At first my daughter seemed to be doing pretty well, she was into sports, on the cheer team, and into basketball and soccer, but the soccer team and the new coach they put in at the High School, does not really coach, he stands around and watches. She was so disgusted with his coaching skills that she decided to just drop it. Also she no longer feels safe "in" the school....Their are so many bullies, and fights going on every week. The kids fight where no teachers will be around to see the fights, or in the bathrooms, and even on the fields of the school. They come home and show us videos of fights that have taken place. There is supposed to be a new no bullying policy, but apparently the school does not take it too seriously. They try to just calm them down, and DO NOT call the parents, or send a letter home to let you know what your child was involved in. I was told by the police officer at the school that they let all the students use their cell phones all day even in classrooms, too much texting going on! I think it is total breakdown of any rules. So for all this, I am pulling my daughter out, and looking into online schooling.
Pros in my opinion: Community pep rallys College night (very informative) Class choices like band, rotc, av Res (school show) lunch choices freaky Friday (parents/kids swap) Busses with the spear logo Ag barn/classes Don't have too many fundraisers improvements to the school just got approved Cons (in my opinion) Not enough seating in cafeteria (many have to stand) Student to teacher ratio too high (30-35 kids per class in some) No real support class for special ed- only GCS which is not that great. Teachers pulling double duty (coaching/teaching) sports first then education Disorganization Parent volunteering is non existent in the district Fighting No football stadium at this school Only put sports people in the pics on the website. I want to be part of that too. Its ok but I wish they would make some changes and make me feel important as a student. They forget about some of us unless we are in sports. I need extra help sometimes and I don't like GCS too much distraction.
I have to intervene. While the school is far from perfect, I am only seeing one area addressed. I have a special needs child in this school. My child is ALSO in the JROTC program & agree it is a great asset to have in this district. We came from a smaller school and I promise you Alvarado, in spite of whatever they have going on, is 100% better than them! I think many people were too dependent on the crutch they had been given in means of support. I am fully aware of the changes made but I have had a positive experience with the new staff as recent as today and thought that alone needs me to advocate in favor of this school. I agree that sometimes it seems "sports are priority 1" but I promise you I personally am trying to change that. Weather I do any good I have no idea. I would love to see special needs kids, Autistic kids, kids perceived as different or whatever posted on the school website, not just the sports people. Give the new guy a shot, he really came through for me today and that says a lot. I can't even put it all in here of how major that is. I also like the asst. principal and I have not had much interaction with Mr. Magee yet but I have met him. He sat in a meeting.
Teachers are not attentive to students. Programs and services cut back but they build a new school. During the pitch for new school they said services would not be cut and nothing else effected. Now that they won the vote for the school they are cutting services for special education students. They have cut specialized Autism therapies as of 10/24/2013 to save money and put unqualified staff in place to take over. They are treating special needs kids like second rate humans and feel they only need to be employed not educated. Poor excuse and not attentive at all. However if you are good at sports you are priority 1 and will get whatever you want. I never hear from the principal and he never is willing to talk to me.
I think this school is average. They push kids with disabilities too much to help their budget and the teachers are very disorganized and these kids do not get what they need. They do have some good programs but cutting them, such as music for autistic kids. I think it is a huge disservice to cut out something the kids were making progress in to save a few bucks. They only care about the Staar test but this is typical of all Texas schools I have dealt with. Over all the school is average but we are not happy here and still have a few more years to go. I think it is a basic school to get you by and prepares you for a two year community college not a four year college. There is extreme disorganization and miscommunication no one knows what is going on and it is very inconsistent. Special education instruction needs some serious overhaul at this school. Teachers don't see anything going on in the classrooms. They never know if your child is there or not and you have to deal with fixing absences and tardies when they are wrong.
I moved here 2nd semester of my freshman year. I feel that teaching isn't really too important to anyone in the school. I had maybe 2 teachers out 7 that cared about our education. My other 5 however, only gave the classes packets to learn from. Every day you work for about 20 minutes then do nothing else for the rest of class. All is good at first because you get easy grades, but the state requires them to give out test over stuff that wasnt covered well due to the packet-teaching method used by all the teachers, thus destroying your grade at the end of every 6 weeks. They are also very unorganized, I've been counted absent for classes that I go to every day. I moved from a city school though, so it was a big negative change.
so far so good. Newer to the area. Have a special needs 9th grader. This has been a wonderful change from the previous school he was in. They have wonderful programs such as JROTC that teach many skills children with disabilities need. It is a very positive program. The staff has met with me on the spur of the moment with no appointment and has encouraged me to come up there anytime I want. It was very inviting to me as a concerned parent. They have anti bullying policies and it seems to be working. I enjoy the fact the entire town and community came to show support for homecoming with all the local business participating. They have many activities that the parents get to come to school and be a part of the kids day, college information, etc. They have some very unique wonderful programs that we enjoy. My only concern was during scheduling of classes many were filled and had to take classes that were not first choices but at least they got out of the way faster. The cafeteria could also use some additonal seating. I enjoyed all the interaction with the parents & teachers on dedicated nights but I would like to be more informed of special events.
I moved from Duncanville to Alvarado at the end of my freshman year, and I graduated from Alvarado High School in 2002. I had some good teachers, but I believe the course offerings were very limited and the focus seemed to be more on athletics than academics. I also feel that Alvarado High School didn't prepare me very well for college. If you want your child to get a good education, don't pick Alvarado.
I moved to AISD from the northeast 6 years ago. My children were doing very well in their old school and I believe that the quality of education a child got depended a lot on the effort put forth from the child and parents. Not so in Alvarado. I have since graduated 2 children and one went on to be accepted in Texas A & M. This was a child who did well in high school despite not doing any projects or homework. She has since dropped out of college because she lacked the necessary skills to succeed. Reluctantly, I am deciding to send my current high schooler to live out of state to gain a better education. My eighth grader has begged me not to send him to the high school, he wants to go where 'the kids are smarter'. I refuse to lose another child to this school system.
I've been in Alvarado schools since I was in kindergarten. I've always loved my teachers, and I've never had any problems with the discipline. I'm a junior in high school right now, and this has been my best year by far. I love my classes and my teachers. I'm sad that next year will be my last year. I don't think I could've gotten a better experience from any other school. If any of my teachers read this, I just wanted to say thank you for everything!
I have one child that has already graduated from AISD and another still in the system. There are some wonderful and caring teachers within this district who have greatly benefited my children. I do believe that our district needs to deepen the level of teaching provided so that our children are challenged and better prepared for life after graduation. Too often, it appears that my children find the material too easy and the course offerings are very limited. Of course, being a small Texas town, athletics garners too much attention and priority which sends the age old and erroneous message to our kids that academics isn't our top priority.
We moved here 3 years ago. I have one child who is a senior and one that is a freshman, so I have got to know the teachers and staff at the jr. high and high school. I could not ask for better teachers. Both kids have improved 100% since entering the Alvarado school district. The teachers and staff really care about my kids and how they are doing in school. My son has a slight learning disability and I have been amazed by the care and concern these people have given us to help him succeed in life. For anyone considering the Alvarado School District for their children, this is one mom who highly recommends these schools. A+
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