The school is a great place for students to learn and for families to be involved with their childrens education. The administration has made significant changes in the last few years that have yielded wonderful results, i.e. getting out of improvement under No Child Left Behind, and meeting or exceeding State Standards for the last three years. It is definitly an educational option for your child worth looking into.
There are many reasons why this school has the lowest rating. It starts with the lack of leadership of the Board of Directors and Principal. The staff is constantly looking for other work which provides an unstable environment for learning. There are some quality people on the staff but they're in the minority. You'd be doing your child a disservice if you send them there.
I love this school. I only wish it went to 8th grade. It is very disciplined and I know that my child is safe. I am very worried as to where I am going to send my child in 2 years. There is no other school as well disciplined and safe as AOD. This is very sad. This school really needs to think about the children that they send away every year.
I am pleased with the Academy of Dover. It is a sound school with a solid academic program. It has responsive leadership and caring teachers. The school inspires parental involvement by allowing parents to have a meaningful role in their children's school. The Academy of Dover is becoming more than a fine school. It is becoming a community dedicated to the education of its children.
I am the grandparent of 2 students at the Academy of Dover and I have been very impressed by the quality of the educational programs and the positive learning environment my grandchildren have experienced.
I have had 4 children in the Capitol school district. They have been in charter schools and the regular district. My first grade son can spell words like pause and can read write and spell Spanish words.The school is very involved with the parents and every day when the children get home there is a small comment made as to how that day has went. I have had two children in Campus Community and would put my student's progress at the same or even better then that school. The start of the year brings Iowa testing and then at the end another Iowa. This show's me that my child IS progressing. I feel Blessed to be able to have my children in such a fine upstanding school. If I had to pay what I thought the services rendered to my children were I would not be able to afford it.
I like the Spanish Curriculum being available to all grades. I think they should look more closely at the behavior issues. They should keep more highly qualified teachers.
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