This used to be a great school, but I have had some unsatisfactory educational experiences for my child. I know funding had been cut in all schools but it seems like the teachings is at a grade to two behind. The classrooms are not as respectful or organized as I remember, with children threatening others and back talking to the teacher. Not to mention that many of the supportive PTA families have left, so the PTA after school programs had been eliminated. Also, my child has an incident where the playground equipment fell apart and hit him on the head!
We left this school because the teachers (most) just follow a curriculum that does not allow each child to be taught at their level. In fact, a large part of the curriculum is "dumbed down" for the lower levels. Even though we live in the district; we would not send our child to this school - but, don't take my word; spend quality time in the classroom and see for yourself. Sad because so many bright students are actually "left behind".
This is an extraordinary school, we are so thrilled our girls go to school in this warm, loving environment. The teachers truly care about the students and go above and beyond. The parent community is involved, and committed to their children and school community. The school setting is picturesque with large trees, big fields, and character. There is plenty of charm in this school, paired with great teachers and parents volunteers make this an ideal elementary experience.
Our son transferred from home-school and completed 5th & 6th at this school. Everyone, kids, teachers, staff, parents, warmly welcomed us and made this difficult transition easy. Parents are active in classrooms, field trips, and PTA. PTA supports PE, Art, Music and Computer classes, and there are also after school enrichment activities such as foreign language, dance, flag football, many more. New principal this year has been responsive to our requests. GATE program is a one day/week pull-out (wish it was more).
With all of the economic turmoil as of late, this school is amazing. Programs continue, kids are still The staff loves each other so much and it filters into the students. My daughter is going to graduate this year and has had a great time with classwork, homework levels, expectations and fun activities. The principal is extremely kind and supportive of both parents and staff. Wouldn't want my kids to go anywhere else. I would question the last 'rater' - what problem was happening? Was it just that they didn't get the 'exact' teacher they had hoped for? What problems? The principal is fair and addresses things quickly. Many parents insist at the school and don't teach their kids how to adjust to different (teacher) personalities. Interesting...
This school rates high academically and has a gorgeous large field by the playground, surrounded by trees and forest. The classrooms are nice, with big windows, and afterschool classes such as cheerleading or art are offered. Parents are very involved, and the PTA sponsors music, art, and computer classes during the school day. There are only two downsides. The typical student at this school lives in a $5 million home and has 3 different game systems. This makes your child feel discontent if he lives in a normal house and has a normal amount of toys. Secondly, this school will not let you change teachers if there is a problem. Because the principal would not let us change teachers, we had to change schools, and this was very disruptive to my son's life.
Our daughter has attended K-2nd with great results. The teachers are caring, the staff friendly, and the academic progress has exceeded our expectations. The PTA is responsible for several after school programs for music and art and many parents are involved in raising funds.
This is a great school. They have art, music and P.E classes. Parents can choose to help around the class or field trips. I think the school's teachers are great and my kids learned a lot.
Vieja students are exposed to a multitude of extra-curricular activities, both optional and mandatory. The kids have school singing performances twice a year and functions for each Holiday. There are also music, art, sports, dance, crafts and educational programs available after hours. The class sizes are small and parent interaction is welcomed and encouraged. The school's setting is bucolic, nestled up against a hillside with lots of trees. Driving up to the school feels like coming home. The morning drop-off is like a homecoming of sorts with lots of parental mingling. Volunteers are the engine that drive a school and Vieja has no shortage of interested, active and well-meaning parents to fill the gap that budget constraints have left on administration. I am proud to have my son attend Vieja and I believe he already (first grade) feels a part of something larger than himself.
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