There's a big range in teacher effectiveness. It is obvious which adults are actually teachers and which are tradespeople/field experts who have taken teaching jobs. Some of them clearly do not like kids.
I don't really know what this means in public schools anymore. The curriculum is too narrow to develop persistence in many students. Kids who go to ASK either like STEM curriculum or are not welcomed and exit.
The adults at ASK seem to be more interested in their reputation with the PED and in hosting the governor and Skandera than the academic success of their students. All they want from students is good standardized test scores and if they need any extra support or have IEP goals, they are just a bother. ASK is very cliquey and only a small number of kids are included in the big, fun learning activities. Students eat outside in the dirt; expensive uniform slacks are newly required from a specific vendor instead of just enforcing the existing dress code; the humanities are sorely neglected and undervalued; there is no music or art; PE is a joke; staff turnover is unusually high...
As a senior now at the ASK Academy I am very proud to say that this is without a doubt one of the best high schools in the state. I chose the engineering pathway and have loved it! Just recently in my aerospace class we have designed fully functional wind tunnels that the school is funding. This project has required use in CAD Design, multiple levels of math, time scheduling, and budgeting, all of these are skills that have been learned through throughout our high school career. In my years at the school I have also helped 3D Print out prototypes for personal projects, school projects, and research projects for Sandia National Labs! Another great thing about the 3D Printing department of the school is that it is all student led, the engineering project manager oversees the overall operation however all prints go through the scholars in that department. Through this school I am also on my way to patenting my very own design that I have spent three of my four years designing. The ASK Academy has also won two state championships in the VEX Robotics and have gone onto national and world competitions. I have also learned how to use peer reviews articles to write literature reviews and research papers similar to that in college. Keep in mind, I have barely scraped the surface of the engineering pathway, there is still the entire bio-medical pathway that has its great teachers and projects. Overall if you are looking into this school and want to decide off of these reviews, go off of the scholar reviews, we are the ones who have been to the school and experience it everyday throughout the school year.