Memories are made of this…


Congratulations AOAT Class of 2017! We wish you all the best as you complete one chapter in your journey, and embark on the next! Stay curious, motivated, and creative in your pursuit of your passions! And come visit your Academy family to inspire those who follow. We celebrate you, 2017 Graduates!


What a Team!


Being a member of this team has been a great joy and privilege – and as I retire to enjoy travel and creative pursuits, I will miss the daily interactions we shared. The AOAT has been my “home at school” for 12 years, and I’ll continue to support the Academy “family” whenever they need a chaperone or anything else.

Thanks, students, for the amazing send-off party, and especially for all your talent in designing the “Mrs. Mercer icon” for backdrop and t-shirt, and the retire-card-bloghand-lettered card. You’ve got skills, and I look forward to following your progress as you also move onto the next stages of your lives. Always remember the camaraderie of being part of a group who cares about you, and come back to inspire the next wave of graduates. retire-gifts

Back to School


AOAT held a meeting for all 9th and 10th graders’ parents. Teachers explained the basics of AOAT such as the new grading program we are using this year, “”.  Art Club, sponsored by AOAT, contributed to Back to School Night by selling food to raise money for the club’s involvement at Cleveland. It was a great night which was really informative to all AOAT parents.

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News from AOAT-land

PEER MENTORS:   Fall semester is five weeks in and report cards will go out next week. This is when all students are invited to join our AOAT Peer Mentors group which just launched with a Mentor/Mentee mixer on Wednesday. Seniors and Juniors serve as tutors and “big brothers/sisters” to Freshmen and Sophomores who want some help with adjusting to high school. The turnout brought a capacity crowd of enthusiastic AOAT students together to put into practice our motto: we are family, and care about each other’s success!blog.floats14+13

ART CLUB & HOMECOMING:   This AOAT-sponsored group meets during lunch on Thursdays, and soon will begin the biggest project of the year, designing and creating the Homecoming float! We have a tradition of amazing floats, from the painted backdrops and props to the fantastic costumes and make-up. Winning first place is the goal, but the real payoff is the fun of teamwork and the creativity of the students.

ADVISORY BOARD:   This week is the first meeting of our Advisory Board, a group of dedicated partners who help with many Academy activities and support all our efforts to provide the best possible experience for our students. Everyone is invited to attend: September 16, 6:30 pm, room A-2, Cleveland High School. This meeting will start with a potluck, so please email Co-Coordinator Donna Mercer if you plan to attend:

AOAT Alums Remind Us How Our Program Prepared Them for Life


Alum Kathleen Delos Reyes is pursuing her long-held passion: a medical career! She’s already working on her Master’s Degree and loves learning. She will be a compassionate practitioner one day and we hope she’ll continue to inspire Academy students with her dedication to her goals.

Omar wanted to be an architect when he was a junior in AOAT, but after he experienced a year of college changed his mind and set out to learn how to be an entrepreneur – by doing it! He visited recently and showed students his new line of streetwear shirts and accessories called Triumvirate.

“Triumvirate Apparel Company is a clothing brand that is built on Quality, Simplicity, and Vision (QSV)… My former AOAT classmate Oscar Morales and I founded the company last summer, and our primary plans are to expand and conquer our region, the San Fernando Valley, and from there expand internationally. We want our customers to know that we offer quality products that are a bang for their buck.”

College and Career preparation are at the core of AOAT’s curriculum, and our graduates validate that both strands of post-high-school focus are serving students well as they leave Cleveland to follow their own paths in life.