The teacher-student connection is amazing. My child took one AP class Freshman year and is taking 2 AP classes this year. The smaller environment works well for him and he can get one-on-one time any time he needs more help. The advisory teachers make sure no one falls through the cracks. There are also more than 20 after school clubs that kids can participate in and the Parent / teacher Booster club support is fantastic!
Students (and parents) are able to be open with the teachers and Admin, because they know they are actually heard, and that their words have weight and merit. Likewise, teachers and Admin strive to have open and honest communications with each other, and with the parents and students.
This school is amazing! it's recently undergone some challenges, due to several parties wanting to hurt it (as often happens with Charter schools), however the integrity of my children's teachers, & the admin has been stellar. I've seen students who were suffering at traditional schools, who have completely turned around at LVCP and are now succeeding and are HAPPY!! This school isn't for everyone, but it is a true gift for those who want an alternative. If you are reading this, then I'm guessing you're looking at options; I strongly suggest scheduling a visit at the school to see for yourself. Also, should you be curious, graduates from LVCP have gone to a myriad of colleges, from Jr College to Ivy League... It's been a blessing to our family and my children both love this school! They are learning and feel challenged, but are considerably less stressed and actually look forward to going to school!
Administration consistently set the bar alarmingly low with respect to honesty, integrity, and/or fairness. The word integrity is rooted in the word 'integer', or one - therefore, having integrity means one's thoughts, one's actions, one's words, one's feelings, all of these are one and the same. Tragically, in the face of bona fide concerns and questions from the school district, from the state board of education, from unpaid vendors, and from families regarding private use of public funds, program discrepancies, illegal foreign exchange practices, and a litany of other routine practices inciting grave concerns, LVCP sets an horrific example of integrity. Letters, emails, and various other public documents from LVCP responding to legitimate questions exemplify the flippant, superior, entitled disregard for these (or any) concerns. LVCP has had myriad opportunities to respectfully answer for what appear to be, at very least, highly unethical practices. Rather than jump at these opportunities to lead by example & respond with respect, or with anything close to integrity, the administration consistently lies, changes their stories, omits relevant information, and/or passes the buck in its responses. Taxpayers' money funded bonds from which LVCP realized the benefit; now, as various governing entities want to know how the money was/is being used, LVCP administrators have the audacity to answer these justified concerns with an incensed arrogance. NONE of the actions of LVCP administrators are anything like how I want my child to conduct herself as an adult; in fact, LVCP's actions are the polar opposite of any example my daughter should follow.
My son is a freshman at LVCP. The principal Mr Dillie is so forward thinking, creative and caring and the kids and his staff love him. My son loves all of his teachers and he feels challenged just the right amount. The innovative ways the school teaches project based education really prepares kids for real life. I look forward to their move to the new campus which will have native plant landscaping, outdoor break areas for the students, and opportunities for environmental education, state of the art laboratories, robotics, and computer labs. Newsweek rated LVCP as 366 out of 30,000 public schools in the US even though LVCP is only 5 years old. This is because 95% of the students went to colleges and they had no drop outs. Interesting that Newsweek rated the high school that Mr Dillie headed in Texas as 367! Both schools are testimony to the leadership and learning environment that he provides!
Coming to LVCP has greatly helped me get back on track with my high school career, despite the fact that I was already a senior.
The teachers were more than supportive of helping us whenever we experienced troubles in class. They always made sure that we were on track and was not behind on anything. Each teacher also has an hour of "office hours" after school where students can come and ask for help.
The counseling/administration were also very understanding of the students.