Four principals in four years, no clear discipline policy, elimination of exploratory teachers after passing an override and a technology bond...this is a recipe for failure.
Academics are good. Sports and recreation are good. This is still a fairly new school. I must say that I didn't have a very good parent/teacher relationship when my son went here. Great school, but their communication skills lack some.
The Teachers at Terramar are awewome! My son has been going there since it opened, he was in 1st grade. He has reading problems, and every teacher he has had has gone that extra mile to help him. His current Teacher and the Teachers from previous years talk to each other, this has helped tremendously. Their teaching technics are similiar and consistant. He even had one Teacher stay in contact with him over the summer and worked with him so he didn't loose what he had been taught over the summer. Terramar Teachers are wonderful!
I have really appreicated the teachers here. They keep me informed and have an incredible attitude towards their work, which reflects onto the children. They took care in my families difficult situation and help all of my children feel welcomed and help them fit right in since we came late in the year. My children have learned a lot more depth of study here as well. I do recommend Terramar to other parents.
I feel like this is a middle of the road school. Nothing horrible, nothing special. There seem to be quite a few teachers that don't seem to really like kids. That is very sad and I hope that is something that the new principal will address in time. It also seems like administration treats the upper grades like prisoners/juvenile delinquents. Most of these kids are very good and it is a shame to see them treated not as the young adults that they are, but rather as young children. There is a zero tolerance for fun.
My child just completed 2nd grade at Terramar. His teacher was excellent, she had a very individualized plan for each of her students. The teacher seemed very committed to her students and to help them succeed. There are several, very involved parents in the PTSA and the school CIT. I wish more parents would step forward for our kids, but these groups do a great job! It was a difficult year, with the principal quitting mid year, but the assistan principal did a wonderful job taking over the campus.
I believe the quality of Terramar's academic programs is on par with other Deer Valley District schools. I would like more communication from the middle school teachers. They are not too quick to respond to phone messages, if at all.
AZVA has an awesome, very comprehensive curriculum. The materials and manipulatives are top notch. Kids can do school in the comfort of their own home and have more freedom to schedule their time around other extra curricular activities. Art and music are both included, but we didn't really care for the music program and art wasn't as fun as we had hoped. But that is our opinion - and our experience during our first year homeschooling. One parent has to commit full involvement in teaching their kids. One negative we found was too many administrative tasks, in addition to just trying to teach (and having to first learn each lesson prior to trying to teach it!). Compound that with multiple siblings and still try to maintain a home just got the best of us. It's a great program but we'll be trying something different next year.
The academics for the lower levels of elementary school are good. The grade school teachers are great. It seems once the student gets to 6th grade, the academic standards go down and more parental involvement is required to maintain good grades in easy courses. This is only Terramars second year, however and the growth spurt was almost double from the first year. Community support is very high and all school sponsored ventures (carnivals, dances, etc) have a high turn-out. The band department is good. I believe Terramar is still in a settling in stage and with new schools being built close by, it will help even out the student to teacher ratio.
This school is in need of quality educators. I have a 1st grader and 4th grader in this school at the moment and have been very unhappy. This school does not provide foreign language or computer science course, at least not at my children's grade level. The school has had several staff and administration turnovers in the last 2 years.
2003/4 was the first year the school was open. Both my children liked the school. My daughters first grade teacher was excellent. My sons teacher was ill quite often and was even out for an extended time, so he had some difficulty with the teacher changes. The principal has very high expectations for the teachers with respect to standardizing the curiculums. The PTSA is very active and put on regular events intended to draw the entire family. The before and after care program is run by the City of Peoria and the school is run by Deer Valley Unified, so there is some disconnect between the two with respect to summer camps.
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