SCVI is only for a select few children. My children have been there about two months and we are removing them. The philosophy and ideas are great, but they don't have it organized enough assist the students academic growth. There is so much chaos that your child gets lost in the shuffle. Children are allowed run around, play with toys and throw temper tantrums while the teacher is speaking and they don't even get spoken to. When they do they are told to come up with there own consequence. Kids at this age should be able to learn in a more creative way, but they should still be accountable for being disrespectful. Please observe an actual class before you send your children.
SCVi is is truly a great school for our sons. From teachers who really seem to care about their progress to everyone's focus on kids overall health and well being we could not be more pleased with SCVi. Each year although they keep increasing the number of students and the size of the campus they somehow manage to impress us with the setup of the classrooms, and various additions to the school such as the new Caf with excellent healthy food choices, new High School campus and more than anything with staying true to the original principles and philosophy that attracted us to SCVi in the first place. Both our boys are doing great academically and more importantly they have become so confident in communicating with us, their teachers, peers and everyone else. They are very excited about learning new things and especially enjoy working on many projects that they participate in at the school. It is such a great feeling when you ask the kids on the ride back home how was the school today and have you learned something new and exciting to hear them talk about the things they have learned with excitement compared to the "Nothing special" which was our older son's daily reply before SCVi.
We were excited to get our child here, we liked the philosophy of the school however it doesn't translate well in the classroom or around the school campus. Some teachers are truly wonderful. We are stuck with one who is unorganized and& can't remember messages to get to parents about things pertaining to the classroom. Far too many areas are reliant on volunteers & not qualified individuals suited for that area or job. There are MANY kids with behavioral issues and it completely distracts from the kids who want to be there and learn. The relaxed atmosphere backfires with most groups and kids are not getting work done or learning. The play yard is chaos & short staffed, the after school care is even worse. I have received more info about fundraisers on a weekly basis than I have about what my child is learning. They have yet to start their 1st project and my child has regressed from what was learned from a few hours of preschool last year. High School kids mill around all times of the day and most look like a band of misfits and they have very foul mouths and rude behavior. These teens are also unsupervised!
We love SCVi. We moved from Orange County for this school. I am an educator (Principal) and was looking for a school that was nothing like the typical traditional American school that was squishing the life and creativity out of my kids. SCVi is like a community, teachers love upon my kids and the families and friendly. There is no pressure on my kids to fit into a certain box. They have freedom to learn at their level and do many hands on activities. My boys love it! Relieved to have found it!
The school is friendly and the classes small. They are able to personalize my child's needs, both emotional and social and academic. The support staff and teaching staff are involved and flexible. They are creative and never seem too busy. Last year, there were 2 boys in my daughter's class who were very unruly. They are now gone. The K/1 classes (5 in all in the area) and very quiet, very organized, and well controlled.
With my daughter starting Kindergarten, I knew that I wanted her to have a school experience that was stimulating and enriching yet fun. Sitting in a classroom being told to sit still while listening to one teacher recite a book was not my idea of a good education. I was immediately excited about SCVi after attending the tour. Finally a school that did not pander to test scores. They focus on the kids and what they need confident that the scores will naturally fall in to place. As for the school placating to unruly kids. I know for a fact that at least one child was expelled for not obeying the rules after a couple of chances. He was made accountable and suffered the consequences. The fact is all schools will have misfits and they will misbehave with or without rigid guidelines of conduct. Some rules are not for the kids but to make things easier for the teachers and administrators. In any case, by law schools are required to provide an education to even the worst students, so I applaud SCVi taking care of business in contrast to one person's review. I'm excited to see what the next years bring for my daughter at SCVi.
My children first attended SCVi last year. In the public school system of LAUSD my child was just being pushed through. He cried and faked sick so as not to have to go to school. Since joining SCVi I have seen a dramatic change. He enjoys and looks forward to school. His reading improved a grade and a half. My daughter came home explaining things she had learned that I didn't learn till middle school. They enjoy the project based learning. They are engaged and actually retaining what they learned. My youngest will start this year and my two oldest are excited to go back. The teacher's there actually care. Now if your child is an unruly brat who is ill mannered yes your child will get to stay but they won't learn a thing because this school teaches responsibility and how to learn. This school prepares them for real life not a test. (i.e. if you don't pay attention then yes you will fail and you have no one to blame but yourself)
This school is a toxic mess of zero accountability and teacher sacrifice. Students are allowed to run wild through the halls, creating chaos and confusion in their wake. If a teacher tries to discipline an unruly student, they do so without the support of the administration. As a practice, teachers are thrown under the bus whenever there's a behavior issue, with the administration often making it look like the problem is somehow the fault of the educator, as opposed to the child causing the problems. Because there are never consequences for behaving like a little heathen, bullying is a widespread problem with the most sensitive children suffering the most. Many of the most motivated students go on a strange semi-independent study to escape the chaos of the classroom. The administration will pretend like this shows their great flexibility when really it shows their greatest failing. In choosing to placate bad behavior they have done the terrible disservice of teaching those children that they are allowed to behave anyway they want. The world will not be so kind and they will have to learn those lessons the hard way. Shame on them for doing what is easy instead of what is right.
I was extremely impressed with the schools trip to Belize to set up 2 computer labs for underprivileged students in that country. Students at SCVi are so generous with their capabilities, that they visited Belize to help other students prepare for their futures. That is the motivation and inspiration that this school teaches their students. A win win experience for all that attended. Very impressive.
I can not put into words how well my kids are doing at SCVi - our fifth year. However, if your kid is not a self-starter, if they are content doing the minimum, if they have behavioral issues and do not want to learn, you will hate this school. My kids didnt start out self-directed - after all they went to a very traditional school at first, but through mentoring and the fabulous staff, they have become confident, self-directed learners. They are showing such leadership abilities, excellent writing skills, and for people who care - high STAR test scores. All three are tops for math as well. The freedom they are given has allowed them to find their passions and express their learning in ways that no traditional school would allow. There education is exciting for them as well as me. Thry enjoy going to school and enjoy learning. So proud of them and our decision to ditch the traditional for the out of the box.
Another amazing year at SCVi for my two kids. My kids are high achievers and are academically where they need to be ( or higher). After 4 years at SCVi we still have homework few nights a week ( if you want to be involved as a parent you can ask for more things that your kids can do). This year, both of my kids had some amazing projects - and they are still not sick of them. They are very happy and love the school. They are turning into leaders and are very caring toward their peers (Caring about others is very important to my family and SCVi got it.) . So thank you SCVi for another great year and we are looking forward to a new school year. ( BTW Cafe rocks - Keep it up ).
This is the third year that both my children have attended SCVi. One in middle school and the other in high school. I have been so happy with the mode of teaching, the projects that emcompass the field of study, and the personal attention given by the teachers. This school is destined to turn every learner into a leader which is not a skill that is taught in every public school. I went on a tour of the school when my now 11th grader was going into 9th grade and when we were done with the tour he decided right there that he had to go to this school. The small class sizes and project based learning is exactly the type of learning he loves along with the emphasis on using current technology to enhance his projects. He is extremely bright and has been challenged to reach his full potential along with making some great friends that I think he will have for a long time. I have never been fond of schools that "teach to the test" and at SCVi they encourage their learners to really explore topics even if it takes them off the beaten path. This will give them a true advantage at the college level. I give this school a two thumbs up!
I often wonder if high API score schools produce students who are more prepared for college and life. At SCVi, I KNOW my kids will be better prepared for college and life. They know how to colaborate and how to think outside the box. Do traditional schools teach colaboration in all classes? I feel fortunate that my children got in to SCVi and can't wait to see the adults they become.
My granddaughters have been attending SCVi since its opening. All of them have wonderful attitudes toward school and their teachers. They've told me how much they feel their teachers care about them. When I've attended events at the school, it seems obvious to me how caring and involved the teachers are. One thing I love about the school is the small amount of homework that is assigned. I'm now retired, but taught in public schools for over 30 years. In general, I dislike homework, and think very little of it serves any purpose. When kids get out of school, they should have time to do other important things, like participating in after school activities, reading, and playing outdoors. It makes a for much more well rounded life. My granddaughters are avid readers, and that will help them to be lifelong learners. I so appreciate that they are having positive school experiences. It will make a big difference in their lives.
My son is in Kindergarten at SCVi. He has had such an unbelievable explosion of knowledge, that can only be attributed to his Kindergarten curriculum. He comes home so invigorated by the project of the day, that he runs to the kitchen table to write and illustrate his own story. As a parent, this is exactly what I was hoping for from a school. I don't need a school to teach my child to OBEY and CONFORM, and fill their heads with memorization tables that will surely be forgotten. I want a place that sparks a love of learning in my child, because THAT will last a lifetime.
This school is really trying to do something completely different. Every students studies a foreign language, k-12. The local community plays a HUGE role in the school. The school is constantly conducting community outreaches and it's really impressive. Charter schools are the future and this school is exploding. If you are able, get your student in this school immediately. You will immediately be met with well-qualified staff and a community of educators, and parents that genuinely push students to success. The newly remodeled classrooms are sooo nice and there is technology lurking in nearly every corner of the school. Every student has a laptop (mac or chrome book) and many students have iPads. Totally cool. Keep up the good work!
We tried the school. We tried everything to make it work. I knew it was time to give up when I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling sick with worry. I couldn't get the constant thought about it out of my head. My child was not learning, the "learners" are out of control and are rude. There is so much wasted time during the day. My kids complained about the disrespect to the teachers. I like the philosophy so that is not the problem. The problem is that you can't expect kids who have no guidance to just automatically embrace a new way. It has become a dumping ground for kids who are having problems in their previous school. They hear "no homework and lax behavior standards and they are so excited to not have to hear from the school everyday that they jump at the chance to enroll. What about those that have kids that love learning and actually respect the teacher I am so tired of everyone saying they love the outside the box style and that it is not one size fits all. My experience was they put the problem kids inside the school's box and if you are a "learner" that doesn't have "issues" that you must be put aside to meet their needs.
We just started at SCVI and we were on the waiting list last year. Even though we were at a top rated public school and one block away I cried with relief and joy when we got i There is no other school I would want her in not even if I were a millionaire. The people from the founders to all connected with the school are great. They get it, our children are not one size fits and we are blessed to be there and given the opportunity to see our daughter learn and grow in every aspect. My child is in the first grade and she and I are more than happy with the school. Our family is excited about all the new things coming up at SCVI the cafe with healthy food choices and you can actually do lunch with your child. They are adding to the sports opportunities again this year. There are classes in Love and Logic that I will be taking again. The bottom line is I know they have it right and they are only getting better and I thank God we were able to be part of this.
I'm gonna keep this simple There are only a few experienced teachers there and the new ones are overwhelmed by the out of control Children! IMO chronically disruptive students are the problem . SCVI allows a free-for-all environment that results in chaos instead of learning. I'm sure there are a few good kids in there but i'd have to quit my job to volunteer all day just to check up on my daughter s progress! Playground is dirty with open trashcans surrounded by flies right next to the area where the kids eat ! Yes they are building a cafe next door. No enough supervision on the small playground, I was concerned because the kids kept climbing up to explore (not safe)
This is an amazing school that teaches to whole child. It's not a traditional school in a smaller box. Thank you scvi for an amazing journey!
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