I love the Be Kind program that teaches core values for the students and is promoted and modeled by the teachers. My son has attended the last two years and has excelled in both, giving him a sense of pride and accomplishment. I am amazed at what is being taught.
One has to be careful where you post reviews about Kiva as they have a network of bullies that seek out the poor reviews and harass the parents into either taking them down or using the PTO to do a smear campaign against the poster. This school is run by $$$ if you have it and donate it then you are in the "in" group where you get all the best teachers, your child won't be disciplined (even if they are a bully), and the school promotes so much negativity. This school needs an overhaul starting from the top down. There are far better schools out there and you don't have to worry about how much money you donate.
I attended Kiva ES from kindergarten through fifth grade. I began to be bullied there in first grade, and it only got worse every successive year. By the fifth grade, I went home crying almost every day. The entire grade, it seemed, was against me, constantly teasing and taunting. With the exception of a very sweet teacher I had in third grade, none of the teachers or other faculty members seemed to care. Maybe they didn't want to discipline the rich brats...my fifth grade teacher even clearly favored my worst bullies, and was buddy-buddy with some of the meanest girls' moms. I switched schools for sixth grade because I couldn't handle going to Kiva anymore. Although I have since graduated Phi Beta Kappa from college, I am nevertheless depressed and very insecure, no doubt in large part due to the traumatic bullying I endured for years at Kiva. I would never wish this upon any child. Please don't send your kids here. Best of luck.
I think some may feel rigor and vigor are one in the same. This school seems to strike a balance between challenging students and making sure they are learning the curriculum opposed to burying them in busy work and squashing the joy to learn.
At Kiva Elementary school, honesty, integrity, fairness and kindness are continually encouraged and supported. The school rewards students making good choices and makes a point to model good choices and explain why these are so important.