Do not be deceived by the great schools rating of a 9. Administration is horrible to deal with and God forbid you have to deal with them concerning a bullying issue. They have an amazing way of turning the bullying issue back onto your child. The principal is taking on children that would not otherwise be accepted at a non charter public school due to insane behavior problems. Her view is if they are smart than they are welcome. This is very dangerous. Trust me, very dangerous. I know first hand. Do not get caught up in the idea of charter school. It would benefit your child more to go to the assigned public school. This school will be the next reform school for soon to be criminals if she is not held accountable for who is allowed to be educated here. It is a joke!!
This is a great school! Kindergarten teacher Ms. Glickman is awesome! The principal is rude, doesn't care to listen to parents and the front office ladies are RUDE too! Huge PTA overall good school but needs a leader who will take the time to meet with a parent when requested!!!
Great school and great teachers. Have had two kids attending for the last couple of years and have never had an issue.
AVCMS is a joke! The teachers are either incompetent or on their way out the door. Administration is not helpful and extremely rude. My child was bullied repeatedly and it was ignored by all authority figures. It's disgusting how the school chooses to play 'favorites' and basically ostracize everyone else. Unfortunately, the office staff reflects the leadership which is poor. On top of all of the social/emotional issues, the academic rigor is pretty much nonexistent!! If you want your child to be prepared for high school or accepted in to a decent college, do not choose this middle school- you will be extremely disappointed!!!
My child started at AVCS with great expectations. Unfortunately as parents we failed to listen to teachers / parents / classified employee's at the district level. My child was bullied through the grade levels and as parents we did what we could within the system. We finally requested a zone transfer which was denied, we ask why and were told by the district office the principal denied it. We then re-applied a couple of months later for a zone transfer and this time we did not mention bullying as a factor. It was approved and our child was happy and thank us. Principal rude on and off campus. Several times have encountered the principal off campus and she was rude to our child and my spouse. Teachers are afraid to be themselves. Race, age, and sexual orientation should not be reasons to be ashamed of, unfortunately there are several teachers and a classified that have to stay in the closet.
It's a great school, my daughter is in 7th I really like it, the only problem is that the Spanish class even the advance is too basic so is a waste of time for the children that are Spanish speaker.
I have 2 children at Arroyo Vista. The principle is very active which is one of the reasons we transferred to this school. We came from a school that had no leadership. The teachers we have had are great communicators and sensitive to the students needs.
Not sure yet about Arroyo! I have 2 daughters that went to Marshall and the staff was great. My little one starts K at Arroyo. The few times that I have been in the Arroyo office the staff made me feel uncomfortable. I will give the staff the benefit of the doubt and see how the year goes.
Agree with the parent that posted yesterday. The principal doesn't want to work with parents, and the staff at the front office is rude. It's time for a new job ladies.
The teachers are wonderful! However the leadership is poor. They lack a bullying policy. High teacher turn-over. Every event not sponsored by PTA is unorganized. The principal/front office staff seem to be annoyed with her jobs. They seem to use it as an excuse for condescending and rude behavior towards parents. Note that not a single teacher has posted a review since 2006.
I can't say enough good things about AVCS! As a zone transfer, we have made the best decision for our children to move them to a school where the principal and teachers truly care about your child's success. We love the middle school so much! With a total population of 150 middle school students, it's like being at a FREE private school. It's a very tight knit community of families... I love Arroyo Vista Charter!
We absolutely love this school Both of my daughters attend - my oldest is in 5th grade and my youngest is in 1st grade. We have been here since they started Kindergarten and have never had any issues with this school, the teachers, or the leadership at the school! It is located in a great & safe neighborhood. Every teacher we've had has been awesome! And both of our girls are doing very well!
We've had such a positive experience for the past five years at AVCS. My child is enrolled in the dual immersion program and I am so impressed with the excellent academic environment. Teachers are friendly and professional and communicate frequently. Although the principal is strict, she has high standards, is a strong leader and holds regular informal meetings with parents so they can voice concerns. Heavy parental involvement and a strong sense of community at the school has made elementary school an enjoyable experience for our family.
Wonderful school. I've had a daughter go through every grade and my ten year old is moving to 5th grade. Both have been very happy with all of their teachers as have we the parents. There is a great deal of parent involvement and some great events all through the year. The principle Mrs Roth is very strict BUT fair and keeps a tight ship. Highly recomended
We just left this school due to a move. Academically they are a great school, lots of parent involvement is highly encouraged as well. However I was very concerned with the high teacher ratio. I noticed alot of favoritism from top leadership with teachers. My biggest concern is the lack of an effective school bully policy. They hung my son out amongst his peers for reporting being bullied. I dont understand what the teachers, noon duties are doing at recess because obviously they are not watching the children.When it is reported if that child doing the bulling is a well known child due to his parent working at the school either on staff or volunteer, they are allowed to get away with the unexcusable behavior. Academically the school is good, teachers are great. However I have seen great teachers let go because they were not a favorite with the principal.
Originally I had good feelings about this school, The teachers are great, but the way they do things is not the greatest at educating. My 2 daughters attend this school, and both are intelligent, but the amount of homework they bring home is udderly ridiculous. My oldest hates school just because of the homework. Additionally, my daughter recently started having some problems with other girls picking on her. Needless to say, eventhough we informed the school, my daughter is hounded everyday and doesn't want to attend school anymore. She is so spun up by all that is going on she can't concentrate on her school work and often cries at home about how miserable she is. Kids can be very cruel, but the lack of involvement by the teacher and principal when this is pointed out....is not proactive enough. there are other issues but my space is limited
This is a very nice school with alot of extra curricular activities. My only complaint is the parking. Everyday is a headache twice a day for working parents with younger children.
I was very excited to now that there was a school so close to home that offered a full day kindergarten program. However, from the very begining I was unhappy. My son's teacher was moved form one grade level to another in a very 'short notice', therefore, the classroom was unprepared or unorganized for the children. Also, the system the school has during lunch time. The children must sit on the floor and wait until they walk them over to their play area. It is ridiculous! It doesn't stop there, but I'll stop!
I have mixed feelings about Arroyo Vista Charter School and its leadership. On the one hand, I know that expectations for staff and student performance is above average. That's great! On the other hand, I know that many teachers leave after a short time at the school and that proves to be difficult for children. My own child has had 5 teachers leave in the middle of the school year! If it were only one or two, I would probably think it was just coincidence, but obviously the administration has difficulty maintaining staff. I know the staff works very hard because I see them there all hours of the night and every weekend. I have a four-year old that I am considering placing into another neighborhood school in order to avoid the same situation next year even though I love the parent involvement and the curriculum.
Arroyo Vista is an excellent all-around school. I have 2 children that now attend Arroyo Vista and 1 daughter who attended for 7 years. My son is in kinder in the Immersion Program and my daughter is in 6th grade. I have not had one problem at this school. My husband and I are both teachers and feel extremely fortunate that our children are well taken care of and receive excellent instruction on a daily basis. There are several excellent teachers at this school. They are dedicated and hard working. The only concern is the teacher turn over at the sight. This situation has improved in the last 2 years so I am hopeful that they continue to retain wonderful teachers. As a teacher in an economically disadvantaged school I know on a first hand basis how lucky we are here at Arroyo Vista.
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