My child visited this school after attending another school for the first 3 months of 1st grade. We were visiting other schools looking for options because he HATED school and was bored. The day we visited aalc, he refused to leave. He stayed the entire day and begged to come back. He's 6th grade now and still enjoys school. There is no playground or gym yet, but the kids go to the park frequently and go swimming, ice skating, camping, biking... The curriculum is what you make of it. We enjoy supplimenting if he gets interested in a subject, and we expect to monitor his work and help him learn to learn. The atmosphere at aalc is safe in every way-very little of the 'normal' bullying. Kids learn to accept each others' differences. The teachers are excellant-bright, committed, caring, creative. They enjoy kids and learning. I wish they had high school.
My child has attended AALC since Kindergarten. She is now in 2nd grade. She has had a great experience. Her teachers have her working at a level appropriate for her, challenging her to work up to her potential. I get feedback whenever it's needed. She loves her music and art classes, and the music programs and art shows are excellent. The children go to the park every day, providing good exercise and a play area to make up for the lack of a playground at the current school. I'm excited about the new building, which will have all the things we don't have now.
My child went to the middle school for two years. When asked how I liked the school, I often responded 'ask me when my child gets in high school' Well, the answer now is not good. My childs math preparation for high school was completely inadequate. I am also suspicious of the standardized test that the school uses. It's a proprietary test from McGraw-Hill called Terra Nova. They never took a MEAP. Obviously for good reason.
This school screams great! Great teachers and teacher/student ratio. They don't allow more than 17 students per classroom. Teachers are excellent. Also, parent involvement is a must -- at the very least you have to take/pick up your child from school. They have a great safety system set in place. They do tons of educational field trips, good music program. Only draw back of the entire school, is they don't have a good playground...which, honestly, isn't that big a deal. I think this school is great for my child.
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