Hugh Lorch

Abraham Lincoln Traditional School8

Phoenix, AZ | Maricopa County

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February 3, 2015


When my son was in preschool I'd done a considerable amount of homework in researching the best elementary school around our area. This school was by far among the top for "public schools" (I use that term loosely). I put my son in this school and thought it was great the first year, however, my family and I noticed significant changes to the treatment of our son from one year to the next. You see, the school is largely funded from a non-profit "parent ran" PTO called the "Guild." There is heavy emphasis placed on you as a parent to be involved with this non-profit regularly, however, as a young professional and being a dual income family of professionals my lady and I found it extremely difficult to do much for the school. Long story short, because of our inability to donate our time or money to their non-profit we noticed an immediate change in the way our son was treated, and measures were taken to try and have him removed from the school in an administrative way so that it looked right on the records.. Our negative experience goes far beyond this but I'll leave it at this.......

Submitted by a parent

September 21, 2014


This is a decent school UNLESS you have more than 1 child. There is not nearly enough parking at the school so they remedied this by having release times 40 minutes apart for K-2 and 3-8. This is the only school in the district that does this. They will not let you wait in the cafeteria or playground if you have a younger child waiting for an older one. Your options are to use the pay per hour child care provided on campus or sit in the car and wait 40 minutes...

Submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014


My grandson changed schools this year and has been extremely happy here. His last school was a little harder but the kids were all snobs. This school has been the best thing for him all around.

January 17, 2014


I am very happy with this school. My child is a first grader this year and although she was struggling in the beginning, her teacher was there to help us guide her in the right direction. My child started tutoring and the teacher would sit with us regularly to check on her progress. She is now right on track and feeling confident in her skills. Parents and teachers alike are very enjoyable and ready to work together from my experience.

Submitted by a parent

November 19, 2013


To the comment below VVV. That is awesome how your daughters are doing extremely well and you work with them. Take in to consideration the struggling student who gets help before school, during school, after school, and at home and the weekends. Not every child is perfect and children learn at different paces. I'm sure if your child was struggling and not so smart, you'd feel the stress as the parent and your child would feel down. You are having a great experience, because your children are above grade level. A real teacher can handle teaching different levels of kids and be capable of leading the class in a positive manner. This school is has great kids who have parents that care about their education and that is what is well-liked about this school. However, certain classroom instruction needs a bit of tweaking and adjustments. Children should not feel "not smart enough". Children this young need to be built in to confident individuals.

November 6, 2013


Both of my daughters go to this school and we are more than happy. The teachers are great and have never had a problem and the Principal is fantastic, she cares about the kids and the school and does every thing she can to communicate with the parents. The dress code may be strict to some but it is needed and also parent interaction with your child AFTER school and even before is very important which is what ALTS pushes. We have three years of this school in our lives and are very impressed and could not be happier. As parents you also have to be fully involved with your child's development in school and not just depend on that school to substitute all parental involvement. It is a bi racial school that is a plus with everyone there with the same mind set, discipline, morals and education which prepares your child for the future . ALTS, is strict but so is the world and it prepares our children for that world and has an environment that has the focus on education. If one feels this is not what they want then ALTS is not for you. Through hard work both of kids are straight A students and are at a higher level than they would be at your standard public schools.

Submitted by a parent

October 29, 2013


On a good note this school has structure and great curriculum, but if your child is not up to pace with the others they make you feel like they are a burden to the class. If your child is smart this is a great place where they will feel the welcoming spirit and praise. If your child is not smart, then they will soon feel unwelcomed. This school needs to focus on a variety of students not just the specific student. I think they need aides in the class to assist the teacher, so every child can stay on track and not get left behind and feel horrible about not keeping up with the rest.

Submitted by a parent

October 16, 2013


Abraham Lincoln is an extremely structured and safe school!!! Total parent and community involvement helps ALTS to be one of the top schools. Teachers at ALTS actually care about there students success. I'm pleased to be part of the PATRIOT family!

Submitted by a parent

September 3, 2013


This school is very family oriented school which focuses on academics, discipline and modesty which is really great for children. What would be nice though is if they offer more sports for the kids 2nd grade and above like volleyball, softball, soccer, martial arts, etc. This would really help the children to have more diverse orientation and experience in their quest for learning.

Submitted by a parent

August 19, 2013


I went to this school since first grade and the things they taught me have ern very useful for Highschool. The teachers teach us stuff that we will also need to know during Highschool. I loved this school and highly recommend it.

June 19, 2013


This school is amazing. My daughters are bi-racial and the last schools that they went to they were bullied because of their race. At this school the staff does not tolerate this kind of behavior. A positive to kids with bad behaviors at this school is that they will send them back to their home schools. Also you should know if considering this school for your child/children is, my daughters both have I.E.P.'s one is for speech and one is for reading. The teachers are amazing and really take extra time to help kids that may need just a little more time than other children. They have tutoring in mornings to help. I will say that because they do believe in such standards as we were taught it can be a little challenging coming from a different school because it's just a little harder academically...Only because the other schools are removing funding to teach such things as phonics or cursive. No one really thinks about what kind of impact it can make on someone to not know cursive. That means you can't read it or sign your name. Well at this school they are back to basics and care for each and every child as it were their own. I feel blessed to have my girls at this school!!!

Submitted by a parent

May 3, 2013


I am a previous student of ALTS, and want to respond to the recent negative review. Teachers are very caring and do not name call or belittle students, far from it, they work hard and give up lunch time to help students, they provide Saturday school to help students and all teachers are available in the morning to tutor. The principal would never condone belittling of students, ever. The reviewer mentions teachers leaving and parents leaving. I know for a fact that several teachers left because of moving out of state or retiring, As for parents leaving, that is their choice. ALTS is a school of choice, meaning anyone can attend if they follow the strict rules and enforcement of rules, many times parents are fine with this school until their child gets a detention or suspension. The reason why this school is so popular is not just the academics, it is a place where bullying is not tolerated. As for a bored child, I am not sure how anyone can be bored unless they don't like school.

May 3, 2013


ALTS is wonderful place to work and learn. Our students participate in a number of interesting activities. We use worksheets (some may call it paperwork) in order to review which is vital to the learning process. A student must review a concept up to 500 times before it is considered prior knowledge. However, we also have great projects for our students. Our teachers have them writing books and poetry. They have gardens and plays. Guest speakers come in and creativity is encouraged. We have Music and PE for every grade level. Our children get recess every day - even in Jr. High! That is not something you will find everywhere. If you come onto our campus, you will see kids and teachers talking and enjoying their time together. Our teachers have great classroom management. You will not see students off-task. This does not appeal to everyone. However, if you want a child who goes into high school and college READY for the challenges they will face, this is the place to be. The majority of our 8th graders will go into high school taking advanced level courses and they come back and talk about how easy those courses are. As a school, this is our desire. Success for all children.

Submitted by a teacher

May 3, 2013


Abraham Lincoln Traditional School is just that, tradional. It is a tough school meant for those who can focus and want to learn using the four cornerstones. It is not a school for everyone especially those who may have challenges focusing or sitting for a long period of time. If your child is excelling academically and wants to be ready for college, and as a parent you are willing to support them and their teacher this is the place for you. The school is advanced and expects a lot, but it is worth the time and effort to put into your child's future. Teachers, volunteers, and staff are amazing and work well as a team. Students are encourage to do their best at all times, as well as, use their creativity in many subjects. Those who disagree do not fully understand what goes on here. My 2 children went to another school in the district where they were not challenged, saw fights, and drugs. ALTS is a much safer place for my children and has taught them so much more than they previously would have leanred. It is rated an "A" school for a reason. I strongly encourage parents to bring their child to this school of choice!

Submitted by a parent

May 3, 2013


We have two students who have attended ALTS since kindergarten, by our choice. The older has gone on to high school very successfully, where the teachers have told her (and us) that the kids from ALTS are always well-prepared for the rigors of working independently, even in advanced and AP classes. While our second child is not of the same academic ability and has some emotional issues, the staff at ALTS has been nothing but kind, caring, and accomodating of the special needs of our child. They have worked VERY hard to ensure his success while being very accomodating of his challenges. It is true, ALTS does not provide counseling, as do many neighborhood schools, and we sought outside assistance. However, the teachers have done EVERYTHING in their power to help him to be as successful as possible while being sensitive to his needs. ALTS is not a perfect school - there IS no such thing. It's not the school for every child, just as a Montessori or a bilingual school is not for everyone. If you believe in the traditional school model, want your child to be CHALLENGED to excel and are willing to back it up with parental action and involvement, then ALTS might be right for you.

Submitted by a parent

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