Parents have been asked to raise money for a playground for 2 years and never seen any results. The complaint process is non-existent. And the director was suddenly removed mid-school year. My son has learned to "shut up and take it" from his teacher or else they fail him. This is not what Mr. Miller promised any of us.
Please Please Please DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILD AT THIS SCHOOL!! We just received a memo stating that Mr. Miller left effective 11/18/15. My son started here in the 2nd grade and is now in the 5th. None of his original teachers here. They have all left. My son is currently in a class with a teacher who is not certified in Singapore math. This teacher complains that ALL of the students are doing poorly in math but fails to recognize it is his teacher and not the students that have a problem. This same teacher sent me a very unprofessional email when I questioned him about a failing grade. RUN AWAY!! This school preys on non-English speaking parents that have no idea what is happening. If you have a spine and stand up for your child by asking questions you will notice the school will label your child as a problem and their grades will suddenly drop.
We struggled in deciding whether or not we should send our kids here. We finally decided to put the kids in the Aurora campus because it was close to home and because they promised us really good things such as Singapore Math instead of Common Core, two teachers in each classroom, etc. We are two months into our school year here and they have done nothing but lie to us, and treat my children terribly. There are not two teachers in the upper grades, nor is there Singapore Math in these grades. My son came home the other day telling us that he got detention and was forced to clean toilets and pick up trash. We asked some other students our kids know and they told us that they have had to scrub the walls with old toothbrushes among other unnecessary cleaning duties as part of a punishment. That is totally WRONG and they will be hearing from me!! The people who are saying that these teachers are nice, must be getting decent teachers, but what about the other teachers like the one my son currently has? Everyday there is another email sent to me about my son's "poor behavior" and every day I am confused because the things the teacher is tattling on are not even punishable. As far as sports goes, both my son and daughter are in sports at this school and the coaches are less that adequate. We watch the coaches just stand there and talk to other adults when they should be coaching and giving the team their pre-game pep talks. My daughter has come home telling us that they don't even practice at practice. Instead they stand there and have "complaining sessions" with catty talk. I could go on for pages of the things that are SO wrong with this school. I even heard a roomer that the principal isn't even qualified to be a principal. What the heck is he doing being there?? I do not recommend anybody to send their kids here at all! Not even as a last resort!! I am so regretful that I took my kids out of this school! It is no better than sending my children to a public school. They will definitely not be here much longer!
When a teacher leaves there are tears and discussions about why the teacher is leaving or won't be there to teach a students younger siblings. The students have favorites and specific teachers that they are not enamored with but primarily the teachers are loved by the kids. The teachers also maintain discipline very effectively. People that have said that the school has military properties or is overly strict might consider the overall outcomes in the context of the student population. A teacher needs to maintain quiet and structure to teach to everyone and a brief tour during school hours will show you that they accomplish that goal every day. There is no yelling but there is discipline and the kids benefit from that structure. So, yeah, very effective.
I could go with a little less but we know that human brains need to re-visit concepts in order to learn deeply so some homework is fine by me. My kids all read for enjoyment so that's not a problem and the reading assignments from school are trivial compared to that. Math tends to be repetitious but early math (times tables, fractions and all that) IS repetitious and simply has to be learned.
This question us based on current pop psychology terms stemming from "positive psychology". That philosophy is in the process of being debunked in the scientific literature so this question is next to meaningless. Now persistence is not quite the same thing and, yes, the kids learn persistence because they are challenged in their education at Vanguard.
I interact with kids from several families from Vanguard socially and at the park up the street from the school. I had no idea six years ago that kids actually treated random parents with respect these days. If I'm reading at the playground and a Vanguard kids wants to talk to me they invariable start off with "excuse me" or "pardon me" and then ask whatever they want to ask. Also appropriate "thank you" and "excuse me"s are the norm. People that rate this question in a negative way either do not attend Vanguard or have an agenda as far as I can tell.