There is a lot to be said for this school - some good teachers, the curriculum - BUT... the admin is only there for damage control. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I go to American Academy(6th)and this school rox tha world. Everyone should go here. It is the best school in all of Colorado. I love it! Send your child here and you will worship the school for how in line they are and how much they know!
The school and teachers are completly involved in the kids and their education. Principal extreamly envolved and eager to help. Other parent interaction is amazing.
I'm just amazed by these horrible reviews, especially the one that said American Academy does not compare well to other schools in science and technology. American Academy offers very rigorous instruction in those areas, so I'm not sure why anyone would have made that comment. The school did have a rough start, but that is to be expected for a first-year charter school. Complaints about the Board could be true, but the school has improved a great deal since last year and I see more improvement every day. The Core Knowledge curriculum speaks for itself, and I love the level of discipline at the school. The music and art classes are great, and parents are able (and expected) to volunteer as much as possible. My children have attended other public schools in the area, and I can say from experience that American Academy is far superior.
Our two sons were there last year and we are very happy to have them out of there. We thought their teachers were quite good, but the school administration and parents board were running amok. We had to get the school district involved in how they were railroading our oldest son for minor stuff. The school district took our side, but AA didn't change their ways. Beware! If you send your kids to a charter school, that school then becomes your 'neighborhood school'. If the charter school doesn't work out, your geographical neighborhood school does not have to take them. You may be stuck. We had to beg!
I had 3 children in AA last year. We chose to pull all three of them for several reasons. First, all three of their teachers were let go. I thought all 3 teachers were great because of the time they spent with my children and met their individual needs, mainly, reading and math. Secondly, the Board of Directors showed that their decisions were made for their own needs and not the school as a whole. They disregard suggestions or feelings of the parent population. Last of all, it was not worth the stress. The rules change in midstream, concerns with the curriculum, especially the lower grades, lack of choices for the upper grades and just the 'politics' of the school on a day-to-day basis.
People should know that the high CSAP scores received by this 1st year school are reflective of where the student attended the previous year. Over 30% unenrollment after first year. Many have stayed because neighborhood schools are full. Curriculum is great. The school advertises having a Science and Technology emphasis but does not compare to other schools in those areas. Employee turnover is high: at least 10 teachers and staff left. Parents are treated rudely by the administration and board. It would be better if the board members did not have children attending the school. Playground is cement - no grass or equipment. The uniform policy was completely changed against parents wishes causing financial hardship on many families. New schools can have bumpy starts. Without a change in the school leadership some of these problems may never go away. Our family didn't have time for the changes to be made.
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