This is a great school, unless you are African American. My child who is a great student was treated as a failure from the beginning. He is in the 4th grade. His teacher did not care about his education and had to be chased down for any feedback. I get it, we're not supposed to be in your school or your neighborhood. My child will be coming back next year and we will be fighting for him to get a good education.
My daughter is finishing the fifth grade at this school. So glad that she doesn't have to do another year here. It was horrible. Her teacher was the worst teacher ever. She came home one day and said she had taken a 2 1/2 hour nap and her teacher DIDN'T notice! The homework time was unreasonably long. I'm talking like 3 hrs a night every night for a fifth grader! I am a teacher myself, and know what a good teacher is. My daughter's teacher was not a good teacher. I'm angry I cannot say her name here, but some of the things that happened in class: lunch or snacks stolen from backpacks, and never addressed. Homework stolen, so that my daughter started writing her name in pen on every single piece of paper she handed in, lest another student erased her name and took credit for her work; student project turned in that were obviously done by parents (displayed during open house, which was very late in the year), and project after project was assigned, once there were THREE project due in one week! I'm sorry the teacher wanted to make her class look good for open house, but totally unreasonable!! She also kept inaccurate records of assignments and tests, which I found really disturbing!
Definitely Victor is a great school. My child loves the school with all round development of academics, athletics and extracurricular activities.
What to say...Its about kindergarten experience. One side school is claiming to be best school & other side they need such a huge improvement. No doubt , Office staff is really really rude. Specially with the kids. By mistake if the kindergartener had a accident(Potty), this staff make such a fun that the kid goes into depression. One of the kindergartner teacher had a record of suspending min 3 kids/year. How much do the teacher expect from kindergartener? Do they really understand the meaning of suspension at that age? Teacher don t even try to solve the problem inside the class bet'n the kids but directly send him to the principle. Principle don t try to find out the exact happening, chance of improvement, however believe the teacher & directly suspend the kid. Is the suspension really way for kinderer improvement? This impacts on the kid that . the best & most active student from Pre-K; goes to KG and goes into depression & lost all his/her confidence. In future grades, he don t even try to express himself or true complaints about others even though he is right. I think there should be some enquiry about the suspensions happening in this school in kindergarten classes.
Both my children are currently attending this wonderful elementary school. I find it to be running really smoothly from the minute you walk into the front office till you leave. The office staff are very helpful, which is why I am not sure why there is some negative comments. Both have always been very helpful and informative. It does get busy in there sometimes with parents wanting attention at the same time, but remember, there are only 2 office staff working. The teachers are absolutely wonderful. I have heard at other schools parents talk about 'that teacher that you don't want' but here at Victor, I feel very fortunate to not have that problem. This elementary school has almost 1000 kids however it never feels crammed, kids/parents get the attention/help needed and seems to be running smoothly. Mr. Baker is the wonderful principal. He is very energetic and approachable. I feel confident that my children are receiving a wonderful education!
Both of my children attended Victor. I think it was a great experience. They both had great teachers that were sweet and friendly but knew when to put to their foot down. My only complaint is about Mr.Baker. I think he arrived when my youngest was in the 3rd grade. He was a big change from our last principal and not always in a good way. But he is my only complaint. I would say there is a great parent involvement and the school is very diverse
I recently enrolled my son at Victor and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised during my visit. I had read all of the comments here about how rude the office staff is and had prepared myself for the worse! :-) I could not be any more pleased with the manner in which I was greeted and helped throughout the entire process. The staff member who assisted me was very helpful, pleasant and thorough. I was in and out in no time. I am looking forward to a great school year at Victor! :-)
I agree with some of the posts here. The office staff are not nice to parents at all, they are very rude and ignorant. the Torrance school district they should know about this!! the school will improve more if they hire new secretaries
The parents who say the office staff are rude have got to get a clue. My experience has been the exact opposite. The office staff works diligently to coordinate issues with parents, teachers and administrators for the 950+ kids at this school. They continue to do a great job, doing more work with less support despite the astonishing California budget cuts to education (30% in the last three years). My experience has been that if you are the least bit polite, they reciprocate completely. I would suggest that perhaps the parents who criticize the office staff should get involved in the school, attend PTA, volunteer to run some events, fundraise etc. and they might see just how hard the staff and teachers work at Victor. It might be eye opening, and you might have a little more respect for the office staff. We can all be a little kinder and more understanding of each other.
Yes, office staff is really really rude....they have no respect for anyone...meanest staff members I have ever seen
My children may be attending Victor next fall and I Just spoke with the secretary to get information. I could not believe the rudeness and ignorance - she was incredibly condescending, cut me off, argued with me, and presented the school and principle in such a negative light that I would have serious concerns as a parent - especially if I or my child ever had any problems at school that needed attention.
Congratulations to Mr. Baker and all the teachers and students for the strong gains on the 2011 Star testing. Big improvements from last year. Keep up the great work. Our parents appreciate it.
I agree with some of the posts here. The office staff are not nice to parents at all, especially when you don't speak native English. They let you wait for a long time while they speak and laugh and joke with others. How do they hire people like them?!
I agree with the other parent review. We love the school and teachers, but the two front office secretaries are rude. They talk mean to students and parents right infront of the other people. We wish they should be friendly for the kind of job they do.
Love the school but absolutely dislike the staff in the office as they are very rude! TUSD is making a lot of cut due to the budget and getting rid of those two would be beneficial in all aspects!
My son has been attending Victor Elementary for the last 4 years and it has been a pleasure to see him evolve from a shy and reclusive kid to an outgoing, social and dynamic individual. I would definitely credit the school and particularly his 2nd and 3rd grade teachers Mr Flanders and Mrs Popp for their wonderful guidance and great support. There are a couple of teachers who seem to be a bit kid unfriendly but I am sure they have their reasons. Overall I am very satisfied with the school's progress under Mr Bakers leadership.
This year is my daughter's first year in kindergarten of Victor. I am very excited to see her great progress during the whole year. Definitely all her achievements are attributed to the efforts that vitor school and teachers have paid.
My son has been at Victor for 3 years now and I have to say the whole staff is incredible. Although he was held back a year (because he needed time to develop) they have been there every step of the way to make sure that he has all the development tools that he needs. Every concern has been addressed and every worry has been soothed. The determination of the staff makes it easier as a parent, who is generally on the outside looking in. Mr. Baker has answered every email and phone call in a timely manner and has been a great help in resolving any and all issues that have arised. Thank you to all the staff at Victor that continue to educate and mold our kids for a good future! :)
My daughter is attending victor elementary KG and in the Combo class . I am very happy with the teacher and the way they handle the kids . My kid has learnt lot of things and she really enjoy the time in the class. The teacher takes good care of the kids and there is lot of attention given for each kid.
It is great to see Victor with an API score of over 900. Finally! This shows that the teachers are dedicated to our childrens' learning. Nice job Mr. Baker in bringing Victor to attain this landmark API level. Kudos to the Victor PTA, community and staff as we all know it takes a village to raise a child.
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