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Atholton Adventist Academy3
Posted July 17, 2014
- a parent
Atholton is an average Seventh Day Adventist school. Curriculum and instruction is average. No emphasis on academic excellence. No honor roll program. They now have a spelling bee that the principal clearly does not support. If your student is average, go elsewhere. The teachers are very average, especially in math and science. Seems the gymnastics show is the most important thing here. Families pay all different tuitions. Parents concerns are heard but nothing is done about it. If your child is late more than 6 times a semester, you are charged $10 for each lateness after that! On top of tuition. This school can be socially awkward and EX-clusive. I had one child thrive and one struggle terribly socially. Parents are also socially awkward and EX-clusive. It took about 5 years for people to 'be nice' to me and acknowledge my presence in the school, I am an extremely involved mom. Still some of my kids teachers walk right past me in the hall and don't speak! The principal, while passionate, needs to retire. New leadership and teachers are needed. The teacher act like they are afraid of the principal. The principal also speaks to parents as if they are children!
My kids are currently in their third year at Atholton, and both truly love the school. They could not wait for summer to end so that they could return. It is like their second home. The diverse environment truly enriches each student's experience. Most importantly, the teachers genuinely love each child and care about their spiritual and academic growth. They are responsive to student/parent concerns, and they are proactive about alerting parents of concerns before things get out of hand. I highly recommend an Atholton education. My kids have accelerated their spiritual and academic growth while at this school.
I do not believe the curriculum is challenging, nor is there enough emphasis on writing and speaking. The school does not teach students to be independent and responsible. It appears every family pays a different tuition and I don't feel we're getting our money's worth. The teachers are all quick to reply to concerns, but the principal does not address all concerns. I would rate this school one step above public, but not on the same level as most private.
This is an excellent school for many reasons. First, the principal is passionate about her job and committed to the success of each student. She makes herself available to parents and insists her teachers do the same. Also she enforces a strict discipline policy, meaning behavioral distractions are limited. Next, the curriculum is competitive. The school is located in one of the best school districts in Maryland and its curriculum is comparable to the public school system's advanced program. Finally, the school offers music education. Students may receive group or individual instruction and perform for the church several times throughout the school year.
The quality of the academic program is tops! My niece and nephew have learned so much already this year. The teachers are excellent and are dedicated/committed to these kids. They are available for meetings with parents at anytime. They are intelligent and insightful. They provide concrete, personal advice for the success of your child. The music program is excellent. There is a band and choir and private lessons are also available to whoever want it. We are completely involved in all aspects of the children's education.