It is obvious that the postings so far have been from disgruntled parents. While I am not a big fan of 'uniforms' it seems to be a neccessity in today's culture. My son has other ways of being an individual. He doesn't need to dress special to set himself apart from the others. He does that with personality, confidence and friendships. I have had numerous meetings with teachers and staff at the school. I have always been treated professionally and with courtesy. The Middle Years program, IB program and Summit Academy all bring something positive to the school. This school is diverse, but not in a bad sense as one posting would lead you to believe. It's not the school's responsibility to teach our kids discipline, morals, ethics and the importance of education. That's a parent's job. Aurora Hills is doing a fine job with my child.
The administration at this school treats parents as adversaries, not as partners in the educational process. There is little positive communication between the administration and the student body. The atmosphere between the various groups of students at the school, which in addition to its home school boundaries includes a magnet school for gifted students, the Jr. International Baccalaureate program and the Middle Years Academy for high-achieving students, verges on poisonous. APS needs to do better for its students at this critical time in young student's educations. And yes, given the secondary populations at the school, test scores should be much higher. I'm afraid that the district doesn't separate out the scores of the two academies for fear that it will show how poorly the general population at the school is being educated.
Why does a school with a magnet program get such low test scores? Aurora Hills holds a Pre-IB program but at the same time, shows below level performances on CSAP. In addition, Aurora Hills is not in a comfortable enviroment for several reasons. There are no windows in the school building, making students feel as if they are in closed and locked away area. A[urora] Hills students also have to wear school uniforms meaning that there is less diversity in the school. Aurora Hills is not a recomended school.
While my child got straight A's at this school, he was not prepared for high school. We moved in order to get our children into Cherry Creek Schools. The teachers are caring but don't have a lot to work with. I feel it is a hard school to teach at and some children may fall through the cracks.
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