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6085 N Kolb Rd
Tucson, AZ 85750

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(520) 209-8000
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August 02, 2014
Ventana Vista is a great school. My child was in the grade 1/2 multiage last year and I am very happy with his progress. He will continue in 2nd grade this year with the same teacher. His teachers are nurturing and have high expectations. He is not in Spanish immersion but he goes to Spanish class 4 times a week. There are a lot of extracurricular activities offered. The best thing about the school is that they offer extended math in grades 2-5, so students who are skilled in math can basically be one grade ahead every year. Even though I was told my son wouldn't get to have extended math until 2nd grade, the teachers put him and other first graders who were great at math in a second grade math class, and this made me very happy. There is no reason to go to any other school.

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May 15, 2014
My 2 sons have had a terrific year! Their teachers have been very supportive in motivating and pushing them to do their best academically. One of them is in the multiage class (1st and 2nd) which has been a very positive experience. The teachers help one another and separate the 1st and 2nd graders when needed. This is not a new concept, and has been a success at many schools as well as Ventana. As far as the 5th grade. The class sizes are not big. There are exactly 26 and 27 students in each class. Compare that to most schools that have 30 students. My son has learned so much this year and will miss his teachers next year when he's at Esperero Middle School!

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January 23, 2014
I have two children in different grades in the Spanish immersion program at Ventana Vista, and I LOVE it. The school is wonderful -- teachers, principal, other kids, other parents, special classes, events and activities, etc. I can't say enough good things about the education my children are getting and the wonderful community that we are part of. No, not everything is perfect, but when there is a problem, people really seem to care about fixing it. Exactly what a great elementary school should be.

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January 22, 2014
My son is in Spanish immersion Kindergarten at Ventana Vista. We are so happy with the experience he has had all around and look forward to his continued success at the school!

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January 20, 2014
This is my second year at Ventana Vista and our family has been very happy with the school overall. The teachers are wonderful and supportive, the immersion program has been a positive experience and the principal, Mrs. Boling, has always been available and proactive when needed. My child loves his school, and I could not be happier with our choice to attend Ventana Vista.

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January 17, 2014
The Spanish Immersion program is a great opportunity at this school! They offer an educational fit for all students. The teachers are fantastic as well as the principal! We have been very happy with this school overall.

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January 16, 2014
Our son has specific academic needs that are being met and surpassed at Ventana Vista. His overall performance has improved 100% in just one school year. The dedication his educators have displayed is exemplary-our son has forged a real bond with his teachers and he now enjoys the entire learning experience. The principal and the teachers have worked together to assist us and our son with his learning and attention issues, to create learning environment conducive to his needs.

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January 16, 2014
I have 2 children attending Ventana Vista and we love it. The school itself is absolutely stunning - an architectural marvel sitting high in the Catalina Foothills. The serenity of the location adds a private feel to a bigger city school. The teachers are fabulous. My son is in fifth grade and the team is professional, creative, and extremely devoted to making sure every student is challenged to learn. Art, music, and physical education play a prominent role in the weekly curriculum, as students rotate these various "specials" from week to week. My daughter is in the third grade Spanish Immersion Program, where the foundations for a future of language learning and later fluency, are developed through regular lesson plans taught entirely in Spanish. The children are excited to go to school everyday, and always come home with daily stories about the things they learned and the great experiences they had. Ventana Vista is truly one of the best schools in Tucson.

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September 04, 2013
This school (and this district, for that matter) is no longer concerned with promoting excellence.The unreasonably large 5th-grade classes and the ill-conceived idea to divide the curriculum by half year per subject is a poor strategy.The lower grades now paired together in multi-age classes is simply in response to the heavily-marketed trend towards Spanish immersion programs. CFSD's Super. stated clearly last week in her "goals and mission" statement that she intends to promote and market the district for open enrollment and the immersion programs. Yes, Spanish Immersion is working in so far as the students are the priority for VV: the rest of the kids--special ed, non-immersion--get whatever is leftover. What's leftover at this juncture is overcrowded classes (grade 5) and kids who inevitably repeat the same curriculum twice in the multi-age classes. The principal of this school is a non-participant; leadership is not her forte. She is only there to march the VV community through the paces set before her by the Board. But, what happens if VV loses more of its best teachers? From the sounds of the crickets over the last few years, it seems like everyone is okay with that.

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September 01, 2013
This is a good school going rapidly downhill due to a myopic Board. There are some excellent teachers, but one by one, they are leaving. The location or the school, the view of the mountains, the proximity to nature are truly wonderful aspects. Unfortunately there are major problems. The Principal, although well meaning, is powerless. There is no long-term planning and the possible impact on students is not considered when sudden changes are made. Classes in 5th grade are now 90 minutes long, with Social Studies for half the year and Science for the other half, so when students go to middle school, they will not have had lessons in one of those subjects for half the year! When pointed out by parents, it received little sympathy from the principal, and none from the Board. Almost a third of the 4th graders left last year- a well meaning Board would have looked at the causes and addressed them! The Board is vociferous in asking for help and donations, but remains silent to the parents concern for falling standards. A sinking rot has set in and can only be stopped by a change in leadership, not only at the school, but also at the Board.

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August 14, 2013
"The Spanish Immersion Program is fantastic. . ." Why is there such high teacher turnover for Spanish Immersion if it's so "fantastic?" .... High teacher turnover?! Please do your research also. Logically, as the students grow older new staff must be hired each year. It would be wrong to categorize this as high teacher turnover. My child has been in this program since kindergarten and is doing very well. Although the immersion program has had a few bumps through the years, Kim Boling is a solid principal and addresses each concern appropriately. I am pleased that my child is receiving a quality, well rounded education at Ventana Vista ES. GO BOBCATS!

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June 23, 2013
Kindergarden teacher is great !!! (Mrs. Perella)...2nd grade teacher not so great (Mrs. Tomiak)...They are planning to put first and second grade together next year (2013-2014) and i am not so sure this is appropiate.

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May 08, 2013
I'm devastated that we had to move! the best school ever. The 3rd grade teacher my kid had was so nice and loving. She actually cared for her students. The feeling was just wonderful, the principal is very nice, caring, understanding and friendly. Even the lady's/monitors that work helping with the traffic were so nice. My son said that some of the lunch monitors were not that nice and some of the office people but other than that everyone was just so respectful. They have so many resources for the students to use and wonderful after school activities. The classrooms are clear of clutter and distractions and you get this feeling that the teachers are happy to be there. My son loved the Spanish and art classes. We miss this school and I wish all schools were like this one. This is en excellent school.

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March 07, 2013
The Spanish Immersion program is fantastic at Ventana Vista. Look it up: the AIMS test scores at VV are among the highest in the district and if you look at just the VV Spanish Immersion students, their test scores ARE the highest. These are exceptional students because of exceptional teachers and a supportive district!

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October 15, 2012
The last review (August 1 2012) is obviously written by someone who doesn't really have a child at this school.........very dishonest. 1. There is, in fact, a librarian and she is fantastic! Mrs. Wadsworth is loved by all the students and parents. 2. Ventana Vista is ranked FIRST in AIMS scores compared to all the other CFSD elementary schools. This is not a "probable" ranking; it is a published ranking within the state of Arizona. In fact, VV is ranked in the 20s among public elementary schools. The previous reviewers citations for Manzanita and Sunrise are ranked in the 70s. 3. Ventana Vista has the lowest amount of open-enrollment students which makes for a much more neighborhood-oriented environment and also keeps but one CFSD school free from the over-crowding caused by OE kids. 4. There is a school code of conduct and initiatives to promote no- bullying supported by and promoted by the principal, Kim Boling. 5. I would AGREE that the teachers are overall excellent. I have had children attending Ventana Vista for the past 7 years and it is a very positive and enriching learning environment.

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August 01, 2012
We have been a part of Ventana Vista for many years. My review would be mixed, at best. Pros: Some outstanding teachers, great physical plant, FFO organization good at lots of extra activities; Cons: Principal, emotional bullying is allowed, there is no librarian (past was amazing - gone due to funding), part-time counselor, not enough physical education, mediocre IDS (gifted) program. Out of the 4 elementaries, this would probably rank 3rd. Go to Manzanita or Sunrise (plus their Middle School is superior). All in all, a perfectly good school for an average, normal child.

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December 20, 2010
My son attended this school for two years. He is autistic and the staff, faculty and other students always worked hard to make him a part of the student body. He was put in typically developing classes, had full time assistance and adjustments were made in the curriculum to fit his abilities. I always felt like he was not only accepted at the school, but truly loved! Thank you so much Sandra, Vanessa and Genny for all you do! WE truly miss the school and doubt we will find another to compare...

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May 27, 2010
My daughters are Kindergarten and 1st grade at Ventana Vista. We absolutely love the school with its fantastic programs (PE, Music, Art, Spanish) and the great faculty & staff. The parental support is incredible and fantastic to see. I volunteered for an event in my daughter's class and 13 of the 19 kids had parents there to help out (this was a mid-day, mid-week event). My soon-to-be 1st grader is incredibly prepared for the next school year. Love this school!!

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March 11, 2010
This is a wonderful school. Both my daughters are there now, one in 3rd grade, the other in Kindergarten. It's true that there are a couple of drawbacks. For one, I find that the principal isn't really personable. Also, the school made the mistake of their transferring one of their best teachers ( a 2nd grade one)to Sunrise Elementary because of seniority (or in her case, because she was new). Nevertheless, my husband and I are very satisfied with Ventana Vista. We used to live in San Jose, Ca and don't want to think of how much it would cost to live close to a school of this quality over there!

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November 12, 2009
We moved our child this year from one of TUSD's 'excelling' schools. There is no comparison. The art, music and P.E. programs are outstanding in addition to the spanish program. Our child was a bit behind and when asked in our TUSD school we always received the same lazy response, 'he's fine'. It's a refreshing change with a top quality private school feel. We've happily donated to this school and hope parents will do the same, a small price to pay compared to an $11,000 per year private school. Outstanding professional staff that puts other teachers to shame. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be at Ventana Vista!

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October 19, 2009
I am an active duty Marine stationed in California. About half the reason I moved my family to Tucson was this school for my son and we could not be happier. Great school, teachers and administration.

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March 03, 2008
My son is in his second year of school at Ventana Vista. We have been very happy with his teachers, the campus, and the overall learning environment. He has been able to take extended math, which appropriately challenges him. He takes Spanish everyday, which he seems to really enjoy. I feel very confident that he is in an extremely safe environment and well taken care of.

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January 10, 2008
My son is currently in the 2nd grade and has attended Ventana for the last 3 years. The teachers are very good and are always ready to help. I feel that the students should be receiving more homework. This year however, they began longer days and getting HW and activities in is becoming quite a task. I love the environment at Ventana and believe my son is being well taken care of. He's happy and that of course makes us happy. I'm very involved with the school and love all the after school and early release classes that are available.

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January 03, 2008
My daughter has found a great home at Ventana Vista. The Principal, Kim Boling, actually knows each child's name and some background on them and talks to each one of them. The Guidance Counselor, Terry Fletcher has gone out of her way many times to make my 5th grader feel a sense of security and she teaches the kids ethics--how to be kind to one another. The library is the best you will find at any elementary school and the library staff also knows each child's name and interests. There is a dedicated and certified Spanish teacher, phys ed teacher, music teacher and art teacher. For a well rounded education by educators who love kids, look no further, Ventana Vista has it all. My daughter went to TUSD's top elementary school in the 2nd grade, although the teacher was good, what the school had to offer could not compare.

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no rating September 29, 2007
We have been attending Ventana Vista for the past 2 years. Great teachers, and good curriculm. However the teachers do not get treated properly by the district. Nor does the district take care of the campus during the summer monsoon season. They wait until school starts to start the clean up from the rain damage.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
My children have been at this school for two years now, K and 1st. The teacher/student ratio is low. The classes offer a teacher, student aide as well as parent volunteers. You could not ask for more help. I am very impressed with the curriculum and the extended math program. The students are challenged and taught to work hard. There are rotations for Art, Music and P.E. throughout the year since time is limited. Parent involvement is huge! The FFO runs the lunch program, and many fundraisers throughout the year which are fun for the families. The library is the best in District 16. The librarian is full of energy and is wonderful with the children. She is very science oriented and challenges the kids to think. The principal is very approachable and friendly and is enthusiastic about bringing new technology to the school.

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May 09, 2007
The school has been on a steady decline since a new principal took over 2 years ago. The general morale of teachers and parents is not good. Therefore academics is suffering. The principal is not interested in teacher or parent concerns and chooses instead to ignore the problems the school is facing. This school used to be one of the best now it is not such a good place to be.

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December 14, 2006
We switched schools because our oldest was attending kinder. at a private Christian school and we had a real bad experience. We transferred to VV and since day one the staff has been excellent. My son is ADHD and everyone has gone out of their way to help and tutor him, the teachers he had always communicated with me about him. Everyone has just gone so far with assisting us every way possible. I would not change schools for the world.

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December 20, 2005
Catalina Foothills is supposed to be the best school district in Tucson, I strongly disagree with that. My son attended private pre-k & kindergarten, & is in the 1st grade at VV. The curriculum is not challenging. Homework is only given once a week, & the students have 3 days to complete it. The only extracurricular activities are music, art & p.e. on a 6 week rotation. Parental involvement is good at the school. Overall the school is very disappointing, but I think that is true for the entire state of Arizona, it does not seem like there is a big emphasis on education in the entire state.

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August 01, 2005
My daughter attended school in 2003. I was very nervous because she stayed at home with me until pre-kindergarten. This was a wonderful school for her. The teachers are very attentive to the needs of the children. They are also very helpful & really take the time with each child. The entire staff is wonderful. The children are challenged with this school.

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January 11, 2005
High level of parental involvement, excellent academics, especially reading and language arts. Library and librarian are an incredible resource and asset to the school. Extracurricular programs provided through community schools program are very good and have a lot of variety. Nice sense of community and morale at this school.

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March 11, 2004
Principal fails to hire the best teachers and is detached. Anti-parent sentiment is rampant. School's approach seems to be to lower the bar to make kids feel good. Academic achievement suffers, to wit the low scores achieved here vs. the other three district 16 schools.

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Ventana Vista Elementary School
6085 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ  85750
(520) 209-8000
Last modified Ventana Vista Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ventana Vista Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top