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Academy For Math Engineering & Science (Ames)5
Posted February 14, 2015
- a student
I am currently a junior here at AMES. I think this school is great for anyone from any kind of background. At AMES there are a lot of AP classes to take, as well as classes from the University of Utah. Nearly all seniors are in at least one University class. We can also take classes from Cottonwood high school, where there are other concerant enrollment and AP classes we can take in language, art, music, and other subjects. I love the environment at AMES. Comparing it to other schools I've gone to and the Cottonwood classes I have had, AMES teachers and students are far more friendly than any other school. Since it's a small school, basically all of the people in each grade know each other and a lot of the people in other grades. Overall, I would suggest this school to anyone, no matter what their situation is.
I am currently a very unhappy sophomore at AMES. This school, while it has a great reputation, does not live up to what all that it claims. Teachers are supportive but teach to only those they see 'need' the help. Administration will listen and sympathize to situations or problems, but will never make an advance to fix them. The student body is comprised of about 40-50% of students that don't want to be at the school, and the remaining are either settling because they don't care or truly enjoying their experience. The social aspect of AMES is almost entirely segregated by race and leaves very little room for those who aren't close to others of their 'skin color'. The three R's of AMES are rigor, relevance, and relationships. The rigor of this school is by far less than those of normal AP or IB programs at other schools. The relevance of the classes often have nothing to do with applying an education to real life but applying what you know to pass a test or exam. The relationships of AMES are lacking and often superficial. I would not recommend this school to any student, male or female, looking for a challenge and purpose in their education.
I'm just about to be a Senior at AMES. It's a fantastic school, I love it. The teachers are very into getting you prepared for college and encouraging you to reach your full potential. Not only can you take AMES classes, but you can also take classes through Cottonwood High School, such as languages, art, music, and sports. It's a school dedicated to helping their students, the teachers are great, and it's also a lot of fun. No matter what your interests are, I would recommend AMES to any high school student.
AMES in Salt Lake City, UT is a thriving ECHS (Early College High School) that exudes excellence in learning. The AMES Principal and staff consistently dedicate themselves to empowering a diverse student body to 'reach for the stars' and pursue a college education. Students are challenged to reach their full potential, and given full support to do so. It is truly a rare culture that fills the halls and classrooms of this fine school, a model that certainly many other schools could learn and grow from. I am proud to have my child attend this fine academy.
I am a senior in AMES. The school is great the teacher and student relationshisp is diferent from other schools. whe see our teacher as friends that we can go and talk about our problems in school and outside the school. They encourage us to seek a better education by goin to college. If you are serious about your education AMES is the right place for you.