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 Academy of Arts and Academics's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Academy of Arts and Academics had 43 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Oregon average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Academy of Arts and Academics Reviews
This school is not for everyone. If you thrive or excel in a standard classroom atmosphere than there is a good chance you will feel this school is not doing enough for you. However if you want your education to be more personalized, if you want teachers who know your name and genuinely care about you, if you want stellar art programs taught by professional artists, if you want to integrate art into everything you do, than this is the school for you. Here you can always find your niche, even if you were a complete outcast in all other schools you have attended you will find friends here.
The school offers a very good internship program. Student have interned all over, from assisting teachers at middle schools to helping at the Hult Center. Several students even turn these internships into paying jobs. For example one student was able to intern at a recording studio. He stayed on long after his internship was ended and actually began to get paid for his work there. This program gives you a chance to get experience in the real world.
It is an amazing school for the creatively and artistically inclined.
I would never want to go to highschool anywhere else.
While this school started off great with high test scores that became a large motivator to keep it going, the school currently seems to be experiencing more trouble than it's worth. Discipline was always a slight burden, but with an expanding student body their troubles with punishing students has become much more overwhelming. Other problems relating to this school are centered around the content their teaching and how they awarded credits for us first students.
The first year us students realized that the content we were learning was enough when it came to reading and writing, but the math and science programs were very rocky. Later we were trying to learn Algebra 2 without proper supervision and due to that a great many of the students in that class learned they would need to make special arrangements to make up credit that we couldn't have made on our own anyway. In realizing how this school wounded my chances for feeling accomplished in college I left and the differences between class levels became even more evident. My first year at an average high school led to horribly failing math scores and the slight chance I wouldn't be able to graduate on time.
The academy's main high points, I'll restate, are in its literature programs, which do prepare you for further endeavors in educational life, but the deficiencies in math and science are felt deeply in making a simple transition.
The last main point that should be state regards the language program. Teaching only Spanish, the language started late for us first class members, but once it did the content we were learning were nothing that could possibly prepare you for a language course anywhere else. The simplicities and slowness in learning in the academy Spanish program were especially hard when trying to transition into another program and due to my hard fall I am no longer able to move straight on to a four year college. I am deeply disappointed in the school and wish dearly that they improve, but for the moment I would not recommend it.