My son has been going to Green Valley elementary now for 4 grade years (kindergarten-3rd grade). The Principal Keith Mills came that first year and turned the school around from an underachieving school to one that Mayer Hancock visited to pay tribute to for the highest test scores in the city. My son excelled under his leadership and was in accelerated classes. Sadly Mr. Mills retired at the end of my son's 2nd grade year. This last school year was horrible under the "leadership" of the schools new principle Ms. T.J. and had dropped in teacher commitment as well as test scores. Not only did the school drop the accelerated programs but my son barely learned anything throughout the entire school year. It was SOO BAD that he would come home and not know how to do the 5 PAGES of homework he was given MON-THURSDAY. My wife and I were the ones staying up late every night after work teaching him how to do it. When we went to speak to the principle we were told that we CAN'T SPEAK TO HER, AND NEED TO REFER ALL COMPLAINTS/QUESTIONS TO THE TEACHER!(something Mr. Mills would never have us do!) When we went to the teacher ALL blame was shifted to our son. With respect to the teacher we talked to our son believing that maybe he was just having a rough year, and tried to work with the teacher. But things only got worst and worst. ALL they do at this school is prepare their students for whats ONLY on the next state test in order to look good (which if you look at their scores online they still failed at doing!) They have 15 teachers resigning this year do to poor leadership one of the teachers told my wife, and they also Told my wife that Principle Ms. TJ worried about her own reputation changed the teaching structure at the school to favor state testing even at the cost of her students education and future success in life. I could go on and on but I will simply sum it up with this; IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO BE CARED FOR, RESPECTED, ACKNOWLEDGED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY EDUCATED!!! DO NOT SEND THEM TO GREEN VALLEY ELEMENTARY!!! so sad that I have to say that after all that Keith Mills, and some good teachers did to pull that school out of the gutter! Way to spit on all they did Ms. TJ and Green Valley Ranch Elementary. Needless to say my son will never step foot in your school again.
My son has attended and is currently in his 3rd year. We love this school, all of his teachers thus far have been wonderful. Everyone is friendly and greets students with a smile. Very community oriented and parent involvement is encouraged.
My son attended his 5th grade year at Green Valley Elem. It truly has been a horrible experience. I cant speak for all the teachers, but my son's teacher needs to find another profession. She told her students the step by step process of her divorce. Her class room was so unorganized; to the point my son commented on it (he is an eleven year old boy!) My son constantly felt lost in her class.The list could truly go on, but these were my main issues. Trying to meet with the principle regarding my concerns was impossible. I finally left him a voice mail about 2 1/2 months ago; never recieved a call back.I spoke with another parent in my son's class. I'm sad to say that she too had the same concerns and issues with the teacher. At least I know that I wasnt just being "too hard" on her. I am so thrilled that this experience will be behind us soon and he will be attending an amazing school for the 2013-2014 school year! Sadly he will have to be playing catch up due to the lack of learning that happened this current school year. I hope this review helps.
this school is ok. The only thing i have concerns about is when one of their stundents really needs to use the bathroom their not allowed to go because the teacher is teaching. I gave my child permission to walk out of class to go before they go in their pant and if the school has a problem with that please give me a call and I will be happy to speak with someone about it.
GVE is a classic example of the situation schools are in these days with NCLB. The teachers are pressed to make the kids do well on CSAP and the Spanish-speaking kids are transitioned into full-time English too soon. Why does the school with mostly African-American and Hispanic kids do badly on a test written in Standard English for middle class white kids? It's the unrealistic requirements they are given. All too common.
My son is in 1st grade and attended this school last year. Recently we had to change classes because of the lack of respect for us as parents by the teacher. We are concerned parents but the principal gave us the impression that we are overprotective and unreasonable. As far as safetly and parents being allowed to be involved in what their children are being taught, This school is terrible. The curriculum as well has not challenged my son at all. We actually do workbooks from home so that he is learning new things. I would not reccomend this school if you want to be invovled in your child's education.
My son attend GVE for 2yrs now. My only worry at the begining was that my son spoke no English and his ELC classroom had English teachers only. My son is now Fluent in both languages had no trouble. He is now in DLC and his teachers are absolutely wonderful. They have the best method in teaching children. I get a behavioral book everyday and have to sign it everyday so Im aware of how my son behaves on a daily basis. He gets treasure box when he behaves good and follows directions. GVE is truely a great school. I have to completely disagree with the other parents who dont agree.
The school seems really disorganized and parents don't seem to care or support their kids. The special education teachers are wonderful most of the time and my son has really improved while in the ELC and DLC. It's a nice school atmosphere and design, but it needs some real leadership, accountability and structure to improve the academics. We were given the option of going to another school next year, and we will do that just so our kids have a chance at a better education. If the school improves, we would consider coming back.