Wow, I am a parent and after reading the bitter comments below I am shocked. The Aiken Performing Arts Academy has received three Palmetto Gold Awards from the State Department of Education. That rating is based in part on student standardized tests scored by the State, teacher certification, student graduation rates, etc. I have always found the staff to be very concerned with my children's education. They are always fair even when disgruntled parents have tried to bully staff and teachers in order to get their way. Charter school is all about choice. I choose to send my children to an award winning school where people with long standing careers in the School District educate them with care. It's a GREAT school!
If I could give this school negative stars, I would. It is a family run business. If they have an argument with a teacher, they fire said teacher instead of working it out like adults. They have a framed portrait of Obama in the conference room, even though you're not supposed to include politics in school. I am a freshman in college, and if I had not escaped this horrible school, I probably would not be in college. This school does nothing to prepare you for the real world. There is no discipline. Please, do not consider this school if you want your child to have a shot at life.
The students at this school are not receiving an education. They do not require any of the teachers to be state certified and do not have a qualified guidance counselor handling grades. Furthermore, administration has access to all the teachers grade and attendance records and often changes these to make it appear as if students are passing, learning, or in attendance when they are actually not. The fundraising money does not go to the teachers for education-enhancing supplies. There is no discipline system, and students are aware of this and take advantage of it. There have been many bullying incidents that were not handled properly or at all. This school accepts students who's only other choice is alternative school. Parents are not allowed to sit in on classes or visit campus at all without approval and accompaniment of administration. You may NOT observe your child in class! If you want your child to be in a safe and educational environment, this school is not for you.
Performing arts academy in name only. Performances are created in-house and are usually hard to follow or understand. Additionally, students graduate totally unprepared academically for college. Don't stake your child's future on an "education" from this school
This school may seem to be everything a parent would want for their children but inside those four walls are a bunch of childish ways and unworthy staff. This school lacks that certain kind of educational needs and lacks the enthusiasm and emotional support students need to be the best they can be. If you want my opinion then run. Run as far and as fast as you can. And don't look back.
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