First, let us provide a working understanding about accreditation. First, in the United States, there is no federal government list of recognized accreditation agencies for primary and secondary schools like there is for higher education. Second, the US Department of Education does not accredit schools in K-12. The U.S. accreditation process was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels. Private companies or organizations in different parts of the country have developed academic protocols that they believe are acceptable for schools. Schools apply to these organizations for membership, go through a few years to meet said organization's criteria, then the school can apply for accreditation, which is another process in some organizations. Public schools must be accredited by one of these private organizations. In the United States, however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private non-profit organizations. Church schools in the United States are not required to be accredited at all, that includes the State of Alabama. However, many church schools are member schools with accrediting agencies, as well as opt to be accredited by them. Please see pages 3-5 of the State of Alabama requirements for "church schools."
AA-YP is fully accredited, since May 28, 2018, through ACTS, NAPSA, and AdVancedEd.
What is a Boutique School?
A boutique school is a school that focuses on small academic enviornments for administering quality education to each student. Teachers are more apt to have a keen insight into their students academic and leadership strengths and weakness. This type attention enables teachers to quickly devise lesson plans for academic success and advancement. Boutique academic organizations can provide the proactive quality assurance that many parents seek for their children and their own relationship with a school. A smaller student body offers a greater opportunity for each student to experience participation and leadership growth. Boutique schools allow parents to get involved in their students' school life in many innovative and exciting ways.
What colleges have AA-YP graduates attended?
AA-YP graduates have been accepted into career, public, and private colleges. The list includes the following: out of state colleges - Oral Robert's University (Tulsa, OK), Tennesee Temple University (Chattanooga,TN) and Tennesee State University (Nashvillege, TN); in-state two year colleges - Lawson State Community College and Jefferson State Community College; in-state four year colleges - Oakwood College (Huntsville, AL), Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL), Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL), Miles College (Birmingham, AL), and The University of Alabama at Birmingham; in-state technical & career colleges - Fortis Institute, Herzing Institute, and Southeastern Beauty College. This is just a short list of colleges AA-YP students have attended for higher education.
What type students are admitted into AA-YP?
Students with excellent character, strong leadership potential, and who are willing to prepare themselves for success. AA-YP is not a school for lazy students nor inactive parents. Additionally, we do not allow parents or students to abuse nor manipulate our academic structure. Parents who enroll at AA-YP are very active in the management and planning of their student's academic opportunities and progess. They realize that AA-YP is a partner with them in the academic and leadership development of their student. Parents are free to lead the charge in their student's academic success!
What kind of activities can my student be involved in at AA-YP?
AA-YP is a small boutique academy by design. As of 2017, we have two locations: East Campus (large facility with all sports capabilities) & West Campus (small facility with no sports capability). Until we grow enoungh at the East Campus to develop team activities, we encourage the parents to seek outside activites that will count for credit. Those activities can include community sports clubs, AAU basketball, cheerleading for a community team, community dance teams, community theatre, social clubs, church/community choir, music programs, and basically any organized civic or community activity. We do have a fitness program, as well as have obtained a licensed for a global community service club for student use. However, until the academy grows larger, to form teams, we will accommodate other organization activities to benefit AA-YP students. One student who transferred into AA-YP had played drums in his former school's marching band from the ninth and tenth grades. His parents sought permission for him to remain in the band, and he receives credit for band with AA-YP. He traveled with the band and enjoyed the best of two worlds. These are the type pathways and opportunities that we are free to create at AA-YP.
What if my student wants to be a doctor or lawyer, is this Ready to Work program beneficial?
No matter the career field chosen in college or even if a student seeks immediate employment, copies of these state and national credentials attached to their transcript, as well as their resume, lets a college or hiring executive know that this leader is trained in relevant 21st century employment skills. Since organizations and coporations, to include medical and legal entities, have sat at the negotiating table with colleges and state officials detailing for them what is necessary for employment with their organizations and companies in the new econmy. These state and national Ready to Work credentials will be just as important, if not even more important in some cases, than any type college degree. People with advance degrees are seeking these credentials, as well. Why? Because they understand that the technical, business, leadership, and specialized training given to them assures a competive edge when seeking to advance in their careers, as well as it positions themselves for other professional opportunities. The high paying jobs and management available now and into the future demand basic credentials along with specialized degrees. The American workforce has changed, and these credentials let entities know that students and professionals have made that change too!
What is AA-YP's Global Community Service Club?
AA-YP was granted license to offer this club (aka The MasterMind Club) to AA-YP students, as well as students who do not attend AA-YP. This is an exciting club, which offers a global community service certification at the end of two years from a local business sponsor! The MasterMind Club students develop their own community service programs to be aired monthly on YouTube, via the school's YouTube channel. Students meet once a month, on a Saturday, to be taught by high school teachers, college professors, or business professionals about community service and how to development/air their shows. What a wonderful way to gain hands-on education and professional training in soical media and broadcasting, as well as provided community service to the world.
Do students incurr problems if they transfer to other schools?
No! We have a rate of 100% acceptance into other schools. If an AA-YP students has to transfer to another school, we do have protocols that parents should follow to assure their student's acceptance.
How have students adjusted when leaving large schools and coming to a small and intimate academic experience?
First of all, we have a week of orientation to help students make a healthy and successful transition. During that week, students are trained to understand personal growth and development for future success. As students begin to understand the opportunities and perks that comprise this type education; they begin to value and appreciate what they are able to accomplish, create, and participate in to further their education.
Ivy League Courses?
Yes, AA-YP allows academically astute students the opportunity to take courses that can apply to high school, as well as college. They will be earning credit from the world's best universities and colleges from any area of interest, without even leaving their city. This is education from another dimension.