Posted September 26, 2013
Having been associated with Mound School as a parent, teacher, and now Principal, I have seen this school from a variety of lenses over the last 12 years. In my opinion, Mound is a terrific place for kids to spend their school days. This is a healthy, well functioning school with systems in place to provide a safe campus and challenging academics for children. Mound test scores are consistently among the top in the county, yet we don't speak of test scores much around here. In my opinion there are two critical factors responsible for Mound's success: 1. The teaching staff is top notch. 2. The families who seek out Mound place great value on education, behavior, and school attendance. At Mound, we understand our "customer" is somewhere between the ages of 5-11 years old. So, we make our best attempt to create a fun learning environment for the kids. For example, this year will see the installation of a Science Lab and a learning garden. It is important to understand that while parent involvement is another important factor in our success (the children are inspired to know mom or dad is on campus), parent volunteerism is not a requirement for entry to Mound. Ventura parents have a variety of educational options. Mound is just one of many good schools in the Ventura Unified School District. Feel free to contact us or come by for a tour. Good things are happening at Mound School!
My son is in Second Grade here, and really enjoys it. The facility is clean and has alot of landscape upgrades this year in the play area and has a working garden in three locations. The Science labs will have iPads for the students and a technology lab even. Teachers are always alert and welcoming when we drop off in the morning. Mound requires each student to get here without busses, there are three entrances into the school to pick from and plenty of safe options for parking and pick ups. Class schedules are posted online for parents to follow along with their teachers inputs thru web sites. Overall it's a superb school. Lots of parental involvement is a blessing. Tons of diversity in the families that choose to send their kids here, since it's a lottery system to get in.
This school is academically above average but best suited to children who have parents who stay at home and can volunteer to help in the classroom. Also, children who are energetic, creative, cannot write perfectly by 1st grade, and who don't read in the top 10th percentile by second grade are going to be treated as if they are below average students (when in reality, they are still above average). Teachers at Mound are not fond of these students and make sure the parents of such students know it which only makes everyone more stressed out.
If your child needs any kind of extra help this is not the school for you. I was told my child did not need to take the Star 9 test. I am sure it is because my child would bring down the points for the school. Most of the teachers are very good but, have had a few teachers that looked at my child as a problem. My child was collateral damage. My child graduated with a 3.5 GPA. I was told my child would be better in our home school.
You must devote time to this school no matter what. You must have a child who is perfect. You must accept a teachers condescending behavior directed towards yourself and your children.
I have had 4 children go thru this school over a period of 15 years (oldest now 22, youngest 9). I have 2 boys, and 2 girls. I have seen many principals as well as teachers, and have always felt they did a fantastic job!! I am a working parent, and they have onsite childcare that keeps the kids safe and are willing to work with your children if they need additional assistance during homework club. The teachers are all truly invested in the children, and do the very best they can with the resources they are alloted! I never request a certain teacher, because the children are placed in classes where they will benefit from that certain teacher. After all, the current teacher really does know my childs learning habits better than me, and will choose the best fit for the benefit of that child. The principal is fantastic and listens to your needs and he really is around to interact with the kids.
We take pride in our school as a family. I'm involved with several aspects of the school including PTO and I trust that staff and volunteers are doing their best for my children. The sense of pride in our school is evident everyday.
As a parent who has a child there I am disappointed. A math magnet school for sure, however the staff is not friendly at all. Working parents will be left out, however you will be noticed in a way that will make it not comfortable for you. You will feel punished! The kids at this school act like they are BETTER THAN & show it i a terrible way. It is a full on fashion show with bullies! It is a terrible thing when your kids come home crying day after day hating school & no one at school will help!
If your 4th grader forgets their homework or library book they must stand against a chain link fence during recess!
I don't think this school is as great as it's reported to be. I've volunteered in the class this year,and have found many students not very respectful or appreciative, with an 'entitled' attitude. I'm considering sending my daughter to her home school, since all schools use the same curriculum now.
I currently have a 4th grader and a Kindergartener at Mound and we love it. I think the teachers really push the students to do their best. I encourage you as a parent to get involved with volunteering on campus. With the selection of Middle Schools we have to choose from here in Ventura I would love to see Mound School offering 6-8 grade as well. If anyone knows if that is actually possible and how to get it started I would love to know?
I love everything about Mound. The Principal is awesome!!! The teachers are great and make sure they work with each student to improve and reach their full potential. Students are well behaved and they have utmost respect to teachers, parents and school staff. Apart from academics, I also love their arts, music, and P.E. programs. My children are off to a great start! Thanks to Mound!
This school is without a doubt one of the best school in the state. All of the teachers are supportive and help you to reach all your potential. I went there for 6 years and was thoroughly prepared for middle school.
I really love this school. Mr. Temprano is a great leader an even helps out with afternoon traffic! I was going to hold my son back one year and not start K last year; but I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. I have a very sensitive kiddo and the teacher bent over backwards to ease his anxiety and help out on his fine motor skills. Best school for public!
My son completes his 4th year this week, June, 2008. I have read the other reviews and suspect some sour grapes from the few poor ratings. No question that parent interest and the required application indicate more involvement. I have been well recieved by each of my son's 4 teachers as a parent helper on morning weekly all 4 years. We are fortunate to have a bright and healthy child who loves school, and has not missed a day in 4 years. We believe it is up to us to support the teacher's efforts, see that all homework is completed well, and supplement his learning in every way we can. As a former teacher and coach, I simply want the best environment for my son, and my wife feels the same. We are very fortunate to have this school, and I wish you the best for your child. Make it happen!
My son attended K-5 at Mound and it is an AWESOME school! As close to a private school as a public school can get. I have worked in the classroom with the kids each year & have seen the high quality teaching that goes on. I think the people who gave a one-star rating are jealous because of Mound's high test scores. I think they are due to the high level of commitment of the parents. For example, we are willing to drive our kids to school from all over the city because we appreciate the things that set Mound apart . The Principal & teachers are great, the kids are exceptionally nice. I give it 6 stars!
My daughter attended 6 years at Mound Elementary. I was very frustrated with her experiences there. She is very bright and with the exception of her 1st and 2nd grade teachers was not given anything extra to do. As one of the very few single parents there, I often felt excluded and somewhat shunned. The Principal does not seem to expect his teachers to bring out the best in the students. Poorly performing kids as well as exceptional kids will be frustrated at Mound. Average kids with well-to-do parents will find good experiences there. It was a lonely, frustrating experience for me and my daughter. As far as safety goes, there were several horrid bullies!
Mound's test scores are high, that is undeniable. However, if you look at the socio-economic level of their students and the education levels of their parents, this is not surprising. Studies show that income is the primary predictor of test scores. A better measure of how a school is doing is its similar schools ranking. They have high parent involvement because the majority of their students come from high income families with only one parent working.
I am a parent of a Kindergardener & a second grader and I couldn't ask for a better school.
This school has high test scores only because it daily teaches to the test. Well-rounded students --- not!
Mound Elementary is one of the best school's ever. They emphasize mathematics, science, and English and my kids have tons of fun there!
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