I've been a long time parent at VMS. Unfortunately, I have to agree with the general consensus that things have really gone downhill in the last year. The treatment lately is just as bad as being at a public school. I am not sure what has happened to cause this, but it seems like management philosophy has completely changed this year. This has caused a school that was once very special to become below average. I hope that they can fix it before the school is lost for good. Unfortunately, no one besides the parents seems to care about what is going on.
My boys have been at Missionary for several years and I loved it the whole time The teachers are great and the other kids are great. Thats the good. Unfortunately the leadership just changed and the school is really starting to suffer because of it. Its getting so bad I am looking at other schools for next year. Everyone is so sad to see this happen.
I've had 3 children attend VMS. I value the academics at both the elementary and middle school level. The teachers have instilled in my kids a hard work ethic and curiosity for learning. VMS has a unique school culture where the students truely love eachother like family. I love that my children go to a school where they learn about Jesus and how to love like he does!
Ventura Missionary School is amazing. The Teachers and Administration hold the students to high academic standards and emphasize Biblical truths throughout daily instruction and programs. Students who graduate from VMS are well prepared and even sought after by local high schools and preparatory academies. The teachers are all required to hold teaching credentials and truly care for their students. My children have thrived at VMS and look forward to learning in its safe and nurturing environment.
Ventura Missionary has disappointed us within the past few years. First, they are a very liberal christian school. They have a dress code but NEVER enforce it. They are very open to non Christian music at their talent shows etc. They DO NOT use an all Christian based curriculum. They use the common core books that all the public school uses. If we are sending our kids to a Christian school shouldn't God be in history, science etc. My daughter says her teacher goes days without praying or mentioning God. I am extremely saddened right now that they adopted Common Core. The math is ridiculous. The history and science is the opposite of a Christian view. My daughter lost a few friends last year to College Heights Christian School that does Abeka (an all Christian curriculum) and some have even started to homeschool. Sadly this may be our last year.
Superb academics and amazing teachers at the elementary school. Kids are engaged, learn how to set high standards for themselves, and are taught how to be responsible for their own education. Teachers teach to the top of the class and work outside of the classroom to bring those at a lower level up to par ... a completely different philosophy than local public schools where they teach to the bottom of the class and completely ignore children who excel. This school sets the standard for parent participation which is, obviously, also one of its keys to success ... and is a must if you want your children to realize the full potential of this school. It is a Christian institution so expect some religion to be mixed in with the course load. However, if you are not religious and are considering this school purely for its academics, although a part of the curriculum, religion is not pushed on anyone ... it is simply there if you want it. We auditioned most of the private schools in Ventura and Ojai before deciding on Missionary ... and have been absolutely thrilled with our choice.
This is my review about the school! The school teachers and staff is great, their doing the job that assigned to them and more. This is our first year and so far everything we're looking for is there. I love the extra curriculum, art & music. The parents that we've meet so far are all nice opposite to the one parents review, they always say "Hi" and say "Good Morning" every time my husband and I drop off our daughter to school. The school facility is clean and they have staff watching the kids in the morning before school starts and recess time. Also, I want to mention that "GreatSchools.Org" is a site review about the school not the parents of the kids who goes there. Sorry no offends!
I can't say enough about this school. We moved here from another country and the most important thing to us as parents were our children. Namely, the education that they would be getting and being in a supportive and safe environment. We could not be happier with this school. VMS has really provided our children with a well rounded education in terms of academics, arts, sports and upholding strong values, morals and standards. We have come to see these same standards being upheld in not only the staff and teachers but the parents and their children. We were really impressed with the dedication of these teachers, they really care about their students.
My son attends Ventura Missionary school. This is his second year and I am hoping that it will be his last. The teachers he has had so far are awesome! As far as academics go I am very pleased with the school. The reason we are trying to leave, and by that I mean by doing the school of choice or even moving to be able to attend a better public school......is due to the parents. I have never experienced such coldness, and stuffiness in my life. I have been there for two years and I can count on one hand how many parents have actually said hi or smiled back at me me when I wave or try to say hi.......most of them are women and I know they are clicky, and can be extremely jealous but these woman are ridiculous. It breaks my heart that we spend so much money to give our son the best education possible and we, and by that I should say I feel so unwanted being there, so since that is the case I will take my money else where, these parents there are really missing out, and ruining the reputation of that school....sounds very "Christian" right? Saddens me deeply.......the teachers on the other hand, and this is just my experience from 1st and 2nd grade have been amazing!
My children attend Ventura Missionary School. This school has been a complete blessing in our lives! We love the caring faculty, the focus on the Arts, and particularly the Christian way of life the school offers with Bible lessons every day and throughout the day, across the curriculum. All of the teachers are credentialed, and select the grade level curriculum which is based on CA STATE STANDARDS (not Common Core). Although the curriculum is riguous, my children are learning, engaged, and very happy! We are thankful for this school and plan to remain at VMS for many years. If you are a parent looking for an exceptional school, I recommend Ventura Missionary School.