New Vista School is a place where my child is actually taught and respected, and where she is now thriving. My daughter has been at New Vista for 3 years and it has literally saved her life. In the public school, my daughter was allowed to sleep through class. The teachers meant well but they had absolutely no expectations for her! At NV, she is reading, writing, doing math, loving science and even making friends. She finally is having a "normal" life. Thank you New Vista!
The whole point of sending your child on the spectrum to a special school is to minimize the bullying due to their disability. All the children here have various "issues". They support each other and help each other overcome their disabilities. My daughter gets reminded to stop her repetitive behaviors by other students - because they care about her and want her to succeed.
With a 5 to 1 student teacher ratio, the school is perfectly suited to tailor learning to each student. That is how they are able to maintain a WASC accreditation and give students a "real" high school degree upon graduation.
While there has been turnover at the top level at the school over the past two years, the teachers and administrators have maintained the culture and integrity of the program and have continued to execute. The new Executive Director seems to come with a great attitude and a wealth of experience.
I know that homework is hard for all students, much less special needs kids. But it is necessary! NV assigns homework every night and it pays off. It isn't easy or fun for kids or parents, but if we want our kids to flourish it has to be done.
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.