This is our first year at Alpha Academy. We are a few weeks into the 2015 school year. I have one child in K and one in 1st grade. As of right now there is not a proper area for the children to play outside. They don't seem to get enough play at all through out the day. Homework takes a minimum 1hr for each child a night. One of my children's teachers doesn't seem to care to connect to the class...very cold towards the children from what I have seen. The academic standards are high which is good but there doesn't seem to be a balance. Research shows that children connect to what they learned through play after a lesson, there isn't even PE offered at this time. I am afraid that the kids will start to get stressed and overwhelmed. I hope I can get back on here and say something more positive but as of right now I am strongly considering sending my children to another school.
One of my children's teachers is very sweet but doesn't allow the kids to act up. There is a good balance in how she teaches. My other child however, the teacher is cold towards the students...I can't imagine that compassion, caring and empathy is taught if the teacher is not acting them out.
My children go to Alpha Academy on Raeford Rd. I am sick and tired of the bullying at this school. When I attended the orientation for this school they preached about their zero tolerance policy for insubordination and bullying etc. Yet when it happens NOTHING happens to students that bully others and act like fools in the classroom. My child has been harassed and bullied. He was involved in a fight (attacked by another student) and after I came into the school and demanded that something be done about the situation, NOTHING was done. They basically made it seem as this was just "boys being boys". They talk a good game about how they provide an atmosphere for learning and that anything that takes away from that will not be tolerated. This school is not what it portrays itself to be.
It is wanting of -I don't know exactly how to put it but I'll say- tenderness. It is way, way, way too military like. We moved here from a wealthy suburb where the school was of course superb, but there was also a spirit of love and kindness. At this school, however, I think the children are treated a bit like privates in a boot camp. Even their PE is military like. So, it is certainly not a good fit for everyone, especially if your child thrives in nurturing environments as mine does. A three star rating, however, because the children I think are truly are a cut above the rest here in Fayetteville. It is a shame, however, that far too many of the administrators in charge of children don't seem to really respect childhood.