North School gets a bad rap - a 3? really? - mainly because of test scores. A population where > 40% students are hispanic will obviously have some issues with reading tests in english. I feel this is arbitrary. The question is do you want to live in a mixed neighborhood? The school handles this extremely well. They are all inclusive and very supportive. Ive lived on the north side of villa park since 1977. O have to say that the schools have improved since then. Kudos to mr leinweber and staff. They do a great job.
After attempting to home school for 1 1/2 years, I took a tour of North and was so impressed with the principal and the teachers that I met. I enrolled my daughter and she is now attending for the second year. Every teacher that I have met has genuinely cared for my daughter and is committed to providing a safe place and good education. In the first couple of weeks she was there she came home crying that a boy growled at her on the playground. I contacted the teacher and she told the boy that my daughter was new and should know better and then did role playing with my daughter to help her know what to do in a similar situation. All my emails or calls were always promptly returned. This year there is a new principal and one day they tried something new and that was to invite parents to the kids recess. I was happy to see him playing with the kids and that he knew their names. All the teachers make the school a great place to be and I am very happy that my daughter is now going to North school.
North School has been through some re-visioning changes and they have made a difference. The principal, nancy Munoz, has been an incredible catalyst for positive change. She and Fred Leinweber, the assistant principal, for a great team to lead North. What hasn't changed are the consistently awesome teachers that are both caring and able to lead our kids to be the next great generation. All schools have their hang-ups and this one is no exception. However, this school's positive points outweigh them by far.
North School is GREAT! The teachers are VERY CARING and on top of issues when they come up! The Principal is GREAT and the Asst. Principal is FANTASTIC! We have been very happy with the 2 years our kids have been at this school!
North School is GREAT! I moved to this area and my son was entering 1st grade. His teacher was wonderful. Whenever there was an issue she would email me or send a note home. I was able to just drop by to check on my son as well. Everyone at North School was nice.
This is a great school. The teachers are amazing. They do everything they can to make learning fun for the kids. There is a small but strong PTA that does many things for the school and the kids. My only concerns is the District cutbacks, I hope the larger projected class sizes will not be too much of a burden on the teachers.
My son is in Kindergarten and he loves his teacher and classroom. He enjoys going to school at North everyday because of the wondeful teacher he has. But, the downside to this school is the Principal. She lacks common people skills, and does not know how to talk to children, or parents in the event of an situation. I have never seen her say good morning to my child or another child on the playground.
A gifted child will be lost at this school. North spends it's resources teaching those who refuse how to speak english (and obviously not very successfully, as my older knew kids still in esl from this school while in high school) and dealing with discipline problems. Too much money is spent on day care programs, and little time and effort is spent on gifted children. Gifted children will be our future. The children who are ignored by parents and in day care 12 hours a day, and whose parents won't bother to learn english will not be the ones making our future. It is sad, but true, not the children's fault, but the school needs to only use immersion language programs to teach english. In immersion, children learn english by being surrounded by english. No other languages can be allowed, and then they can sink or swim by their effort.