SAS encourages peer-learning and self-motivation. As such, all children will not thrive at SAS, particularly if they require strongly-structured environments or desire lots of extracurricular athletics. That said, after 3 children and 14 years (one more to go) as a parent and volunteer at SAS, I have never seen a school with which I am more satisfied. Students are encouraged to enjoy learning, by both their teachers and their peers. Students are encouraged to perform at weekly assemblies, assemblies where they are SUPPORTED by their classmates rather than ridiculed, and through arts and music programs that attract the largest audiences I've ever seen for K-8. Students become comfortable in front of people and confident with themselves as scholars. And it's not all art; the school consistently scores among the highest in the state. I wholeheartedly recommend SAS. It isn't a learning-mill, but a community of involved parents and teachers and children. My children have left the school with a solid foundation for future learning and, most importantly, confidence in their own abilities and a desire to learn.
Learning differences are actively addressed on a per-child basis. That said, the environment encourages self-motivation and some students who require a more-structured traditional environment have not been as successful. I believe this is largely a result of the reduced funding a public charter receives, compared to a traditional public school; there simply aren't enough funds to provide everything to everyone.
The school encourages peer-learning and other cross-grade communications, works with students to establish peer-mediation and "peace education," and generally creates a sense of community rather than simply a learning-mill that students are compelled to attend.
My child is thriving at SAS. The school is solidly academic, diverse racially and culturally, has great parent involvement, and dedicated community of teachers, admin, and board. There is a philosophy of conscious discipline. The students are super-polite with each-other and with the adults on campus. (Greetings and doorholding and "excuse me" when passing on the stairs is the norm). Upper and lower grades have constructive, positive, mentoring interactions with eachother: the weekly reading buddies pair up 4th graders with Kindergartners. Every student goes on stage and performs regularly, whether as narrator, MC, star, or supporting role. Everybody learns to be a supportive audience member. There is a gardening class. Parents whose kids have transferred in from other, private, schools have experienced SAS academics to be further ahead, and have like the structure and discipline at SAS. I love this school and wish that they were all like this.