Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences opened in 2006 to serve students in kindergarten through 8th grades with an alternative to public school with a focus on arts and sciences. The student body is diverse with 63% Hispanic, 15% White, 12% African American, 5% Asian, 2% Filipino, 1% American Indian, and 1% unspecified.
At this time, the school does not offer any extra curricular activities, sports, or student clubs.
Parents are pleased with the curriculum and teachers, however, most are not all happy with the yard duty individuals. Most as parents expressed just stand around and do nothing, even when a child asks for help. The administration as reported by parents is very nice and helpful as well. Students like their teachers but would like to see more activities besides the after school program.
The Academic Performance Index showed a decline of 7 points to 771. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are a bit concerned about the drop but are working with teachers and their children to improve the score.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was mainly below state averages. The exceptions was 61% of 7th graders passed the math exam with the state average at 52%, 65% of 8th graders passed the Algebra I exam with the state at 49%, and 64% of 8th graders passed the history exam with the state average at 52%.
Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences is doing a fair job of providing students with the educational tools needed to succeed. If you have any concerns, it would be a good idea to visit the school to ensure the learning environment is a good fit for your family.
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Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences
2781 Northgate Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95833