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amsaparent

United States

#22 Jun 26, 2009
Really wrote:
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Here's a prime example of false rumors. This is absolutely not true, because AMSA's charter doesn't allow admission for high school students - due to the unique curriculum which begins in 6th Grade, and continues into/through High School.
AMSA only admits students in 6 & 7 Grades.
You're working hard to resolve that issue though. That's why your changing the curriculum, so that it will better align with district schools.

As far as dumming down the curriculum, there's not too much more to do, although there's always room for achievement, isn't there? The curriculum is already been being dummied down. The biology curriculum has been rewritten by a junior teacher and the physics is being rewritten by another junior teacher. The last of the pioneer teachers and staff who were dedicated to the charter have been given the boot.

How's that complaint coming that parents filed? You know, the 58 page complaint.
Year2010

North Stonington, CT

#23 Jul 1, 2009
amsaparent wrote:
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Hello admiral. I thought that was you.
You're an idiot for implying that I'm her; than again, I wouldn't expect anything else from a constant AMSA basher. I hope you have better talents...
Really

North Stonington, CT

#24 Jul 1, 2009
amsaparent wrote:
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You're working hard to resolve that issue though. That's why your changing the curriculum, so that it will better align with district schools.
As far as dumming down the curriculum, there's not too much more to do, although there's always room for achievement, isn't there? The curriculum is already been being dummied down. The biology curriculum has been rewritten by a junior teacher and the physics is being rewritten by another junior teacher. The last of the pioneer teachers and staff who were dedicated to the charter have been given the boot.
How's that complaint coming that parents filed? You know, the 58 page complaint.
The complaint you filled was dismissed as irrelevant. DOE found nothing wrong with anything you presented, and the more you spew this garbage, the more IRRELEVANT you become.

Frankly, I'm very tired of your rants, and as a parent at this school, I hope you simply go away. Based on your history of rants, you won't be happy anywhere your child attends.
amsaparent

Boston, MA

#25 Sep 28, 2009
Attention AMSA Zealots!

If your student is in the upper school he/she is missing wide gaps in math, history and science.

Luckily, we bailed the sinking ship before it was too late. We still have time to bridge the missing gaps our student discovered in these courses. Many other students who have left have found the same issues.

If you intend to stay at AMSA, I urge you to start comparing, in detail and start demanding action before its too late!!

Us "AMSA haters" are gone so now its up to you to hold their feet to the fire. Do it for your kids' sake!

examsa

Holden, MA

#26 Sep 30, 2009
Students went to AMSA to learn at an advanced level. There were no AP classes offered and all children were to be instructed at an advanced level. My child would not have been at a disadvantage according to the charter, due to the fact all classes would have been at an advanced level and the BOT and administration were expected to sell this idea to colleges. Now that AMSA offers AP classes to its top students (Yes the same ones at Marlborough and other high schools) My child would be at a disadvantage if he stayed. He may not have gotten into the AP classes in a school that offers them. Returned to local school and taking the same AP classes in the same way that AMSA students are.
Hmm

Marlborough, MA

#27 Oct 2, 2009
amsaparent wrote:
Attention AMSA Zealots!
If your student is in the upper school he/she is missing wide gaps in math, history and science.
Luckily, we bailed the sinking ship before it was too late. We still have time to bridge the missing gaps our student discovered in these courses. Many other students who have left have found the same issues.
If you intend to stay at AMSA, I urge you to start comparing, in detail and start demanding action before its too late!!
Us "AMSA haters" are gone so now its up to you to hold their feet to the fire. Do it for your kids' sake!
I don't know where you're coming from, but AMSA is in the top 10% for MCAS. The curriculum is the same as when AMSA opened, except for the high school, which at the time of the school inception wasn't even developed (it was just theory).

Many 10th graders were accepted at prestigious Ma Academy For Math And Science School in Worcester, and from my own experience I can say my children continue to be advanced in all subjects taught.

So far, we haven't found any "missing wide gaps in math, history and science". In fact, all these subjects are outstanding!

Overall, AMSA is still the best public school around, and we are content with some of the changes.
Former AMSA parent

Maynard, MA

#28 Oct 2, 2009
We pulled our child out of AMSA this year after 4 years at AMSA. Grades 6 & 7 were great; 8 and 9 were not. Our son is in a new school system and is doing fantastic. I am sorry I didn't pull him out last year; the new public school is better organized and teaches at a greater depth with a more organized curriculum than the science and math classes at AMSA.
examsa

United States

#29 Oct 13, 2009
to former AMSA parent
Many students left AMSA because the school became a standard school without electives. The charter was a beautiful thing. Hopefully the charter is given another chance by someone who believes in it. Student that is glad to be GONE!
Jimmy

Clinton, MA

#30 Oct 20, 2010
My daughter loves AMSA. She started in September and I have been impressed with the subjects and the curriculum. We left Clinton Public Schools and believe me this school offers much more then they ever could.
Former student

Northborough, MA

#31 Mar 16, 2011
Just the fact that you parents are arguing over a pointless topic is pathetic. AMSA promised to put in curriculum that they did not intergrate until a year after the decided year. After firing all of the teachers that actually taught well they lost a good majority of interest, and for good measure seeing that they replaced them with worse teachers. Also, a good school would hire teachers that they would not fire in two months. During my years at AMSA they had fired countless amounts of teachers which did not help the little respect I had for them. Overall the rating I leave for the school out of ten I rate a four.
Partially right

Seneca Castle, NY

#32 Mar 20, 2011
Former student wrote:
Just the fact that you parents are arguing over a pointless topic is pathetic. AMSA promised to put in curriculum that they did not intergrate until a year after the decided year. After firing all of the teachers that actually taught well they lost a good majority of interest, and for good measure seeing that they replaced them with worse teachers. Also, a good school would hire teachers that they would not fire in two months. During my years at AMSA they had fired countless amounts of teachers which did not help the little respect I had for them. Overall the rating I leave for the school out of ten I rate a four.
Some of the initial teachers, although good, either didn't know how to teach, or were unreliable, hence the firing.

Although the first two years were tough for everyone, the last few years have calmed down, and the educational environment is just fine.

The school opened up before it had the chance to complete its curriculum, and a work in progress when you also deal with finding teachers prepared to teach (not just owning MBA), is no easy task. Moreover, the high school curriculum had to be somewhat in line with what colleges required for highschoolers.

High achievers have enough opportunities to excel, and most teachers know how to teach.

If you were there in the beginning, maybe you should ask some of the kids who stayed, and will soon graduate. I'm sure their experience is quite different than yours.
Random

Shrewsbury, MA

#33 Dec 25, 2011
this school is clearly great. dont like it leave. otherwise just shut up
JoB

Jamaica Plain, MA

#34 Aug 15, 2013
AMSA Parent wrote:
By the way. "Really", Yes, I am trying very hard to get the word out in every way that I can.
To me, this is an urgent matter that parents must become aware of.
I saw AMSA go through many dramatic changes from the time I was in sixth grade all the way to my graduation. I couldn't agree more with, " Really". Everything that he or she said was spot on. When it comes down to it AMSA is still a fresh school with room to grow, if your kid can't handle it take him out, that easy.

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