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6-8
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Annapolis, MD
Students enrolled: 911

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716 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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(410) 266-8251
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April 17, 2014
My two sons had a wonderful middle school experience here. They were challenged, yet given extra help and attention when needed. They've made life long friends.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
I will try to put into words how amazing this school is! This is my 2nd year at AACS and I have a son in kindergarten and daughter in 3rd grade. My husband and I had heard nothing but good things about the school, but as parents we wanted to be sure. I took the time to review the curriculum at the lower school and talk to the teachers and visit the classrooms before we were committed to anything. I wanted a Christian education for my kids, but I also wanted the best academic education for them, as any parent will say. This school has so much to offer. The teachers have exciting ways to involve students in hands on experiences to enrich and support classroom lessons. My daughter has told me, on more than one occasion "mommy, I don't ever want to go to another school". That, to me, is all that I needed to hear to know we had made the right decision. It really set in that this was the school for our family after attending one of the weekly chapel times. That is a moving experience, you have to experience that on your own to understand what I mean, and I highly recommend you come and sit in at chapel time! We pray everyday to thank God for allowing us to have access to AACS!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
AACS has been an excellent choice for our son from kindergarten to the junior he is today. The faculty has consistently partnered with us to instill Christian values and nurture a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The excellent academics, arts and athletic opportunities are just icing on the cake. It is not heaven on earth and we did consider leaving in middle school. Our faith and perseverance have been rewarded. Looking back we realize that no school is immune to trouble and we have grown through the challenges. In the high school there have been great honors and AP classes to keep challenging our son. There are enough sports with the size of the school that no student is cut from making a team. The music and drama are pursued at the highest level with nearly 1/3 of the student body participating in this area. Students are able to be multisport athletes and be serious about the arts if they so choose. I would highly recommend this school to parents who earnestly want to have their child in a Christ centered learning environment with the opportunity to have diverse experiences.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
AACS has been an excellent choice for our son from kindergarten through his junior year. The faculty has consistently partnered with us to raise our son with Christian values and grow in his relationship with Jesus Christ. This being of primary importance to us the excellent academics ,arts and athletics are an added bonus. It is not heaven on earth and we did consider leaving in middle school. Our faith and perseverance was rewarded. No school is immune to trouble but we all grew through the challenges. In high school we are grateful for the excellent honor and AP classes to keep our son challenged. The size of the school also allows students to be multisport athletes(there are no cuts for sports teams) and seriously pursue the arts if they so choose. I would highly recommend this school to parents who are earnestly seeking to have their child in a Christ centered learning environment with the diverse opportunities of arts and athletics.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
The lower school's strict disciplinary policies makes the environment intolerable for children that have personalities. The school has potential but they need to allow the kids to be kids. If your school student has an introverted personality, this school is a good choice. If your child is an extrovert, keep looking. Some of the teachers will key in on your extroverted child and make your child's school life miserable. They need to create a more welcoming environment for new kids. The school is somewhat cliquish. I had to withdraw my kids after this term.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
Our oldest has been at AACS for 9 years and will be starting HS next year. She and our two other children love AACS. The teachers are kind and supportive. The students are respectful. My children have all thrived academically and socially. AACS has helped my children mature spiritually and is preparing them for the real world challenges they will encounter regarding their faith. I highly recommend AACS!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2011
I am a former graduate of AACS. I can say firsthand the classes and school environment were helpful for my academic career after graduating. The school environment is really what you decide to make it. With a student body of roughly 500 people, there are plenty of opportunities to make new relationships and build strong social networks. When I was a junior, I knew sixty percent of the students by name, and loved every day I was there. Most of the teachers I had were quite social and kind. In an academic sense, I will agree that due to tuition, the school ought to definitely make a strong effort to establish after school study programs for those academically challenged to improve their growth in learning. I'll say I struggled greatly at imes in this school( in regards to the classes), but was fortunate enough to persevere and succeed through my devotion to learning. Perhaps there is no perfect school, but I believe in the future of my former high school, and the drive to sustain the Chrisocentric message in everything they do. For whats its worth, I attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School ( NAPS), and am now currently enrolled in the United States Naval Academy.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2011
I love the School, this is my son second year of middle school and we are looking foward to the high school next year. The eachers are excellent and the Academics are great,the students have lots personality and are very respectful and caring. You must check out this school......

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2010
The one problem I have with this school is that alot of the kids are brats and they don't act like Christians.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2010
For the most part this is a good high school. There are definitely some problems with teachers who are not able to get through to the marginal student. Unless you have a great deal of natural academic ability don't consider this school even if you're searching for the Christian education. In my opinion a teacher should strive help every student grasp the information in the classroom. If you're a quiet conforming student you'll definitely fall through the cracks and it will cost you a lot of money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2010
I came from a public elementary school to aacs. It was a huge change but i met friends here and they helped me adjust quickly. My old public school was horrible. The sports, academics and most teachers were pretty bad. Then I came here. It is the best school I have ever heard of!! The kids are great! The teachers? Even better! I love it here and the sports and academics are awesome! I couldn't be in a better school.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2009
I'm a aacs student!!! we have mentor group !! it's awesome and good !! i like my school

- submitted by a student
no rating October 28, 2009
My experience is as 7 year AACS parent, so take from this what you may. Academically AACS is perhaps average. I see little beyond what parents in their 40 s might have experienced in their own education 25+ years ago. They offer all the traditional math, science, language, language arts and history classes but I the depth and breadth of the curriculum is not top notch. Little comprehensive support is available for children needing extra help. School activities and sports are what you might expect for a school this size. Thing is, they don t purport to be leaders in these areas and they are not. Unfortunately where they fail to live up to their billing is in the Christian-centered portion of their mission statement. Enforcement of the code of conduct takes a don t ask, don t tell approach. Children of high profile parents/donors do appear to get special treatment whether they do or not. Cliques and the stereotyping/ostracizing that they promote are so visible as to be almost defiant. The student body is much more diverse than it once was. Unfortunately it s more of a salad bowl than a melting pot, with kids from like-backgrounds more likely to hang together then integrate. Actively recruiting athletes to support the donor hunger for MIAA results undermines the entire premise of the school faith first. Once a very small, faith-based school in Annapolis, they have decided to make the leap and try to become a regional education presence. Making that leap has lead the school to make some unfortunate compromises. These compromises are inconsistent with their mission statement and the unbiased observer easily notes some significant hypocritical behavior. There is certainly a feeling of a caste system amongst the parents with the high profile donor parents occupying the highest caste. Just walk into a school activity and watch the finger-pointing and whispering. It s a Peyton Place. Worst of all is that the student body sees everything and is learning from their observation; money and influence go hand-in-hand.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 23, 2008
Our child is an Upper School student. After the experience we had this year, we must say that it seems the administration has forgotten why AACS exists. In their own words, AACS exists 'to support Christian parents by providing academic instruction to students consistent with the Christ-centered teaching they receive at home and at church.' When our child encountered academic difficulties in the second semester, we received little support. We emailed all teachers: only 2 responded. No one else ever contacted us. We contacted the Academic Advising Office, who seemed unaware of the situation and gave little attention to it. Considering that tuition is around $12,000, we think we have a right to expect much more. We wonder if the emphasis on building a beautiful campus has caused AACS to lose sight of its responsibility to its families and to become more self-glorifying than God-glorifying.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
We have had two children graduate from AACS and have only one more to go. AACS has a wonderful music program. My children have been involved in band, choir and Madrigals. All the teachers teach from a Biblical prospective bringing our Lord into every subject. I am so glad my children have been privileged to attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2007
I am currently enrolled as a student at AACS--I'm a rising Junior. I can say that AACS has an excellent math program--especially from H. Algebra II up, with some of the most brilliant teachers I know. They're able to effectively communicate their deep knowledge of the subject matter to students. While I cannot speak as highly of the science program (although I've heard older students speak very highly the upper levels--AP Bio, Physics, especially AP Bio). In addition, the history department--once again especially in the higher levels--is top-notch. In my experience, the most astounding expertise is to be found in the English department--ever since I first came to AACS I have stood in awe of the brilliance of several English teachers. A great school.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2007
There are 3 different bus runs. My daughter was involved in 3 different sports, the fall and spring plays, the variety show, 2 choirs and several clubs as well. But there is also a fantastic band program. If you want to find extracurricular activities, you can be sure that your son/daughter will find one accustomed to his/her liking. The english/arts program is more stressed than the science/math department but the teachers in those subjects are wonderful. Overall, the school is great and provides a welcoming atmosphere and community unlike any other school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
Overall quality: Listed as one of the top Christian Schools in the book, soon to be published, entitled, 'From Good to Great in Christian Schools.' Accredited with ACSI and Middle States and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. Principal leadership/Teacher quality: Administrators and staff have degrees from a variety of colleges and universities. 25 to 1 teacher/student ratio. Extracurricular activities: new sports complex to be finished in August. Award winning fine arts program. After-school clubs. Parent involvement: sought after and valued. Safety and discipline: New cameras and safety doors installed at all three campuses. Seeking families who want to partner in the self-discipline of their child and who value Biblical worldview and the opportunity to graduate a student who is wise as well as smart!

- submitted by a staff
April 14, 2007
AACS has a decent elementary school. But the middle and high school education is lacking. Alot of things the kids have not learned yet that kids in public have. There are very few extra curricular activities in the High school. The school also seems to give a lot of pointless projects and work. The school is decent until high school. I believe there are many public schools in the area that provide a better education. Even though the school is called 'Annapolis Area Christian' the high schools is very inconvenient because it is far away from Annapolis and bus transportation is not provided. My kids will be attending there local public school next year for 9th grade instead of AACS.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
Both our kids attend AACS. Great elementary school but lacks academically at the middle and high school levels. High school doesn't emphasize math and science curriculums. Outstanding English and arts programs, but that's not what's needed in today's technology driven economy. There is a perception that children of major donors are given preferences, but that can be said of any private school. Some teachers and administrators appear to be naive about actions that should be taken in the event of unauthorized persons on school grounds. Overall ok school, but there's a few public and private schools in the Annapolis area with better overall programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
Excellent school if you are looking for a Christian based school. I was a little intimidated by the application process but now that my daughter has finished the first year and I have seen how she loves school and her teacher I am so glad I choose this school. I like how it encourages parental involvement and teaches basic bible principles. Parents seem very nice and concerned about their child's education. Beautiful campus and classrooms. Very good leadership from the top down. Academics is a priority as it should be with this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
This is our first year in the Kindergarten Readiness Program. We can't express how happy we are with the school and teachers. While we are not involved in after school activities yet, the school seems to have a lot to offer. We can't say enough great things about the school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2006
I was looking into AACC for my daughters' education. The application is lengthy and focuses too much on church involvement. As a newcomer to the area, and a new believer, I was hoping that a Christian School would have a more 'open arms' approach to a family seeking a Christian education for their children. Shouldn't that be part of the ministry? Suffer the little children unto me; NOT give the third degree to a parent's faith or church involvement to deem worthines. I was very much offended and found the application guidlines un-Christian like and discriminating. I would not allow my children to receive an education at AACC based on such biased school principles.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
Excellent Christian education! Our three daughters graduated from Annapolis Area Christian School. They all went on to higher education and found they were very well prepared for college work espcially in the English area. The Upper School has a new campus. AACS has an excellent fine arts program, award winning marching band and chorale groups. The Middle School has an excellent academic reputation and offers numerous electives and afterschool programs.

- submitted by a teacher
January 27, 2006
AACS is very overrated. Academically it is weak and there is not a strong enough emphasis on structure and order. There is a general laxness to their approach to education and for a Christian school not enough of an emphasis on teaching morality and ethics. They do have an incredible marching band and music program.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
Very average school that plays favorites...and allows those favorites to retake tests/redo work. The others are left out. Discipline seems to be handed out in the same manner. The school teachers and administrators are seasoned and can talk a good talk, but not all walk the talk. Communication between some teachers is lacking. I think there are many better private schools in the Annapolis Area.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
This is a very good school. However, the after school activites could be better, the choices are band, band, or sports. There no other choices. Discipline could have been dealt with better. The Upper Schools science and math departments could be better, but the English department is fantastic. The teachers are very dedicated to the students and truly enjoy their work, and want to help the students learn.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
My daughter attended AACS last year and loved it! She will be going to first grade this year and is very excited to get back to her friends and the wonderful teachers. AACS encourages high parental involvement, which I think is so different than the public school systems.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2003
We had our son Luke finish three years at AACS high school. We have had four children in 14 different schools. AACS rates in the top two schools. The school has a vision, philosophy of Christian education, and a great teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
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Annapolis Area Christian School - Middle School
716 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD  21401
(410) 266-8251
Last modified Annapolis Area Christian School - Middle School is a Private school that serves grades 6-8
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