My husband's and my favorite part about AA is the flexible grouping system. Students are tested all year long to gauge their current ability levels and to identify learning gaps. For example, my son, an early reader and a quick student, had fallen behind this last year in comprehension skills. Instead of keeping him in the advanced group, he was moved to the standard group for more support. He's getting the attention he needs at the level he needs right now, and he's doing great. Maybe next year he'll be in advanced again, maybe not, but he's being taught according to his NEEDS. How many schools can say they identify and then address and accommodate each student at that level of detail? Not many I imagine. We are thrilled by the school's determination and ability to make "challenging each student at their level" a priority and a possibility.
Our kids have attended a few others schools, public and private and though I never have been one for uniforms and a lot of structure, I have to say that it really works for my kids! They are learning at such a fast pace and doing extremely well at American Academy, I just can't beleive it. I love my kids teachers (and they do too!) and I feel like they really care about educating my kids. The school managemnet is extremely effecient and I feel like the school is runs like a top. The communication from the school is wonderful. We feel like we are informed about policies, fundraisers and all of the extra cirricular activities that are offered (which we love as well).
My children have been going to this school since the oldest was in first grade (she is now in fifth) and it is an amazing school. Is it perfect? No, bu then again, what school is? However, when I see the quality of education my children are getting, I have no complaints. The teachers are excellent and dedicated, the new principal is doing an excellent job, and there are more than enough challenges to keep my children interested.
I have been very happy with American Academy. The teachers here are dedicated to making learning fun and interesting for all students! I can't believe what they are learning! My 4th and 6th grader are learning more advanced Science and Math than their high school aged cousins! Truly amazing! Great school, great community feel!
Phenomenal school with phenomental teachers! I love the curriculum and the challenges that the teachers provide. The leadership is wonderful and supportive.
I thought this school was better than it actually is. The homework load for the middle school students is excessive for no reason. The Math department is ridiculous. The ability placement is a joke because children don't move up and are often placed in the wrong classes. Two of my children were incorrectly placed and thus NOT challenged. I had to argue to have my children placed properly.What could be a Great school is only mediocre due to it's math department and homework load. Hours of homework do not make a child smarter, the teachers do. Teach the children how to do the work! Educate! I'm really disappointed.
I have two children at American Academy and they absolutely love it! We left our neighborhood school in search of more. The ability grouping for math and reading is fantastic! They have science and social studies everyday, not rotating the two like our old school. Carpool line takes some getting used to, but is to be expected in a commuter school. I will take a little hassle for a quality education. You really feel you are getting a private education for free. I have no idea why or how people are posting negative reviews when their child never attended the school. Bizarre!
As in many charters the literacy instruction is outdated and faulty. There is a negative attitude towards students who struggle or who have special needs... "This school might not be the right fit for your child." Meaning- they need CSAP scores. They have a board that operates as friends do- not as a school leadership team.
American Academy used to be a great school. Unfortunately, now that the new building is in Castle Pines, it has become a school fo the haves versus the have nots. The entire culture of the student and parent body is changing, and not for the better. The principal is the mother that founded the school and she has no background in education with regard to a formal education. She defers to the Senior Academic Director for virtually all academic issues. Additionally, there is an elitest attitude that only the brightest students need stay. Teachers are encouraged to tease out the students who are not performing at or above grade level so that their state testing scores are not influenced in a negative way.
My family loves this school! The depth of the curriculum is incredible. I am amazed at the information my children retain. Carpool is somewhat time consuming, but not a deal breaker. The teachers seem to be very enthusiastic in regards to helping the children understand. More and more extracurricular programs are popping up every month, creating an even more rounded educational opportunity for the students. There is a bright and exciting atmosphere within the school, helping the kids feel comfortable and eager to learn. I cannot promote this school enough - I tell all my friends about this amazing find!
We're finally finished with American Academy!! Kids are ability grouped with NO flexibility and once they are set in a particular group they do not move!! New principal has no background in education and yet is supposed to evaluate best practices within the classrooms. Kids individual learning styles are not addressed and there is little or no attempt to work with kids that struggle academically. Kids will either be indoctrinated into the AA way or will struggle and leave. There is NO concern for providing an environment where ALL students can succeed!
we are very pleased with the high quality of the academics my children are receving. The teachers and the staff are very professional and knowledgeable. The STEM program is one of the best in the nation. This is the kind of education our children need in order to compete with the rest of the world.
The school year has been wonderful in every aspect. The front office does an amazing job. I am very pleased with the staff and administration!
The academic curriculum and the teachers are good, but the administration and the front office is extremely rude and does not address the issues and concerns of the parents.
This is our first year at American Academy and we have nothing but positive things to say. To me, the highlights are definitely the the Core Knowledge curriculum, the ability grouping and the uniforms. In my opinion, these three components set the stage for a successful education. Our son has enjoyed the entire year, from Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading down to PE, Music and Art. We're thrilled with what he is learning, how he's being taught and the environment in which this is all happening. We've also enjoyed the opportunity to attend a special after-school Spanish class. As with most things, you get out of it what you put into it. We couldn't be more happy here.
I am so thrilled with this school! Our kids do athletics in the surrounding community, so I'm mostly concerned that the school my children attend has a focus on, heaven forbid, academics. Whatever else they deal with on a daily basis, the first priority of AA's administration is obviously the academic success of their students. Kids are tested regularly and the teachers are held to those results. And they use those results to tweak the curriculum and staff. What a concept! My they are average students at AA. Sometimes there's a lot of homework. But they are thriving and happy and learning amazing things every single day at this school. I wish I could go back and attend this school! I couldn't be more enthusiastic in my recommendation.
Amerian Academy has been an exceptional school for my two kids. We started at AA 3 years ago. We are so impressed with the curriculum, the teachers and the staff. We particulary like the fact that character education is emphasized. I have never seen a group of kids act with such respect towards others and property. This is a school that is on the cutting edge and so needed in today's world. I would recommend this school very highly.
First and foremost, the charter school option is a self selecting option. If you do not like the option, seek a better option. If you like the option, congratulations you've found it. We sought and found a school that is Core Knowledge and STEM focused. What we got was more as this administration, faculty and student body is fully ENGAGED in all aspects. Wonderful school. If I have to raise funds to keep it running then so be it. I sought it out. If I did not want that for my child then I would've put them in the regular mill. Remember: Options, Choices and Consequences. Good, bad and ugly, its all relevant to your perception.
We are a brand new family at American Academy and we are thrilled with the success our daughter has had. The ability grouping is such a great system and we can't say enough about the teachers. The STEM weeks are incredible, the information the kids come home with is so encouraging. Her class size is small - 23 kids compared to 28 or 29 at some of the other schools in the district. The new building is beautiful and the teachers and front office staff have been so helpful, friendly and supportive to our family. We are so happy with the education our daughter is receiving and have absolutely no regrets about choosing American Academy.
This is not the school we signed up for four years ago. Small class sizes are no more with the building of the new facility. The highly qualified principal was let go for no reason, and the founding parent of the school is now in charge! This leader is not qualified and has never taught a day in the classroom and stands to get the $90K job for next year. Teachers make some of the lowest salaries going and everyone is told how we need to raise funds, but they need to pay attention to where the money is really going. Children are nothing more than revenue to AA. If you aren't outraged...you aren't paying attention.
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