This is a review of the brand new School of Arts 6-8 Middle School in the Pomona Arts Colony. Finally a school in Pomona where we can send our kids with pride (after previously going to a Claremont elementary school). The sixth grades teachers are awesome - both of them are recent Claremont Graduate University graduates - and full of energy, commitment and fresh ideas! The kids do dance and yoga for physical fitness, fun electives like eco crafts and useful courses like microsoft office, all amidst a project based learning environment. The kids who are lucky enough to find out about this place will be exposed to the arts (including digital), diversity and the real world as a result of attending here! The staff is very responsive and handles what few problems have cropped up swiftly so that the overall good vibe of the school is maintained. Next year the school will move to a new building (still in the heart of the Arts Colony) and hopefully add Spanish language and musical instruments/ band (which is the ONLY thing lacking this year, especially for an arts school). Love this school!
I am a parent of a freshman at The School of the Arts and enterprise. I'm concerned about the last 2 reviews. I think your parents need to go and speak to administration about this. I had a lot of questions and concerns mostly due to administration disorganization in the beginning. But I know many students who entered as Freshman from my sons junior high and I can honestly say these kids are very happy and I have seen them grow at this school in a very positive way and they all had a passion for the arts. My son loves it and says he is happy to be there. I have heard stories about problem students (but it was dealt with swiftly) and students who don't do the work or contribute to group projects. I was impressed with many of the teachers and their knowledge on the subject they were teaching. I do wish the school would have parent meetings and enforce the volunteerism. I feel this is a weakness to the school and if they would utilize parent resources they may be able to make improvements. Looks like the theatre department did receive money for improvements and if anyone has had class in the new theatre its amazing. All high schools suffer from similar issues.
Many people who go to The School of Arts can say that they definitely don't enjoy it. Many students who are not artists come to the SAE as a second option so they don't have to attend continuation school. Most of the students aren't artists and only come here because they got expelled from their old school, or because they have friends who go there. This makes it hard for the very few students who actually want to learn about art. The SAE is trying to cram as many students as they can into the school. Some classes don't have enough chairs. Students constantly skip classes and the school doesn't even catch it. I can't tell you how many drug issues this school has as well.
This school is great... if you want to meet some great people. Want a good education? Choose a different school. Upon entering you will be greeted with a smile, yes. The staff is extremely nice and considerate. Once you send your child off into class, their chances of learning will dwindle. I was a student for three years and I was in no way challenged academically. I haven't done homework literally the entire time I was there nor I was I informed of any benchmark tests. The test prep for star tests is pathetic. I feel extremely ill-equipt for college and the challenges ahead of me. The arts section of the school is HIGHLY underfunded. The theatre department had little to no money to spend on their performences, percussion literally uses trashcans as their drums. Sure it may be intentional, but was it really necessary to spend money on a middle school? They should have perfected the campuses they already have rather than attempting to cram MORE kids in the school only to recieve more money from the state.
My school is amazing the amount of opportunities it has to offer is endless. The teacher's classroom management, content knowledge, and differentiated teaching were outstanding. They had the ability to connect and interact well with the students as and I felt like it kept us engaged throughout every lesson. The teachers taught me to be motivated and determined to achieve any goal. There is no doubt that I will continue to be a life long creative learner because that is what The SAE has taught me to be.
From the moment you step in you are welcomed by smiles the staff is articulate, intelligent, respectful, modest, and conscientious. They are well liked by the students, admin, and faculty. The SAE is motivated and determined school who will drive the students to achieve the goal of becoming life long learners who are driven by the pursuit of knowledge. There is no doubt that I recommend The SAE as a parent. The staff is extremely welcoming and will go out of their way to meet the students and parents satisfaction.
The school of arts is honestly, the best school in Pomona. The Teachers are amazing and friendly, they interact with their students and make the students feel comfortable. The staff is amazing as well! they will help you with whatever you need! if you need anything you can ask any one and they will help you! The SAE has an amazing staff! Ms. Irma, Ms. porsha, Ms. Melissa, Ms. Trish, and Marco! The counselor Ms. Canales is amazing! she helps you with everything you need, especially with college stuff. She will hunt you down and make you apply to colleges and scholarships. The counselor even takes her free time to help you. This school really cares about your education and their students. Everyone at the school is amazing and friendly. I just graduated and miss this school a lot! i never want to leave! The SAE is more than a school, it's a family. :)
I am currently a graduate of the SAE. I attended this school since my freshmen year back in 2009. I enjoyed my 4 years in this school. The teachers interact well with the students. There are not many students in each class so that helps students focus better. The teachers are nice and funny. They make the lessons engaging and not boring. There isn't many students so we have no problems with cliques and bullying. Everybody gets along with everybody. The SAE is like a family. This school is AMAZING! I love it and I will always be thankful for the opportunities the school has given me.
this school is absolutely a JOKE...i went here and it did nothing as far is my education, sure the teachers were nice but is that gonna help me get to college? no! everybody does what they want, no structure at all.
this school is a good fit for alot of students. the problem is the safety, the area is horrible and the security at the school is pretty much non existant. They also need to really provide a standard for the school. it appears that now they let anyone in. maybe it's about numbers, or even money. i would not recommend it for the serious college bond student.
To Prospective music students : I attended The SAE and I was amazed by the classes that they offered and the opportunities they give you. As a person who's passion is music, I was really excited. But as the months went by I began to notice how bad the music department truly is. The music teachers at the time I attended couldn't control our class. They lacked the ability to discipline kids and if you truly loved playing music this will bug you a lot. The art and dance department on the other hand are very good, the teachers and most of the kids take it seriously and have a lot of fun doing what they love. Some teachers I had were supportive and were willing to help as much as possible. The office is the place you will hate the most. The receptionist are very rude and unprofessional and they will leave you waiting and with the biggest headache of your life. I say this because its really important, they are INCREDIBLY unorganized. I could go on and on with examples. I gave this school a three star rating because I met a few people who changed my life and they taught me more in music than the school ever could, if not for them i would have regret attending the SAE.
Two of my sons attended this school, the staff and teachers are wonderful and extremely supportive. I can say that one of the best things about this school is how much they focus on balancing the arts and education. It is a requirement to apply to several colleges and be accepted to at least one of them in order for them to graduate. Their graduation rate is one of the highest I have ever heard of and that to me shows that they do care about your children's education!
I have always enjoyed student artwork and performances since I was a kid. I always wanted to be involved but due to income it was never a possibility. When I go married and decided to begin my own family I promised myself to always be in my children's education and to get them as involved as possible in school activities! With the a school like the SAE that wasn't very much needed. This school is amazing from education to performaces not once has it let me down. GREAT STAFF, TEACHERS, ADMIN, EVERYTHING! At no cost!
As a parent who takes my children's education very serious, I can wholeheartedly recommend the SAE! I have 3 students who have different strengths and needs, The SAE is a perfect fit for all 3 of my children.
they don't care about your daughter/sons future. they dont even care if they are late everyday to school.
This school is a joke and someone needs to go in and take over for the current adminstration. If you value your childs future do not send them to this school.
This school is amazing. I went to the SAE from my freshman year to my senior year and I can not complain! The teachers are very supportive and will go out of their way to help you out. The administration is friendly and caring and the environment is amazing. The school has absolutely no bullying, which is great! I suggest this school to anyone and everyone!
I love the SAE!!! The art program cannot be squashed, even during this trying economic time. Teachers pull the extra weight and go the extra mile to make sure that finances never jeopardise a students learning experience. The teachers and students really bring this school to life. The involvement and collaboration is truly special. Special recognition to Mr. Tree, Ms Swanlund, Mr. Vaudrey, Mrs. Roberts, and Mr. Butler. The SAE is much more than a school, it's a tight knit community.
When I was attending The SAE, the school did need little things here and there but then again what other school doesnt? No school is perfect. And if there was imagine how many successful people we would have in this country. Now, my point to this review is that this school has to be by far the best school I've ever been to. The teachers are really approachable, you can get help or get tutored, the electives this school has are like no other. The teachers really participate in the students learning, but if the student doesnt want the education then theres only so much the school can really do. The student could've been going to the worst school and if he/she wanted to learn something then they would've. It all really depends on the student, because this school is a project/hands on school. I definately recommend it.
Kudos to Math teacher, Mr, Vaudrey, but my daughter has learned nothing in Biology or Spanish. They moved her on to Spanish 2 and plan to place her with the same Science teacher... I will withdraw her if that, indeed, happens.
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