We just moved to American Academy this year (2009). We previously attended a charter school and so we understood the volunteer requirements, uniforms, board situations, etc. Charter Schools do not follow the same game plan as a public district run school. Some are run using a business type structure, some mimic private schools, and others follow your average public school setup. Research and know the difference then determine what is best for your family. My oldest son is advanced in most subjects but really needs help with Math. American Academy definitely can and is providing that structure for him through their ability grouping. My other son is advancing far beyond what I could have. Teachers are responsive and want their students to thrive. With the new building the extra cirricular activities are there. Overall this has been a great experience for us.
This is the perfect school for US, my kids and my family. As with any school the right fit is the key to success. It may not be for everyone especially busy parents without time to be 'hands on' with their childs' education. A ton of parental involvement is expected and I grow weary of all the complainers, seriously are you more interested in what is going on with staff kids than your own? I am not a staff person, just a parent that feels this is the best place for my kids. The scores don't lie and watching my kids excel and remain challenged keeps me thrilled! It's not for everyone or for every kid, parents partner with your kids and decide if it's right for you and your kids.
This is a schoool that is either loved or hated by the kids and parents. There are some really wonderful teachers at this school that my kids dearly loved and learned a lot from. Unfortunately the bad apples ruin the bunch. The principle does as little as possible, in the hopes of avoiding confrontation, to address numerous parental concerns. Nor does she have a grasp on what is happening in the classrooms and the extreme variences of expectations between grades and teachers within the same grade. Again, despite numerous complaints from concerned parents. On top of a very academically rigorous day the kids are sent home with large amounts of homework (far beyond district standards) leaving little time for downtime and after school activities. The kids and teachers are beyond burnt out by the end of the school year. I don't feel that this school supports a well rounded student.
This is an amazing school! The kids are held to high standards of behavior & accountability. The teachers obviously love these kids and are enthusiastic. It's also amazing to me how flexible they are in meeting the needs of each child academically. They are continuously re-assessing these kids. We have attended several private and public schools and there is nothing better than American Academy. There are some things that are lacking, like foreign language, but you can only fit so much work into a day without stressing young children out. The specials teachers take very seriously their music, art and PE, which is outstanding. They're not 'soft' classess by no means. I'm thrilled that my children will be there through 8th grade.
American Academy simply stated, raises the bar. Expectations of students have deteriorated - which is evident in how the US ranks among other countries when it comes to education. American Academy has set out to remedy that for students and parents who are willing to give what it takes to uphold rigorous academic and behavioral standards. American Academy will not meet the needs of coddling parents, however, it is a school that will produce tremendous leaders of the future. Wait and see.... - Proud, Pleased Parent
This is a wonderful school. The education my kids are getting is far superior to the public schools in our area. Expectations are so high. Would not have my kids anywhere else.
This is an amazing school! The curriculum is challenging, the teachers fantastic. My daughter has been there for 2 years and we're transferring our other grade school child there next year! I spend quite some time at the school volunteering and the children are respectful and kind. AA expects high standards and I admire that. Sure, it's a new school, but there are always growing pains with something new. Considering there are 500+ kids in a temporary strip mall it's fantastic! We love the school! It's not the building that counts, but what's inside. We are thrilled that the school goes through 8th grade and we couldn't be happier to be there.
We love the school, the CK curriculum and the structured environment. Our three girls love their teachers and the school. It is amazing at what they learn. The staff is wonderful. What more could we say? It works for us. Simply the BEST!
I am amazed at what my kids are learning at American Academy. The education they are receiving is far above where they were before coming to this school. This is an academically challenging school and I couldn't be happier with the curriculam, the teachers or the administration.
We are thrilled with the school. I will admit that it was an adjustment coming from a school where my children were never challenged. Now they are thriving and loving everything about it. Of course they can't wait for the new facility with a 'real' playground but they are still having fun and staying active. I am certain that my children will be prepared for highschool and beyond now. They are learning to take notes and tests and they are actually learning to write! I never saw an effort to teach writing in thier old school. In addition the Core knowledge curriculum allows a deeper exposure to science and history before Jr. High. The 4th graders are about to dissect a animals heart while they are learning about cardiology! There are high expectations of the children in this school and they really rise to meet the challenges set in front of them.
You couldn't pay us to take our kids out of AACP. Yes, the Admin could use some work, but so could any organization in the world - academic or not. Yes, there are issues with the playground, but we all went in knowing that the current campus was temporary. Wait till the new school is built in Fall 2008! The academics are very challenging; The parent community is very passionate about the lives of their kids - which is part of why this school is so great. The school is new and always evolving. CSAPs don't lie, nor does the 700+ person waiting list.
We feel very fortunate to have found American Academy: For parents, we offer the following: 1. It's a core knowledge school. It's important to understand what that means and how it will 'fit' your child's needs. We have found (after just one year) that our kids (3rd and 6th grade) have learned more than we could have ever expected (we came from an established Douglas County elementary school with an excellent rating). 2. Math/Science/and Technology is a major focus. The students exceed proficiency in these areas at an early age. The content is challenging and progressive. 3. The academic and behavioral expectations are high. We are happy about this. 4. The school is 'young'. There are many 'new school kinks' to work out,which incidentally, are within reason and to be expected. The administrative systems are in place and communication has been excellent. 5. The volunteer and parental energy is very high.
We have sent our daughter to AA for the past two years. She just finished her first grade year and is reading at a strong 3rd grade level. Her math skills are greatly improving because of the time her teachers are spending with her. I can't speak highly enough of the teachers that teach at AA. The specials at AA have greatly improved since the first year and I can't say enough how wonderful they are and all the time they each put in each year. I personally volunteer on a weekly basis and feel that my time is well spent.
We're thrilled with our daughter's progress in this school. Nothing's perfect! You have to take the good with the bad. The facility is not good, but it's temporary! Our daughter loves her school and her teacher. Not once has she ever complained about the building or playing on concrete. Her dad grew up in Queens and he played on concrete! he's fine. Love the dress code. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and let things work themselves out. It's a new school and there will be growing pains. The curriculum is great, teachers are good. We're very happy!
I went to American Academy the first year it opened. There were some things that I liked about American Academy, and there were some things I dreaded about American Academy. First of all making friends was the easiest part. Everyone was new so that wasn't challenging. Also I really liked the teachers, and I also really liked the specials teachers as well.My teacher was the best teacher I had ever had. American Academy did not have that many after school activities. American Academy had just ok facilities. The board members kids were treated differently from everyone else's kids. Older grades weren't always nice to younger grades. I thought they focused too much on math and science. The administration wasn't very friendly either.American Academy wasn't for me.
Stay away from this school at all costs! My kids are MISERABLE here. We are doing everything we can to get them out and back in to our neighborhood school. The only positive is the curriculum but even that can't make up for the countless other negatives; terrible facility, weak administration, very few extra curricular activities.
I made the big mistake of sending my child here this year. I completely agree with the other parent regarding the administration and board. If your not one of the select few you will have no say. If you offer suggestions that differ from their opinions you will be shunned. Academics are ok, and the school gets good marks in those areas, but at what cost? Little Robots? Will the overscheduled children be able to function in the real world? Do some serious research before betting your child's education on this school!
I LOVE AA ad am very glad to go there! I think all kids should go here. The teachers are wonderful!! It is the best school in Colorado! I don't know why anyone would think it is a bad school.
I am constantly amazed at the progress that my child has made at AACS. the staff and teachers are so caring and wonderful. They put in so much time and heart! I can't say enough positive words about the curriculum! Core knowledge is the way to go! The one thing that I should mention is that this school is an academically rigorous school of choice. Therefor, not all students and families may fit the high standards that they expect. Some kids just don;t fit the challenging classes. I cna add that you won;t be disappointed if you want your child to succeed in life- send them here!
My kids went to American Academy last year. I couldn't get them out of there fast enough. In fact, my kids begged me not to send them back there. The administration treated the parents who put in countless volunteer hours horribly. The board members children get special treatment. The school claims to be about core values, but the administration and board don't practice what they preach. The teachers were good, but it didn t make up for the stress that was inflicted on everyone. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
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