The leadership is what is lacking at NV in a very big way. They have no leadership, they have no money and the BOD is filled with NV parents and people with conflicts of interest. The one aging leader that remains is the worst offender of all. For the sake of the students and teachers, we hope the school survives in spite of the poor leadership.
To follow is a review from OUR perspective from OUR experience at NV:
Several years ago, as part of the process of due diligence shopping for placement of our ASD student, we spoke with a parent from NV school. We were surprised to hear they had a bad experience and voiced concern and angst of the staff and school. They expressed the situation when sideways when they approached staff over concerns about how the school and their student was being handled. After approaching the staff regarding their student, they were "locked out" (aka ignored) and the family was distraught.
Instead of believing this family, we discarded what we did not want to hear and listened more to the sales job by the director. It sounded PERFERCT!!! We now realize we received a heck of a sales job and very little of the promises came to pass.
Our student attended NV for a number of years and several of the teachers are GREAT but the admin staff and the BOD is a revolving door of a mess, for starters they have had approx 4 directors in 3 years and we have assessed they are financially very unstable. The BOD and the staff don’t want anyone to ask hard questions and they try to hide everything they can. We have observed blatant attempts to shut down any communication from the "bad parents"(the intelligent inquirers) to any other parent regarding the shenanigans behind the curtain. If you are one that innocently questions things that don't' appear to be as presented, you are blown off and then shunned by staff and parents afraid to rock the boat for their student.
We assume NV must think, as a desperate parent, you have no recourse especially if you have a spirited or unique placement scenario. For us, we felt the very similar feeling of the public school lying to you.
Our advice: Check out everything and TALK TO PAST AND CURRENT PARENTS. One way to approach a parent is off campus when they leave the facility, to get the real story. We would no longer recommend this school to a friend with a child on the spectrum. GOOD LUCK!
I went to this school for two year. If you are a parent of a child with Asperger's do not consider this place. The students are barely verbal and all resources go to low functioning children. The problems experienced in a typical high school are not dealt with by the administration. The work program is designed for menial blue collar jobs, not jobs that successful children would wish for. Oh yeah, and they physically restrained an eleven year old boy. I did not want to inflame the school, but I need to be honest. A public school is a much better place for an Asperger's student than New Vista School.
New vista school is one of those schools that changes the life of a special needs kid. My son has been going for 6 years and he has learned not only academics but has learned out to control outbursts and make friends. Before the school he had very few friends. I am so impressed by this school and the staff. It is really a gem and should be the model for other special needs schools.
My son has been at New Vista School for one year and the changes that everyone sees in him are amazing. I am not concerned with credentials since all the credentialed teachers he had in public school did more harm than good. I love the daily social skills classes and how there is always a staff member immediately available to intervene at the teachable moments. That makes all the difference in the world. His confidence has gone up so much and he has friends now both in and out of school. BEST thing we ever did for him.
I researched this school and went in to ask questions. I was very surprised that neither the administration nor faculty were board certified in Applied Behavior Analysis. Their answer was "we know the techniques."