It is obvious that the last two reviews (posted on Feb 7, 2014) were written by the same parent.
We drive across Irvine to have our kids attend Vista Verde. Our kids have varying degrees of special needs. The staff is really trying to help my kids succeed, which has not been the case at other schools private and public in multiple school districts. We have great relationships with the principal, school psychologist, teachers, nurse, health clerk, and speech teacher. The other staff is also very nice and supportive. With the high standards of education at this school I don't worry as much about extra academics, and focus on extra curricular activities to target other areas. The main suggestion for this school is to reprogram language arts to be accessible to the dyslexic population at the school. We are so pleased with Vista Verde.
After reading some recent reviews, it obvious nothing had changed at Vista Verde. This school is a disaster. If you are a busy body with nothing better to do than follow your kid to school and play politics, it ismost llikely a good fit. If you have an average kid (not too smart) that likes busy work this is the perfect school. However, if you ate familiar with education law and have a high functioning kid, or a disabled kid or both you really have three choices. Run! Get a lawyer and sue (please pick this one) or be miserable and buy all their lies. I had hopes that when the former principal left some miracle would happen but it is still in IUSD so I guess not. You are not crazy they are. Teachers are so spoiled with parent helpers they don't know what's up with any kid. They don't grade or record the papers....hod knows there are a lot of dead trees because of VV.
teacher do not teach, being spoiled by volunteers. if they have to compile 2 pages, they are already overworked and they will inform you about it ;) the staff would try to sell lies to parents 24/7. hostile atmosphere. if you contribute some good money then you can have some kind of feeling of private school for public money and all families are aware of it. definitely they do not work for the best of students. ask parents and they will tell you: "average". you might stay but you'd better RUN.
I love Vista Verde School and hope everyone who went there loved it. It has more than 1,000 children that all appreciate the school. Vista Verde is a school that has a very high API score and has many gifted and talented students. Don't worry, if you go to Vista Verde, you will not be bullied at all! Be sure to listen to the instructions to all teachers, or else they can give you an F. If you decide you want to go there, make sure that you are okay with year round schools. In the whole city of Irvine, there are only two schools that are year round. All others are traditional schools that start in September. Vista Verde is a school K-8, so if you go there starting Kindergarten, you will stay there for nine years! Vista Verde is different from other schools by loving all students, advantaged or disadvantaged. I have been in Vista Verde from Kindergarten to eighth grade and have loved it throughout all nine school years! You would never even think about how much I cared for all the teachers, gave them handmade presents and happiness. In Vista Verde all the teachers make children learn very well. I don't know any school other than Vista Verde which I appreciate as much as this school.
In a few words, we sold our home that we built and meant the world to us just so our children can be part of Vista Verde. This is day 4 of school and we can see the pride & love that the Principle & Staff ( Team ) has for our school and children. We have all become a family and we are all motivated to better the lives of our children by providing them with all and more that is expected of a public school. We are privileged to becomes Vikings of Vista Verde School in Irvine, Ca. The Sender Family
There are some amazing teachers in this school like a husband and wife couple who are great role models as well as fantastic teachers. I can't say anything bad about this school other than one thing.There is a fifth grade bully teacher in this school. She definitely has some kind of problem and is not fit to be a teacher. Certain kids always get punished in her class no matter who did the wrong doing. Her favorite students never get bothered even if they do something wrong. She acts more like an angry teenager than an adult teacher. I don't know why the principal doesn't do anything about her in spite of all the complains from the unfortunate parents. I wish the principal could see or hear the way she treats the kids through some kind of hidden camera.
The recess teachers and volunteers are the worse. I often visit my child during breaks, and I see how horrible they treat the students, and the parents as well. They shouldn't be working with kids if they don't know how to talk or treat children. They demand and bark, rather than speaking normal. JUST BECAUSE CHILDREN ARE YOUNG DOESn't MEAN THAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. Hopefully, a miracle happens and these teachers/volunteers get trained how to treat children or get prohibited working here. (Btw, third recess is a waste of time; it should be taken away, and let out 20 minutes earlier. Long day for kids:). Praying the right person reads this, and actions occurs. Thanks.
We were not impressed with the quality of staff or teachers, although there were a few exceptions. For a public school, the facilities were new and well-maintained, and it was close to home - those are the most positive things I can say about the school. Although some previous reviewers felt the school catered to high-achieving or "gifted" students, we did not fell this was the case. Our daughter had a comprehensive private evaluation and was diagnosed as "profoundly or exceptionally gifted." Her needs were completely unrecognized and unmet in the huge classroom she attended where the teacher didn't seem to know anything about our child. To make things worse, our child was bullied and teased for having principles and values. We moved her to a private school and all of us are happier than ever. Her abilities were not recognized in a system that processed children like robots on an assembly line, though the assembly line was spotless and shiny. We know at least four highly intelligent successful families that have left this school in the last few months. We only wish we'd started with private school, but at least we got out early enough to save our daughter's childhood.
I had a very similar experience with the (ex)principal. When I talked to her about how to improve math education, she said "my son never did anything like that, and he went on to Berkley!" What an educator. Vista Verde has the highest parent participation, parents are grading the homework & tests. And teachers are seen tutoring in the local library after school!
"Vista Verde has high expectations for their students, but there is an overall lack of support. Good grades are appreciated, but when your child is struggling, he or she will be treated like a loser. This school strives for overachievers and winners - everything else seems to be unacceptable." ok this is my 2nd year here and this is completely ridiculous. My son was struggling in a particular subject. Both teachers took huge amounts of time and effort to help address this. In fact I am amazed, based on the class size they can even put this type of specialized effort in. Just blows me away. Both teachers went way above and beyond in helping me, giving me resources and any thing else I could ever want to help my son in an area in which he was underperforming. By the way there are areas where he is on par or excelling, and the other students need the specialized help.
This is our 6th year at Vista Verde and we love it! On July 1, 2011, our principal retired (she did NOT resign, as another parent stated). We have a new principal who is energetic, smart, enthusiastic and experienced. She has already shown a desire to continue the successes of the past principal and to listen to parents when they have concerns. The parents here are highly educated, involved and aware. There are MANY stay-at-home parents at Vista Verde, and they are a wonderful asset . . . not only on PTA and the Vista Verde Foundation, but as hands-on volunteers in the classroom. When a student doesn't do well on a test, a parent volunteer can take the time to go over the questions with the child so that he understands what mistakes he has made. When a child needs extra one-on-one reading time, parent volunteers are often asked to listen to the child read. Qualified parents can also work with those students who need to be further challenged. The school really tries to cater to students of all levels and abilities. What more can we ask of a school?
Vista Verde has high expectations for their students, but there is an overall lack of support. Good grades are appreciated, but when your child is struggling, he or she will be treated like a loser. This school strives for overachievers and winners - everything else seems to be unacceptable. Following rigid rules and impeccable star behavior is expected from the children, while the principal and some teachers scream at them behind closed doors. If you dare to critique as a parent, you are told that you can leave, since there are enough other schools in the district that handle things differently . I ve seen many families leave. The principal lacks skills, compassion or humor to handle the middle school teens in an age appropriate manner. They are closely observed, treated like little ones and suppressed in their individuality. On the other hand there are strong, bullying cliques that are tolerated. The principal seems to be worn out and it was no surprise to hear about her resignation. Hopefully this will mark a new and better beginning for this school.
This school is average. My Kindergarten son entered school at 3rd grade reading level and the teacher refused to give any leveled instruction. High API is due to parents not teachers. They refuse to do anything for high ability learners until gate. I'm changing schools next year. The principal does not care.
If your child is gifted, the child will fit into the mold of Vista Verde. The teachers focus only on the high achievers. The teachers encourage those that do well and ignore any child that struggles, with an exception of resource/learning issue's because they are legally bound to help them. The teachers rely heavily on parents grading the child's papers, rarely looking at the grades to see what the student did incorrectly. My 3 children have attended this school for 5 years.
We came to Vista Verde from a private school. The principal is OUTSTANDING. The teachers are amazing. The academics are challenging and our kids are learning at a great pace. They are happy! We are happy! The principal takes bullying very seriously. Other parents are very highly educated and involved. We recommend Vista Verde
My kids were enrolled at this school for three years. There is a huge bullying problem at this school, and the principle refuses to address it. She prefers to pretend that the school is a warm and welcoming environment,and keep the facade. There are a lot of cliques with the girls, and if you want you child to stay away from that kind of drama this may not be your school. The teachers are average, and not very inspiring. The kids whose parents are very involved in the PTA generally get the teachers of their choice. If you care about your child's education and psychological well being stay away from this school.
We moved here from the east coast and are extremely happy with this school. I would say it compares favorably with the private school our child attended out East. We chose this school from a list of about 10 schools we surveyed in the area. Without a doubt, the driver of the school's success is the incredibly passionate and attentive principal. She runs a tight ship and has assembled a group of teachers that in many cases have decades of experience and truly care about our children's education and wellbeing. This creates a virtuous circle where the school attracts families that care deeply about education and good citizenship. This, in turn, makes the whole learning process more pleasant and efficient for teachers and students alike. In today's increasingly global economy, the school's diversity is also a big plus for us. I couldn't recommend a school more highly.
The principal, teachers and parents make this school rock!!! I'm so glad we enrolled our girls in this school. The kids are happy campers :-)
We're not really parents, we're two students who enjoyed our time at VV. Things we liked: -fun teachers -good memories (project success, ace classes, assemblies, field trips, Jogathon, social events) -major fun projects (4th grade wax museum, 5th grade plays, Renaissance fair) -seclusion, how it was a different experience than other middle schools Things we disliked: - Speeches given by the principal - The idea that if you didn't get good grades that you were a failure (Toyon trip, in speeches given) -Heavy backpacks (no lockers) -Had to exercise in our regular clothes (gross)
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