I am the parent of a 4th grade student at The Accelerated School. My son has been at The Accelerated School since Kinder and he absolutely loves his school, especially his teacher Ms. Nguyen. Last year he attended Troy Camp, which is one of the many programs the school offers. The teachers always manage to find a variety of student activities at no cost to the parents. Some activities include Read to Succeed and The Colburn School. The Projects and Events Committee has done an amazing job all year long. My son really enjoyed being part of the TAS Talent Show, Spelling Bee, and Story Book Parade.
Two Words: Rigorous and Challenging! Elementary and Middle teachers at TAS truly understand the importance of preparing students for the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards and providing effective and engaging instruction that challenges students to think critically. I've seen students grow and blossom into competitive young scholars, ready to tackle the University of their Choice. Teachers are constantly reviewing student assessment data to ensure that students are making requisite growth. Talk about true Accountability.! All in all, if you want a public school that can provide your child with a challenging, enriching, and rigorous education, I think TAS is the place to be. I also really like the teachers. Teachers care, put on their A-Game for their students day in and day out, and their enthusiasm/passion for education is infectious. TAS is definitely a great place for young educators to grow into strong instructional leaders. Many teachers thrive here!
TAS is a great school! Students are challenged and supported, teachers are professional and caring, and the administration keeps things running smoothly.
I think this school has really fallen apart in the past few years. As a veteran student, being here from Kindergarten to 10th grade, this school is constantly changing its administrative positions, especially principals and assistant principals. They are very finicky about their rules and will allow certain rules on circumstantial events. Claims to be strict on uniform policies but allow students to substitute jeans for nave blue khakis (for middle school) and students to not wear uniform shirts. The school is more focus on discipline. Counselors are never found in their offices, but seen roaming the campus. Although the school is very well oriented on academics, they do tend to not renew the contracts of teachers who do well and teach their students. They plan on building a larger campus for ACES, which should really hold all elementary students from both TAS and ACES, to allow more room for the middle schoolers and WAHS. As I student at this school for 10+ years, this school has fallen far from the glory it once was.
I 'have' been in love with this school since it's inception. I, however, have seen the model become distorted with red tape and power moves by administration. There have been so many teachers that have left. I am aware that there are many factors attributing to this. However, I share the beliefs of many many parents here and the overall feeling is that we are loosing too many teachers. Not to mention we are being promised things that have not occured. For one, the budget. We have been told over and over again that we would be GIVEN the budget. Now we are told that this is 'public' records and anyone can obtain them. That just feels really patronizing. I do believe that things are tough all over. I dont feel the board of directors nor the administration are in accord with the teachers, parents and students. What a shame.
Not again! Another year of great staff leaving without any explanation, few opportunities for parent involvement in school decisions, and starting from scratch. Why can't the school administration hold on to great teachers and staff. Aren't parents supposed to be very involved in the decision-making in the accelerated school's model? Why are great programs like Early College being cut? I have had it!
The maj. of teachers my 7th grader has had the privilege of learning from in 2007-08 at TAS are outstanding educators. Ms. Perez, Mr. Lemus, Mr. Elkouby and Mr. Wong inspire their students to much higher levels in keeping with the Accelerated philosophy. There are multiple teachers with Masters Degress as well as several Phds, and it shows. Mr. Arellano is a fine, hands-on, thoughtful principal. The school is in fact large with 1300 hundred students from K-12 and yet the campus is run smoothly & professionally. I should also mention the patience and sincerity of the front office who are wonderful. I am grateful that my child had this excellent experience and regret that we must relocate. If you live anywhere near downtown LA, no matter what your ethnicity or income level, you will not find a better LAUSD option. I know, I tried.
The idealogy of the school is wonderful. Many parents complain about changes that take place at the school and their lack of participation is to blame. Since the No Child Left Behind campaign, I have seen a decrease in creative teaching curriculum. This is not directly the fault of the faculty, rather the policy enforced by having to keep the 'scores' up. To speak of teacher turnover, it is not a huge number. There are many factors that come into play when dealing with teacher turnover. Salary, teaching styles, and administration are just pieces of the puzzle. Since The Accelerated School is a charter school, the teachers are on Yearly contracts. Something that is 'across-the-board' for all charter schools. The primary function of a charter school is to introduce the Family as a unit to actively participate, most complaints are from parents who refuse to participate.
I love the school and all the staff!! Everyone here understands family and it is personified everyday here. I do not appreciate unfounded complaints by parents who refuse to really participate in the infastructure. I go to meetings and become frustrated when I hear complaints from parents who do not participate in the social model but were begging and hoping to get their children into the program. It is not fair to all who do actively participate in bettering the school, have to be subjected to ridicule from parents who are lacking the time to spend at the school. To be perfectly frank, these are the same parents who wait until the end of the school year to volunteer their time here.
this school is a great school that helps both the students and parents achieve higher learning. although there are some flaws about it, like any great school, it also has great advantages. the only way we can truly make tas a great school is if we all put our best into it. not just the teachers and staff but the students and parents as well. we must all work together to make tas a great school.
We have been part of the TAS family for over 6 years. The school was great, but in the last 3 or 4 years the school has taken a turn for the worse. It lacks in quality teachers, some of the staff are unprofessional and lack common sense and you never know what to expect from TAS, they'll tell you one thing and do something totally different. There are some positive things about TAS, it has no gang problems inside the school and since the school is small, it's easy to get to know other families. The teacher and staff turnover ratio is alarming. It seems that all of the good teachers leave. The school was once a Times Magazine School of the Year and now it's a school that's on a Performance Improving Plan. I'm still hoping it will bounce back, but things seems to get worse every year.
It's true that there has been an increasing communication gap between the parents and the administrators during the monthly mandatory meetings. What concerns me is the lack of linguistic resources and the wait time incurred by the Latino Family communities, whom already experience feelings of alienation and marginalia, during these meetings. If TAS is truly serious about meeting the needs of all in it's learning community, there needs to be more attention to, communication about and thoughtful facilitation of the same materials covered and discussed in the English-Only Meetings (In Spanish).
The Accelerated School has grown from a small elementary campus to a multiple program network. The growth can cause families to feel a loss of closseness, however, the growth has allowed families to have their students in one school preK-12th grade. Challenges exist, but there are wonderful people at work here--we have great administrators, teachers, students and families. It is a school of choice and this choice may not be for everyone. You have to work hard and be involved. Teachers in the middle and high school work tremendously long hours; students are expected to work hard as well; parents are expected to support all of this hard work. If you're up for hard work--this is the place.
Our daughter is almost finished with her first year of kindergarten this year and our experience at TAS so far has been wonderful. The teachers are great and I think the future looks bright for the school.
I have had three years experience with TAS. During those years, I have watched big dreams and big ideas give way to high turnover, all too rapid growth, and lack of academic progress. This school with a wonderful vision and outstanding teachers needs to hold on to their educators and promote quality learning from the ground up. I hope that TAS can turn around this downward trend and return to their former successes.
I was so excited when my two children where excepted at TAS 4 years ago, until now. Articles mean nothing if you have nothing to back it up. Administrators feel they can change the rules on us, without alerting us. Can you really trust a school with this type of attitude?
I am a teacher at this school. We have an amazing staff of dedicated teachers-going home early means well after 5:00pm on most days! The families are dedicated, valued and are very visible in the classroom. Children can start in pre-K and stay with us until they gratuate from 12th grade. We focus on the whole child, not just the three R's, although those are strong. Children are nurtured in their emotional, physical and artistic development as well as in their intellectual growth. If you care about your child's future, run, don't walk to this school!
This school seems to be only concerned about how they look 'on paper' and the importance of the children has falling through the cracks.
This is a school that grew to fast. Intentions were good but they underestemated the students and parents. The lottery process is awful because you never know what you are going to get alot of these kids were awful. They desroyed the new school and deystroyed the spirit of the school. The adminstration has had why to much turn over. So nothing has been consistent
I am an Instructional Assistant at TAS. In recent months The Accelerated School has undergone a huge amount of growth. This raises a lot of concern with me about the quality of education and the sense of community at the school. The teachers are doing what they can with classes that sometimes are as big at 36 students. In order for the school to work better under the current strain, it truly demands full participation from the families both in and out of the classroom. Parents need to volunteer in their kids classrooms , attend all parent meetings, and support their kids academically and personally at home.
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