ALS is a school with small class size, hometown feel, and academics that are on par with other schools in the area, and if that is what you are looking for, that is what ALS has. I agree with other reviewers that the teachers at ALS are wonderful, however that is not always the case, and while most teachers will work with you, there are a few there that will not, 4th grade in particular. As we all know everyone has their own experiences, and I only speak from mine. If you have a child that is at either end of the spectrum of learning (gifted or challenged), I believe ALS is not equipped to deal with either challenge. Mind you this is only my opinion and experience that I went through with my child. Not every problem can always be solved to the satisfaction of both parties, however when it comes to your child and education you need teachers and a school that are willing to work toward a common goal. This was not our experience.