Their are great teachers at VPE, and a few I think stink. I think the homework they send home with the kids in all grade levels is ridiculous and I think they should spend more time on core subjects then on all this ridiculous projects that have no meaning academically. They should teach math, reading, writing, history and science repetitively not jumping around teaching to whatever test they think is important to help the schools test scores. I also don't care for the detentions and demerit program, I feel this tears our children down not help them, especially when your child has learning problems and is not put into proper resources to get the help because of budget cuts. Then your child is stripped of all of the end of the year activities do to falling in the cracks and not getting the help they needed all along. The school needs to teach and not be a boot camp to our children. We are not teachers, we are parents. Keep the curriculum at school and teach it. First it's Star test, now Common Core, let's just teach common sense and normal curriculum to our children.
very great school, but student of month award is not great always same students recive.
This is a great, safe school with a great group of parents and teachers. This is my seventh year here and am pleased overall. The teachers and parents work well together with many parents helping out on campus each day. There is a dad's club which helps with events and also raises thousand of dollars. However, there are a few areas of concern: 1. The amount of homework is borderline ridiculous. 3-5 pages every night and even assigning homework over Spring Break - really? This starts in 1st grade. 2. The content of the curriculum is pretty bad. Now this may not be the fault of the school, but rather the district. I once brought my child's homework to his teacher and asked her to solve the math problem, to which she responded "I know! It doesn't make sense, but they make us teach it anyways." 3. Lastly, the principal is far too concerned about MONEY. She spends little time with the kids, sets rules that are a joke (dropping off and picking up) and leaves several messages every night to which 95% of them have to do with raising funds. I do however like the fact that she does make the kids dress appropriately.
VPE is a great school with very involved parents and teachers. Every school has its challenges, both financial and academic, but VPE strives to get past the challenges by coming up with creative solutions. The teachers are a tight knit group that seems to enjoy working together despite differences in age, personality and experience. There are a group of parents that seem to be at every event, fundraiser, fieldtrip and classroom party, sleeves rolled up and ready to work. There are other parents who contribute financially to fundraisers and sponsorship opportunities. And then there is the other 70% of the school... Reaching out to these parents to get involved in any small way is neccesary and vital to the success of our children. This school needs many physical improvements to the buildings and grounds, but it's slowly getting there due to a diligent group of parents. Overall, VPE is a small neighborhood school with a lot of spirit and loyalty and pride. Tradition is important here. Many parents were students here, themselves. This school is a wonderful school and we are proud Bobcats!
My kids have been attending this school for 2 years now and I couldn't be more pleased. The principle, Debra Larson, is warm, friendly and accessible. The teachers are wonderful and I love that they radiate how much they enjoy what their doing and the tremendous impact they have on the kids. This school - teachers and principle - is off the charts fantastic.
I am not sure what principal the reviewer from 3/7/10 is talking about but the principal at Villa Park Elementary never walks the playground, never greets the kids and the only time she comes out of her office is to yell at parents through a bullhorn who pause a little too long to pick up their kids after waiting in a 300 yard long line that creates traffic hazards on Katella Ave. We have been at this school through 4 principals and this is by far the worst I have ever seen this school. So sad.
Villa Park Elementary is a great school. It is a safe environment where learning is a priority. The principal is involved and is accessible to students and parents. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The teachers care about the students and do an excellent job in spite of the growing size of their class due to budget cuts. There is a lot of parent participation and the after school programs are fabulous. We love it at VPE!
VIllas Park is a good school. My daughter is in the Kindergarden and her teacher is excellent. she is Mrs. Sonksen, my daughter is lucky to have her , she is subtitude for Mrs. Reagan, but she is so wonderful.
VPE has great, concerned teachers, dedicated staff and supportive families!
I give the school 5 stars. With the current slate of teachers, I feel my last of 3 children will receive a quality education. The school has a diverse student population and a high level of engaged parents. The environment is welcoming and my kids have all enjoyed going to school there.
I am very pleased with how teachers interact with students especially because the class size is small and they can provide more attention to all students. I am very grateful that my children are attending VPE and I am very happy with their achievement.
All three of my kids have gone through VPE. It has been a great experience. All of the teachers have been outstanding and care. Excellent parent involvement and the staff really cares about the students learning. I would give it a 10
Villa Park Elementary is a quaint little school with a whole lot of character. My son has attended since kindergarten and is now in first grade. He is in a class that has two teachers who split up the week. This has proven to be quite beneficial. Each teacher brings a different approach while promoting the same curriculum. We love VPE!
V.P.E. has been a great school for both of my children. The expectations there are high and my children strive to reach those expectations. The teachers have been very good and there is heavy parental involvement. It's all good!
I am appalled at how much needless (time consuming) repetition there is in the masses of homework that is sent home for my kids daily. When they see the quantity of work that is ahead of them it seems to overwhelm them before they even get started, which only creates unnecessary stress.
My son is a kindergartener and so far the experience has been great! My son loves to go to school everyday because he loves his teacher. He has learned so much in the short time he has been at Villa Park Elementary. For the past 5 months he has attended Villa park, he has learned how to write, recognize numbers up to 100 and just how to behave in a classroom while he is being tought! The parent participation is so great in that school. It is encouraged that every parent participates, which is good because being apart of your childs education is so important. I am looking forward to the upcoming years with Villa Park Elementary!
My girls were at VPE for the last 9 years. I really miss the comfort of knowing they were up the street and in great hands. It's not as small and personal as it was in the beginning but for a school its size it's incredible. The teachers we had were wonderful and Ms. Marshal is in control. And the parents are so involved - because involvement is welcomed. We loved it. It's a Great School and I'm very thankful that we were there and a part of it for all the years. We (all of family) made wonderful friends there that will be with us for our lifetime! Can't say enough good things about Villa Park Elementary. Anyone would be so lucky to enroll there! We moved here for the schools but had no idea what a great thing we were really getting into!
I have two children currently enrolled in VPE I am so happy with their teachers and the principal. I have been happy with the communication from school to home I am especially happy with the new phone communication the principal has implemented. Many thanks to the teachers for doing such a wonderful job with my children.
I have one child who just left VPE and one who is in 1st grade. I have had nothing but positives to say about VPE. From the principal to the teachers and the office staff. My daughter started there in Kindergarten and there was one teacher in 7 years that I did not care for. She has many wonderful memories of VPE that she will share with her children.
I am very please with our principle and all the hard work she has put in to make our school the best it can be. She truly wants to hear from everyone on all comments. My children have attended VPE for the last 6 years and have had an awsome experience. We had several teachers complete their Masters Degree last year alone. One child of mine has greatly improved with the Push In Program and after school tutoring that was availible. The push for strong academics has been a life saver for my child who is now brought up to grade level. I am so happy my children attend a school that truly cares for each student.
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