Average 4.55 based on 95 teacher ratings
Al Sylvia is a Math teacher at Arcadia High School located in Arcadia, California and part of Arcadia Unified. Al Sylvia's 95 teacher ratings contributes to Arcadia High School's ranking of 1,033 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Arcadia High School is 4.14 stars.
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I had Mr. Sylvia for a summer geometry course, and I have to say, that as long as you study and pay attention in class, you should do stellar. He would always explain a problem that students don't understand without question.

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Pay attention in class and you're good. Also probably want to get a tutor second semester if you are struggling because 2nd sem is actually hard.

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I'm very thankful for having Sylvia as my algebra 2 honors teacher because he explained every concept very well. As long as you do all your homework and study for the tests, you should do well. He has test review worksheets that give you a good idea about the test. I had a 101 in 1st sem and 96 in 2nd sem. The only thing I would complain about him is that sometimes, he gets too caught up in math and goes into precalc and calc stuff

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Mr. Sylvia is a really chill teacher. He is nice and will teach you the math you don't get well, even during lunchtime. He is the best math teacher I've ever had, and I aced his geometry class a couple years back. He doesn't get mad, like ever, and he lets you listen to your iPod even as long as you listen to his lesson and pay attention in class. He goes over any questions you want him to, anytime. He explains the homework until you get it, unlike most of the other teachers.

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Mr. Sylvia is by far the best teacher I have ever had. He is very understanding and a nice person. He will teach you things you don't understand and he is very patient ALL the time. His methods of teaching are great and precise. Favorite teacher :) Be friends with him! He'll talk to you about really interesting things and he will show you what good books there are!

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Best Geometry teacher ever. He is always super clear so I'm never confused. If anyone is confused and asks, he is very patient about it and does not get mad

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great teacher!! actually teaches, and always helps you if you need it!! best math teacher i have ever had. i wish i could have him again

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Mr. Sylvia is really good! He was the best math teacher ever when I was a freshie(5 years ago)

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Amazing teacher. Straightforward and knowledgeable. WITTY TOO!

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Mr. Sylvia is a legit math teacher. No joke. He definitely knows how to get you prepared for calculus and college. Homework isn't too tedious, and his tests are pretty straightforward as long as you understand the material. What I like about him is that he assigns hard problems, not just the easy A problems. If you don't understand a question, he'll work it out in class and give you an explanation after he solves the problem. If you are struggling in his class, make sure to ask him for help!!!

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A fair teacher: he gives you the opportunity to drop your lowest test grade for first semester, which is VERY generous if you use it wisely.

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He was the best math teacher I ever had. He really knows his materials, unlike Crew, and when he explains things to a student or lectures, you cantell he's very knowledagble and knows what he's talking about. He's very fair and doesn't have favorites, wish he could teach every class.

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Mr. Sylvia is an extremely dedicated and talented teacher. His lessons are clear, his homework is helpful, and his tests are reasonable. He's willing to help any student with questions after class or during lunch. He's really funny too once you get to know him!

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Amazing teacher. I had him for algebra 2H and so far he's the best math teacher i've ever had. He actually teaches and he's calm and patient. If you need help he'll help you for sure. His tests are sh

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He's a good teacher, but his tests are hard.

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a reallly great teacher. willing to help you if you have any questions. he is really patient and everything and offers help. a lot of people mock mr. sylvia for making mistakes but it is not like he's perfect. and his mistakes are not anything huge just careless mistakes. so stfu haters! he is the best alg 2 h teacher!!!!

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DUDE I LOVE MR. SYLVIA!! Cutest teacher ever, hands down! so interesting, so adorable! so fun to talk to! he rocks!! epitome of a great teacher!

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He talks so calmly and clearly. He isn't all, "WHY DONT YOU UNDERSTAND THIS!!!!' unlike ms. adams....

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Great teacher, had him for Algebra 2 Honors. He really knows his stuff, and will never ever fail to help any student. I always, always went into his classroom during lunch before any test, and he would always help me no matter what. Though his tests are challenging, just make sure you pay attention in class and TAKE NOTES! He's also a really awesome person overall. Probably one of the best math teachers I've had (so far).

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YEAH MR SYLVIA WOOHOO

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he is a very cool and helpful teacher. dont be fooled by his monotonous voice and dont try to fall asleep in his lectures because of it, you might miss some of his really funny jokes or innuendos that he talks with in a straight face. He is very good with his subject both in math and english. For math, he is always willing to help but be warned he gets very very angry when his pens dont work. always give him a working pen if you're asking him to help with a problem other than that, he's really really cool

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ZOMG Mr. Slyvia was very interesting, which is an understatement.

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his tests are so short but soooo hard, i got a C- on my first test and it was a wake up call. BUT HE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER AND VERY VERY VERY HELPFUL

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He's a pretty darn cool teacher. I had him for Alg2H... He definitely knows what he's teaching and although sometimes he can mess up on little things (once he spelled zero xero haha), you definitely learn things from him! You really need to study your butt off for test though, because he says that starting from next year, Alg2H is going to be a lot harder than the previous years.

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Mr. Sylvia is not a teacher to hand out easy As through lots of extra credit and high curves. He teaches well and offers his lunchtimes and afternoons to help you understand better. Never be scared to approach him and ask a question. He sometimes gets confused during teaching and makes math errors, but you learn what he's teaching if you just listen. Make sure you do everything neatly, he hates dirty homework and unclear work and stuff. Study and ask him if you need help and you should get an A, guaranteed.

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I had him for AP English and Algebra 2 Honors. In algebra, you really have to study and he plans everything out and is VERY clear. As for English, you learn a lot and he gives good comments. He's a really nice teacher to talk too and he's really really smart. He's awesome, in my opinion!

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He really is a good Algebra 2 Honors teacher, although he appears slightly dry at first. He makes sure you know what's going on, and I think that's very helpful. He makes sure you know that he's available for extra help, and also ensures that you know exactly how the class grades are going to work, so you can calcuate it out for yourself. His class can be tough, but just do the homework daily, and you'll pass. But he doesn't offer extra credit, which, although fair, can seriously hurt our grades...

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ughh!such a mean and straightforward teacher. he grades so hard as if we're an ap class and is so critical.he needs to be more happy and energetic.he has such a deep monotone voice and his class is so boring.i had him for eng

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Prepared for questions. Monotony in his voice will bore you and make you fall asleep. semi-hard test. easier in the first semester than second

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Best math teacher i have ever gotten. His teaching style is great, and he has a cool personality. Sylvia has a lot of experience teaching, so he has everything planned out and you will be very prepared for tests. You actually have to study to get an A though :D

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haha he's a great teacher xD it's just that his tests are SO HARD -__- rar. I've gotten a 60% on the most recent test I took... >_> and I'M NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON!! xD oh well he teaches really well anyway =D

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Mr. Sylvia is an example of a good teacher. he really teaches well and helps you when you need help. make sure you listen to his lecture notes. it really helps.

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I hate math, but I think Mr. Sylvia is great. `nuff said.

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Oh man this guy is so awesome. His tests are pretty easy and he covers everything really well, so I didn't even need to study for the finals. He's a really great teacher.

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i am having him for math analysis during summer ... i need to have a good grade... so help ....tell me he is easy or not...

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A standard grade-A teacher who's nice to his students. He keeps to a regular schedule, but I fell asleep a few times due to monotony and drowsiness. He does NOT curve tests.

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Sylvia is awesome... he's pretty easy, he's very thorough in his teaching, he never gets mad, but sometimes he gets a little boring... monotonous... really smart and funny!

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too easy....... he is a ns teacher, never gets mad. but he sometimes forget stuff

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superior teacher, very genuine and nice guy, helpful and understanding. moderately difficult, but you learn so much.

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Mr. Sylvia is the best teacher ever. He's challenging but helpful, encouraging and not intimidating. Be on his good side, try hard and you'll do just fine

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i love him!!!!!!! i had him for math and ap senior english. i think he's a better math teacher than english teacher but he's good in both. knows what he's talking about!

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I had him for AP Jr Eng. Great teacher. Very smart, competent, witty, funny. Very little work (no projects or presentations). Reading quizzes boost your grade. Easy A!

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for the most part his math classes are very quiet and not too interesting but ull be trying so hard to understand the stuff that u wont be too bored. dont expect him to amuse u tho

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strict in alg 2H & while hes teaching. after his lesson is done he is fun & jokes around. his tests r hard but fine if u study. cool teacher, boring classes sometimes, though.

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smart but how come we have soo much free time in Ap English?

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he might be a good teacher in english, however, he is not great in math at all

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A very intelligent man, an intellectual. Most likely the best English teacher at AHS. The only teacher from whom I can learn real English from in AHS.

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In Algebra Honors, he picks on students when he wants them to drop and discourages students instead of helping them

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Takes too long to answer any question in general. Very open-minded and has a lot of interesting things to say for class-irrelevant topics.

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My favorite teacher at arcadia high! The only teacher that you can be yourself around, he actually makes the point of knowing you personally! just great!

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Had him for English/Math. Great teacher for both and really helps if you ask for it. Just make sure you read for the quizzes. Overall a great teacher.

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had my doubts at first, but he turned out to be a great guy. i have so much fun in his Alg2H class. TIP: actually do the hw; his tests are basically the hw.

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I had him for English and Speech. He was okay. Some of his book quizzes were ridiculus (who talked first in the chapter?). Much better for English than Speech.

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i have ap english with mr sylvia. he is very hard, but he is the best teacher i have ever had at arcadia high school.

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Teaches really well and help you a lot

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AP Eng: totally boring, gets huge mood swings, way too conservative, plays favorites, and your entire grade is based on what you get on your essays.

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ap jr english is cool with him...haha

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he's alright. for alg 2 h, his tests are tricky, max 15 questions, easy to mess up. but he seems like a cool guy.. neat freak.. hate his tests tho.

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Awesome. What else do you expect for a Stanford Law School grad?

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VERY INTELLIGENT! VERY EFFECTIVE TEACHER! LEARNED ALOT FROM HIM. HE'S DIFFICULT BUT THAT HELPED ME BECOME A MUCH BETTER STUDENT. NICE GUY TOO.

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He has the kind of sarcastic humor, and though during his lectures he can be a bit dull, you learn alot and you recieve the help you need as long as you ask him

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Very nice and polite person. Hard-working too.

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Best English teacher on campus!

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He teaches Soph English Honors in a very structured way. Very nice guy, patient teacher. I don't think I've ever heard him yell. I also learned a lot from him.

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Very helpful with find reading books, and is nice enough to lend his own!

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teaches by high standards for his students; nevertheless, interesting teacher.

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nice guy, good teacher

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Cool guy, actually teaches unlike other math teachers.....

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actually teaches and his notes help---just dont expect a lot of this in precalc

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He's really boring and you have to agree with him or your wrong

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Hard teacher, but you end up learning a lot...I got a 5 on the AP test =)

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Mr.Sylvia's probably the best teacher I've ever had.

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he teaches math well & he is a funny nerd. good class

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he ish really good teacher. best math teach i have, neat freak, just like me!!!

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fair but extremeley boring

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neat freak, but teaches pretty well..tries to help students

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Good teacher, tries hard...what more can I say?

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great and fair teacher

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GIVE ME ONE MORE POINT!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!

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Has an odd habit of picking on the same person OVER and OVER during a semester.

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very nice, and knows how to teach

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Gets the job done. Very clear and precise. Funny on word problems

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teaches well..but u HAVE to pay attention in class

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is actually pretty civil to all his students. doesn't play favorites, that's kwl

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OMG he can actuallie teach....most teachers can't..especially math teachers

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One of the best teachers i've ever had, he actually teaches you.

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what a GREAT TEACHER! he's the clearest math teacher i ever had!

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Major and minor in Law and English and teach math, a dumb teacher

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funny, clear, good on writing style, very smart-stanford law grad

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Kinda hard... but overall he's alright

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He does the job and he does it well...no frills...that's all you need anyway

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pretty cool class. not easy tho

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i had him for english, nice guy but get out of the monotone speaking please...

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