We are very happy with Frontier Valley. My child comes home very happy and excited about something that was learned that day. The teachers we have had have all been great. The academic curriculum seems very good. Also, my child comes home with great art projects and very excited about different experiments they did in science. We would highly recommend this school.
Canterberry is a great neighborhood to live in, but if you are looking for a great elementary school, you may want to expand your search. With high teacher to student ratios (1:35) in many classes, sub-par curriculum, lack of character/morals training, and an overall lack of expecting excellence were issues that caused us to remove our children from this school. We even watched as kids are allowed to use calculators for math tests. Really? Walk the halls of this lovely school and you see a ton of art projects proudly displayed but very little proof that children are being taught how to write, form intelligent arguments, or stretch their intellect beyond the basics the state requires. It's a great place if you just want an all-day PK-5 government funded childcare service so you can go to work. The staff are all nice people and there certainly are exceptions, but overall you should expect your child will not be very challenged and will fall behind their peers are truly great schools. I hope this school will reverse course and work towards greatness. Every child deserves the best.
I am very disappointed at the lack of communication by both the administration as well as the teachers. The web site is not kept up to date and there appears to be no standards for content on the site. As far as academics go I'm very concerned that my child is not getting the appropriate curriculum for his grade and that if we switch schools he would be behind other students. I am seriously considering other educational options.
While we are only through the first half of my daughter's kindergarten year I am less than impressed with the ability of the curriculum to keep her challenged. At this point in the year the books brought home are less challenging than what she reads by herself at home and she performs simple arithmetic at home while only counting in class. It is frustrating to see her so bored in one of the strongest school districts in the state and at one of the stronger schools in that district. For first grade, we are strongly considering moving her to a different school with a more advanced curriculum and integrated foreign languages. I truly believe that the teachers and staff care for the students. I appreciate that her teacher has made an effort to keep her, and a couple other children, engaged by providing more difficult material than what is given to the rest of the class. I have other problems with the district and the number of teacher in-service or professional development days which happen at least once a month.
We recently moved from another school to Frontier Valley Elementary. We have 6 Elementary aged children that attend FVE, and we couldn't be happier with the climate and standard of excellence we are seeing at our new school. Every one of my childrens teachers has taken the time to make them feel welcome and loved from the start we could feel a fabulous difference at FVE! We have been surprised at the personal attention, high standard of education and individual care each of our children have recieved from FVE's amazing teachers, staff and it's great principal Mr Muma. We feel that we have been treated so well that we are sure our school deserves to be named 'America's Favorite'!!!
We have the largest school in Douglas county, but yet our principle runs a great school and cares for each of our students. Mr. Muma has even come out to the carpool line and helped my children carry their bags in. Under many buget cuts our school continues to keep their spirits up and raise money for programs that our needed. We have twice as many students as an average elementary school and that alone causes our school to be creative when it comes to managing all of the students. For instance our principle sleep on the school roof in zero degree weather, the coldest night of the year. He lost a bet so on top of the roof is where he camped out, NOW that is a man who cares about his school.
One of our children was having severe anxiety and FVE and it's staff were amazing at working with us to help our son. The principal, vice principal and other key staff members all worked together with my husband and me. What a difference it made!!! I love the HERD program they have to make our kids better people at school and around the community.
My daughter loves going to school everyday, and that makes life so much more fun!
The school really helps teach kids not only academics but honesty and respect... the HERD program is something to be very proud of
We are very pleased with our son's teacher and very impressed with the HERD program.
Both my girls attend. Principal and teachers care about their progress and girls are flourishing can't ask for more. Love this school
I currently have three children attending this school and couldn't be happier with the education they are getting. We have a new principal this year and he is amazing. We may possbily be moving and I shutter at the thought of pulling my kids out of this school. Not only do I feel they do a great job academically, but socially this school rocks. It is a very family friendly school without all the fluff. My kids have loved their teachers and we have never had an issue. I just simply cannot express how much I love this school!
Wow! We love Frontier Valley! We have the best teachers in the district with the very best administration. We have been at FVE for over 5 years. We love this community school its values and standards that teaches our children to learn and think and grow. This school is the heart of the community. Thanks FVE we would not be anywhere else!!
My kids have gone to school in 4 different states in the last 10 years and FVE has been by far the worst experience so far. The Principal is very poor, the teachers are unprepared and unprofessional, the school does not even offer many special programs offered at other local schools, ie foreign language, cursive writing at a young age, etc. I could go on and on, but I better stop. I would not recommend it to anyone and am pulling my child ASAP.
This is a great school. The teachers takes the effort to challenge a student at their level.
My child joined FVE 6 months ago and has excelled in this short time. At FVE children come first and each child is encouraged to do their personal best. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. Thank you FVE for sincerely helping my child to fit in and giving him the encouragement and confidence he needed to adjust to his new school.
Friendly school, good academics, am not so impressed with availability of P.E. classes.
The school opened 3 years ago but the teachers aren't the same from one year to the next. The principal remains constant.
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