If you have a high energy child this is not the place for you. They will find a way to cull you from the herd. Their support teachers (gym, music, language) teachers are nice but are not trained to teach Younger kids. Their expectations to sit quietly for an hour and walk in a straight line without saying anything is not realistic and seems to be a constant struggle for all of those teachers. If you have a child that has any kind of attention deficit or extra energy save your money. They are most interested in you volunteering your time and money and less about helping all of their diverse student population be successful. Ours was a terribly expensive and emotionally damaging experiments for our young child. He was bullied by the older kids and was singled out by the principal. The principal is terribly inexperienced and should be replaced with someone that understands better what kids need in a healthy school. The same rules should be applied to all children no matter how much or how little their parents donate. Stay away from this school.
I have been a teacher, school counselor, and parent at various private and public schools in Corvallis, and Ashbrook Independent School is NOT a school I would recommend for any student. My child had an awful experience at this school despite being an excellent student and a nice, well-behaved kid. I found the administration to be very difficult to work with and not supportive or responsive. The curriculum is not unique or challenging; instead it was inferior to area public schools in some content areas, and I had to supplement my child's math instruction at home. The school has students with behavioral issues, and its small size makes it difficult to avoid certain peers. I like small schools, but Ashbrook Independent School felt too small, and my child found it socially stifling. Most concerning to me was the lack of care the administration showed towards my and other students. The warmth and compassion that is so vital to a school is noticeably absent from this school. I was personally and professionally very disappointed by Ashbrook Independent School!
I am amazed by reviewers who state that Ashbrook does not compare to the academic rigor of the public schools. Our child's bright friends who attend public school are about a year behind her in math and writing and do not even take history. Please visit Ashbrook and talk to current students before making your choice.
I was very disappointed by Ashbrook. It advertises itself to be an excellent educational option, but in reality it doesn't measure up to local public schools. In terms of academic rigor and student behavior, I have been far more impressed with our neighborhood school and its students. My child is very bright and was bored at Ashbrook, so we moved on and are so glad we did! I would not recommend Ashbrook.
We saw both positive and negative reviews about this school before sending our child here. Figured the negative reviews just weren't "fits," but discovered that this school does not have the best interests of all students at heart. Sorely disappointed and wish we had not sent our child here at all. This school seems more interested in the fund drive than in serving the needs of students. The damage done to some students is not worth the benefit to others. Children are not disposable!
We thought that we were making a sound decision by sending our child to Ashbrook. At the time it was the only practical way to get out of our rural home school district. But after 5 years, our child was miserable and the preferential treatment we saw of specific students by teachers and of specific parents was very disappointing. Our kid left last year without a tear and without looking back and is much happier in a public middle school. The staff seem to live in a bubble and say discouraging things about Corvallis public schools which is not true - these schools are well populated by high achieving children from university faculty and other demanding professional families. We cannot, in all consciousness, recommend this school until significant changes occur in the administration. The academics are good here, but so are the Corvallis public schools - if not better.
Ashbrook is a truly amazing educational resource to have in our community. Schools of this caliber are typically only found in larger cities. The school offers an exceptional science, language, and arts program, in additional to thorough coverage of the traditional core topics. The teachers are dedicated and talented, the facility is exceptional, and the community is generally supportive. Ask parents whose children have gone through Ashbrook, and they will tell you that their children are very well prepared for high school and will frequently place out of many freshman level courses. Ashbrook is not and does not pretend to be a good choice for everyone. Students are expected to be intellectually capable, behaviorally well-adjusted, and self-motivated. Further, parents are expected to be involved with both their children's education and with the school. We have found Ashbrook to be an excellent choice for our family and would strongly encourage interested families to visit the school and judge for yourself.
My child had a fantastic experience at this school for 10 years and has really missed the quality of teaching since she moved on to public school. Today she said she wishes she could take middle school history all over again. That said be aware that AIS has experienced huge shifts in educational philosophy, teaching style, and teachers in the last few years with Common Core and recent administrations so it is very different from when my daughter went through. Talk with current parents and teachers to make sure it's a good fit for your family. There is now a very high homework load starting at age 6, transitions are every half hour, there is little time for science or history in the lower school given all the electives which cut into classroom time. There is zero parent voice in decision making and school improvement plans, and big changes are launched without any announcement, so be prepared to take it or leave it as is.
Our school is Ashbrook Independent School, having been a member of the Ashbrook community for 7+ years I think I have a broad perspective of the school, teachers, administration and board. While I'd always thought the education my children were receiving was stellar based on their achievements both academically and socially, I now have empirical proof that the framework\foundation received at Ashbrook makes a difference. I see it in every course my high school student takes - every time the grades come home - every time I hear about the peers in the classroom. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my high school student got where she is today because of the foundation received at Ashbrook. All communities grow and change - Ashbrook is a place for both - make a difference - join our community - you'll be glad you did!
I'm grateful for the many ways Ashbrook has both challenged and nurtured our children. They've thrived all along, growing up in that supportive and creative community; now they're confident teenagers, extremely well-prepared for high school and beyond.