This is based on what I have heard, as our daughter would not be attending until fall. The teachers are highly motivated to work with parents to personalize their child's learning experience. The average parent is also highly educated and this seems to encourage the respect between administrators and parents. There are a lot of opportunities for extra curricular activities and the school is extremely safe.
Now I finally knows the truth behind striking for academic excellence. They give the kids tons of test practice to do every single week. The teachers don't even have enough time to explain all the subjects. Kids need to understand the logic or the meaning of the subject before they can apply their skills to solve problem or answer short questions. Constant testing doesn't mean the child fully understand the topic at all! Ever since I send my son to this son. I have tremendous among of stress because I am afraid he couldn't keep up. I want him to know the importance and serious of school life. But school can be more fun and less competitive. In order to maintain high rank and high reputation in the school district, the school rather scarcify the importance of building a healthy childhood life.
Higher standards in education but lack of encouragement to the new students on the teachers part.
Alderwood is a 'lottery' school in transition. The school has consistently earned high API scores over the years and parents are attracted to that reputation. Students are expected to behave and complete enormous piles of worksheets. Much is expected of students and parents via time, effort and money. In repayment for mass efforts and great test scores, IUSD took this successful program and dismantled it, hoping to reassemble it in some fashion in 2005, in a new neighborhood 5 miles away. The teachers are excited about a new facility. Most parents, however, are looking into their options since change has been thrust upon them. If they were wildly or mildly unhappy, they are looking at alternatives. If they were happy, they are also looking at alternatives. By next year it could be a ghost town, but in the year 2005, it should be an exciting and extraordinary place to be!
Alderwood puts a lot of pressure on the students. I feel that the teachers teach only to acheive high test scores and do nothing to teach the joy of learning. The school has a very cold feeling. I will be taking my child out of this school and I encourage other parents to look at the entire school (not base their decision on test scores) before sending their children to this Alderwood.
This school is the best of the best, both my sister and I attended it for all of our elementary years and now one of my daughters is lucky enough to attend this exceptional school. They are very aware of their students needs and abilities and work very hard to make sure everyone achieves success. The parents work hard too.
The best school in the best school district! Everyone in the school are dedicated to excellence. Both of my daughters have attended AB+ and were well prepared for middle school. Yes, we had to work very hard but it was well worth it. Too bad the Not-So-Bright IUSD Board is 'moving' this school to become yet another average neighboorhood school. Another case of bureaucracy doing things supposely for us but making things worse by making everyone to be 'average'. Very sad indeed.
This school is very competitive and puts a lot of emphasis on tests and test scores. There is a lot of work involved for the students and parents but I feed my daughter is getting a top notch education.
My son was transferred to this Alderwood Basic+ for the 4th grade from Los Naranjos Elementary School (closed in 2002). After one year of struggles for both the kid and the parents, we saw a significant drop of grade in STAR tests. I have my son transferred to a neighborhood school in September 2003.
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