As a parent with two kids at this school, Alamosa leaves a lot to be desired academically and in terms of parent involvement. The former principal was arrogant and cold to parents. The new proncipal is hopelessly inexperienced and incompetent. Learning supports for my children are minimal. Opportunities to volunteer are limited to a price legend few parents. The community this school serves is great; VUSD is squandering an opportunity to have a school that shines because VUSD is unable to provide the type of leadership this school deserves.
A former kid at this school, most of the students were downright RUDE. But the principal is very nice. But compared to Casita Center, this school wasn't very tiny. It's a good school, but not as good as the school I'm in right now.
I personally liked "Alamosa Idol" the anual talent show where there are no winners but everyone gets a chance to show off their secret or not secret talents if they choose to. Another thing about Alamosa Park is the "Hawk Run," a fundraiser that takes place every other year at the park next to the school. You can run laps to help raise money for your school. Overall, I Iiked my experience at Alamosa Park Elementary School and have no doubt that your child would either.
Alamosa, in my opinion, is an average school. Will your child learn the skills expected of them in each grade? Yes. For the most part, the teachers are very caring and committed to your child's education. My child had very good teachers during her time at this school. My concern is that extra-curricular programs are few and far between. GATE does not exist and there are no programs for advanced children. Teachers may try to provide advanced materials to those learners, but that is hit or miss depending on the teacher. Administration also seems to be lacking at this school. The principal isn't very visible and the front office staff are not very friendly. Noon duties are a bit harsh and there are way too many rules when it comes to recess. There isn't anything really "wrong" with this school, and test scores are some of the highest in the district, but I wouldn't call it an "exceptional" school either.
My child loves this school. The teachers have been great. There is a little too much homework, but I guess that is what is needed to build a child. The only downfall is the aftercare. We had an awesome crew last year, and now we have all new people that don't seem to care. One of the aftercare workers spends more time on their cellphone, then they do watching the children. Seriously, she is on the phone, texting and fighting over the phone, right in front of the children! Can we get the crew back from last year?
My daughter has been attending this school since kindergarten and now 5th grade. She has had 6 wonderful, caring teachers. There is a lot of parent involvement. Great teachers participate and lead many afterschool enriching activities. I would highly recommend Alamosa.
5 star, great teachers and dedicated principal and staff. PTA's great!!!
My daughter has been attending Alamosa since Kindergarten. Although I was not thrilled with the lack of organization of her 1st grade teacher, 2nd grade has been a treat. Mrs. Martinez is wonderful. Her consistent use of positive reinforcement works wonders with the kids.
My son seems to be lost in the shuffle at this school. They've sent home notes and called asking why he was absent, when he wasn't absent. That is unnerving! On a field trip he was sent in a vehicle with a parent from another class and arrived at school too late to catch the bus. When I inquired why his group was so late, nobody seemed to know anything. He had wandered around the school unattended, trying to find his teacher. When I expressed concern I felt a little like I was being blown off. My son also has an enormous amount of homework. He is in 2nd grade and it is usual for him to start his homework at about 3:00 and not finish until 6:30pm. Often he is so tired he's in tears. I understand the benefit of some homework, but this seems very excessive.
I have 3 kids that attend this school and we are very happy here. My kids really love it. We transfered here from a failing school, and it was the best move we ever made. All the kids test scores went up and their attitude about school has changed. The campus is small and personable, which I like in an elementary school. They hosts lots of activites for the kids, and they plan several field trips during the year, which I feel makes the kids look forward to school and keeps things exciting for them. Great teachers, and great staff- GREAT SCHOOL.
It's the best school my child has gone to, I like the enviroment. I like the surrounding community and I feel safe that my son attends there. Very pleased with staff at Alamosa
I've had two daughters attend Alamosa. Overall, the teacher quality has been exceptional. Ms. Jones, Ms. Engstrom, and Mr. Flint have stood out in inspiring teachers. The front desk and administrative staff have always been helpful and attempted to assist when possible. The only and main complaint I have is the 'Noon Duty' staff. Consistently I have heard nothing but complaints on their terrible attitudes and preferential treatment of children. Many of my children's friends continually speak of their 'cruel biased behavior. At an elementary level, you would think the administrative staff would be more aware and caring about their Noon Duty . Luckily for me, my children no longer attend Alamosa. Perhaps they re out of touch with the recess staff. For that, I rate Alamosa as only average.
Alamosa Park has a dedicated staff. Front office staff are very accomodating, but I have don't see the Principal out and about, with exception to scheduled meetings. Thier PTA is very strong and quite involved in supporting enrichment programs for kids. Kids College on campus is most convienient. There is the appearance of strong discipline program for classroom safty, but the primary behavioral problems could be dealt with differntly with regards to the playground in general. Playground social issues can be tough at any school, but the lunch and noon duties are not as kid friendly as they should be and way to few for the sheer numbers. Unfortunately, site administration does not control this, Food services at the District level does. Isn't that odd? You have to send letters if you want change there!
This school was a big disapointment to us. We ended up moving to get into a better school and my daughter was very far behind because of her experience at Alamosa. We now go to an excellent school with a highly visible principal and are glad we left when we did.
My daughter has gone to Alamosa Park for Kindergarten and First grade. Both her teachers were excellent, going beyond their average duties; i.e., spending extra time with a new child who is behind in phonics. Each teacher encouraged and received parent involvement. The extracurricular activities and arts need improving.
This is a fantastic school with wonderful, friendly teachers and a warm and caring office staff. It is apparent that this staff works hard to educate our children.
The biggest problem that I've had was that when he started 1st grade within 1 month they gave him a substitute teacher for a few months because his teacher was going to sub at a high school. She ended up being the sub for the rest of the year. When he started 2nd grade he had a sub for 2 weeks. I do feel that the school needs more extracurricular activities. After getting past those bumps, overall I think it's a great school.
I'm happy with Alamosa Park Elementary and both of my girl's teachers. Mrs. Crawford (k) and Mrs. Hill (1st grade) are both very attentive to the kids and have been at the school for along time. My girls are enjoying all that Alamosa has to offer.
Both my kids as well as other family members have attended Alamosa since Kindergarten. I have always thought highly of the staff though there is one teacher, that I found had a negative attitude towards the kids. The attention to the children is great. I always have felt my kids have recieved their share of the teacher's time and effort. My daughter had extra help with her reading and this year she has made great strides. I thank Mrs. Shaningan for inspiring her to read more.
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