By far the best school ever. I enjoy the community and how much parents are involved in what goes on. The teachers and staff are amazing. They know every child by name and are passionate about their work. I absolutely love V.S.A
What a GREAT school my children attend!! My son is in his third year at VSA and my daughter in her second year. The teachers and parents work very well together to assist the students. Parents are very involved in every aspect of their childrens education. I love that each classroom is named after a college! What a great way to motivate your children about their future education!!
Vincent Shalvey Academy (formerly called University Public School) is where my son attended from 1st - 5th grade (after being on the waiting list for 2 years to get in!) and my daughter has attended from Kindergarten to present (just began 4th grade). This California Distinguished School has a Dept. of Education API score that is 2nd in the area only to a GATE school (Gifted And Talented Education, where the brightest go after leaving their regular school). These are average students achieving above-average results at a WAY above-average school. Beginning in Kindergarten, which is a full-day program, the students develop a love of learning, achieving and aspiring to go to "College for Certain"! With parents that are fully invested in being the other half of their child's education, we are not just a school but a large family!
Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy is a top of the line school. Great teachers, caring parents, motivated students.
Our school is amazing! The teachers are always looking to advance the kids understanding and prepare them for higher education. From my experience, they are great at encouraging the kids to do better and work on their behavior, while making sure they have a good grasp of the basics before moving on. The parents actively participate in school activites and functions. Aspire is a wonderful program that understands how kids learn and what they are capable of.
A wonderful school community of excellent, dedicated teachers and staff who model what it means to aspire for something great..."we aspire to go higher" (a school motto). We are proud of being a part of this school community, and the teachers and staff always deserve more for all their hard work and dedication. It is definitely where you want your children to be.
I am a parent of two children (boys) that started their educational journey with Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy and I must say that I could not be more pleased with their academic levels (all above average) Mrs. Puccio was the kindergarten gift we received who molded my children to receive the education knowledge that Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy has to offer. Mrs. Puccio created young kindergarten gentleman out of my baby boys when they first arrived and by the time they left after that first year, they were readers, real readers. They learned so much with her, and now that one has graduated on to BHPCA, I only have one son finishing his last year there. The School staff is outstanding, their friendly, caring, and make you feel as though you re one of the family cause that s what they are, One big family! Thank you Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy you made life so easy for us these past seven years and have truly given my boys the best possible educational beginning they could have received from nowhere else. With loving memories to cherish forever, Tami & Boys
I work within a public school district and have my children attending this charter school. I could not be more happy with the education they are obtaining at Vincent Shalvey Academy. This school has opened my childrens' minds to be interested in learning and be proud of the goals they meet. There is a strong supportive group of educators and an amazing staff. This is a model, every elementary school in the United States should be like Vincent Shalvey!
An unbelievable school with amazing staff and even better results. The material they convey to our 7 year old and thier ability to show him how to process it amazes me every day. They cultivate and guide towards success.
This school has been a godsend for our family. The school has the structure our child needs while still being creative and fun. Every day is something new...music class, book buddies, science etc. She is in kindergarten and she is learning so fast and getting to experience so much. They also offer after school Spanish class so that she can get a good Spanish language foundation now. The teacher are so helpful and we communicate on a regular basis. A friend of mine is a teacher who came from the public school system to an Aspire program and says the students are amazingly educated, the parents are completely involved, and the community is so strong.
The kindergarten program is not child friendly. Seven hours long - very controlled and very strict. Children are encouraged to sit, listen and copy, and the bathroom is off limits after recess.
This is an outstanding school. A lot of parent involvement! Very professional and reflective teachers! Small school size! Sorry, it has a huge waiting list!
We feel so blessed to have our children in this wonderful school. The children are learning so much the staff is friendly. It is more like one big family. They are they to make sure your child goes beyond the standard. They want the best for each child and family.
University Public School is very strong academically. I can see that in the daily homework and from my son's inquisitive mind. Sports is not this school's forte. But I'm ok with that since he can join community leagues. The saturday schools are good to have to include the parents and do not take a lot of our time. The Grandparent day is a great idea and many grandparents attended. I would like to see a school holiday play where student's can relax and have fun to music and drama and show off their talents. That is yet a question I'd like to pose to the PTA (UPSCC). The parent involvement is also strong and serious-minded. The school is clean and safe. The curriculum is challenging. The staff seems organized, diligent, disciplinary, conscientious, and friendly. I feel fortunate for my children to attend this school and learn like they should be learning.
UPS has a great program. It has been awarded the California Distinguish Schools title after only three years of operation. It is small and inovative. We could not be happier with our choice!
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