Outstanding Leadership- Very experienced principal that just started this year. The school has high expectations for their students. High achieving middle school-ranks near the top in the area. Parents are invited to volunteer and be part of the school. Great learning environment with a family atmosphere. Students aren't allowed to "slip through the cracks."
Love the core knowledge curriculum. As other reviews have pointed out, it's a safe/supportive/friendly environment. You can tell most kids love going to school there every day - and they received personalized attention from teachers. No, as a smaller school it doesn't have every activity a larger (middle) school may offer, but they support activities outside of school (recognition for student success in club sports for example) and as a family, we prefer the K-8 consistency and ability to have our kids in 1 school together longer, rather than switching schools in middle school. Note: there is a very experienced new Principal joining NVCS in the 2016-17 year.
Have not had any bullying issues, kids feel safe asking for help resolving any interpersonal issues. Citizenship overall is stressed heavily. It's truly one of the strengths of the school. The middle schoolers especially are high-achieving all around good kids. A great influence for the younger students!
The teachers at NVCS are very welcoming and on top of things, along with the rest of the staff. However, this school offers no extracurriculars other than their limited amount of choice sports. They also do not use their money well (such as on unneeded technology), and the curriculum does not fit the majority of the students.
I would consider NVCS a safe place for students (there, bullying is almost nonexistent) and, most of the time, the students are heard out for what they think.
The teachers at New Vision are amazing. My kids are in 4th and 6th grade and we've been with the school since kindergarten. The school is well run. My kids feel very safe and I feel the discipline is appropriate and fair. My kids are also well supported academically.
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!