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PK-12
Public charter
The Villages, FL
Students enrolled: 2,674

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251 Buffalo Trl
The Villages, FL 32162

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(352) 259-2350
(352) 259-3850
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December 19, 2014
For that parent that said "your son had to be taught at home how to read. The greatest misconception is that children learn EVERYTHING they need to know at school. As a parent, it is our JOB to help our children learn. Every child is DIFFERENT. There is an OPEN DOOR policy here. IF your problem can't be resolved, then this isn't the school for you. For the parent that said homework wasn't being explained /no books are being sent home. Did you request a conference regarding your concerns? Did you attend any open houses offered at the beginning of the year that explained that the TEXTBOOKS are online. DID you visit the teacher's Website page to see the lesson plans for the week so you know EXACTLY what page and what homework they had? For the parent that says this isn't a "real" charter school. Do your research. That's WHY it s a Charter school. A CHARTER is not a one size fits all condition. OUR condition is EMPLOYMENT. And that in of itself provides higher than average employment retention rate for surrounding businesses. WE also require higher than average PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT. Studies show that actively involved parents grow more successful children who STAY in school!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
I am a student at VHS and have been attending this school since kindergarten. It may be the only school that I've been at but if given the choice to go somewhere else I would not. It is an amazing school with an amazing staff and student body. The teachers stay by yourside and do everything they can to help you succeed. The students (all though we are teenagers ) are on their best behavior and show respect that you wouldn't normally see in a high school. There are rarely any fights on school ground. Cops are rarely called. If you are interested in bringing your kid here I strongly recommend it. Though there is a lot of requirements I believe it is a small sacrifice in return of giving your child a great school experience and to have a successful outcome :) it really is a great school and that's coming from the student who has to wear the uniforms everyday and be with the staff everyday.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2014
This school is a perfect example of how the education system fails our children. My child has add ended this school since kindergarten. Unfortunately I have had to teach him everything at home. They proudly claim that reading is their number 1 priority (hence the reason they rarely teach the other subjects). However, for my son to be on grade level in reading I have has to teach him at home, every night since kindergarten. It's sad how many people can be fooled by pretty things and a smile. As a teacher in a public school, if I required my parents to do as much work as the charter school requires, I simply wouldn't have a job. My students would ALL fail. The aftercare programs are grossly overpriced for what you get. $50 every quarter for your child to sit in a room full of Legos or $180 for violin lessons (3 students to 1 teacher). It's simply a facade. 100% graduation rate? And exactly how many ese, esol, low income or racial variety so they have? Ah yes, the magic numbers do not lie. Lets not forget that they have unlimited resources and SHOULD be able to do better for ALL students, not just average white high income children.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
We have 4 students that have or currently do attend the VCS system and it's a stellar choice in comparison to the schools that surround this area. THey spend more money per student here than anywhere in the state (beautiful grounds) The complaints I have read are based on the school's rigorous disciplinary, dress, and conduct code, which are absent in other schools in the area. THEY HAVE HIGH STANDARDS so if you aren't into having a child that is goal-oriented and more proficient that required by the state, don't have them attend here. PERIOD. Parents MUST be involved and be employed directly by "The Villages" so check into that before you seek employment. Also, you must volunteer 20hrs per year for each student - check the website. Excellent culinary program and the dance program is award-winning (google it) Since we moved here in 2008, they have built a new Preschool which opened 2012, a new structure for the 4-5th graders opened 2013, and a new wing for the 1st graders opened 2013 also. All to accommodate the growth of the student body. Staff is superior.... all set the "golden standard" - Definitely exceeds the state standard on all levels. Not in any way lacking.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
Terrible, they break ALL of the rules for being a charter school, for instance a TRUE charter school allows for students to be interviewed and apply, so yeah in other words it is essentially a private school without cost! Great right? :.......well unfortunately our friends in old people Disney USA dont follow any of those rules, they ONLY and I repeat ONLY allow students to attend their "school" if their parents worl in the community known as the villages, like working in a small store in a giant mall. So in other words it is incredibly political and a terrible place . Also students WILL be kicked out if their parent or parents somehow (doesn't matter how ) lose their job in the community, like bam no warning, a sad example of this was one of the dancers at the school(golden girl) had a mother who worked in the community and father who could not, but she qualified for this so called public school because of her mothers employment, it saddens me to say that her mother passed due to illness(God rest her soul) and just two days after the school said "yeah your mom doesn't work here anymore so you have to leave our school.... truly terrible.

- submitted by a community member
December 25, 2013
My Daughter went to this school for two years and i was extremely disappointed .She made top grades but they only teach for the FCAT. Be careful of the ones that say the school is great .One should ask were they obtained their degree from .What I found was for the ones that spoke about the school being so great have really never seen a good school .Most come from a limited backgrounds and have never seen what else is available .Most think that the building is nice so it must be a good school. Look at were the previous graduates got accepted to and how many went on to advance degrees and also what they have accomplished . I found the only thing that is the main focus in "The Villages" is the retires .Children are treated like a disease and second class citizens .The employees that work for the villages are treated like "pool boys " by the employers and by the retirees . So if you are looking for an average school and want to be treated like a second class citizen you will love the villages.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
This school is wonderful! My kids are thriving and happy and this school has everything including the lastest tech and tools. The aftercare program is a life-saver for any family that wants the kids to do activities without being able to afford to miss work to get to a 4:30- soccer practice. It is a test-driven school, absolutely but they ALL are. NoChildLeftBehind and Core Curriculum made sure of that crap! But, they do not 'let' kids fail and they do not 'let' parents not be involved. All schools has faults, as does this one, but the education my 2 kids are getting is not lacking and is far better (seemingly) than the ones my friends' kids are getting in public (and one in very $$$ private) schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
This school is a "one size fits all" school. There is NO differentiated instruction. They send children home with homework that has not been explained. No notes or books accompany this homework. This school is a joke. It's all ambiance. This school is FCAT oriented not student oriented. One of the reasons I moved to Florida was because of THIS school. There are NO good schools in Florida so I plan on moving back to a state that have good schools. Don't be fooled by this school! The only good thing about this school is that they require parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This Villages Charter Schools have excelled in all areas. I have a student that is above average and they ensure that she is challenged. I have another student that has many needs and they have always been there to help do their best and communicate on a regular basis.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I have three children that have all attended The Villages Charter School. The oldest has gone from pre-k to high school. The school has always made every attempt to accomodate any needs of the student. They are able to offer so much more to the students and my children have a great advantage. They offer a large variety of classes along with sports. Everything the school has is current and ensures the kids are prepared to transition into college or life after highschool.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
My child attended this school in 9th grade. She was having problems with bullying, and we tried over and over to get the staff & principles' attention about it. I am very furious how we were ignored after trying over and over. Just like every school, this school has problems. I have two children- one in 9th and the other in 11th. My 9th grader was having most of the problems, where as my 11th grader was starting to have problems during the end of the year. Most of the kids here were very stuck up and very rude. As a parent, I do NOT suggest this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Elementary. My daughter has been here for 3rd and 4th grade. A very nice school with a caring staff , and a great after-care program with many fun learning activities. I am extremely happy with all the parent information they give. Most teachers seem to be passionate about their work. Some subjects were reduced to only once a week this year. I disagree with that. Music and language are much more important in our children's lives. Fitness is great but I think everyday is extreme. It would be nice to see more emphasis placed on education rather then overheating in 99 degree weather. Moving onto the 5th grade seems to be a smooth transition. I will miss being there at the elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2011
A review has not been done in quite sometime, so let me take this opportunity and say...This is my 6th year having my children attend TVCS and this will be the only school my children go to. I will continue to put in the hard work and effort it takes to be an involved parent and will love every second of it. As for people's opinons on the FCAT testing, my children missed 6 questions, total, between the both of them. If this learning establishment can lead my children to excellence, can push them not to pass, but to excel in their academics, I'm on board!! FCAT is NOT their only focus! The staff is wonderful and take great care of all of the children that walk through those doors. They have my full support! GO BUFFALO!!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2009
Although the campus is absolutely wonderful, there are a lot of flaws in the actual school its self. For instance, the FCAT scores is basically what the school is all about. Especially in middle school, where the stress is on during test season. They have a wide array of sports, though, which is cool. The food is pretty gross. I'm not gonna lie. I pack lunch because you can practically taste its frozen-ness. Also, there have simply been way too many principals in the middle school. When I went there I had a different principal every year. Dress code is not fun. I see kids get busted for the dumbest things- shirt untucked, no belt, whatever. Detentions are handed out like crazy. You have to be like an angel not to get one. O I mean, its a nice school, but there are lots of things that could make it better.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 15, 2009
Their academic schedule is top notch and students enjoy their school experience and most often go on to higher education.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
I have four children who attend and have for many years. The facility is beautiful. They offer great extra-curricular activities. However, the leadership is lacking. The middle school has had 5 principals in 8 years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2009
To be honest, this school is'nt all it is made out to be. This year is my first year attending vhs, and, while i have made some very good friends, the overall experience has actually made me decide to switch schools this upcoming school year. The staff is biased, and the students will pick on anybody that does not 'fit in', so to speak. Some kids actually threw their trash, deliberately, at me and my friend. Though the academics at that school may be pristine, there is the matter of the kids that make up the population. I have to admit that i regret going to vhs this past year.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
I totally agree it is only an FCAT score school. The lack of opportunities for middle and high schoolers is inmense.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2008
My son has been going here since the schools first opened and I couldn't be happier. He is graduating this year and I will miss all the great teachers he has had over the past 8 years. The admin. staff is great also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2008
THe school needs to warm up. They are only test( FCAT) oriented and the staff needs to show the happiness and enjoyment they have for being there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2008
i love this school great scholl great education

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2008
The most incredible educational opportunity. I am so pleased with the level of education, the sports and after care programs are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2008
I am a student here i have been going to the school for seven years and it is amazing and everyones always nice and we always make new friend!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2008
I'm a student and this was my first year attending one of The Villages schools. I have to say that The VHS is a good school and even though its not that crouded (I came from a public school before) it gives people a chance to know everyone. My favorite pat about this school are all of the extracurricular activities and how not only are the students and the parents involved its the whole school and communtiy. All arund its a great school and I'm lookig forward to my next three years of high school there.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 21, 2007
The caliber of teachers and administration is phenominal. My 2 kids were in public school and were at the top of their class , but the rest of the kids had very little parent involvement, therefore they were affecting the developement of my kids. In The Villiages the parents are involved, they are required to be, and if they are not thay are not invited back the following year. My kids love their school and so do I. This school is great I recommend it to anyone that has kids and wants to see them succeed in life. Did I mention the kids actually have manners and are smart as they can be.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2004
I have three children in the Villages Charter School system and have been very pleased. The administration, teachers, parents, and students do a fantastic job working together to make our school a wonderful learning environment for our children. I feel priveledged that our kids have the opportunity to receive such a great education.

- submitted by a parent
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Villages Charter School
251 Buffalo Trl, The Villages, FL  32162
(352) 259-2350
Last modified Villages Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Villages Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top