There is a strong emphasis throughout the school on programs that help kids be "bucket fillers" and not "bucket dippers."The wording is a little awkward, but the point is to promote being positive, rather than ruining someone's day with negative talk or bullying behavior.
It's interesting to me that there are no current reviews for this school. I will say that the observation about a strong PTA is true, which benefits the kids with added programs not available at lower-performing school. The facility is fairly well maintained for a public school. I have a son who is now in first grade, and went through kindergarten there. I found both the kindergarten teachers to be excellent--how they manage to keep the kids happy and teach them anything with a class size of 30+ is truly remarkable. The former principal, Sally Hughson, was very engaged with the teachers, students and parents, and highly competent. She learned everyone's name and was a smart, fair and caring individual. This year the position is held by Mr. Johnson, who came from the Fullerton District. While he seems affable enough, he is rarely in evidence and seems to be somewhat phoning in his duties. The teachers overall are good; some are far better than others, but no one is terrible, at least that I have heard. Many of the female teachers seem to prefer little girls who sit quietly and color, and come down really hard on boys. The largest problematic issues, I think, are the large class sizes and the institutional training methods. This is very much a "by the book," teach-to-the-test kind of place, but as far as public schools go, it is succeeding. If we could afford it, we would send out son to the private school across the road, Oakridge. Until then, we'll make do with Linda Vista. You could do a lot worse than this school.
Linda Vista is great. The teacher are genuinely concerned about the children's welfare. Principal in "hands on" knows the kids by name and is accessible. Parents are friendly and helpful. I don't know what kids the others posted about being mean. This is my sons third year and all the kids in his classes have been very nice (and most of them well mannered as well).
Linda Vista is very dedicated to providing a top notch academic program. Lots of parent involvement, which is great. However, if you are not fortunate enough to be a stay at home parent and /or able to volunteer massive amounts of time, your child may not get the positive attention they deserve, nor will you.. The classroom volunteers, albeit helpful, are way more involved with the parents than the teachers seem to be. I wish there was more of an attempt to establish relationships with those parents who can not be in their child's classroom on a weekly basis. Sometimes the teachers can be harsh in their approach to discipline. There is a certain level of intolerance for kids being "kids". The parking / drop off situation is a nightmare, like a lot of schools. Knowing that this is a challenge, there is little leeway given to parents in terms of tardiness. Gates are locked one minute after the bell rings and you have to drag all your kids through the office and given a lecture on being on time. All in all, this school seems strong and successful. It just wouldn't kill their reputation to lighten up a bit. Its not military school and happy kids are better than awards.
I also have to agree that Linda Vista has THE BEST PRINCIPAL ever!! She is very dedicated to her students on a personal level. She is also very hands - on, by over looking the car pool line, come rain or shine. However, my childs teacher does seem to be more harsh, than rewarding and not very relaxed. Students do need to have some fun, and could benefit by a teacher who knows how to relax and laugh with the kids from time to time. My child feels like she is attending a military school, instead of a public school. Maybe the combo classes aren't such a great idea, spreading a teacher too thin, even though they try and deny it. There is potential at this small school, but teachers do need to encourage and not discourage our students, who only want to please them....???