We are parents of an eigther grader who transferred this year from our home middle school. From day one we were impressed with the engagement of the teachers and administrators in the caring education of our child. The kids are challenged and the social environment is much more healthy than the middle school we left. SkyView is a safe place for kids to learn and grow and have every expectation that will continue as we move into the high school.
Elementary school curriculum is strong and challenging for kids. Ability grouping works very well for english and math subjects. Unfortunately, the turn over rate of administration and teachers is well above district averages. Middle school and high school are a whole other animal. We attended a charter school because of the regularly expressed "higher expectation of students" factor, community service opportunities and community. None of these have occurred regularly. I believe for the entire year the only community service my middle schooler participated in was picking up trash outside the school. The school is very homogenous in culture but in all honesty, that is what is found in Highlands Ranch. We have noticed a decrease in challenging work load due to complaints from parents. Middle school/high school administration does not consistently enforce rules and consequences leading the kids to not have much respect for those in charge. If you don't have patience for a long carpool incarceration, this school might not be the school for you.
SVA is beyond what we expected from a school! It starts from the moment you walk into the school (always happy, knowledgeable front desk staff) to when the kiddos talk about their exciting day and all the things they learned (Core Knowledge curriculum is great)! The administrative team is always visible and can be reached via email and/or phone. Administration is always happy to reply quickly. The SVA teachers are at the school only because SVA has high standards and would not hire anyone that could not do the amazing job that these teachers do, each day!!! SVA feels like home!
With kindergarten class sizes at 25 and first grade and on at 26, the kids are missing individual attention in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The school boasts volunteer opportunities, but parents are limited to 5 hours or less in the classroom. If a child is struggling, who is there to assist when the teacher is unavailable? Carline is 1 hour plus to pickup due to the amount of families. It seems the school has been more focused on growing than taking care of their kids.
SVA is excellent. My son has gone for 4 years from second grade to fifth grade. He has learned so much. They just did a interactive civil war battle. My son has learn more history and literature in elementary than I learned in high school. There is good communication and with requirement of volunteering from each family makes this the best school environment. We will continue to go to middle school
We LOVE SVA! We just attended our preschool and first grader's Spanish festival, and can't say enough about how wonderful it is that they both get Spanish classes daily. The core knowledge curriculum is also a fantastic sequence for our kids. The school environment is warm and inviting, yet structured and regimented. Wearing uniforms, and adhering to the schools core virtues are just the icing on the cake. If you can get in, I highly recommend choosing this amazing school for your child.
I'm curious if the parent who wrote about not feeling heard by the SVA board has ever contacted them via email or read a public statement at a board meeting? I've done both, and have received a personal response each time. The format to "not respond" means that they will not be responding during that particular meeting, not that they are unwilling to respond at all. This is very common for charter or school district boards to not engage in dialogue during a public meeting. I have found them open to constructive and solution-oriented criticism. They have sought out further information on issues when needed and made decisions based on their findings, always with overall good of the school and the students as a whole. From what I can tell from the email updates from the school, the concerned parent(s) did not come to the board, the administration or the teachers to discuss their concerns. In fact, I specifically asked this question to a board member who said that the school had not been contacted by a parent expressing their disagreement with the OCC program. Until these concerned folks actually speak up and are actually ignored, I don t feel this is a valid complaint.