We are so happy to have our son attend Villa. I highly recommend Villa. To the review about the AZMerit. They hold prep classes and prepare the students and parents for the tests long in advance.
My son struggles with reading but has come a very long way in a very short time. His teacher works with him independently daily as well with the other students. Some of the children in my son's kindergarten class were reading harry potter books and able to multiply. To say the learning is behind is not something that I have observed.
As for the money. The school releases a form letting parents know how much they are funded, how much is fund raised and how much is paid tuition from parents and where it all goes. My child gets to do weekly ceramics, soccer, gardening and lots of extra circular activities. The campus is kept up very nicely. I am not the least bit concerned about where their funding is going.
My sons first grade class is already learning and doing presentations on other continents. I learn new stuff from him often that I was failed to be taught as a child in a public school environment. We plan to enroll all of our children into Villa when the time comes. I am so thankful that they will have this type of learning structure. It's much better than my public school experience. Sitting in one desk all day freezing watching the big clock on the wall waiting for 3:00.
Check out the website about the philosophy of the school. The teachers are some of the most wonderful people I have met. When you walk into the class there is order. Every child has their own space and the teachers keep the children in a calm and relaxed environment in which to learn. I am a child psychologist and my daughter love this school. I was very critical but this place truly impressed me. Go down and see for yourself.
I really chose this school because of the philosophy. Go to the website and see if you agree. But more than that I have been watching the teachers and they truly do believe and use the skills in the class.
Once again look at the website. Everything from the calm environment to the dispute resolution skills the children learn is fantastic. They are more than about studying they are working on how the child interacts socially with the world. The skills my daughter has obtained will serve her well for years to come.
This school is amazing! I am a child therapist and was very critical of where I would place my first child. When you walk into the school it is amazing. No chaos. Every child is organized with their own work space. They all help each other. You must visit this school to truly understand and appreciate this school. I saw the negative reviews and truly if you are considering a school NEVER go by the reviews. Go to the school and see for yourself. I love the philosophy on their website and every teacher keeps the children calm and organized. I Love it and I think you will also.
Charter school of the year??!! That is a complete joke. Did you see the schools that were runners up? I don't know if that is something to brag about. Who is judging this? How much does Villa pay to be part of the Charter School Association? Has the question been asked what is Villa doing to prepare for AZMerit? How is this school going to abide by the state testing when they don't have the infrastructure to even support the test? They sure do like to take the money that the state gives them for my child being enrolled there. Are they going to opt out and have their kids be further behind? These are the questions I asked as an informed parent and was given the run around by the administration. This school is falling further behind and I can't let my child suffer because of them. She has been pulled and placed at a school that is planning for the future, not just talking about it.
We had very high hopes for this school but ended up withdrawing our child after three months. Class sizes were much larger than what we were told on initial tour and the aids in the classroom had extremely limited childcare experience. We were placed in a classroom with a teacher new to the school who seemed perpetually stressed and unavailable to interact with. Resolving issues in the classroom did not appear to be the goal. Rather, they "managed" challenging kids out. Three other children left the same classroom prior to us in a very short period of time. We left a school we loved to come to Villa based on the rave reviews we heard. Be cautious of the hype.