This was not the school experience we wanted for our child. They are lacking in electives and have no facilities to carry out their dear end promises but they have no issue with taking your money. Who knows where it goes but it's not back to the school like they say. The teens here are very disrespectful and constantly talking back to the staff. Thankfully we will be transferring out at the end of the school year.
The lack of being up front and also making claims regarding facilities is frustrating. Claims that Administration knows full well were false is disappointing. Don't confuse AEA with the attributes of a private school. They are VERY politically correct there. If they pounded the books as hard as they pound your pocketbook for donations everyone would be an A student. The legal problems with staff was alarming to say the least. Parents send their kids to school believing it is a sanctuary. It is a real eye opener.
If I hadn't had my wonderful AEA teachers to help push, encourage, and help me work for my dreams, I would be stuck in the sea of graduates with no plan, and nowhere to go and now here I am accepted to the college of my dreams. Yes our school is far from perfect, yes our school is strange, yes you meet some wacky people, but I've never been so happy with the close knit, trustworthy relationships made with my teachers, I feel safe at AEA, I trust AEA. I've met my life-long, mentors and friends, I'm proud to say that I love everyone at AEA so much I consider them my second family. I've been going to AEA since 8th grade, that's FIVE YEARS, look how much we've grown, how much we've accomplished. I look forward to seeing AEA blossom over the years to come, and maybe some day I'll come back and be a teacher there so I can give the next generation the positive learning environment, and encouragement I received during my time at AEA that every student deserves. We are family at AEA, when one of us gets hurt, we all feel it, and then we bounce back and support each other, that's what I love about AEA, flaws and all. GO ROCKETS! C:
This school is not perfect that is true. Our teachers are like our second parents. They teach us responsibility,care,respect and trustworthiness.This school has helped me in sooo many ways and....I love it. All the people at this school have excepted me and I am proud to say I am an Albert Einstein Academy student and and Honor student.
My review is for the Elementary school in the Agua Dulce location. A lot of parents who have posted negative reviews here obviously have no understanding of what Charter schools are or what they depend on to survive as a functioning school within the public school districts. Charter schools, like public schools depend on funding from the State. Every child that does not show up due to illness or other reasons means the school loses money for that day. Charter schools depend heavily on parent donations because their curriculum is more rigorous and to meet the high standards, they need the funding and contributions from parents. Charter schools are aspiring to give our children a private school education for free. That is what most parents here seem to be missing. I am absolutely fine with having to pay for a Chromebook. I don't pay tuition but I am getting a private school level education for my child. My son is in first grade and his experience and our experience with his teacher has been phenomenal. Standards are rigorous and she challenges the students every day. Communication and respect shown by the teachers and the administrative staff has been excellent.
While I agree that the first year of AEA Elementary was rocky and communication was unorganized and infrequent, they have made improvements this year. I don't find the fundraising any more frequent than the constant fundraising at our previous elementary school. I complained about a few things last year that made our life frustrating for sure, but the problem is - my daughter absolutely loves the school. She comes home every day, bubbling over with excitement about all the things she learned that day in Science, how History is so interesting (she never thought so before) and for the first time in her life (she's a 5th grader), she absolutely loves PE. In previous years she always looked for a way to get out of it because it was boring. Now, she comes home and wants to show us the latest game/sport she learned and wants to play with us all evening (as opposed to her former favorite activity - watching TV). This change in her has made it impossible to think about leaving AEA. We are willing to put up with the growing pains of a new school because we see what a great education she is getting.
I am saddened to say Albert Einstein Academy elementary is truly misleading. The elementary doesn't have their own page on this site and it is pretty obvious why. They are hiding under the umbrella of the well run JH and high school. I was sincerely shocked to be treated so cold by the staff and if they do choose to communicate with you it is in patronizing platitudes. We are trying to remain positive though our child adamantly wishes to leave. Given the incredible difficulty in securing a spot in this "dream" come true we didn't want to simply throw it away if it was simply a social assimilation issue but further reinforcement of the same scenario is leading to an inevitable conclusion. Couple that with the truly callous attitudes from the administration toward any genuine questions, generated from their withholding information in the first place. We are reaching a breaking point. We were sold on the dream that so far has been a far cry from realization.
Extremely poorly run!! I am speaking for the Elementary side only. Aside from the fact this school constantly telling lies or only what they think parents want to hear, they also do NOT plan very well. SOME of the teachers are good, but NONE are even trained or certified in STEAM teaching like the school so proudly advertises. Communication from school to home is so confusing. Everything is either on FB or on their website and you have to guess when they are posting a change or look everyday. And some of the parents that are involved are overboard with their involvement. They are such "cheerleaders" for the school that they don't even care anymore about the real quality of the school they just want it open. The school is a pipe dream. And hello?! Where is the money going?? Parents pay for EVERYTHING we even supplied the classrooms! We even paid for moving the schools location by using our personal vehicles or even renting trucks. And now they want you to buy computers for your children's, but only the kind they want you to buy. This school did nothing academically that was amazing. IF you give money to AEA then your child get special treatment.
Here is the main thing to understand: There are reviews here about the ELEMENTARY school AND the MIDDLE/HIGH school. While they are both AEA, they are VERY different. The middle/high school principal is AMAZING. He is the most kind, caring and innovative educator I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My son has excelled in this diverse environment. The teachers are dedicated, creative, imaginative and keep the students engaged and excited to learn. Small class sizes also help keep the focus on learning. I will be completely honest here: I have not been overly pleased with the elementary school. The administration has been difficult, even hostile at times, toward parents. This, of course, does not make for a great experience--especially in a school that is dependent upon parent volunteers. That said, the teachers are AMAZING and the educational experience has been superb. I hope the necessary changes have been enacted to improve the elementary school so it can reach the level of the middle/high school. PLEASE NOTE: My star ratings apply ONLY to the MIDDLE/HIGH school. I would have to give 1 star, or less, to the principal admin of the elementary school).