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Vancleave Lower Elementary School

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Posted August 15, 2014

This is the worst school ever!! The teachers are awful, no one wants to help. I ate lunch with my 5 year old and his assistant teacher was talking to the class in an inappropriate way. I called the principal and she was very inconsiderate and acted like it was no big deal. I called the superintendent and now the teacher is being investigated. Needless to say, I withdrew my son and actually had to move out of the school district and I'm very happy with the school he's at now, it is wonderful!! I was very disappointed in the way this school handles situations. Be very careful with this school and staff, the need to let parents know what's going on and be more involved! I hope this helps someone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2014

This school is horrible with parent involvement. While the staff is nice and cheerful when I enter the school I do not like the way it is operated. My older child went to a different school while in K and had a wonderful year. My younger child is in K now and doesn't get to do half the stuff as my other child did. I don't have any memories of school parties and field trips now for him. Parents aren't allowed up there for very much at all. I also can't get his teacher to even answer notes that I send to school with him even though the newsletter says that you can contact her through notes. I also think that the classrooms are extremely over crowed. Other than these issues though the staff is very nice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2013

VLE is an awesome school, they really care about their students. The staff is amazing, they take the time to make sure all their students get the great education they are entitled to.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2012

Vancleave Lower Elementary is a great school. I don't understand the comment from the parent who submitted on 9/11/12. Each teacher sends home a newsletter every week or every other week. Parents are allowed to eat lunch with their child, and are invited to volunteer either in their child's class or for the school. The principal is wonderful! I know that she works hard to make the school safe and to ensure that my child receives a quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 11, 2012

Mean principal. No parent/teacher communication. This school allows no parent involvement. All around very unfriendly environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2011

I am just amazed at the lengths this school will go to keep parents out oft the classrooms. Parents may not even set foot in the halls that lead to the class. They do not welcome volunteers, they do not allow you to observe in your child's class, they do not allow you to eat lunch with your child. Assemblies and other events are not open to the parents.The very very few occasions parents are allowed, younger siblings are not. At the same time, very little information is sent home. I honestly have no idea what my child does all day. She brings home a few worksheets, and that is that. If you are okay with not being involved at all in your child's education this school is probably fine for you. It is a nice clean cheerful building and the staff seems competent and good with the children. If you have a choice however, I would advise you not to move into this district. My husband and I feel strongly that it is our responsibility to monitor our child's education and be involved with her schooling. This school will not allow that. We will be finishing the school year here, but not returning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2010

I wrote a long review before and for some reason it did not post, but I will say that my 7 year old child was sent home early to an empty house and I was told if they could not get a hold of the parent it was their policy to just send them home by the principle. The district office did not agree. My child's teacher was easily overwhelmed and could not seem to handle the class. The levels that this school is at compared to other schools my children have attended is very low. They expect very little from the students and with minimal work every child could earn straight A's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2009

My oldest daughter started VLE in 2007 towards the end of her first grade year. The teacher made the transition so easy. All the other students in class welcomed her as though she had been there all year! She then went on to attend her 2nd grade year here as well. Wonderful, wonderful school! Her second grade class did a Christmas play (A Mother Goose Christmas). My daughter is painfully shy, but this school did a wonderful job helping her to become more outgoing. She has excelled! The school is very secure and they have some good policies in place to protect their students. For example all transportation changes must be in writing, no call in changes. The check ID on anyone not familiar to them and verify their reason for visiting before that person is granted access to the school. As far as after school pick-up, it is very organized.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2008

Both of my children have attended VLE, and as a whole our family has had a great experience. The teachers and staff are friendly and preform there jobs excellent. I am glad to see the teachers and the assistants working toogether in a classroom for our children. It is very easy to get involved with your childs class. You get what you put in. Thank you VLE. Eric Mckerchie
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2006

I have a child in VLE and will soon have my other child there as well. VLE is wonderful. The teachers and staff are willing to do whatever they can to help your child not only learn the material being taught but to also fully understand the material. This is our 1st year in Vancleave and I know we will be here for a long time. My child has enjoyed the variety of activities and projects that are offered at VLE. She has also benefited from every program offered to her. I would highly recommend VLE to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 5, 2005

Both of my children attended VLES, and we all LOVED it. There are a couple of teachers that, in my opinion, should go ahead and retire, but overall, the teachers are all great. The school was making it difficult for parents to be involved in activities at the school, especially eating lunch with your child, but they are now allowing parents to come. As for the parent who had to walk to the school to get the child, that shows how much the school is concerned with the safety of our children, since it states in the handbook that a note must be sent with the child if transportation changes. Vancleave, at times, seems to favor people who attend a certain church. But I don't believe that is true inside of this school. One thing that can improve is that the classes don't seem to have plays and stuff like that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2004

Vancleave Lower Elementary School is a top quality school, where students get a top-notch education. The caring Staff and teachers are very concious of the students needs. They monitor student's progress, are available for conferences, will listen to parent and child concerns, and do all in their power to promote a happy, structured environment for the students. The programs made available to the students, and the involvment of the community, speak highly of their effectivness. I give VLES an A+.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 22, 2004

I have had a great experiance with my child attending school @ Vancleave Lower Elem. She enjoys her class as well as both of her teachers. They have been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2004

I have had children and grandchildren in each of the Vancleave schools since 1997. Vancleave Lower is one of the finest schools they have attended. The principals, teachers, and bus drivers are outstanding. They are all concerned about the students' education and safety at all times. I have not found one teacher that was not willing to work with us in any situation. I also have a grandchild(2ndgrade)that was lost the first day of school this year, she fell asleep on the bus and did not get off. Her family just moved here to the area and of course, her mother panicked. The school officials assured her that the child was on the correct bus and the driver would drop her back by her stop which he did. I was extremely pleased to see that she had a big name tag pinned on her(by her teacher)with her name, bus number, and address! Weappreciate each of you. Thanks so much.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2004

I have 2 children at VLES I am very pleased with the level of education my children are receiving, from the warm smiles to the respect of the teachers and staff it is an all around wonderful school! My children are 1st and 2nd graders and we are not christian and our values have never been compramised at this school, in fact when the children are learning about sharing and giving during holidays the teachers always ask my opinion as to what approach to take!These teachers have 25+ students in the room daily and have many needs to attend like ADD,Dicipline,allergies,asma, and so on...they do a wonderful job attending to every single child weather it be drying tears,wiping noses, making sure a child eats the right food,sending a child for meds! I know my children are safe when in the care of VLES, and are being well educated!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2004

Beware if you are not Christian -- In Kindergarden this school teaches the birth of Jesus and about the glories of God. I will be so glad to get my child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2004

I am absolutely disgusted with this school. On more than one occassion, my child was put on the wrong bus (she is 5!!!!), and when I switched her to car-rider they made that transition difficult. The one time I needed her to ride the bus home rather than me pick her up, they told me I had to fax them a letter. Who has a fax machine in their house?! I had to walk five miles to that school, check my daughter out, and walk WITH HER five miles home because I had no other means of transportation and they refused to let her on the bus without a fax from me saying it was alright. The administration has, on several occassions, been neglectful of our needs, and they are constantly requesting money for my child to purchase the supplies we were forced to send in, in the first place!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 46%
Black 4% 50%
Hispanic 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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12602 Hwy 57
Vancleave, MS 39565
Phone: (228) 826-5982


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