My child had a speech and language delay and has been enrolled in Speech Therapy for 4+ years to catch up. The first year he was at ATCPA, he was seen intermittently, definately not complying with his IEP?. About 3 months into his second year ATCPA sent home a letter saying they've not been providing ST because they didn't have a therapist, but were actively trying to recruit a new one. He did not receive any services for over 1/3 of the school year, and make up sessions were not provide either year. To add insult to injury, the brought in a Speech Therapy Contractor to evaluate my son for his triannual IEP (to be compliant, of course) and this guy sees my child twice and deems him no longer eligible which was ludicrous! I didn't sign the IEP and had him retested at Kaiser to substantiate the necessity. The new ST hired agreed with Kaiser that he certainly did need support, but it was blatant that ATCPA could not provide the adaquate services, so the easier solution was to pretend it no longer existed.
I am a parent of a student who is in kindergarden for the first year. The school staff and teacher are very professional. I liked the school as they really try to do their best. However I think that they are very punative about things that are insignificant and they send the children to the lion's den(no resess ) for any little reason. I understand discipline is important but being a little more tolerant and leanring to deal with students behavior in a different way would definely improve the view the parenst have about the school. It is a great school but it is very rigid in regards to the dicipline.
To address the review below: It is a "Program Improvement School" largely because of it's large population of ESL students. Their test scores compared to the schools in the area are still fantastic as are the teachers. If you don't like the school, leave. There are many children on the waiting list who will gladly take your child's place. This school does have a very strictly structured program and is not for everyone. If you're unsure, visit. It is the best school for my children, and that has not changed in the 5 years that we've been here.
Excerpt from letter sent out to parents, from ATCPA administration, today... "Alexander Twilight College Preparatory Academy has been identified as a Year 3 Program Improvement School under the federal No child Left Behind Act of 2001. What is Program Improvement? Each year schools are reviewed to determine if students are making adequate yearly progress. Alexander Twilight college Prep Academy did not reach its target in 2012-2013. "
Alexander Twilight. How unfortunate that a school is graded on how much parking there is, that the gym floor was redone, or that this obviously hard-to-please parent couldn't get his/her way with the administration. We have 3 students in the school and have never had a staff member - teacher or administrator - fail to work with us on any issue. Sounds like a child that really needs some disciplining and the parent(s) isn't ready for that, based on how often the child participates in the Lions Den!! The students have a goal of College for Certain and their attitude reflects that. No school spirit??!! - apparently someone couldn't find a parking place to attend a Friday Town Hall. Talk about hundreds of jazzed kids ready to take on the world!! Try it, you'll love it!!
The only reason the school even gets a two is because I do see the 6-12 principal trying. The K-5 principal seems to try to avoid dealing with things and pushes the office manager or her son in your face as she shuffles back in her office. Office staff K-5 as well as 6-12 is the worst. I have never in my life met and experienced such unfriendly people. Interdistrict transfer is a joke. Stay where you are if it's working for you. Here they will not work with you. This school does not care if you have kids 6-12 as siblings. They will simply say these are two different school. Really! Graduating with Associate degree is slowly going away. No school spirit or sense of community. The teachers are young and always pregnant. So as soon as your child bonds with them they are going on leave to bond with their own children. I no longer see the benefit and Sacramento actually had better schools that actually reach and exceed their API.
The school has good teachers that are young and motivated to bring out the best in the children. The administration and office staff are "no bueno". There is not enought parking, for school events it makes you not want to come. There seems to be a click of parents who thik they run the school and the principal does what they tell her.
It was a solid school until the 2011 year began and a change within the administration. The teachers want to do well, but the leadership on the Elementary side is not strong. This school is very punitive and for the slightest infraction, a child will be sent to "LionsDen" for whole and half recesses where their head must remain down. Any adult can put the child in Lion's Den and it's very subjective as to the reasoning, nor do the children understand why they're there since it's so frequent. This is our 2nd year and we will not be returning for a 3rd. This school is built on a facade and I urge you to do a good amount of research before selecting this school. I would not recommend this school to any other parent until the current administration is removed.
My Children have now started their second year at this school, they have been going to a Montessori CMP and my K and 1st grader were really late when it came to reading but now that they are in 2nd and 3rd they have improved so much winning awards last year for the most improved and highest achievement on the state test. I would recommend this school, but I have a child whom just started jr high and I am afraid, I will see what happens.
My son started a few months into kindergarten last year, he went from not comprehending to receiving awards this year! This school has made him grow, teaching him values, and respect! I was soo happy when a place came open this year for my oldest, and my son's half sister will be there next year as well! I have a very active, & difficult @ times child, they layed down the laws, and he respects them for it. they are strict and work with lots of positive reinforcement. Many thanks to Mr. Spencer, Ms. Perry, and Ms. Imrie
This is a horrible place to send your junior high or middle school child. I would never recommend this school to anyone. I had to pull my student out in the middle of the school year because she was bullied nonstop. No results from reporting to the teachers, principal, etc. The bullying seems to be tolerated because they feel bad that the kids come from a rough home life to the detriment of all others.
. My 1st grader loves school and is being indoctrinated with the right skills to succeed in school and life. That said, this fledgling school was not so great for my jr high schooler. The teachers really had a hard time with the middle school students, and the academic learning really suffered in 09-10. The problem was largely disciplinary, as the students came from rough backgrounds with all of the behavioral baggage. However, I am sure that the problems will be resolved as the grade school children move up to middle school. I have and will continue to recommend this school to anyone I encounter looking for a great school for their K-5 student. I pulled my middle school child and enrolled her in a charter school with more experience, but I feel confident that my little one is in the right place.
I had always had my son in a private school. The last couple of years he had been getting bullied and picked on and for that reason I chose to move him. Since he came to Aspire his grades has improved 100% and he has made a lot a friend. The teachers are great and caring. I wish I had moved him a lot sooner.
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