Q: Is there tuition?
A: AMS is a tuition-free school.
Q: What grades does AMS have?
A: AMS has grades Kindergarten - 12th grade this year.
Q: What is the class size?
A: In our aim to provide the best academic environment, we limit the size of our 1st - 12th grade classes to 22-23 students. Our Kindergarten classes are capped at 20 students. The College Dual Enrollment classes are capped at 15 students.
Q: My child is above grade level. How do you accommodate my child’s educational needs?
A: AMS offers an individualized math and reading program. This allows for students to work at an advanced pace and to be challenged on a daily basis.
Q: Does AMS have a lunch program?
A: Yes, students are able to order lunch by selecting the days on the lunch order form, which is available at the Front Office. Currently, a caterer prepares and serves lunch each day. Cost for student lunch is $3.30 per day; however, AMS participates in the National School Lunch Program which provides free or reduced prices for children from qualifying families. A reduced lunch costs $0.40 per day.
Q: Are all teachers certified and highly qualified?
A: All teachers at AMS, including specials (Art, Music, Computer Sciences, PE), are considered highly-qualified as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Q: Are Physical Education and arts offered?
A: Each Elementary and Middle school student has PE, art and computer sciences once a week and music twice per week. Beginning in 1st grade, children learn to play piano. AMS emphasizes music for the following reasons:
The most important is that children love music.
Music will help children later in their social life.
Music develops children into well-rounded people.
Q: Does AMS provide transportation?
A: No, it is the parent’s responsibility to get their child to school and pick them up. If you would like to carpool with other parents, you can join the carpooling list.
Q: How long has AMS been in operation?
A: AMS opened in 2001.
Q: Does AMS offer extra help to students who need it?
A: AMS offers free tutoring and homework help after school in all subject areas from 3:00 to 3:45. All teachers offer homework help Monday through Thursday. For tutoring, check with your child’s teacher to find out the exact days of the week for their tutoring. Compensatory Education for English Language Learners is provided four days per week after school.
Q: Can we get a tour?
A: Yes, to schedule a tour and to talk about the curriculum call the office at (520) 293-2676, or stop by the school's Front Office. You can also request a tour by filling out the online form on the "Admissions" page of our website.
Q: How do I enroll my child?
A: Fill out the enrollment package. The enrollment package is available at the Front Office, or on the "Admissions" page of our website. Along with the application, submit a copy of the birth certificate, immunization records, and any recent standardized tests. If it is mid-year, a copy of the withdrawal form from the previous school is required. Kindergarteners are assessed one-on-one during scheduled appointments. In our aim to provide the best academic environment for our students, we limit class sizes. This means that we often have a waiting list for many of the grade levels. Children who are already enrolled at AMS during the previous year have a guaranteed place for the next school year. Their siblings and transfer MASSA students have priority on the waiting list. Other families are enrolled on a first come, first served basis. We do not discriminate for admission of children on any basis, but adhere to the guidelines described above.
Q: How do I contact the teachers?
A: All of our teachers have email addresses located on our website under "AMS Staff" / "Teachers." You can also call the school at (520) 293-2676 and leave a message. In addition, all teachers have pages on our website where they post homework and announcements daily. Please check this page regularly.