My daughter entered this school two years behind in math. Now, in only two years of attendance, she is a year ahead. The fact that the school is arts-focused doesn't in anyway lessen the other academic standards.
ACMA IS AMAZING. Sure, we're poor , that's who we are. Quirky and weird and brilliantly artistic and smart. Everyone is so close and we're not blood, but we're like a big family. Teachers and students also have good relationships and if your child wants a place to explore and see what they are capable of, then ACMA is where you need to be. Careful, don't take it for granted. ACMA is happy and weird and wacky, you are given the freedom you yearn for, but it is only a place for people that can be serious when it is required and that can be themselves when no seriousness is in fact required. In the last 6 years, all ACMA Seniors have graduated and gone onto a secondary learning place. Most of our students are qualified to go to places like Summa. I'd rather be Da Vinci than Einstein.
The combination of small size and a focus on a particular track (in this case, arts, music, dance) attract passionate and committed students, faculty, staff and parents. The challenges include an old facility, no lockers, poor cafeteria building, almost no sports & PE. But great people focused on their passion will always trump a nice building with a generic program. But facilities do help and the performing arts center due in Fall 2009 will help the program bloom.