ACADEMY FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

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17500 MANA RD
APPLE VALLEY, CA 92307
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Phone: 760-946-5414
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Apple Valley Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 106.2
  • Number Students: 1380
  • Number Teachers: 44
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4573
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Kim Bunnell
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (79 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (68 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-19
    "It is amazing, the bad reviews and the negativity from parents on here. It's easy to be negative behind a computer screen & dole out criticism without the repercussion of saying it in person. My kids have gone to AAE for over 8 yrs & for the most part, we have been very pleased at the caliber of education being taught by these amazing teachers. To counter what one parent wrote re: students only being wealthy, athletic or related to staff...well, we are none of those & we STILL love it over at AAE. SURE, there are flaws, but you'll get that anywhere you go. One of the great things about this school: it's a CHOICE school. There are plenty of other options to pick from. This school might not fit the needs of every student. Your child DOES NOT have to attend here . Fact is, many kids come and love it here...a few realize it's not for them & they leave...& there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't make the school bad. It's just not a fit for your kid. AAE is and has been a "fit" for us and we love it, we're blessed to be a part of such an amazing campus filled with caring teachers and administration that seek the best direction for the students."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-16
    "I graduated from AAE this past June after attending the school for eleven and a half years, since first grade. Truly, I cannot imagine a better place to have grown up. I doubt that most people would refer to their school as the place that they "grew up," but, I think that there is no more accurate way to convey what my experience at AAE has meant to me. Academically, AAE served me incredibly well, with teachers that simultaneously held students to high standards but also made personal attention a priority to help us achieve such standards. Thanks to this combination, I am headed to UCLA next month to study biochemistry. Personally, AAE's students and staff truly made the school my home. Among the students, I developed a strong group of close friends, but still enjoyed amity with most of my classmates. While there were different social groups, there weren't cliques. Not only that, but now that I've graduated, I miss the staff greatly, with many of whom I developed what I know will be lasting friendships. AAE made me a student and a leader, and introduced me to a group of people with whom I have become family. In short, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-13
    "I am responding to the writer who wrote that the AAE is getting worse and said, "There have been so many students and staff that have left, including the founder of the school," I am the Founder, Rick Piercy and this statement is intentionally misleading. Three years ago I began a transition plan for my retirement. After 35 years of teaching and 7 years with the State Park System I retired to spend time with my grandchildren, but continue to volunteer at the school as the Cross Country coach and Advisor to the Young Ambassador program. I felt secure in handing over the job I have had for 29 years because the school is doing exceptionally well with about 1,400 K-12 students and a waiting list of over 2,800. The comments made by this individual were in my opinion intentionally misleading and disingenuous. I welcome anyone to come and visit the campus and see for yourself. We never shy away from constructive criticism and work hard everyday to improve our school to benefit all of our students, but it is disturbing to see someone try and purposefully taint the works of so many outstanding parents and educators."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-08
    "The quality of education at AAE has progressively gotten worse, especially beginning in junior high and throughout high school. The athletic program and coaches have also declined. Good coaches have left, and poor role models have remained. There have been so many students and staff that have left, including the founder of the school, that the writing on the wall should be clear. There are better schools available in the high desert to choose from for both academics and athletics. Parents should seek those out for their children."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-07
    "This schools elementary is good, but as soon as you hit HS there's a wall. The good teachers leave do to low pay. The bad teachers stay and can't teach. It's a Math & Science school and every HS child I know had a personal tutor at home to teach what their class teacher couldn't. My senior wasn't prepared for the college assessments through the bridge program, which this school is the pilot for. There was no direction in the bridge program at all. They have a 1 to 1 laptop program which just went to 4-12 grade, with no advance notice to parents of 4th graders. You are required to purchase a laptop through the school or use one of their loaners and risk your child damaging it and you being responsible. My 5th grader had migraine headaches the entire first semester of 5th grade. Admin. likes to pluck parents off one by one instead of facing them together. This school is disappointing to say the least, and NOT at all what they claim to be. :( What another parent posted about faculty is absolutely correct, they are all family/friends and they are also afraid to speak up to admin for fear of being fired, as there's no union and completely at will. It's not what you know it's who."
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