Great Teachers! Interesting topics for discussions, a lot of group projects and presentations, where students have a lot of experience to be leaders as well as leave space for others. This School genuinely fosters students excitement for learning. Prepare for fairly heavy homework, however I treat it as a good thing as it prepares student very well for the high school either at Alsion or at any other schools.
Great in Olone college academic preparation by your child themself but not for a true their high school experience ,There is no help from only one high school teacher and he management everything and difflcult to get commucation with him even my child got vobal curse during the English class, I would said it's hard for my child to survive with this kind of very temper teacher
We are pleased to report in June 2014, Alsion was re accredited until 2020, a six -year term. This is HUGE, and here is what it means to anyone who is evaluating a school for their child to attend. A school is denied accreditation when a team of impartial visiting evaluators, usually veteran teachers and administrators, finds red flags in significant areas, such as curriculum rigor and coverage, teacher competency, student achievement, financial sustainability, governance, parent and student satisfaction. Most schools are accredited for terms of two or three years while being given an opportunity to improve in aspects of school operation identified as needing improvement by the evaluation team. Few schools, however, are cleared for the full six -year term that accreditation may be granted. From an accreditation standpoint, Alsion belongs in this category. While there are no band or interscholastic team sport electives at Alsion, the WASC evaluators commended our school for the broad range of indoor and outdoor extra curricular activities, listed on Alsion s website, available to every Alsion student..
I was a student here from 7th to 8th grade (summer 2014), and two aspects of the school are necessary to review. Firstly, the academics. The academics are quite good--skills like time management, writing, etc. are taught well with lots of practice. The math teacher engrains complex principles in your memory. The second aspect is the social and extracurricular experience. There are not many electives, and none of them are set--there are no sports, no music--the school lacks many basic things that it should have. Also, though teachers would disagree, the work is relatively excessive, in contrast to other schools. Students from most schools would find the homework hard to cope with, and thus most of their outside-school activities would be limited. In addition, the teachers are not well educated in dealing with social problems. I as an 8th grade boy last year happened to be peers with one or two notorious students, and when something happened, automatically every 8th grade boy was put to blame. Meanwhile, 8th grade girls were lectured on 'drama' stereotypical to them, knowledge of which the teachers had none. Great in academic preparation, but not for a true school experience.
My three children graduated from both Alsion's Middle/High and Early College programs over the course of ten years. They all had different personalities, interests and abilities. They all grew in their own ways while attending Alsion. The caliber of Alsion's academic programs is on par with what you would expect from a private school. The difference is how they get there. Alsion graduates have stronger communication skills and are more comfortable collaborating with others. There is much more emphasis on classroom discussion, group-work and independent thinking. The frequent leadership opportunities and individualized attention helped them standout in college and excel in their professional careers. The Alsion system works best if students start in the 7th or 8th grades. The Middle/High program trains students to work independently and prepares them to be successful in a college environment. Most of the course work in Early College is done for college credit at the neighboring Ohlone College.
Fantastic teachers who care about individual students and families. The staff offers one to one help to each student, provides a stable environment, and upholds strong guidelines on Internet use and awareness. Curriculum appears advanced at first - a lot of homework and study guides. But the work load is no different than a highly competitive public school. The difference is that public schools/cirriculums are generally pushed by the over zealous parents. At Alsion, my daughter learned that her grades reflected the working relationship she had with each teacher, resulting in OWNING her grades and development.
When a fourteen year-old exits 8th grade, is he or she ready for high school where dating and driving are the norm? Most kids would say, Yes but most parents would say No. For this reason Alsion s Middle School program includes 9th grade. It gives the kids the additional year to develop the emotional maturity to take on the challenges of being a semi-adult. Academic expectations for Alsion 9th however, are as rigorous as any honors classes at any high school. They must take at least one Advanced Placement course while in 9th grade. Alsion leverages its location adjacent to Ohlone College for the benefit of its students. Upon completion of 9th grade, Alsion Early College students are co-enrolled at the College, where they can earn up to 72 units of college credit transferrable to the University of California by the time they graduate from high school. Historically, 3 of every 4 Alsion graduates are accepted by U.C. This is an outstanding track record for any school regardless of reputation. So why send your son or daughter to a designer label school, where you must pay a premium tuition rate and suffer a peak-time commute just to get there everyday?
I attended this school for 7th grade and part of 8th grade. 7th grade was a positive experience for me and I learned a lot. However with the start of the 8th grade several changes were made to the curriculum that made me leave the school. 7th and 8th grade were combined and thought the SAME things!!!! The person in charge of the school is not qualified for her job. When my parents tried talking to the teachers the responded very defensively and claimed that it was all part of their new Montessori curriculum. Both 8th and 7th grade were learning physical science and many of the classes including history and literature were the same for both 8th grade as well as 7th grade. Most of the teachers are not qualified for teaching in a Montessori curriculum. This school used to be good but with the new curriculum changes 8th graders are at a serious disadvantage. Good for 7th grade though.
A hidden gem of a private school. I was looking for something small, where my child wouldn t get lost in the crowd, where she could gain confidence, have a voice in class discussions, participate in extracurricular activities, and make meaningful friendships with other motivated kids. Alsion s small size is its greatest strength. With about 48 students and 5 full-time teachers, every child is intellectually and socially engaged every day. Each teacher has an advanced degree in their subject area and takes a personal and long-term interest in each child s progress, interacting with each student every day, even during the summers, for three consecutive years, grades 7, 8, and 9. Alsion is a learning community rather than an institutional school. Far from being sheltered in a cocoon, students go on week-long educational trips, compete & collaborate with students from other schools regularly, and do meanigful school-sponsored Community Service activities. The campus is next to Ohlone College. After 9th grade, Alsion Early College students are co-enrolled at Ohlone, where they can earn up to 72 units of college credit, transferable to UC colleges. And it's affordable!