About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Alliance Charter Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Alliance Charter Academy had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Oregon average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Alliance Charter Academy Reviews
ACA is a wonderful school. It works fantastic for families who home school, because you can take as many or as little classes that you want, in the subject you want. The classes are nice because they are smaller classes than traditional schools. The teachers are able to adapt things to the students because of the smaller class sizes. They still have to follow the state guidelines, but are able to teach in all sorts of ways, where as traditional public schools don't get to do that so much. There are so many different types of families that attend the school. They are very open. It is nice to have a school that encourages so much parent involvement.
Simply terrible. They put on a good show, but results are pathetic.
This school claims to be flexible and teach at a student's own pace, accommodating a wide variety of learning styles to help your children succeed... It's disappointing to say the least. Most of the teachers stick to a "one size fits all" curriculum, holding the smarter students back to keep the whole class on the same page.
Very little hands-on experience is provided, save for science and extracurricular classes. While a few of the teachers put tremendous effort into designing a flexible curriculum, most prefer not to cater to those needs. If your child has issues with reading and writing, this school is NOT for them.
While all of the teachers at this school are required to have masters degrees, it's quite obvious that some of them do not have degrees in the topic they're teaching. All of the teachers are very intelligent and well certified, but they are often teaching the wrong subject due to the lack of diversity in the staff.
This school is for grades K-12, which only provides more stress for all of the students and parents involved. The younger students are being exposed to things that they aren't ready for, socially and academically, and the older students feel crowded and babied. A few of the teachers are intimidated by the older students and either have trouble enforcing rules, or go overboard and treat students like convicts.
Every attempt to get the children involved in student government and events has resulted in miserable failure, and generally the rules only get more strict afterwards. The school is still much more lenient than a traditional public school, but with the lack of social and academic opportunities it really isn't worth it.
A vast majority of the families attending are zealously christian, which is great if you're christian. But if you wish for your child to be exposed to an open-minded atmosphere welcoming of religious diversity, this isn't the place. Anything that doesn't strictly adhere to their religious beliefs is savagely attacked by students and parents alike.
Overall, the complete lack of coordination, communication, attention, patience, qualification and accommodation, coupled with the clashing age groups and intolerance, provide way too much drama for my tastes. This school talks big, but it's simply a disappointment.
Alliance Charter Academy is a school without walls. As homeschoolers, students are encouraged to engage in learning activities within the community as well as on site classes. All students learn at their own pace and are able to freely utilize their own learning styles. No child is ever 'left behind,' they are left to decide what excites them about learning and how/when/why they want to learn about a subject. I love that the learning environment is open to options and students are encouraged to spread their wings and explore all the world has to offer.
Great homeschool charter school. Love the fact that I am accountable to someone but still able to teach my children what I want and how I want! Wonderful teachers. They are taking classes that they would not have been able to if they were in private or public, I can even take the class with them!
As a homeschooling parent of two children attending ACA (one middle school and one high school age), this Charter school is absolutely fantastic. This is our children's 3rd year and we could not recommend ACA any higher. The teachers and staff are far superior to anything we encountered in the highly regarded Canby School District. At ACA they actually welcome parental involvement and the Educational Specialists (ES's) do a fantastic job helping guide us through a comprehensive learning plan. Look out public schools with your unionized seniority system, with options like this, your days are numbered.
THANK YOU ACA!
A wonderful school for homeschoolers. My children are learning to play the guitar which is something they never would have been taught any where else. Love being with other parents who are doing the same thing as me!
This school is the best school in the world! well, from my experience with public school.. Everyone is nice, no bullying. Phenomenal teachers. Overall, I give it 10 out of 5.
As a current student, having just moved from another school, I find myself socked at the difference between my former school and ACA! Everyone is nice, everyone is completely brilliant, and everyone says that here, not just me. The interactions with teachers to parents one on one, and the test scores for the school are phenomenal. I can't recommend it any higher!