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Posted January 31, 2015
- a parent
My child attended Avalon for 3 years and I wish we had pulled out earlier. While Avalon is great for kids who have been bullied at other schools it has extremely low academic standards. It is a poor fit for the bright slacker student, which is what our student was. My kid would describe how most students just sort of sat around and chatted all day. My kid fit right in, and got so far behind in credits that he fell behind a year in school! The math teachers were particularly bad, and seemed OK to have a whole class failing. The school has really low expectations, and I felt like mediocrity was praised repeatedly. It can be great for the quirky, self-motivated kid, or the kid that is so wounded that they just need a safe place. I was impressed with that part of the atmosphere, and happy so many transgendered kids found relief at Avalon. But we not only wasted my kid's time at Avalon, but we also hurt my kid's future prospects with the lack of credits and poor grades. I also was very overwhelmed with the advisors. While some advisors seemed pretty active, the advisor my child had took no responsibility at all for motivating my kid (saying "not my job"). Glad we left in time!
My son has attended Avalon School for the last 3 years (starting in 7th grade) and we could not have chosen a better school for him. He is a non-traditional student that is self-motivated, self-disciplined, inquisitive and unique in every way. Avalon's passion-focused/project-based structure plus it's dedicated and resourceful teachers, advisers and staff make for a winning school outcome for students that need something more than a traditional school can offer. My son is only a freshman but is on track to meet his graduation standards ahead of schedule so he can start working on post-secondary courses during his junior year. Avalon provides a safe, bully-free school setting where kids can explore their academic and social lives with confidence and grace under the caring guidance of educators committed to their students and the Avalon community.
Avalon is an excellent choice for a wide variety of learners. Our daughter was homeschooled until high school, is fiercely independent & working to graduate early Avalon has been a perfect fit.. She loves the project-based format. Students are in an Advisory group for their high school years. The Advisors meet daily with students, guiding their projects and overseeing goal setting. We love our daughter's Advisors! Avalon encourages students to engage and become their best selves, giving them both independence & guidance to achieve their goals.
Avalon is an amazing school, and we are so lucky to have found it. My son is mildly autistic, and while he never really hated school, he found it very stressful and tiring before we found Avalon. He loves everything about Avalon, and that has made it easier for him to really grow there. He is more responsible now, and the independent projects are definitely starting to get him to understand the real joy in learning things for their own sake. It is an amazing community, and just the best learning environment for kids that I have ever seen in action.
Avalon is an outstanding school!!! I have never met such committed, creative, enthusiastic, unique, knowledgeable, respectful and truly student-oriented teachers/staff than the teachers/staff at Avalon. They demonstrate and role model extremely high quality, organized leadership which in turn creates a safe, enriched, growth-promoting learning and social environment for the diverse population of Avalon students. Parent involvement is warmly welcomed, highly encouraged and is paramount to the success of the students and to the overall awesomeness of the Avalon community. Avalon School is amazing!!!
Avalon School has been the choice for four of my five children. Avalon is a true community of learning. It is a school that appreciates free thinkers, challenges one to become something more than they imagined and a place of peace and love. The environment helps to create well rounded citizens. Avalon is home.
My son began attending Avalon last year as a member of the first 6th grade class at the school. He had a great experience and looked forward to school everyday, and is looking forward to heading back for 7th grade this fall. Avalon is a place where he feels accepted and can comfortably be himself, and where he can pursue his interests via his project work. As a parent, I really appreciate the school's community approach and the responsive communication between parent, child, and staff. I also appreciate how Avalon promotes a culture of both personal responsibility and collaboration. Most of all though, I am so happy to see my son in a school where he feels welcome and excited to learn.
Our self-declared "school hater" switched from a large public HS to Avalon last fall. He still struggles with motivation and deadlines but for the first time in a long while he feels "okay" with going to school and likes his school environment. He has a couple of years left to go and we hope that Avalon can help him grow to embrace the power of learning and knowledge once more before he heads off to college. The teachers/advisors do a great job holding students to their self-determined goals and running the school cooperatively. They accept students' quirks, even when those make it ever so much more difficult to help the students succeed. We feel lucky to have been offered a spot when things were looking drab, and we are excited to look forward with Avalon by our student's side. Avalon supports struggling & frustrated learners like ours as well as highly prepared learners who want more freedom to explore and grow beyond what the public schools can facilitate.
My kids started 7th grade at Avalon. If you went to a regular junior high school you know how brutal and spirit crushing kids can be at that age. I have always told my kids that who they are is good and you hope the world treats them as kindly. Avalon does. You can tell when you walk in and you see kids dressing and acting exactly like who they are, not like every one else.
Avalon is a wonderful opportunity for youth to feel accepted and become part of a caring community. My student has learned a great deal in her areas of interest, made huge personal strides and has become an excellent student. All thanks to Avalon. Devoted and knowledgeable staff are part of the magic. Add commitment to each student's unique gifts and a model that allows students to create a meaningful learning plan that is going to work for them and you've got Avalon.