Topic: Overall Experience
"Academy of Urban Learning was my savior. I had been to a few different schools in my life, had tried home schooling, and didn't even go to school for a while. When I finally decided that I should go back to school, AUL was the first school I looked at. I fell in love with it right away. The staff seemed friendly, the school was small and wasn't intimidating, the curriculum sounded nice, and the fact that they had an academic adviser specifically for special-ed students made it seem like a good fit for me. On my very first day, I made friends, and bonded with my adviser. Within the first week, I felt comfortable around the students and staff, which is a big deal for me because I've never felt safe in a school before. In that same week, I worked with my adviser and the principle to figure out what classes I needed to take to get the credits I needed to graduate. Those classes weren't very challenging for me, but when I did meet a challenge, the teachers would work with me individually and help me work through the problem step-by-step until I understood and had learned something. They were very patient and compassionate with the students, and always willing to lend an ear if a student needed to vent about something. The school offered a lot of programs to help students find housing, jobs, internships, and shelters, among other things. The building is small and doesn't have a gym, but the principal had activities such as Zumba, soccer, and basketball set up outside of school. We also got library cards and passes for the rec center that was nearby, which has a gym, pool, and basketball court. There's so much more I could say, and I could go on forever about how much I loved this school, but I want to keep this somewhat short. Overall, the curriculum was great, the staff as patient and compassionate, the other students were nice, and I learned a lot there."
Topic: Educational Outcomes
"I didn't graduate. Am I still eligible? I dropped out due to mental health problems, but I did receive my G.E.D. Anyway, after getting my G.E.D, I felt proud. I felt like I may not have been able to pass some of the tests if it weren't for AUL. As far as preparedness, I don't remember how prepared I felt. I was still dealing with personal issues, and although I didn't feel like I could move on to college at that point, I did feel like I was ready to take things one step at a time. I.e, first step is get a therapist, second step is make a wellness plan with them, third step is apply for college, etc. However, while I was attending AUL, I was given the opportunity to apply for an internship. I applied, and landed the job. Yay! I feel like this did prepare me for future jobs, and I even learned that I can, in fact, do public presentations."