I have been an ACE parent for 3 yrs and so far I have been very satisfied with this school. It's a smaller school and has a great sense of community within it. The teachers I have had experience with have been enthusiastic, caring, and most importantly, wonderful educators. Mr. Bell is now in his 2nd year as principal and is making great strides to improve technology in the classrooms and the reading resources. He is very approachable and seems to really care about the kids, staff and the reputation of the school, but sometimes it seems he has some difficulty with following through with things he intends to do. ACE has the potential to be a great school if there were more parents that made more of an effort to be involved.. The staff and administration is very open to having parents be involved, but it seems that few parents actually put forth the effort and time. It's an older school, and the building has seen better days, but this is not uncommon for many school in Hamilton Co. And to respond to the previous reviewer, s/he is way off about the K teachers, they are some of the nicest people there! Also, the front office staff has changed, much for the better.
This school has a great reputation but I don't understand why. I just went today to register my daughter for kindergarten there and I left the school in tears because I was so horribly disappointed. The teachers and staff were incredibly rude and wouldn't give me any of the information I needed. The kindergarten teachers were unenthusiastic, sour-faced, and condescending. When I asked for help finding things like bus schedules and supply lists, I just got waved over to some grumpy old man at the front desk who kept rolling his eyes at me and refusing to answer my questions. I still haven't been told which bus my daughter will ride or what time to expect it. The building itself looks like a nightmare. The sign and playground equipment are covered in rust; the building looks abandoned. Inside the school are HORRIBLE, ugly murals painted on the walls, and the walls and floors are both covered in grime. The whole school smells bad and just has that grimy "unwashed" look. I may change my mind after my child actually starts school there, but my first impression has been nothing short of nightmarish. It's an ugly, outdated school full of unpleasant people.
Numerous children in my neighborhood have attended Alpine Crest Elementry over the years.The nick names for the school is A.C.E. , the friendly place. From all the feedback I have received from parents and children, it appears that the school is one of the best kept secrets in the Hamilton County Schools. Teachers remain at the school until they retire, as do the principals, which speaks volumes especially when you look at the data on the school.
This school seems to have a superior focus on children with special needs.
The principal and teachers are great, they love children and are eager to help the students learn, whatever it takes. It's a smaller school, so there is more time to pay individual attention to those students who need some extra help.
We have two grandchildren at this school and we love it. My 6 yr old has Mrs. Bourne for his Kindergarten teacher and she is wonderful. The school is very fortunate to have her. She is very loving and patient with her students. There is an exceptional violin string program at Alpine Crest that very few other schools in the county have. The violin instructor Mr. David Creel comes with high credentials and is a wonderful violin teacher. There are about 32 string students. The music teacher Mrs. Brittingham does a great job with the music program and they do two performances a year that are really good. She is also one of the directors of the Chattanooga Boys Choir. The office staff and principal are very dedicated to the students and do a wonderful job. My children love the school and look forward to going to school every day.
This is my daughter's first year in the public school system and I must say, I am (and she is) so very pleasantly surprised. Her Teacher is Mrs. Bourne and she is wonderful. My daughter feels good and is happy everyday when I pick her up. She is kept stimulated and challenged throughout the day. I see her pride in her work as well as in her behavior, which is rewarded on a daily basis. I am very pleased for her to attend this school. In the beginning I, as well as my husband, was very concerned given that we had been hearing people speak unfavorably towards ACE. I have to admit though, it has far exceeded my previous expectations. Thank you ACE for the wonderful job you have done and continue to do.
Excellent School. Awesome Principal and office staff. My son is in third grade at Alpine. He is getting a great education because of the wonderful, hard working teachers, who actually give so much of their time and support. He adores the principal, she is always on top of leadership and is so good with all Alpine students. Thank You Alpine for all that you do for my son! Your the best!
My son recently started at Alpine Crest in January. It has been an wonderful transition and experience. The staff is very involved and interested in helping each child reach their full potential. The principal fills many shoes through out her day and does an excellent job. She has wonderful leadership skills. I want to thank Alpine Crest for their program and their special interest in family involvement. Keep up the good work. Hamilton County Board of Education should be looking to Alpine Crest as a model for excellence.
My two children attend Alpine Crest Elementary and I think it is a great school with great administration, office staff and teachers. I think everyone goes above and beyond for the children at Alpine Crest. I think the parent involvement is wonderful because of the great PTA that we have at Alpine Crest. The PTA does wonderful things for the school like buying computers, updating the playground, paying for the computer teacher and cafeteria monitor and buying many other items that teachers and staff request. The students, parents and staff are what make Alpine Crest the best!
This a wonderful school and my daughter could not be happier there. There is a new music teacher and she is an assitant in the Chattanooga Boys Choir. I went to this school when I was a child. It is still the best school around.
I have gone to this school for five years. Next year is my last, and I am very sad. All the teachers are wonderful. I agree that there is a lack of parent involvement, but the school cannot help that. If you want your child to go to a great school send them to Alpine Crest (the very best). Our motto is: I am respectful I am responsible I am caring I am ready to learn I have Tiger Pride!
It was hard for my 5 year old to go from the comfort of his Pre-K class but, Alpine made the transition easier. He is in Kindergarten and is getting enthusiastic about school. His teacher is very patient with him and encouraging. The school setting is very quiet and I haven't seen kids being disrespectful to the teachers. It is the parents job to instill good manners and teacher your child how to respect others especially adults. I think it is a wonderful class size which makes it easier for the teachers to spend a little extra time with the children. I like this school despite what some people have said in their reviews.
My child is in the first grade at Alpine and we couldnt be happier. The teachers are very caring and want to make sure their students are ready to promote to the next grade. Alpine a reading program in place that really encourages the students to read. The principal, Mrs. Day, is a breath of fresh air. She is a very kind principle but also a tough disciplinarian. I feel that my child is very safe at Alpine. Alpine has just this year hired a new P.E. teacher and Music teacher and Computer teacher. The students love their new teachers. As for parent involvement, it could be better, but, there is parent involvement and those involved do a great job.
When choosing a school district to move to, we were told by several people that Alpine was a great school. They were very wrong. We had two children enrolled at this school and in all our school years this school was the worse school we have ever attended. Many many discipline problems. Children who don't care to do the work and are very disrespectful of teachers and their classmates. Parents who pitted one against the other. Lack of parent involvement. I would not send my child to this school. Music program is nothing more than watching a movie. Do not send your child to this school. I am not the only parent who feels this way. Have spoken to others who made the mistake of sending their chid to this school.
My child is now into his 4th year at Alpine and we have loved every moment. The schools has a great staff that continues to impress us. My son enjoys his teachers and has at avery level, K-4. Alpine is perhaps the best kept secret in all of Hamilton County.
My child just finished kindergarten at Alpine Crest. I think it is a wonderful school and I am just floored at how well my daughter was reading midway through the school year! I do wish there was more parent involvement as the PTA and many events were lacking parental attendance. The teachers seem wonderfuland patient and the principal is energetic. I like the quietness of the setting and the smaller size. My daughter feels comfortable there and has gotten to know many of the students in grades above her.
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