A wonderful school full of caring teachers, which actively encourages parent participation.
My two VH grads received excellent education in a caring environment. The stereotype of caring teachers willing to give far more than their paygrade is alive and well at VH.
It's a great school with excellent teachers and a very supportive parent community
We agree with the reviewer who wrote about the 'extreme lack of compassion at this school.' Vine Hill school has a well connected and mostly rich group of parents whose kids seem to feel that they can treat other kids however they want to. I have seen these physically push aside other kids, dump ink on other kids' schoolwork, and pretty much daily tell other kids that they are creeps, dorks, that it's disgusting to sit next to them, etc., and despite reports to teachers, if the kids are in the well connected group, nothing happens. The school cannot help that it has a rundown playground, and it does have some wonderful teachers and some great parents, but a lot of bullying of more vulnerable kids is just allowed to go on.
This school is blessed with generally fine, enthusiastic teachers, a helpful administration, and parents who care a lot about their children's education and volunteer extensively.
We couldn't be more pleased with Vine Hill. We were fortunate enough to have the option of private school and observed every private school in Santa Cruz County and met with their principals, as well as Vine Hill's principal. Vine Hill, by far, had the most rigorous academic standards and the most impressive principal. We have now been at Vine Hill four years and have 2 children there. I have found the teachers very accomodating to their individual learning styles as well as those of their classmates. I have also been impressed with both the experience level and the professionalism of the teaching staff. As far a the principal, you could not find a more dedicated, intelligent and involved leader. She is very in touch with the parent community and is well respected by her staff. Vine Hill has been a great choice for us!
Unkept school. An invisible Principal. Teachers are stuck in their own old ways, and do not accept change. Parking and child drop-off and pick-up are extremely disorganized. Shocking play ground area. Due to the extreme lack of compassion at this school we moved our kids somewhere much better.
Vine Hill School is a great learning environment for most kids. The parents are mostly well educated and envolved. Without the intense parental envolvement, the school would suffer from the same poor funding issues as the rest of the public schools in this state. I find, however that the children and parents are unaccepting of kids who don't fit the norm. I like this school, but am looking elsewhere for my child to go to school.
Vine Hill School is a wonderful school! Most of the Teachers are very Senior and I think it really shows in the students! In our class parent participation was at least one parent per student -- I think this makes a big difference as well. The school population has grown beyond the standard number of rooms and portables make up 1/4 to 1/3 of the classrooms. (The portables have the AC, so they are not so bad.) Anyhow, we loved it! Pros: great teachers! Friendly staff. Cons: Portables and older class rooms (could really use a make over), parking is to far away.. If we moved back to Scotts Valley, would would want to find a house near Vine Hill!
Outstanding school. High standards. High level of education and income contributes to a great number of extra activities, paid for by parents. Great school doing what schools and parents should be doing.
Vine Hill is the best elementary school I have ever heard of. Due to the principal, staff, parents and the Scotts Valley community the school still provides music, art, life lab, PE, a counselor and a library. In addition, the PTA provides enrichment programs like chess, tennis, lego fun. I even think we had French last year. The PTA also has a fitness community that encourages cardiovascular activity during recess. Last year the PTA familyFun night committee put on about 3 familyFun nights just to get the community together. The science fair committee also augmented the curriculum. The teachers are dedicated people who love to teach. Teachers volunteer extra hours for programs like the book club, talent shows, chorus. My son s 4th grade teacher brought her kids to the Carmel Bach Festival in July! All this doesn't count fund raising activity. I can t say enough good things about Vine Hill.
For a public school, Vine Hill is a very good school with very strong parent/community support.
We moved to Scotts Valley from the mid-peninsula because of the wonderful and unique small town atmosphere, the beautiful setting and the excellent schools. We were not disappointed! We have a son in grade 2 and we ve found that he has thrived on the combination of high expectations, discipline and genuine care he has received from the staff and teachers. His test scores and his enthusiasm for school both reflect this. The ongoing communication between teachers as he has progressed from grade to grade has also been very beneficial. There is tremendous parental involvement at V.H. which is critical during these times of cutbacks and the principal has a forthright, can-do manner that we appreciate. We ve also enjoyed seeing a growing cultural and economic diversity at V.H.
So far so good. My son just started in kindergarten and they seem to have a few 'extras' that were cut from other schools, such as a counselor, spectra artists, librarian, etc. The median income is probably higher in Scotts Valley therefore allowing more parent participation and/or donations. The school doesn't seem as 'touchy-feely and homey' as some others in the area but I guess I'd rather have higher test scores than lots of family BBQ/carnival nights.
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