Mea Farley is a horrible human being. She gets a kick out of making kids feel bad about themselves. The super creepy lunch guy/ handy man Me. Jeff was allowed to tell a child that the bury the bodies of the children who don't attend the field trips in the back of the school without any consequences. Please do research on this school before you subject your kids to the ovr crowded un regulated joke that is Vista Grove... A 2 star school!
Here's a list of issues from my daughter's kindergarten school year (2014-2015). 1. They fed her eggs, when it says in her registration paperwork that she's allergic to eggs. She had a severe reaction. 2. She's had multiple teachers in the past year. I lost count. Kindergarteners are the most sensitive to these types of changes. 3. Her first choir concert, the teacher had the kids start singing their one and only song for the performance and 4-5 kids weren't on the stage yet. 4. Spring picture info wasn't sent home. I found out about them from my daughter the night before. If she hadn't told me and i order them the next morning, they would've never taken an individual picture. 5. Event/Spirit Week info was always relayed by my daughter because Vista doesn't use their site's event calendar or their FB page to notify anyone of anything. 6. One day their "snack" for the afternoon was a cup of grape tomatoes. They should have a better options. 7. For the next school year, I tried to get my kiddo into 1st grade at a different charters school and she only tested high enough to repeat Kindergarten. Don't send your kid here if you care at all about their education or well-being.
I think that it is important to consider a few things when choosing a school for your child: your child's strengths and weaknesses, academics, social awareness, school resources and staff competency. This school, although claiming to be a "preparatory academy", is not a school.The staff is sub-par, poorly trained, not professional and insensitive to the individuality of children.The majority of the children attending this school are children in dire financial need, some are almost homeless and many speak little to no English. Although attention to these matters are critical, it takes up the majority of the schools resources taking away from true academics ("preparatory academy" for what?), special needs, physical education and teaching the faculty the importance of professionalism and accepting the uniqueness of children. I believe that this group that guides and molds these children need to take courses on responsibly and professionally working with children and parents. The classes are NOT small, and individuality is NOT welcome. They can also advertise on their website, the real school and what they are preparing children for - it's not real life or college for that matter.
I loved when the school was smaller sized and its not the case anymore. :( My child has attended this school several years. The arts programs are amazing quality. The staff is great aside from a few bad apples in the transportation department over the years some are great others have had issues with.
Yesterday in busy rush hour traffic at the corner of Gilbert Rd. and Guadalupe Rd. Gilbert AZ,at 5:36pm an adult in a reddish large vehicle honked their horn at the Vista Grove bus driver. The reddish vehicle was in the left turn lane and the bus was in the middle lane with stopped traffic at the light. The bus driver put on his flashing lights and put out his stop sign and allowed a young student get out of the bus, IN TRAFFIC go around the front of the bus and enter the reddish colored vehicle. This was such a blatant unsafe practice. If that behavior indicates the quality of employee conduct and service you are giving to the students of your school, your parents need to look elsewhere for a school that offers not only higher than AZ State standard education but also puts emphasis on a secure and safe environment for each child. No matter who in educating or servicing their child.
Also, be aware the 4-5 star ratings on this website or any website for poorly performing schools as verified by the State standards typically come from teachers and or staff and are not necessarily reality. Do your homework, especially with charter schools such as these.
I have 2 children attending Vista Grove Preparatory Academy this year. One is in Kindergarten and the other is in 1st grade. Communication between the teachers and myself is great. The atmosphere of the school is really good. The girls love the school. They are learning a lot this year.
Vista Grove Preparatory Academy, I have 2 sons in the elementary school and one in the middle school. They enjoy the options at the school such as performing arts and sports. My 2 sons in the elementary school excell tremendously here at VGES, they both have achieved all A's and B's in academics and loved their extra classes. I would recommend enrolling your child we have felt like we were part of the family here.
I am on the PTO at Vista Grove and my kids have been here for over 3 years. The principal and staff at this school are great! The vision of this school are just what I am looking for! I am excited to watch my kids grow to their full potential!!