im a incoming 7th grader and i HATE this school. The students are mean to you , the deans dont care at all and last of all the principal keeps acting like the school is okay but its not.Just because it has a IB program doesn't mean it should .its very ghetto.
If I could give Aurora Hills a zero rating I would. I have 2 students in this school, one in 6th and one in 7th grade. My disappointment is confirmed daily here. Many of the teachers are pleasant, however they do not keep the parents informed. Parent Portal is supposed to be a tool for parents to track student progress. To date it has not been updated since February 10, prior to that it was October 09. Parent involvement is lacking badly at this school. The students that attend this school are disrespectful and bullies. The administration does not follow through on what they promise the parents and it is obvious they do not care about the students attending. They focus all of their attention on the badly behaved children and do not reward the kids that do work hard. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
As a parent of an incoming 5th grader. If I didn't have a student at the school, there is no way I would send my daughter next year. My experience however, has not been negative. The staff is great. They are very helpful and willing to go the extra mile for kids. I brought my son to the Mustang Night earlier in the year. Staff members were playing games and talking with kids. They are volunteering their time to be with our kids. I see them at atheltic events supporting our children. Academically, I find the classes to be challenging and well rounded. It is a middle school, and kids at this age can be a challenge. Overall I feel this is a wonderful school! I would not hesitate to send my kids to the school.
Great school...IB Program, STEM opportunities, technology, solid staff The building is odd but a new one is on the way! I recommend the school to others.
i am a parent of a 7th grade student and i am very disappointed in this school. The students have no homework ever unless it is something they did not finish in class. That is the craziest thing about this situation. They are not allowed to carry backpacks into classrooms for safety reasons, They do not have enough time to go the restrooms or even to their locker. Lunch period are short. The teachers can only do so much, it seems like the few good teachers they have have to spend too much time disciplining when they could be teaching. I will not be sending my child to this school and wish i could move her now. Think long and hard about this school choice. Very sad situation!!
The staff is excellent at Aurora Hills. They work very hard to help the students become successful young adults. They face many challenges every day working with studnets from lower economic backgrounds, but they always keep a professional demeanor and work hard to ensure the safety of their school
This is a horrbile school. It needs a lot of work and a better staff. The school is undeserving of the IB status. If you live in this area you may want to consider enrolling in a different school.
I have two children that attend this school. They both dislike the school. Based on my interaction with the staff, I am not fond of it either. Parental concerns are dismissed because the staff does not want to be bothered. The students have a 17 minute lunch that barely allows them to get through the lunch line. They are not allowed to go to the bathroom. The para pro's are rude and disrespectful to the students. The amount of bullying at the school is high and uncontrolled. The supposed dress code is not enforced. My children do not feel safe nor do I feel safe sending them here. They will not be attending Aurora Hills in the future. We are just trying to get through the end of this school year. If you are thinking of sending your child her for the benefit of the IB program, think again!
My student was in the Summit program, which has since moved to Aurora Quest K-8. The option for the IB program was not very enticing as it seemed that the teachers' philosophy for 'rigor' simply meant more homework. Aurora Hills offers the IB program to everyone and that is a problem because IB is not an easy program, nor is it a good fit for every student. As a parent, I agree the dresscode was very restrictive. Having a dresscode was supposed to make the students safer and cut down on discipline issue. Imagine our surprise when it didn't. There are major discipline problems and I never felt that my student was sae there. The school is not about choice, it is about conforming. The administration is not very helpful to concerned parents, who are often dismissed without their concerns being addressed. I would consider a different school for my student.
I went to this school during 6th and 7th grade (05-07). This school is definetly not a good schoo, even if your child is in an advanced program. I was in Summit here and didn't enjoy the experience due to the drama, bad teaching and unfair rules. The advanced programs weren't challenging and no improvements were attempted to be made with problems that were seen. There is a lot of fighting in addition to the other problems. I ended up leaving for my 8th grade year.
How times have changed. I was one of the original students when AHMS first opened. We moved into the school and held classes before construction was finished. Parents, teachers, and yes, even the students were excited to be in such a unique building. It's sad to read the comments here considering I thoroughly enjoyed attending there. It is unique being that it doesn't have windows. I do remember holding class and eating bag lunches outside before the cafeteria was finished. I can't recall a lot going on outside that had to do with what we were learning in class so we didn't miss the windows. Learning is a joint venture, if there are bullies and teachers that don't care about students, get them out of the learning environment.
The only good thing about this school are the special programs like I.B. I dont recoment anyone to put their child in this school unless they are going to be in the advanced placement programs.
i have two children at A Hills a 7th grader and a 8th grader. They are both involved in the band and love it. they are both in the Middle Years programme and enjoy it. They both agree it is quite challenging, but the teachers and very supportive. This schools dress code is a quite strict, we could live without it. they also need to work on teh bullying
I think more needs to be done regarding bullying at this school! I also can't stand the dress code here.
I found the teaching staff to be very supportive of my children, but feel the administration could do more to prevent bullying and improve class discipline. The cubicle style classrooms make the learning environment a challenge for those who are easily distracted by constant noise.
Overall i give this school a 2.5 because of various reasons. For starters this school is allways filthy looking. The academic programs here are not a great quality because ofsingleing out some types of kids. One good thing about the school is that they have a good selection of extracurriculars that are fun and educating.
I have a 7th grader at AHMS. The staff has been fantastic in supporting our family through the loss of my husband. When my child was in emotional trouble they were the first to notice and take action. Cody has never had as good of grades has he has at AHMS. I am so greatful for the entire staff at AHMS.
a.h.m.s. I have an 8th and a 6th grader attending.Great music program for both 8th grader plays flute,clarinet,and percussion. Never played before loves this program and teacher(very enthusiastic)6th grader plays viola same thing loves program and enthusiasim of teacher. Both girls are in academically challenged program called Summit it is for gifted and talented,most teachers are great in this program.They also have a middle years program at this school I did not choose that for my kids but its a great option for some. I love the choices.
The environment of the school may not be so appealing to the parents that are looking at the school for looks. Aurora Hills has a great educational program as well as extra curricular activities. Although it does not have as much money as the Cherry Creek schools do, the overall quality of the school and its education is very good. Parents that think the look of it is bad could have a point. but not having windows isn't that bad. this school is pretty old and the school may not have as much money as they need to get windows. As an 8th grader, I feel comfortable at this school and have no problems with the environment.
i think the school s a very bad environment for students.My reasons are tha there is no windows and the dress code is very bad.My kids are smart but not at this school. My kids don't have fun at this school they feel trapped like prisoners. Darcy May
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