"WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL!"
The teaching team at ATLAS has helped our daughter find her strength, passion, and confidence-thus changing the path she was following. We cannot be more proud of the hard work our daughter has put into the last 18 months. ATLAS played a key role in her newfound determination to be successful. We are forever grateful!
Kristin - Mother of a graduate
"THESE CONVERSATIONS INCREASED MY INTEREST..."
"These conversations increased my interest and encouraged me to look into investing more even though I am 17 and cannot legally invest in the stock market. These talks about finance and science will impact me for the rest of my life."
Kyle - 11th Grader (read entire essay here)
"I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL THAT I LISTENED TO MY SON AND WE TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH."
"After years struggling to pass classes, meetings with teachers and counselors, private tutoring and attending summer school, my son came to me and said he couldn’t do it anymore. He felt that no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get ahead. He had heard of ATLAS through a friend and wanted me to consider it. I was very skeptical. What if he doesn’t like it? What if he isn’t self-motivated? All of the “unknowns” kept me up at night but I knew he could not continue on the same path. I am beyond grateful that I listened to my son and we took a leap of faith. In a few short weeks he has never been so successful in school. His confidence has been restored and he is looking ahead to the future. Thank you ATLAS!"
Jennifer - Mother of 11th Grader
"I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN SCHOOL SITUATION WHERE I FELT AS KNOWN/NOTICED AND CARED ABOUT AS I DO BY THE ATLAS STAFF."
"I started attending ATLAS Learning Academy towards the end of my junior year and it has been the best decision I have ever made! Attending a public high school became a really big struggle for me. I felt alone and like nobody cared. Since enrolling in the ATLAS program all of that has changed. Every single one of the staff members at ATLAS are absolutely amazing. They all genuinely care about all of their students and go above and beyond to help them. I have never been in school situation where I felt as known/noticed and cared about as I do by the ATLAS staff. Having the opportunity to be apart of such an amazing program has helped me to regain my confidence and interest in school again, which has encouraged me to apply, as well as get accepted to Cal Baptist University and Azusa Pacific University. ATLAS has changed my life and I am so incredibly grateful for it and everyone apart of it!"
Kayla - 12th Grader
"...JUST GOT ACCEPTED INTO HER TOP CHOICE STATE UNIVERSITY."
"Our daughter came to ATLAS in April of her junior year. She had health problems that caused her to miss too many days of public school and she fell behind. She has always been motivated to get good grades, but that became difficult during 11th grade. When she switched over to ATLAS, her grades got better and she was less stressed. ATLAS is great because she is able to do her work when she feels up to it and all of the teachers are supportive and understanding of her situation. She is currently in her senior year and just got accepted into her top choice state university. We feel that without ATLAS, this would not have been possible."
Dee-Dee- Mother of a 12th Grader
"AMAZING EXTRA ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS ARE INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE AND FROM WHICH TO EARN SCHOOL CREDITS. "
"We are so happy with the education and schooling our student has experienced with the ATLAS Learning Academy. He struggled with the conventional school system. We learned about ATLAS when he was a junior in high school and once enrolled he immediately began to excel. The individual attention he received helped so much. His counselor kept us all updated and didn't let anything "slide." Amazing extra activities and outings are included in the curriculum from which to choose and from which to earn school credits. He loved the ski trip! We are so grateful and can't say enough good about our experience with ATLAS. Sincere thanks to all ATLAS teachers and admin. involved in helping our students grow and learn."
Valerie - Grandma of a 12th Grader
"WE KNOW LONGER ARE LEFT WONDERING WHERE HIS GRADES STAND WAITING FOR COMMUNICATION WITH MULTIPLE TEACHERS."
"ATLAS has really changed our family life! It has helped my son become very independent, and responsible for himself. We know longer are left wondering where his grades stand waiting for communication with multiple teachers. If we have any questions we can contact ATLAS and get a real concrete answer right away. The one on one with the teachers has helped our son have a better understanding of the lesson he is learning. While at ATLAS he has made some real connections with kids from all walks of life and they have bonded on the trips and excursions they are able to go on. ATLAS has really pushed my son to do better. We can't wait to see ATLAS grow."
Heather-- Mom of an 11th Grader
"SHE HAS HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET NEW PEOPLE, SOME THAT HAVE SIMILAR STRUGGLES AS SHE HAS HAD."
"The ATLAS program has helped my daughter thrive! She has had opportunities to meet new people, some that have similar struggles as she has had. She has been able to volunteer. She has learned to ski, snowboard and has gone on backpacking trips!! Her confidence has improved and she is excelling with her school work and studies. Adam Salinger has been amazing helping my daughter find a balance between school, outdoor learning, leadership and in doing so her joy for school and confidence has come back."
Amber - Mother of a 12th Grader
"WE TRULY BELIEVE ATLAS SAVED HER & DON'T KNOW HOW SHE WOULD HAVE MADE IT THROUGH HER FRESHMAN YEAR WITHOUT ATLAS."
"ATLAS has been a lifeline for our daughter when we didn't know where else to turn. The one-on-one attention from her teachers and compassionate accountability at her weekly meetings have been the keys to her success this year. We truly believe ATLAS saved her & don't know how she would have made it through her Freshman year without ATLAS. I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering an alternative to the traditional High School experience."
Gwen- Mother of a 9th Grader
"ATLAS HAS BEEN A MIRACLE IN MY LIFE AND WILL BE THE REASON I GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL."
"Within my first month and a half at ATLAS, I went on a school trip to Zion National Park. I hiked several miles, up a river, up a mountain, and participated in many other physical activities. I completed a full year of school in a single semester, and caught back up to sophomore year. Without ATLAS, none of that would’ve been possible. I've tried several other Independent Study programs, and none of them worked as well. ATLAS has been a miracle in my life and will be the reason I graduate from high school."
Colten - 10th Grader
"THAT WAS UNTIL I FOUND ATLAS AND EVERYTHING HAD CHANGED."
"Junior year came around in no time at all, and I decided to give public school another shot since I started to miss choir so much. That didn’t last long though. I fell so far behind my first semester from being sick so often I didn’t think I was going to be able to graduate. That was until I found ATLAS and everything had changed. I have been a student at ATLAS now for two school years and I couldn’t be happier. Now it is my senior year and ATLAS has gotten me to break out of my shell by doing activities I wouldn’t dare to do on my own during their incredible adventure trips such as backpacking at Point Reyes for three days and backcountry snowshoeing across from Boreal. Not only did I have a blast experiencing new obstacles, I met a very close friend of mine through it all, Merrick. Overall high school hasn’t been so bad, there has been a ton of ups and downs, stressful moments, and exhaustion like no other when it comes to finals. But through it all you learn a lot of life lessons that you can carry with you throughout our journey we call life. High school isn’t only about the education you get but the relationships you build in the process. I can now say that I have a nearly complete high school education with only six credits to go, and have made so many amazing relationships with such wonderful people."
Shelby-- 12th Grader
"I SWITCHED SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS BECAUSE I WAS NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH MY SCHOOLWORK AND GET THE HELP I NEEDED."
"ATLAS has worked for me so well because I am able to work on my own schedule. I am able to get one on one help when I need it from teachers. I switched schools and districts because I was not able to keep up with my schoolwork and get the help I needed. I was not able to learn when there were 30 students and only one teacher. Now I have many different resources to get the help when I need it. ATLAS has really helped my be accountable and get where I need to be in school."
Brennan - 11th Grader
"HE HAS THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS ATLAS OFFERS, AND HE NOW SEES A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD OF HIM INSTEAD OF PAST FAILURES AND REGRETS."
"When our grandson first came to live with us, his mother had enrolled him in an independent study program in his original school district. The program did not meet our grandson’s needs, and we were not impressed with the lack of communication and individual concern we found there.
Thankfully, in searching for something better, we happened upon Mr. Adam Salinger and the ATLAS program. The difference in our grandson is like night and day. He has bonded with Mr. Salinger as his mentor teacher and his self-esteem has been greatly bolstered. He has thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor excursions ATLAS offers, and he now sees a world of opportunities ahead of him instead of past failures and regrets. Thank you Mr. Salinger and the ATLAS program!"
Carrie- Grandmother of a 10th Grader
"THE PROGRAM IS WEB BASED, SO THERE ISN’T THAT MOUNTAIN OF TEXTBOOKS..."
"Not two months into her 7th grade year found us struggling; not only with academics, but with peer issues as well. We were looking into different options, including homeschooling and charter, when ATLAS Academy was recommended by our daughter’s grade school principal. After speaking with Mr. Salinger on the phone for over an hour, I was convinced that this program was definitely worth a more in-depth look. My husband, daughter and I met with Mr. Salinger and immediately felt that it would be a good fit. The program is web based, so there isn’t that mountain of textbooks associated with middle/high school and allows each student to work during a time of day that is best for them."
Mona- Mother of a 7th Grader
"THIS PROGRAM HAS TRULY CHANGED MY LIFE AND MY APPRECIATION FOR THE PROGRAM IS IMMENSE."
"ATLAS Learning Academy has been the best experience of my life. It has provided so many opportunities for me and has given me so much guidance towards my future. My junior year of high school started off terribly, I was being bullied and felt that there was no way out until I was able to get enrolled into ATLAS and then everything changed. Every single staff member associated with ATLAS is amazing, they genuinely care about you and your education and they try to understand you better than any other teacher I’ve had throughout my years of school. Having Mr. Salinger around is also so amazing because he cares so much about our future and our education and simply just us as people. The ATLAS program has allowed me to dive out of my comfort zone and has given me the opportunities to venture out to new things and meet new amazing people. This program has truly changed my life and my appreciation for the program is immense."
"ATLAS HAS BEEN THE BEST EDUCATIONAL OPTION AVAILABLE FOR OUR FAMILY..."
"When I came across ATLAS, my son was behind and failing every class. After four months at ATLAS (and lots of work) he had caught up in every class except one! The administrators and teachers at ATLAS Learning Academy really care about each student and their success. The educational guidance is individualized with attention to your child's needs. The tutoring and availability of the teachers to offer extra guidance as needed has been a huge help for my son. The outdoor activities are enriching and are an awesome reward for the students. ATLAS has been the best educational option available for our family and I am so thankful for Mr. Salinger and all of the teachers!"
Denise- Mother of a 11th Grader
"SINCE MAKING THIS DECISION TO ENROLL INTO ATLAS, MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER. SHE IS A MUCH HAPPIER AND CONTENT YOUNG LADY."
"Our daughter started ATLAS in March of her junior year, (currently a Senior). We came to ATLAS at a time in her life, where I realized the public high school became a struggle for her to attend everyday. Always a good student, she needed a different environment. Since starting with ATLAS, she has been less stressed about attending school. She is more outgoing, feels received/accepted by the staff and students, and finally, feels that Mr. Salinger and the teachers truly and genuinely care about their students. They are always willing to bend over backwards for them. ATLAS provides so many different opportunities for her. She can work at her own pace, which is allowing her to finish her Senior year earlier than expected. Since she is not in a classroom setting all day, she is able to volunteer her time in a special ed. classroom. Since making this decision to enroll into ATLAS, my daughter has been changed for the better. She is a much happier and content young lady. We are so pleased with this amazing program and are grateful for the opportunity to be here. It has made such a difference."
Sharron- Mother of a 12th Grader
" IT HAS TURNED OUT TO BE EXACTLY WHAT OUR DAUGHTER AND OUR FAMILY NEEDED."
"We discovered ATLAS Learning Academy at a time when our daughter, now a senior, was desperate to find an alternative learning environment, different from the typical high school experience. After researching multiple facilities, we chose ATLAS because of its relationship with Lincoln High School, and because it's considered part the Western Placer Unified School District. We are very happy with the choice we made. The directors are superb in the guidance they provided from the very beginning. Our daughter is challenged by the schoolwork & lessons, but also supported by the teachers she has access to when she needs help. She is able to study & work during times convenient for her, and is given flexibility when scheduling her exams and weekly check-in meetings. It has turned out to be exactly what our daughter and our family needed."
Shari- Mother of 12th Grader
"... THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT AND GUIDANCE ..."
"The ATLAS Learning Academy has gone above and beyond what we expected. While my daughter is learning and progressing at an independent pace; there is an abundance of support, encouragement and guidance from Mr. Salinger and the ATLAS teaching staff. We really feel so lucky to have this level of caring educators, they strive to keep my daughter on the best path for her education. With the ATLAS Academy, my daughter is learning and building a strong foundation of accountability and independent thinking. We always know exactly what needs to be done, how to achieve it, and where she is in her progress. This makes the chances for success that much greater! Mr. Salinger has all of the very best qualities of an educator that really and truly makes a difference. And, he most definitely has for us! We are grateful to have found ATLAS. Thank you!"
--Sonja - Mother of 11th Grader
"...DO THE LESSONS WHEN SHE IS ABLE TO FOCUS RATHER THAN WORK ON SOMEONE ELSE'S SCHEDULE..."
"The ability to retake quizzes and to review the answers she answers incorrectly allows her to gain more knowledge in a subject. The ability to do the lessons when she is able to focus rather than work on someone else's schedule is a big plus. The field trips add a great incentive to get her assignments done on time."
--Sandra - Grandma of 5th Grader
"...MORE THAN ONE CHANCE TO PASS QUIZZES"
"I like the way that all the lessons can be read out loud to me and that I have more than one chance to pass quizzes. I also really love the field trips!"
--June - 5th Grader
"...BASICALLY YOUR OWN PRINCIPAL..."
“The thing I like about ATLAS is that you are basically your own principal and you have to make sure you yourself get the work done.”
--Ben - 12th Grader
"NOT ALL CHILDREN THRIVE IN A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING..."
“Not all children thrive in a traditional school setting and, for our family, ATLAS Learning Academy is the alternative educational option we need. Our daughter is able to participate in volunteer activities she really wants to join in as well as school related activities like art, leadership and outdoor education. ATLAS has it all.”
--Todd and Wendy - Parents of 11th Grader
"I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK AT MY OWN PACE"
"ATLAS is such a great program! The fact that I get to travel, work, and still have time for school is so awesome. I love that I have the privilege to work at my own pace because I can still have a life while also focusing on my priorities."
--Desteny - 12th Grader
"THIS PROGRAM IS ALSO REALLY FLEXIBLE AND FAIR "
“For me, ATLAS has been a great way to advance with my credits. The flexibility of this program is even better. I am able to communicate with my teacher at any time throughout the week on our Remind App. This program is also really flexible and fair with letting you choose the day, and time you are able to come in for testing. The teacher is very motivating and always pushing you to get the hours that are required to be done, and to always be striving to get more credits than required. Not only that, but you are also able to work at your own pace and work on the subjects you want to focus the most on.”
--Iridiana - 12th Grader
"I ENDED UP CHOOSING ATLAS OVER HORIZON BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION, AFFILIATION WITH LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL"
"I like the flexibility and being able to fit my school time around my schedule versus having to work around specific hours. I ended up choosing ATLAS over Horizon because of its location, affiliation with Lincoln High School, as well as it providing the opportunity to have a normal graduation ceremony. The fact that I'm able to enroll in college courses is what ultimately made me make up my mind."
--Tessa - 12th Grader
"LEARNING IS NOW SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO."
“I love ATLAS Learning Academy because it allows me to do more things that I want to do. I can do school work any time which enables me to fit in all of my other activities that include dance, singing, gymnastics, piano, violin, and Spanish. I get to learn at my own pace and together Mr. Salinger and I set goals. Learning is now something I look forward to.”
--Lindsey - 5th Grader
"...RIGHT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FOCUSING ON A SPECIFIC SPORT..."
“ATLAS is absolutely an amazing program. I like it because it is a program that lets you work at your own pace and also because we get to go on hiking and ski trips. ATLAS fits my life because I have a lot of MMA training with UFC fighters in the morning. If I was in regular school, I wouldn't find the time to get in all of this training. In my personal opinion, ATLAS is mostly for people who are very independent and like to teach themselves things. It is also right for people who are focusing on a specific sport and have so much training to where regular school will cut into the hours. That's also why ATLAS is a work at your own pace program. These are the reasons as to why I like this program. These reasons should make it to where you like it too!”
--Isaiah - 8th Grader
"HE FOUND THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL EXTREMELY EASY."
"My son is currently a student in the ATLAS program. We were looking for a program that would fit his educational needs as well as give him the flexibility to focus on his wrestling & MMA. He has always been an over achiever academically. He found the traditional public school extremely easy. We knew that he would be a good candidate for the program because he was a good student academically and he wanted more flexibility to train. The ATLAS program has given him a challenge academically. This is the first year that he has not just flown through his assignments. The program offers a wonderful outdoor learning experience as well. They take several trips a year exploring the great outdoors. Along with those field trips comes learning about the outdoors as well; something you won't likely get in traditional public school. My son attended one trip and the pictures of the scenery were gorgeous! We are very pleased with the ATLAS program."
--Tina - Mother of 8th Grader
"THE ABILITY TO BE CO-ENROLLED IN LHS OR A JR. COLLEGE IS VERY BENEFICIAL TO MY FUTURE"
"Atlas is a great experience. Having the ability to be co-enrolled in LHS or a Jr. College is very beneficial to my future. Along with that, being an IS student and going on outing and camping trips, is a great investment in my future. I really like the choice to have a homeschool like option while staying in the normal school district, it gives me a lot of flexibility."
--Brigham - 12th Grader
"EVERY STAFF MEMBER WE HAVE MET AT ATLAS HAS MADE US FEEL COMPLETELY AT HOME"
“Choosing ATLAS Learning Academy has been a wonderful choice for our whole family. We lead a very active life and this amazing school allows us to work during the times that work best for us during the week. Having Mr.Salinger is a huge bonus. Eleven years ago he taught my oldest daughter and then we had the privilege of having him teach my youngest last year. She loved having him and is very excited that she now has him again. Every staff member we have met at ATLAS has made us feel completely at home and have all showed an amazing interest in making sure that all students are very successful in the program. I am proud to be a part of this new program.”
--Sheri - Mother of 5th Grader