I have continued to have issues at this school. The teachers do not care about your kids. They are merely numbers on a sheet with test scores. The administration and academic staff do not accomadate and their is a clique system here. I have had my child here for over 4 years and can not wait until we can find a better, more loving environment where my child can learn and not be put down because she does not fit the "mold". They go to all lengths to fit the 10 rate. Its a fact that all children learn at different pace and we should encourage and teach accordingly, not judge, snare, talk about, or put down our children. It seems like the last 3 high rates were from the very cliques that been spoken about. Good Luck if your child attends this school. You will need it, unless your one of the influential parents a part of the clique with 6 figures and can pay to keep your child "in good" with teachers and staff.
My child has been put down and discouraged by teachers the entire time she has been here. She is smart, but doesn't fit the "A" student personality, so is being forced to or put down for not performing at their level.
My daughter has been at ASFS since kindergarten and absolutely loves this school. Her teachers have been fabulous, the principal is always engaged and literally knows every child by name, the academics are rigorous, and the extended day program is excellent. The school runs like clockwork and offers many opportunities for the children. While the science program is incredible and particularly stands out, my daughter also loves the music, art, math, reading, library, health, and other programs. The focus is really on creating well-rounded students. The school is also progressive in numerous ways, such as making sandwiches and organizing a walk for Arlington's homeless, doing a coat swap to ensure that each child has a winter coat, and holding regular book swaps so that the kids are encouraged to read and have access to a constant supply of affordable reading materials. There is also a culture of diversity and religious tolerance. For instance, the kids come from all different ethnic backgrounds, so the school is like a little United Nations. Along these lines, the kids are exposed to all of the major religious holidays. In terms of the parents, I am not aware of any parental cliques as described in other reviews. From what I have seen, the parents are engaged and everyone contributes his/her time to the school as individual schedules permit. I have very high confidence in the principal and teachers, and feel that my daughter is in a safe, warm, and fun environment.
We have two kids, but one is too little for elementary school. Based on our experience, the teachers, administration, learning opportunities, and community are all wonderful. I don't want to respond too much to others' criticisms, but as a working mother with a full-time job outside of the house, I have not felt any penalty levied against myself or my child. If anything, I have found so much support in the mothers that do choose to stay at home, and I have found plenty of volunteer opportunities that accomodate my work schedule.
Shout Out!! We have two kiddos at ASFS and love it as much as they do. The teachers are amazing and the administration team all the way up to Mrs. Begley, the principal, is fantastic! Thanks for taking such great care of our children and fostering their education and creativity!
There is a reason why Arlington Science Focus School is in such high demand and held in high esteem. ASFS is a fabulous school were students and teachers are held to the highest standards. As proof, it is a common refrain from middle school teachers that, "Students from ASFS enter middle school better prepared, organized and excell easier in middle school than students from other elementary schools." Is any school a perfect match for every students? No. However, ASFS, led by Mary Begley, strives to meet the individual needs of all students and provides the best education possible in today's environment of tight budgets and over crowded classrooms. Thank you, Mrs. Begley and staff of ASFS.