Kingman Academy of Learning opened their charter middle school in 1996 for students in 6th through 8th grades. The school focuses on math, science, language arts, and reading. On average there are 350 students enrolled per year. The staff and administration understand the importance of providing students with other activities besides the core subjects so they also offer a few other choices for those that wish to join including drama, computer arts, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, football, volleyball, softball, and physical education classes.
Comments of parents do not put the school in the best of light. Some parents stated that their children attended Kingman elementary school, however, when they were promoted to the middle school things went downhill. Parents that were very happy with the elementary school are quite disappointed with the curriculum at this school. The school focuses mainly on passing the AIMS series of tests and does not work on other subjects or advancements. Hands on learning is not seen as much as some would like and the use of videos including Disney movies instead of instruction is a huge complaint. Other parents are not happy at all with mandatory Spanish classes along with the apparent liberal attitude of staff and teachers. On the other hand, most parents are very pleased with the attentive teachers and the progress their children are making in grades. Most stated the environment and curriculum is perfect and that the students enjoy going to school.
As for the AIMS tests, the percentages of students that passed or exceeded the exams were above average in reading, math, writing, and science.
With the comments of parents, it would be best if you spoke with other parents and learn more about the curriculum. Offering classes besides the core subjects will ensure students become life long learners and enjoy learning. If the focus is only on the subjects to pass the state exams, students are not learning such things as history or even life skills. This may be a huge concern when students progress to other grades or attend a different school.
Kingman Academy of Learning – Middle School
3410 N Burbank St
Kingman, AZ 86409