This elementary school has always been great. My oldest daughter attended YVE and finished. I have another child that currently attends. Never had complaints until now. The new principal, Mrs. Kissinger (I believe that's her name) is more like the Wicked Witch than a principal (We miss Ms. Richardson!). I seriously think that she needs to learn the difference between school and jail. I have observed the way she communicates with the children and her delivery was surprising (Mind you, I had no idea she was the new principal until my child told me). I thought she was rude and mean to the students and a lot of parents can agree with me with her ridiculous new school rules. YVE is not a Jail. My child is in fear of her! A child should not have to feel uncomfortable towards a principal. A child should look up to their principal not be fearful.
Ygnacio Valley Elementary is an awesome school. My daughter attended there from Kind. thru Fifth grade. She just graduated from 5th grade in June. All of her teachers were great. They all cared about their students. Ms. Richardson, who was the Principal the whole 6 years knew the ins and outs of her school and all of the students and parents loved her. The office staff were also a winning team. We will miss YVE so much. This school makes learning fun for all the kids.
My child attends the Cornerstone Family School program at YVE. It's a really neat program, and I think my child is getting a great education. The teachers are wonderful - very caring and skilled at teaching. Because the Cornerstone program requires parent participation, there is a lot of help in the classroom. Additionally, the class sizes are small (20 max), which is a gift at a public school! We go on regular field trips, and have weekly 'enrichment' programs (art, cooking, etc.), put on by parents. Cornerstone is like a family - we regularly have events outside of school hours (potlucks, talent shows and the like). They're low-key and fun for the kids. YVE as a whole has "a good vibe"; it's a happy place to be. The teachers all rave about the principal, and it's evident that morale is good. We're very happy to be at Cornerstone Family School and Ygnacio Valley Elementary!
the best teachers,best principal,nice people,nice students,nice office staff,safe for kids here,teachers are outside after school they are make sure the kids safe to go home.
my daughter is really happy this school, all teachers are focus evey kids. Good participation for the teachers & parents, always say present for the differents activities, but the principal needs in focus out the old sustitute teachers because doesn't have patience with kids.
My child attends a charter program within YVE called Cornerstone. It is a wonderfulr program and only has 10 kids per grade in 3 split grade classrooms (K/1, 2/3, 4/5). Each family is required to donate 2 hours per week which means, at any given time there is at least 1 teacher and 1 parent per 20 kids - amazing ratios for a public program! The younger children are also paired up with an older child. 1 parent is required to attend the monthly meeting as well as serve on one committee. Keep in mind, this may be a bit of a struggle for families with 2 working parents, but when I get frustrated and discouraged, I take a look at the regular class sizes and the amount of chaos and disorganization there is with 1 teacher per 30+ kids. Not good!
My child attended this school in 04/05 and it was the worst experience we ever had. We actually moved to be able to go to a different school during the summer because the academics were so low.
I really liked my son's teacher, but concord really lacks the funding and resources that other more affluent schools have.
This school tries very hard. It tries to make sure each child learns all he or she can but trying just isn't enough. There are many children with discipline problems. This disrupts the classroom too much of the time. It's hard for students to stay focused. A parent must stayed involved the whole school year. This is the only way to make sure the school is providing what it should be for each individual student.
My children attend Ygnacio Valley Elementary (YVE) in one of the few, if not only, Charter School program available in the Mount Diablo District. It's a great program and the teacher/ child ratio is so much lower. Parent participation is 2 hours per child a week and with all parents cooperating in makes the program a great success for all, especially the children. I only wish that there were more Charter programs available throughout the district. This is really a very positive learning experience.
Ygnacio Valley Elementary School has been a wonderful experience for my daughter the last two years. We are a part of the Cornerstone Family School which is a parent participation program located on the YVE campus. We volunteer 2 hours per week per child in the program so the teachers get a lot of extra time to do small group and individual work with the students. We also have monthly fieldtrips. We participate in all school wide programs as well as our own and we are really like a family! Being in a co-op for K-5 is so exciting because it is a philsophy our family really believes in. YVE itself has one of the best principals in the district. Check it out by going to observe one of our 3 classrooms. There is a K/1, 2/3 and 4/5 combo. It's available for anyone who resides in the district!
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