With 3 children at varying levels at Villa, I would say that some teachers have been very effective and others much less so.
There do not seem to be uniform standards across classrooms and certainly not in effectiveness.
What is true is that every teacher cares deeply for each child. They just may not be equipped with the skills or confidence to execute their job with each child effectively.
I have not come in contact with anyone, except the former physical education coach, that creates circumstances to help children develop persistence, grit, or determination. Studies have determined that grit is cultivated through:
Facing fear, Having a moral compass, Using social support, Having good role models, Being physically fit, Making sure your brain is challenged, Having "cognitive and emotional flexibility," Having "meaning, purpose, and growth" in life, and "Realistic" optimism.
While Villa provides some assistance in a few of these areas, it is inconsistent and completely dependent on the teacher paired with your child.
The parent community is outstanding at the school and the teachers offer a safe and inclusive environment for the children to learn and grow.
As the parent of 3 children at Villa, the academic rigor has wildly varied from teacher to teacher. There does not seem to be consistency from classroom to classroom in delivering the curriculum.
The administration is not responsive to feedback and does an exceedingly poor job of communicating to parents.
Villa offers an extremely nurturing environment for the kids. They instill a love of learning and I can see it in my daughter everyday. She is always eager to go to school and most importantly is a happy, engaged learner. She is in 3rd grade but reads at a 7th grade level. I have Villa to thank for that! We love this school.
I really liked the parent community at this school and wish that if they have Kindergarten-aged children, that they will make a point to stop in at random times to see if the academic portion of the school day (between 12:30 - 2) is being taught in the dark while the younger kids are sleeping.
I don't know because we did not have the persistence, grit, and determination to pursue our grievances with the administrators at the school after we discovered that they had been very deceptive with us. We initially believed them that the "lights out" in the Kindergarten was a genuine mistake, but after checking in the classroom several times after this, we realized they administrators knew this and it was standard operating procedure.