I have two children attending this school, and we have been a part of the VES community since 2010. We had some wonderful teachers in the K to 2nd grade years, but now that my children are getting older, I find inconsistencies in communication. I realize that children need to take more responsibility as they get older; however, I feel that once my kids hit 3rd grade, much of the communication just stopped. The school has a large population, and although I realize they have to manage it somehow, they seem to have a 'one size fits all' approach to behavior management that doesn't strike me as extremely positive.
This school is a hub for classes for children with special needs, and they do a nice job including those students. I do think, however, that they fail to communicate to parents when their own children are placed in more of an 'inclusion' class.
Overall, Veterans is a good school but it can be better. We have been at this school since it's inception and over the years, there have been positives and negatives. The most positive aspect of this school continues to be the exceptionally talented, intelligent, and caring principal. If it were not for this principal, we would have moved away from this area and chosen to go to a better elementary school. There are also a handful of teachers who stand out in having lasting positive effects in terms of building up the self-esteem and academic efforts of children. Unfortunately, there are some teachers who are not as invested in caring about the individual child's social and academic progress and instead, have reputations as being overly strict, unapproachable, biased and humorless. With the onset of common core, there seems to have developed, more negative attitudes and incompetencies among some teachers. The most negative aspect of this school, however, is the overcrowding. Our children had to endure several years of having limited access to the playground (e.g., can only walk on the blacktop), overly stringent lunchtime procedures and minimal oversight of bullying behaviors.
This school is a gem. It's filled with caring, dedicated teachers, a principal (Robert Bruce) who seems to be highly respected by his staff and by parents, and a diverse, well-rounded, engaged student body. The teachers and administration contribute to a fun atmosphere for the students. My children know that VES is a place to work hard and play hard. They have moved onto middle school without trouble. VES gave them a great foundation.