Although I am not a long-time parent of a student at VPP, I have been very fortunate that my child has had two great teachers and I couldn't be more pleased with the academic strength of my child based on those teachers!
My daughter attends View Park High she been going to the School since 7th grade and I never had problem...
I really wanted to like this school for my kindergartener, and overall I felt she learned alot this past year. However, with that said, the issues this school has from an organizational standpoint are huge. The tests scores for View Park sink a little with each passing year and it is easy to see why. There is lack of skill set and experience among its adiminstrators, teachers and volunteers. I realize that alot of this stems from the school's budget problems; not being able to hire experienced and skilled staff is the main problem I encountered this year. This school was once a thriving resource for education in the community it serves, but that was under a different administration. Currently, its director and support staff are an unorganized and somewhat unprofessional team that appear to be trying to do their best (they do try), but without the proper skill set and experience lack the ability to give the school what it needs most--effective management. My child won't be returning back for first grade and under View Park's current director, I can only see the school's tests scores dropping even further next year.
It pains me to rate this school as just "average." But I have no choice. This was a terrific school when Mrs. Robin Harris was the Director. But under the administration(s) since she left, the school has been on an absolute downward plummet. Last year's test scores are indicative of the administration's anti-intellectual and completely non-data-driven approach to education. Combine that with a dictatorial, 100%-top-down management style and a ridiculous level of micromanagement, and you see why so many experienced teachers have left, to be replaced by 1st year intern teachers... Although the API score hasn't yet been posted, the CST scores from last year tell the story. It is a chilling sign for ICEF as an educational organization that the Principal who oversaw the precipitous drop in test scores last year was *promoted* to Chief Academic Officer of the entire Charter Management Organization, leaving the old Vice Principal -- who received questionable test results in his years as an educator, and is one of the worst staff managers you could imagine -- in charge. Really, truly sad...
Apparently, the bullying starts in the elementary school and is not dealt with by the teachers or administration. My granddaughter was bullied in the View Park Middle School by children who were jealous of her high academic intersts and skills. The bullying was verbal and physical. She is not continuing at View Park.
I love View Park Elementary. I feel that the teachers here and at the middle school go above and beyond to help your child succeed. I have a 2nd grader, 4th and a 9th grader, that attend View Park I feel that this is an Excellent school, as a single parent it is very important that my children are in an Environment that wants them to succeed as well as gives them encouragement. this was Our 1st year here at View Park and it was Great! Mrs Gaska was my sons 1st grade teacher she is very caring and patient I feel that for my son she was a great fit she helped him to have a great 1st year. all of the teacher were great Mrs Woods the director is Kind and very Knowledgable I Believe in View Park and look forward to All of my Children Graduating from High School here and off to Great Universities!!!!!
K-2nd is as far as I'll go with this school. VPP use to be a great school. Unfortunately, the constant changes with ICEF has affected VPP in a negative way. Larger classes (30), loss of quality teachers, no computer class, $$ issues that just seem to not end..... Every year that goes by, VPP gets worse.
my daughter attended this school in third grade and I removed her during the first semister of fourth grade. The staff on the fourth and fifth grade campus are the most unprofessional teachers I have ever encountered. There is NO postive reforcement given to the students. The staff yells and screams at the students. In 2009 a teacher was fired for duct taping a third grade student to a chair and taping his mouth closed because the student misbehaved. Also given the new issues with the ceo of icef this school is not what it use to be. Dont put your children in this school.
The school has very high standards for even the kindergarten children. Parents must actively participate and volunteer a minimum amount of hours per year. In other words parents, teachers, community members all work together to foster an overall positive and nurturing environment.
My little sister went to VPP. She was the first generation of students to attend the school K-8th grade. The elementary school offers great teachers, and topics for students and is academically challenging. She learned so much, and was very good at all subjects. She now goes to Bishop Montgomery and has maintained a 4.0 GPA since she started (10th grade). Most of the students that go to VVP elementary continue on into middle school there, but leave for private High Schools such as Brentwood, Bishop Montgomery, Archer, and Campbell Hall. The school consists of mostly African American students and Hispanic student numbers are also rising. It requires a lot of parent volunteering, but I loved the school, the culture,and the time, energy, and care the teachers put into the students, (as if they were their own). The only bad thing about the school is the high population of rowdy children.
What a fantastic first year it's been for us at View Park. The school came highly recommended and did not disappoint. I was told that one area of concern was that the school administration failed to communicate with the parents effectively. And if that was ever a true concern, you've certainly addressed and corrected the problem. I felt fully informed of everything happening at the school. I was even braced for an onslaught of fundraising and found that it wasn't excessive. The first grade teachers were all very effective at the jobs and extended love, patience and compassion to the children. My son's teacher, Mrs. Walker, was always available whenever I reached out to her. Great suprises were dance, yoga, art, spelling bees, speech contests and weekly library trips. My one area of concern-onboarding new families-has already been addressed in the handbook that I received at the 2009-10 orientation. Great job!
I must say my daughter is soaring in this school. I am seeing so much of her potential being pulled out in a challenging yet fun way. As a parent you always want to know that your second grader is being nurtured rather than babied, challenged rather than scolded, and I must say that this year has been everything I had hoped for. Mrs. Fife has been so awesome. She's available to answer my questions, give me tools to help my child excel and grow and is so much fun. Thank you so much for offering an amazing education in MY community!
My son has been part of tthe ICEF (View Park) system since Kinder. he is now in the 6th grade. While the school has excellent benefits, it has been on a slippery slope and contrary to popular belieft it is not due the 'new' students lowering the classroom performance. The school does need better communication for new families and integration of newer students. When 75% of a class gets invited to a party and the new kids are rarely if ever included in outside events that is a problem and not an attitude we should be allowing our kids to promote. But too often we as parents are not doing our part. The school can be a little high schoolish, but as a concerned parent, remember you are there for the kids and let it just roll off the back.
View Park Prep is an exceptional school. Thery have caring teachers, prinicipals and administrators, and really strive to make their students successful.
I was very concerned about the experiences one of the parents had at VPP. We are a close school community, however there are probably parent cliques at any school where the parents have been together for a long time. I personally go out of my way to welcome new families and try to make their transition smooth. I think maybe we should implement a parent/partner program where new parents are assigned a returning family as a buddy. I will talk to the parent liason about this. In regards to the teachers they are all passionate. Anyone can have a bad day, maybe you caught the teacher on one. VPPACS ES may not be for everyone, but my son has continued to excel. He is in his 7th year in the VPP family.
My child has attended VPPACS for two years now and is entering the 6th grade this Sept.During the past 2 years, I was diappointed in the school academically. There are some good teachers and the rest seem to put on a front like they really care. I've talked to parents on all of the different campuses from k-12 and it doesn't look to good for VPP anymore. The staff is rude and the parents are very 'clicky'. If you haven't been there since the beginning, you are looked upon as beneath the others. I have decided NOT to send my daughter back for middle school.
I have one child attending VPP. When he first da first came to the school 2 years ago I considered myself blessed to be involved with this school. My opinion has totally changed as a result of many things that have occured over the past school year. ICEF really needs to invest its time, energy, resources, and talents back into VPP Elementary school. The ICEF foundation is so concerned with opening new schools that they are forgetting about thier former star school. Scores have gone down drastically in the last two years. Overall I am no longer happy with the quality of education at VPP, and will be exploring other opportunities for my family.
This is our first year at View Park and my daughter has enjoyed herself, meeting new friends and have such a loving environment to be educated in. Her fourth grade teacher, and the Liasion, made her school year very interesting and exciting. Kudos to her teacher and the staff at View Park 4th & 5th grade campus.
View Park Prep Elementary is overall a good school. Improvement is needed just like any other school. There was a large turnover of teachers and administration when school began September 2007 and before Christmas break. There is a positive change that is reflected in this school on the K -3 campus. There are teachers who really care and spend a lot of time making sure the students learn. I have observed a lot this year and there is a genuine love for teaching that is visible in the classroom. Mrs. Robin Harris is the newly appointed principal who comes with a wealth of experience in administration. She is the former principal of Inglewood Christian School. It takes a year for someone to come in and clean up former administrators actions.
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