At Academy del Sol, they never say 'never'

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Great things are happening at Academy del Sol! Over the past eight years, we have seen a need to offer students, not of the traditional age for high school students, the opportunity to come back and complete ...
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Tom

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Sep 15, 2008
Another way to indulge children. That is one of the reasons kids are the way they are in society...Stop giving the whiners what they want and use traditional discipline! Your are propagating our worst into worse, even allowing them to smoke in public view..how pathetic.
Blanca Alonso

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 15, 2008
Academy Del Sol is a blessing for students who for whatever reason did not finish school get the opportunity to do it,They have amazing caring teachers and principal i attended Academy Del Sol they were so understanding and helpful its about time they get appreciated and i am one to be thankful Good Job Guys!
High Rolls Resident

Tularosa, NM

#3 Sep 15, 2008
allowing them to smoke... this is simply shocking. I say close the whole place down based on this alone. make them work at burger king or send them to prison for this terrible behaviour. I guess this is my sarcastic way of saying.... what a moron poster. Tom, you go boy.
Tom wrote:
Another way to indulge children. That is one of the reasons kids are the way they are in society...Stop giving the whiners what they want and use traditional discipline! Your are propagating our worst into worse, even allowing them to smoke in public view..how pathetic.
Yvonne

La Luz, NM

#4 Sep 15, 2008
I truely believe in the entire staff at Acedemy Del Sol. They care about the students that they teach. The high school should have teachers like this. I give Mrs. Carr and the entire staff at Acdemy Del Sol an A+ you all are great.
alamo mom

La Luz, NM

#5 Sep 15, 2008
My son goes to ADS, and let me tell you what a difference it has made. He started to fall behind at AHS, and just couldn't catch up. He did his best, he tried, teachers didn't care, counselors didn't care, principals, please, couldn't get them to return a call.
We finally CHOSE to go to ADS, and what a turn around, he's working hard along with his teachers and is making very good grades. Mrs. Carr is the best, and all of her teachers are wonderful. I don't know what I would have done without them, I cannot afford to stay at home and homeschool him, which was my only other idea.

GO ADS.
Jeremy_Horne_PhD

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Sep 15, 2008
Tom wrote:
Another way to indulge children. That is one of the reasons kids are the way they are in society...Stop giving the whiners what they want and use traditional discipline! Your are propagating our worst into worse, even allowing them to smoke in public view..how pathetic.
No WAY schools should indulge children. What kids need is a good public flogging, just on general principles. This shows that the parents are boss. If they whine, then beat 'em with a good stout 2x4 after that! Now, kids don't work either and they don't wash. You get them up at four in the morning, smash them across the face a couple of time just to wake them up and discipline them. Send them out to the fields for a few hours. When they get back, go down to the auto parts store and get a wire brush that you clean auto parts with and make these kids use that on themselves to get the dirt off. It'll make a MAN out of them. School? Hell, that's easy, toss 'em a Bible and make them memorize it. All this stuff about liberal arts is just a bunch of pinko liberal (why do you think they call it "liberal arts") commie propaganda. Too it makes sissies of them.

Too, I agree that you don't want to make the worst worse. That WOULD be a reversal of fortune!

Now, for their smoking, a good anti-smoking campaign would be good. But, I digress.
Jeremy_Horne_PhD

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Sep 15, 2008
The computer censor didn't want me to use "commie ". It is spelled c-o-m-m-i-e. You know, one of those devils who want to take over the world and suck our brains out with a soda straw.

Now, how about "fascist" - yeah, fascist. Nazi?
Unreal

Montgomery, AL

#8 Sep 15, 2008
If the staff at the high school could take lessons from the staff at ADS - we just might, just might turn this generation around. Each staff member i have met at ADS truly loves their jobs, and cares about the kids that attend there. They aren't impressed with who the parent is in town, or what position the kids parents' hold on the school board. They don't care if the parents run a business. The teachers are there not only to educate, but teach life lessons...kinda like the teachers of the good ol' days. THe public can say what it will, but ADS has a secret to the sucessful students they turn out. Keep it up ADS. They entire team at ADS should be commended!
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La Luz, NM

#9 Sep 15, 2008
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Since: Jan 08

Middle of Nowhere, NM

#10 Sep 16, 2008
ADS....kids go there for 2 reason, either they cant keep up in school so they send them there to get babysat or they are trouble makers. I walked throught that school a few times. I see why the kids like it so much they have the run of the school and whatever they want!
Unreal

Montgomery, AL

#11 Sep 16, 2008
To Beware - have ya been to the high school? It's the same thing - except those that get into trouble aren't the school board members kids or the coaches kids or the local business owners kids. Trust me, the HS is full of trouble makers, but they are trouble makers with money and the parents have clout in the community. As far as students being babysat at ADS - that couldn't be further from the truth. The enrollement at ADS is increasing - and we need to figure out what exactly is going on at the high school.

Since: Jan 08

Alamogordo,,now

#12 Sep 16, 2008
Seems today the kids do have the run of the school.......and ADS will give the kid a diploma....they won't know anything...but they WILL get a diploma. Something is wrong with that. They go there if they are trouble, can't keep up, don't LIKE reg. classes or have a kid......

“+Brutally Inquizitive+”

Since: Aug 08

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#13 Sep 16, 2008
I guess it is better than having the kids drop out and totally give up on an education. A few people I know wouldn't have graduated without that school. I am glad there is an alternative.
Unreal

Montgomery, AL

#14 Sep 16, 2008
LandS wrote:
Seems today the kids do have the run of the school.......and ADS will give the kid a diploma....they won't know anything...but they WILL get a diploma. Something is wrong with that. They go there if they are trouble, can't keep up, don't LIKE reg. classes or have a kid......
Really? Do you know some of those kids have gone on to be officers in the military? Did you know that one is working on a master's degree? Unless you have first hand knowledge of what ADS turns out, you really shouldn't judge. Granted there are sucess stories from the high school, but please don't under estimate ADS - until you've been there.
Unreal

Montgomery, AL

#15 Sep 16, 2008
Nos3y wrote:
I guess it is better than having the kids drop out and totally give up on an education. A few people I know wouldn't have graduated without that school. I am glad there is an alternative.
Excellent point! Perhaps the high school should do a better job of referring the drop-outs to ADS instead of just ignoring it. Perhaps we should look at the reasons they are dropping out of the high-school.
Cates ADS teachers

Sandia Park, NM

#16 Sep 16, 2008
My wife and I usually stay away from blogs and other writings in the paper. We both teach at Academy del Sol, and have for a number of years. Let me first point out that the perceptions of landS and Beware are prevelent throughout our community. I can not help what you believe, but I do know that if either of you took the time to visit our school you would find a true learning enviroment. The kids do not have the run of the school sir, in fact if you come to our school, you will find that our students, are for the most part quite well behaved and respectful. These students for what ever reason have not fit in traditional educational settings. At our school we have mandatory attendence. If you miss 5 days you are dropped from the class, get dropped from two classes, you may be dropped from the school. If you get in a fight, or openingly disrespectful to the staff, you can be gone for a year. We have only averaged one fight per year since our inception 10 years ago. We teach that there are consequences for our actions, both positive and negative.They learn to be accountable for their education, as well as their actions. As for handing out a degree that is sub-par, the only difference between our diploma and AHS is that ours is black and silver, not black and gold. Students receive their diploma the old fashioned way, they earn it! It's okay, we teach our students about ignorance and misperception and we can teach you also, our doors are always open, and we return all phone calls. Our staff all volunteer to teach here and would not teach anywhere else. We already teach the students that have been left behind and do a pretty good job. As I have stated before our doors are always open, and our buisness is children. Feel free to check us out and learn the truth behind our school. Thank you for giving us the chance to help invest time in the children and future of our community.
Jeremy_Horne_PhD

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Sep 16, 2008
Cates ADS teachers wrote:
My wife and I usually stay away from blogs and other writings in the paper. We both teach at Academy del Sol, and have for a number of years. Let me first point out that the perceptions of landS and Beware are prevelent throughout our community. I can not help what you believe, but I do know that if either of you took the time to visit our school you would find a true learning enviroment. The kids do not have the run of the school sir, in fact if you come to our school, you will find that our students, are for the most part quite well behaved and respectful. These students for what ever reason have not fit in traditional educational settings. At our school we have mandatory attendence. If you miss 5 days you are dropped from the class, get dropped from two classes, you may be dropped from the school. If you get in a fight, or openingly disrespectful to the staff, you can be gone for a year. We have only averaged one fight per year since our inception 10 years ago. We teach that there are consequences for our actions, both positive and negative.They learn to be accountable for their education, as well as their actions. As for handing out a degree that is sub-par, the only difference between our diploma and AHS is that ours is black and silver, not black and gold. Students receive their diploma the old fashioned way, they earn it! It's okay, we teach our students about ignorance and misperception and we can teach you also, our doors are always open, and we return all phone calls. Our staff all volunteer to teach here and would not teach anywhere else. We already teach the students that have been left behind and do a pretty good job. As I have stated before our doors are always open, and our buisness is children. Feel free to check us out and learn the truth behind our school. Thank you for giving us the chance to help invest time in the children and future of our community.
That you are contributing to the improved education of our youth is admirable, and I wish you the best of success.

I would be more than happy to act as a voluntary consultant on curriculum development in the areas of philosophy, scientific methods, critical thinking, logic, and social sciences. I am in the Alamogordo phone directory and my e-mail is jhorne18@earthlink.net.

Best regards,

Jeremy
hellooo

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Sep 16, 2008
And where do the kids go when they are kicked out of ADS? Back to the high school who can't turn them away! I don't think there is a selection or application process at the high school, so they have to take just about anybody that comes knocking at their door. So the ones who are below the 'kids left behind' get sent back to the high school where they can't get kicked out of school forever because they ditch or are disrespectful. Instead, they are mixed in with the kids who weren't left behind and don't want to be left behind.
High Rolls Resident

Tularosa, NM

#19 Sep 16, 2008
'to get babysat' do you actually talk like that? maybe you should have repeated the 10th grade yet one more time and finally passed that English class. what a bozo. how can anyone respect your 'ideas' when you can't even speeka da Englitch. what a disorganized mind. Beware indeed.
Beware wrote:
either they cant keep up in school so they send them there to get babysat or they are trouble makers.
Personally

La Luz, NM

#20 Sep 16, 2008
But we've missed the main point here...why can't the high school deal with them? If they could, ADS wouldn't exist.
hellooo wrote:
And where do the kids go when they are kicked out of ADS? Back to the high school who can't turn them away! I don't think there is a selection or application process at the high school, so they have to take just about anybody that comes knocking at their door. So the ones who are below the 'kids left behind' get sent back to the high school where they can't get kicked out of school forever because they ditch or are disrespectful. Instead, they are mixed in with the kids who weren't left behind and don't want to be left behind.

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