Our children started at NVCS since they opened in 2006 and all of them have had GREAT experiences. The staff is amazing--committed to children, great at communicating home, and the administration provides a lot of professional development, more than the district average. We like that it is a little more rigorous, which has helped our older kids be successful starting high school. The small size is definitely a plus, especially for middle school years. (My son had 10 kids in his Algebra class!). There are sports and clubs and a lot of opportunities for community service, such as National Junior Honor Society. I would definitely recommend NVCS. Don't make your decision without visiting and getting multiple student/parent opinions first!
Like any school this one has had turnover with its staff. I have to agree with the previous parent review in the fact that the schools principal replacement was inexperienced. The teachers overall are great. PTO leader(s) could be more professional. Seems to be alot of favoritism with certain students.
This particular school has to be one of best I have ever seen. After searching for what seemed like ever to find a school that my son would truly enjoy attending, this was the one that we chose. The teachers are excellant and go out of their way to help each and every child. The classes are of a manageable size so that each student gets the most one on one instruction possible unlike so many of the public schools where the children are just a number. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in their childs education in many different ways which is such a rare thing to see in a school these days. My only regret is that it is currently only a K-8. Hopefully when the day comes that my son will be heading for the 8th grade, they will have been able to extend the grades offered to the 12th and he will be able to graduate from in my opinion "One of Lovelands best schools available". Keep in mind that not every individual will have the perfect opinion and only the bad ones will usually sing out but from what I have seen and experienced there is much more good than any bad i have personally seen.
Having put our oldest through the Thompson Valley School system, we decided to go a different route with our younger children. Lets just say that 1 semester at New Vision equates to 1.5-2.0 years in the Thompson Valley School system. I really love the teachers at Namaqua, Walt Clark & TVHS, but the union / "Big Education" system is not the right fit for us or our kids. Parents really care and spend a lot of time at the school. Just to give a small example. I have tried to volunteer 3-4 times, but within 10-15 minutes of an email going out the slots are all filled. If you want your child to be challenged, send them here. If you want your child to be ready for the real world, send them here. If you want your child ready to deal with what the expectations of modern life brings, send them here. If you want a conventional public school education, send them through the Thompson Valley School system. The TVSS is not bad, but its average. If you want above average go here. PS: I'm almost certain that the folks writing the recent bad reviews are those that want nothing more than to limit your choice in schools. New Vision is everything you want in a private school but uses your tax dollars.
This school is just ok/average. Love the teachers that they currently have and the "specials" like Spanish and Art (WONDERFUL teachers), just don't like all the drama with constant switching of teachers and the extra drama that comes with the parents and mentality of "we're better than everyone else". This school went from excellent to great to just ok. Undecided if my two will return next year...
This school left a bad taste in my mouth. The quality of the teaching was excellent in my opinion. I just honestly don't like all of the politics that came with this school. I hope to hear of it turning around as it once was the talk of Loveland (and not in a bad way!)
To my immense disappointment, one full school year here was too long. My young child was punished by being sent to the principal's office for interrupting the teacher. The principal abruptly quit right after the school year began leaving in her place an inexperienced man to fill her shoes. I watched my child's self esteem crumble as she was told to "behave like the other children". She began to resent school and made no friends. After voicing my concerns to her teacher, I still saw no improvement in her attitude towards school. This was very disheartening to me. Upon further investigation, I've found that a large % of the staff has been there for 3 years or less, with the AVERAGE being 1-2 years. Teachers and aides come and go as if this were a child care facility vs. a school. The teachers that do stay are good for the most part. However, the "Stepford Child" mentality is very unsettling. I am here to tell you that the titles "Charter School" and "Core Knowledge" mean nothing if there is not consistency or positive leadership. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone and have found a local public school to be much better.
Subpar school. It's essentially mediocrity wrapped in a pretty package. My son had a below average experience here and we will not be returning.
I have been at New Vision for eight years. I just finished my eighth grade year. The teachers really do have the best in mind for the students. They want each and every student to their best, but will crack down and give you the information or grade you deserve. The principal is one of the best the school has ever seen, and he loves the school and the kids. The staff wants each and every student to do their best and will cater to what they need, but in return expect that the student will do what they need to succeed. Yes, we have dealt with some bulling in the past, but we no longer have that problem thanks for the wonderful teachers and administration. I recommend this school 100%, it is far better than any other elementary/middle school in town.
I am a parent of 3 children at this wonderful school. Almost all the teachers have a masters degree from what I have been told. This is highly unusual for most schools, especially charter schools. What's important is that kids are challenged and still like school at the end of the day. My GT child is challenged and my others are making huge gains. The new administration is the best yet. Mr. B loves the kids and is very fair with consequences. He is visible and approachable. At our small school, families know each other. The previous comments probably come from parents of children who were bullies, destructive, dangerous, or who have kids with needs that are too severe for this small staff to address. Bullying is not tolerated, which usually is considered a good thing. Make a wise choice.
My son was treated like a criminal by the administration for behaving like a typical seven year old boy. We were pushed out of the school with threats and extreme disciplinary measures. There is currently no principal, only a vice principal who is punitive and inexperienced for his position. The teachers were wonderful, but ultimately unable to help my child.
Horrible principle and vice principle. Every other year there's new ones! Current ones are rude so is front office receptionists. Great teachers, and special education teachers are top notch. Would never recommend this school though because children are picked apart. If they aren't doing as well as expected they are made to feel as though they aren't. Have had to yank both children out.
I've been going since 1st grade and, although it may have its problems, I have enjoyed going to this school. The classes are catered to the students individual needs. The math program has helped me soooo much!
We have been thrilled with the teachers at NVCS. Our children have received an excellent education: they are performing above grade-level and our GT child has been challenged by the classroom teacher. Their test scores show consistent growth. The teachers at this school care deeply about children and their growth. Our children come home excited about learning and want to go back to school the next day.
If you are looking for teachers that want your children to succeed, administrative leadership, and reasonable treatment of your children, look elswhere. There are many schools that your child can have these things, but this one is not it.
Bad school. Awful principal. After school pickup worst I have ever seen. Chidren are NOT lying about what is happening there. Spare your child.
I have to respond to the review below titled, "They care more about money and appearances than the students." It appears they don't even have the correct school. There is always someone at the front desk (I am there daily), the students don't take the CLEP at NVCS, and the school deals swiftly with bullying and doesn't tolerate it.
This school is good for the solid average student, but if your child is gifted or has special needs this is not a good school for them. I also did not care for the "better then everyone else" attitude I felt from the office staff and some parents. We chose to leave this school and I couldn't be happier with that decision .
They care more about money and appearances than the students. They drop regular teaching for several weeks in order to "prep" the students for the CLEP to get financial aid associated with the CLEP. If they really cared about teaching our children, they'd be more concerned with actually teaching than they are with how much money they can get. Several teachers should not be teaching but the principal has ignored numerous complaints from parents and staff. Additionally, in several cases of bullying, the school punished the victim by forcing them to switch classrooms and, eventually, leave the school while, basically, rewarding the bully for his/her behavior. Security is severely lacking. Outside doors are often left unlocked or partially ajar, open to anyone. The front desk is not always manned so it's easy to walk right into the school. Even with someone at the front desk they're often so busy that people walk in completely unnoticed. NVCS is not a safe place for your children. They started out with good intentions but have clearly strayed from the path. NVCS falls far short in almost all areas, you're wise to look at the traditional public school system before NVCS.
My child fell an entire grade level behind in math at another public school last year, in large part due to a teacher who felt that first graders should go through math levels at their own pace. We got our child into New Vision Charter School this year, and our child has not only caught up, but surpassed grade level in math. Other subjects are excelled, as well. The teachers at New Vision seem to not only LIKE kids, but are very good at encouraging and helping them. The kids are much more challenged and willing to work hard for a teacher who cares. I also value a school that is run by the parents. We have no power struggle with a self important PTO who wants to relive their school days through their children. Instead, we have a like-minded group of parents who want our children to learn. I LOVE this school. It is what a school should be.
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