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.
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.