high school level, most teachers cannot even name all of their students and certainly do not make the time to call a parent with a concern. The principal and staff are great - we feel like part of the family.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
Both of my sons went to this school, one was in RSP and the other is very gifted, the school is the best thing that ever happened to our family. They both graduated 1 year earler than they were scheduled to, the one in RSP was mainstreemed within 1.5 years. The teachers are excellent, Rick Percy the founder of the school is one of a kind, he is fully envolved and makes sure that the school is the very best it can be. Any child that is lucky enough to go to this school will have an advantage for the rest of their life. My younger son is a Jr. at CSUSB at 19. It dose not get better than that!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
This school takes education literally and responsibly.Students learn. Teachers and administrators are there for one reason: the students to excel.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 09, 2010
6 out of 10 My child has attended this school for many years. He had excellent experiences in the elementary years, but somehow it falls apart in Middle & High School. I think there has been a change in administration as it seems there is no leadership in the administration and teachers are allowed to behave in a non-professional manner. Communication is very poor at all levels, but especially from the Principal's office and the Sports Dept.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
My child recently went through a tough period academically and after sharing my concerns with the teacher, I was able to, with very little effort, have a parent teacher conference with the principle, dean of students and school psychologist. We were all able to talk together and try to understand where the problem was. This was very reassuring to me that this school will make sure my child will have the support that they need.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 09, 2009
This school has been a godsend!! After waiting several years to get accepted into this school our son is finally being challenged and our daughter is taught at her level. Our kids also received alot of awards at their other schools...but awards are not the important thing. They are getting the education that they deserve. All of the employees that we have dealt with have been very kind and helpful. The security of the campus is tops! Every parent volunteer must be fingerprinted. Every car that comes onto the campus is questioned with drivers license and vehicle license recorded. Safety is of utmost importance to us as parents. Thank-you AAE for being all that you claimed to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
We have a daughter in the third grade. This is her first year in a public school. She was a bit scared at first but her teacher and all of the kids made her transition a mild one. I was very pleasantly surprised how organized and prepared the teachers, office staff and prinicipal are. The PTC and number of volunteers is incredible. This school really promotes an environment for our children to grow. I look forward to volunteering myself and enjoying my daughter's development for a bright future.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
AAE's campus offers many hands on experinces for their students. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are eager for academic growth. The classrooms are ran with the Love and Logic theory which enhances a students ability to be independent and think things through. AAE's API score mets the state's target thanks to the teachers, staff, parent involvement and students who come to school to learn. AAE believes in learning for all therefore, there are no GPA requirements for children to enroll in this school. AAE offers their elementry, jr. high and high school students opputunities to become well rounded. This year they have expanded and they've also implemented leveled curriculum for their elementry students. Leveled curriculum allows students to stay challenged without becoming frustated. I beleive my children will leave this school with he ability to be a positive contributor to our society.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
This is a small close-knit school that offers a great setting for students who are serious about getting a great education. The only drawback is that the school offers limited choices in AP classes and sports.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
I love this school. My son is thriving and I believe that he is getting the best education possible. Mr. Piercy's vision is what has made this school what it is and what it will be many years from now. The new Corwin Campus and the increased school size will take some time to get used to but these changes are exciting and necessary. It may not be the intimate school we have enjoyed but it's hard to expect too many 'extras' with such a small student population. As for our family, we welcome the new students and parents. We look forward to them joining all of the current students, parents, administrators, support staff, teachers & principal to make the AAE one terrific school. They will become part of the AAE tradition of working together to give our kids the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
this school is safe and is rated the best (grade wise) in san Bernardino County. it is hard but at least I know i'm not going to get jumped or have to wprry about getting into college because this school really prepares you for everything.

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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2009
i love this school im in 6th grade and all the 6th grade teachers are my favorite

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
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December 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 04, 2008
This is my child's first year and so far I love what I see. I volunteer weekly and the teachers really seem to appreciate parent involvement. Some of the other nearby schools don't seem to encourage parent volunteers as much. My child's teacher does a great job. My child is thriving and really happy going to school everyday. So far so good!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
While it may be slightly better than the alternative public schools...keep in mind boys will be boys. Boys need the sports. A lot of the students and parents that attend this school have a I'm-better-than-you-attitude. Don't be fooled by test scores. They are like the other schools, they spend a lot of time training for these tests. I had both male and female children attend this school. I experienced having the child that excelled in school work and the child that struggled. The one that struggled wasn't far enough behind to get help and the ones that excelled were bored out of their minds. Children that have IEP or other behaivoral issues get by with a lot. This is not so much a problem till 4th/5th grade when the other kids notice it. This school is great for non-social, scientific oriented students.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
Not enough extra curricular activities. Quality of teachers and quality of students is going down hill each year.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2008
We LOVE this school! We currently have a 5th grader and a 7th grader at the school and they are both doing wonderfully well and really like this school! Thanks AAE

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
I've had two very different children at this school. Mostly the teachers and support staff have been excellent for both kids. I've seen a few teachers 'not work out' but no school is immune to this, but I also feel the remainder range from good to truly excellent. This school gives kids a wonderful opportunity. It is really ultimately up to the kid how they use it.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 07, 2007
This is a great partnership school with parents, teachers and students. A key to better scholastics.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
This school is the best there is...I also don't worry about where my child will be going to high school!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Excellent school, very innovative and high level of teaching. The dress code is great for the parents and eliminates all debates of what is appropriate. As a love and logic school, kids learn responsibility and accountability. Great school, great teachers. I have never had a problem getting in touch with the administration. They have always returned my calls and emails.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2007
The AAE, will support and guide the good kids as well as the troubled ones. It provides programs for both the academically gifted and the academy challenged. The teachers and administration cares about all kids! As I read the negative feedback I could only wonder what their intention was. Good, Bad, Smart, Challenged, Rich, Poor, it doesn't matter each has a place at the AAE, not just a seat to learn academics in but a place for their heart to grow!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Great school! The best in the county. It recently was honored as a California Distinguished School. I'm glad my kids got in, the waiting list is over 2000! A caring staff and a premium on excellence.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
A really excellent school! Small class sizes and caring teachers and administration make it unique. The highest test scores in the region without an overemphasis on teaching to the test. Even though it is a small school many extra-curricular activities are offered. It isn't your typical school and has higher graduation requirements than local schools. Just was named a California Distinguished School and a Certified Charter School. A great alternative for parents! Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
The kindergarten was and still is the best I have ever seen in most of southern California, but the other grades really need a lot of work. At first the school showed you that the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids, but once out of kindergarten, it was truly different. Some of the teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child, but they still have too many that should really look at a different career. The principal is hard to locate most of the time. This school has been a big disappointment. I can only state that is still far better then most of the other public schools in the district (but steadily losing ground), but I would recommend that you stay on top of the staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
September 21, 2006
Disregard the previously submitted negative reviews of the AAE. My son has attended since 2002 and I have numerous friends & acquaintances with children at this school. Never once have I heard or witnessed anything negative about the AAE. The teachers are simply the best. Administrative and support staff are attentive and truly supportive & helpful. My son has had a fantastic experience here and he looks forward to staying for 7 more years and graduating from HS at the AAE. They recently added an Air Force Jr. ROTC program, and their sports programs are growing as well. With over 2000 kids on the waiting list, some of them as yet to even be born, the AAE is a successful, sought after alternative to the failing public school system and expensive private schools. We Love It!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
This school is more focused on money then students. They send mixed messages. This year has been very frustrating.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
Two of my children have attended AAE for three years. My older child, who is now in high school, is very bright and is doing well. I am pleased with the high school teachers and the program he is receiving. My youngest child is in the 8th grade and is really struggling. For good students the school works. For struggling students there are not many options (retention seems to be the only intervention available).

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
Excellent school. My niece and nephew love it.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
The AAE is a great school with more one on one time between the students and teachers. their grading is fair and easy to understand.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2005
This school boasts the finest technology in the state. Because it is a charter school, students and parents respect the length of time and effort it took to get them in. The AAE does not mess around with kids who don't want to be there. There has been ONE fight this whole year. There is zero graffiti. Students are generally respectful as seen by anyone visiting the school. Uniforms are broadly selected, with 5 colors to choose from, making it easier to swallow as a kid. Teachers are awesome. It is such a coveted school to work for, openings are rare and teachers are sharp, creative and interactive. Smaller class size makes it easy for them to teach. An after-school childcare program is available. It is reasonable and creative. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
What AAE was two and three years ago, is not what AAE is now. There is no true focus on Academic Excellence anymore. The true focus is on trying to tame the bad kids and forgetting the good kids. The motto 'One Child At A Time' is no longer upheld. There are no longer accomodations made for the child who desires advanced work in a subject, but the kids who cause grief get all the attention in the world. The principal is mostly absent from the scene. Overall teacher quality is poor, except for the few who truely care about their students and make the efforts to hold their attention and see that they are learning and retaining. I could go on....

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
Great school! My son is showing a lot of improvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2004
This school is all about money. They have ceased caring about education and what is best for the individual student. There is currently a 'hybrid' program which at any given time can house up to 17% of the student populace. This program is about enrolling students who will not cost the school any money, but will allow the school to enjoy approximately $7000/year, per hybrid - with very little overhead. The hybrid are not given assignments, lessons, or help from the teachers. The hybrid are discriminated against and educationally and emotionally abused. These trusting, niave young students are being set up for failure by the school they trust. The principal has stated that 'our school is a last chance school and we are proud of it.' AAE welcomes the students that the other schools expell - for drugs, violence and other offenses. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2004
This is an exceptional charter school with visionary leadership, highly committed teachers, a focus on experiential learning and a king, nurturing teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
This school has excellent non-traditional programs in the arts, such as Dance-Jazz & Ballet (accepted as PE credit), sculpture, audio/video, drama, latin, etc... The science non-traditional program has potential classes, such as astronomy, aviation, space exploration, weather ballon, Mojave Desert Exploration, etc... However, nearby resources; such as the Lewis Center Observatory and GAVRT; are under-utilized and enrichment programs end up being 98% textbook. The school does not have the same behavioral problems as most schools. A negative is that the school administration is not responsive nor seem to accept parental/student feedback unless it is part of their research surveys. Makes you wonder if the they developed this school for the kids or for the research data. Overall, for advanced children who already have a strong foundation in the basics this school is a positive. If your child does not have a strong foundation then I would recommend a diffent school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2003
I went to this school and I really enjoyed it. The teachers were great and I loved that they really listen to their students and help them out. Mr. hodges was the greatest teacher ever.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2003
This school gets the parents too involved and doesn't give their students room to breathe if you catch my drift. There are very few extracurricular activities and the ones they do have are not the best.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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Academy for Academic Excellence
17500 Mana Road, Apple Valley, CA  92307
(760) 946-5414
Last modified Academy for Academic Excellence is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy for Academic Excellence Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 80 reviews.