I would never send my children to this "school." The administration treat the staff as dispensable pawns in their money making scheme, and the children are just a way for the administrators to fund their district-paid luxury vehicles. The teachers try their best to educate and care for the students, despite minimal support from the administration in the way of classroom funds, additional curriculum resources, and the constant discouragement of any creativity in and out of the classroom. Additionally, this school is housed in an old strip mall, and you can DEFINITELY tell. The bathrooms flooded several times last year due to vandalism from the students. Also, many grade levels would be punished with "silent lunch" which was often the only social time of the entire school day. This school calls themselves a "training facility" for new teachers, but in reality, they prey on alternatively certified teachers with no experience, and throw them in classrooms, oftentimes changing their grade level more than once before/during the school year, and then fire them after one year. This creates a tumultuous environment for the staff and in turn, the students, who have no consistency from year to year, and often don't know if their favorite teachers are coming back after the summer.
Please. Under any circumstances, do not send your children here. They will receive a much better education elsewhere, and are destined to have a better future.
This school is not inviting , interiors are plain, no wall colors , no bulletin boards, no signs about where the class rooms are. The front staff do not greet with a smile, they are behind a huge counter that lets them hide their faces. L shaped counter, don't know whom to approach, they act like you don't exist . The procedures and policies for the school are not clear or they are not made clear to parents. No student handbook/ online version- "coming soon" FOREVER!!. School supplies - they list out binders and planners which they don't even use.
Teachers in this shool appear to be relatively inexperienced and keep on changing year-over year. Worse, they changed the classes after a few weeks last year and this year the teachers are clearly underprepared for the start of the year. The classrooms are very bare and unwelcoming for the kids.
UA continues its downward journey......with Great Hearts coming up closer to Jefferson Park area, UA is bound to lose students in the coming years if UA does not mend its ways. I wondering if we made a bad choice in not pulling out kid for this academic year...
"Meet the teacher" event today was a joke! run by bunch of buffoons.......not sure why they have to waste everybodys time to go meet a bunch of non-interested teachers. It was only 30 minutes and we could barely shake the hands of the teachers and were not allowed to ask any questions (even general questions that were not specific to child's performance). All we could hear was "Send an email to the teacher to set-up a different time for meeting during the ACEs session"....we could also have met the teachers then, why today?
The class set-up and structure was very poor compared to past years....All my kid's teachers were new and were clearly not interested in being there....ACEs is another joke- pay $25, but the kid would not be allowed any of the choices he/she prefers.
This is one messed up school. Used to be good school in the past. My son had very bad time in this school. The principal is just a puppet, the administrator runs the school who is a B****. Very unorganized and they don't care about the safety of the students at all. Saw many parents pull their kids out of this school and i did too.
Parents - please check out this school first before enrolling your kids in this school.
I have been a UA student for the past 5 years and i have come to feel that all of the teachers and students there have become like family.The teachers are very interactive and there is absolutely no bullying in this school,as anyone who is disrespectful or is a bully,they get a suspension or expelled.I only have 1 regret of this school,which has brought me to give it 4 stars.1) in my previous year here at UA we had kept on switching teachers and our schedules and every thing was crazy,we had 1 not so good teacher in the grade,who only focused on certain students who needed help,but totally forgot about the advanced ones,therefore because of her lack of interactive perspectives,my mental math has gone down the drain.But now i am soaring across the stars with kumon.But overall this school has done me proud,and i do agree,that during the years of 2005 or 2006 the school was a bit unprepared,but i do not suggest you go to UA for middle school,because the teachers there are worse in middle school.I suggest you should only attend for elementary.Thank you for understanding my service.It is greatly appreciated.
i feel that MOST of the teachers at this school are effective,as some are not.Some good examples are ,my science teacher,who always was pretty strict but had the best reasons for it,her name was Ms. Walker and she saw all the amazing things inside all of the students and believed that anyone can achieve anything if they just believed and tried their best.She asked me one day and i told her my dream job was to be a doctor.Ever since then,she has boosted my self confidence to as high as she could get it and she started showing me youtube videos and explaining everything that it takes to know to actually achieve my dream.She is truly the BEST science teacher that has ever lived,if you get her as your teacher for 5 th grade or any grade,remember that year will be the best one of you whole life.
i truly dont know what i feel about the homework in this school because some teachers persist on giving a lot of homework in order to boost the speed of the child's nourishing brain.Some teachers persist on teaching more in class and giving enough homework so the chils can practice or have some free time.
This school does have a few perks in itself but all of the teachers see the very best in their students to the max that they can do and the teachers also make sure that the students leave school everyday o be the best.