I absolutely love the teaching staff at Ashley Academy! The children are engaged and challenged on a daily basis. All of the teachers hold Masters Degrees and know exactly how to relate to the children and parents. The PTO is very active and support the teachers with their creative thinking and projects. Words cannot describe the wonderful family nature of this school.
I love how everyone thinks this school is fabulous because of its highly qualified teachers. NEWSFLASH! - almost all colleges require their education students to become highly qualified. It is part of the course study, being that they make you take a few more classes and pass several nation-wide tests that certify soon to be teachers in a highly qualified status. AND most schools will not let you student teach nor graduate until you pass these tests. Being highly qualified doesn't mean anything anymore. SOOOO....big woop! Almost everyone who graduates now with an education degree is highly qualified. Way to go AA for making something that is required sound SOOO amazing!! What you should really brag about is how you have teachers with degrees!! WOW! Simply amazing. I wish I could say the same thing for your administration and board of directors.
Having spent an incredible amount volunteering my time as a parent thus far in the 2013 school year I've seen with my own eyes the incredible shift that's happening in the school. The new Board of Directors is clearly focused and passionate about a highly qualified school. They are diligently working on the vision of the school which includes the arts and are very open to hearing and addressing the concerns of families. The faculty has truly blown my family's mind with their amazing organization and unique and sophisticated approach to engaging children in all subjects and at all levels. I've yet to see a team of faculty work together as well as they have. They are the pulse of this school and are inspiring to be around. Scheduling a tour would be a great idea to get a better sense of the school's familial close knit school community. So glad I decided to spend more time volunteering so I could debunk any myths about Ashley Academy on my own. Which brings up another point, I have yet to see a school that welcomes parents into their system as much as Ashley Academy does. It's wonderful being present and participating in so many of Ashley's events and their incredible field trips.
The staff is very knowledgable and loving. Two very important qualities I look for in the teachers of my child.
As a teacher of history at Ashley Academy's Middle School, I can attest that the school has highly qualified, innovative staff, and brilliant students who work together to create an environment of deeper, enriched learning than one would find in many schools. The network of teachers, parents, and students is extremely close, and leaves the school community feeling more like a family than a school. Infusion of the standard content areas with the arts, hands-on learning, field experience, and in-discipline competition make our school and exceptional experience for children needing extra challenge.
This is the first year that our child has attended Ashley Academy. We came to the school in the midst of a transitional time and have tried not to pass quick judgement, either pro or con. This is what our family has experienced: our child has a fantastic teacher who is kind, motivated, creative, and invested in the success of her students. From the other teachers I have met, this seems to be the norm for teachers at Ashley and in my opinion, the quality and dedication of the teachers is the single biggest asset the school offers. The individualized curriculum at Ashley, as opposed to the "teach for the test" standards at the "A" rated public school our child attended last year, is an apples to oranges comparison. Ashley is small and therefore boasts the ability for teachers to learn about the needs and abilities of each individual student and make adjustments to meet the child on his/her level. My child came in advanced and the curriculum has been adjusted to add additional challenges, and to further develop a love of learning. I will gladly share our experience and regardless of the transition in leadership, recommend the learning environment at Ashley Academy.
Horrible school!!! Do not go there! Absolutely the worst in Johnson City! If you love your children, then don't go there!!!
Words cannot express how dysfunctional this school has become. This year they replaced most of the teachers, with teachers straight out of college. They have a new director who seems to be way over her head. They have remove Enrichment classes from the schedule. There doesn't seem to be any kind of formal curriculum and they have decided to use home school math books this year. If the new teachers are so great why do they need home school books? The new director is now trying to entice people to send children to school here with daily PE and great field trips. It is not a warm and welcoming environment. It's what I like to call fake friendly. I encourage you to send your children to another school .
This school is not all it is cracked up to be. Please check it out and really find out the information you need. Ask lots of questions and decide if it's best for your child. I would have to encourage you to try a different school, but you might need to see for yourself the dis-functionality of the school. Good luck if you decide to attend. I'll pray for you!
The incredibly creative and passionate teachers do not " teach to the test" which is amazing. If a child falls behind there are specific lessons created to help bring the child up. If the child is ahead there are lessons to help the child excel. The entire environment is "enriching" based on the way diverse students & families are respected & celebrated at this school, not to mention the inventive approach of each subject by the teachers. It's not the classes offered that make it "enriching" it's the school's intelligent out of the box thinking and approaches & amazing amount of fun & educational Field Trips! Art is integrated within each class & lesson so that it is educational, cultural and fun. Brand new tech lab! PE daily is a huge plus, with very important health & character development & PE FIELD TRIPS! Parents are invited to come to the classroom & school to observe or help anytime in any way! Being around our children freely is very important to us & this school encourages family involvement more than any other educational institution. My extended family from the north wish their children had access to a school like Ashley. The new year is sure to be inspiring.
Enrichment No Longer Exist. No Music, No Foreign Language, No Library,No Oral Communications. So, What makes this any different than any other school? The price tag, $6600.00 a year tuition, & $550.00 a year material fee, and they nickle and dime you to death for all kinds of little things throughout the year. The biggest problem is the Board of Directors. They are all parents and they make decisions based on what there children want or don't want. My child does not like Music class. We will just do away with that class. My child does not like taking German and French at the same time. Then all the children have to pick one even the children who wanted to continue taking both classes. Foreign Language is just to hard for children so lets do away with it entirely. At this rate the board will do away with everything but PE and Lunch. Needless to say my child is no longer going to Ashley Academy.
I was sad to hear in some JC public schools they are eliminating art. At Ashley Academy they are integrating Art throughout the subjects and what is actually being studied. Their PE department is focusing on daily PE, health and character development which is very necessary for healthy living. The buzz around the school and he new year is great! Parents are heavily involved and the teachers are incredibly passionate and date to focus a creative, diverse, and interesting educational environment with educational, fun and almost monthly field trips! My kids LOVE this school and have begged to stay. We love the school and he new Academic Director is motivated like no other. She definitely cares a great deal about the students and teachers. Good job Ashley for getting things on track.
Some families are complaining about the loss of former teachers. Technically they were not "fired" but rather their contracts were not renewed. The reason for this to my wife and I is not necessary nor is it legal that we as families hear the details. The families attending this coming year don't focus on water under the bridge. We're focusing on the present state of the school which has hired highly qualified teachers, has a new computer technology program, physical education daily and a dedicated set of faculty. Negative reviews seem to be based on a three month period of transition where a true chance wasn't given to anyone involved. We now have new board members and a new vision. The issues with this school began years ago not in the 3 months of transition. So glad things are moving forward with many modern and great changes. Give this school a chance and decide for yourself like the rest of us. Most reviews are based on a past that no longe exists. I for one like to focus on the present and how to help build a better future.
I have sent my child to this school for the past 6 years. I will not be returning due to the recent changes. The only people qualified at that school are the teachers and recently 90 percent of the faculty was let go. Sure, they hired more qualified teachers, but why was the majority of the staff let go?? The administration and board consists of only parents who only benefit other parents if you belong to their click. Something fishy is going on at that school. I have enrolled my child in public school with an administration that is trained, qualified, and will treat every child equally.
Wonderful school. New Technology added for 2013-14 school year. New Master's Degree Level Educators. Excellent student : teacher ratio. Awesome Diversity. Really Cool Field Trips. Welcoming atmosphere. Fun! Families always welcome. Good leadership. Motivated Academic Director. Encouraging Curriculum tailored to fit each child's level. Kindergarten teacher is a Godsend that any teacher could learn from. Very pleased a secular school is continuing to progress in Johnson City.
I've heard many waiting for a positive change. I think one of the positive changes is the new selection of teachers. They seem to be qualified with Master's degrees and are already sending out incredible lesson plans and ideas and we still have six weeks of summer. As a father I appreciate the openness of the school and feel comfortable sending kids here because you will not get the same attention to your kids in public schools. New school improvements include a new computer lab and art integrated in many subjects. The field trips my kids take at Ashley are always AMAZING, so much so that I get excited about them. Ashley is a great family oriented environment where my kids build great friendships and bullying is very low to almost nonexistent. When it does happen its immediately taken care of if reported to the right people. I love this school because of the small classroom size and individual attention to each student. None of my kids have kids tried to get out of going to school They love it here and have begged to stay here through the 8th grade. Wonderful acceptance of do diversity too! All families feel welcome giving kids in this area the chance to learn abou others.
Sincerest empathy to those who had poor experiences. The choices made for their children to go elsewhere are what's best for them. Those who signed to attend also made decisions based on what's best for their children. Hence the other side of the coin. This school is about small student to teacher ratio, enriching field trips, close knit friendships, access to our children & their environment, the ability as parents to be heard & an overall sense of community. The new year brings changes including teachers most teachers with Master's degrees, new technology, physical health, the arts integrated in many subjects & an urban, passionate & motivated academic director who may be what this school needs to move forward. Bottom line, many love this school, students are happy, the door is always open to family involvement, the school is loaded with diversity that is welcomed & the new overall vibe of the school seems top notch and positive. Kudos to those giving the school and its new direction a chance & well wishes to the lovely families who have chosen to go elsewhere. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
My kids have been at Ashley Academy for a couple of years now, and I can't say enough great things about the school. It has been an awesome experience for my children!! We started with only one child at this school and were so impressed that we decided to send all our kids to Ashley Academy. This past year was a great year! As the previous comment indicated, there have been some changes this past year, but I am excited for my kids to return next year. Some of the best teachers my kids have ever had are at Ashley Academy. When your kids are learning, enjoy learning, and WANT to go to school everyday, you know you have found a wonderful environment for your kids. I would recommend this place to any parent!
I love this school! It has been great for my kids (I have 3 that attend the school). At first we only had one child attending, and given his experience we pulled the other two out of public school and moved them to Ashley Academy as well. Frankly, I wish I'd had the opportunity to attend a school like Ashley Academy when I was a kid. I'm excited, in particular, for the upcoming 2013-14 school year because the school is adding a couple of top-notch teachers to the staff, is adding a custom computer lab, and is updating the science equipment students will be using. My kids love the multiple field trips (many more than in public school) and the big middle-school field trip, which is a multi-day excursion to an interesting and educational destination. Last year my middle-schooler went to the Outer Banks, NC to learn about marine biology and the history of aviation. The year before he went to Gettysburg and Philadelphia, PA to learn about American colonial and Civil-War history. This year the middle-schoolers will be attending Space Camp in Huntsville, AL to learn about rocketry and space flight. It really is a great school and its going to be even better this year!!
Chaotic is the best way to describe the current environment at Ashley. Ashley Academy has a new director again. Half the Teaching staff has left willingly or unwillingly since her arrival. It is not a good learning environment for children. The board of directors is distant and unapproachable. There technology is antiquated. No Science labs, not even on the middle school level. The building is old and in need of major repairs. The tuition goes up every year but the quality of education does not. My advice do not waste your money.
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