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PK-5
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Henderson, NV
Students enrolled: 795

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2040 Desert Shadow Trail
Henderson, NV 89012

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(702) 799-0540
(702) 799-0546
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May 22, 2014
This school has been a huge disappointment!!! This was my third graders first year here and he has gone from loving school and doing fairly well academically to hating the thought of going to school and coming home with terrible grades. The pressure from his teacher has been over bearing for all of us. The administration is so unprofessional and tries to steamroll the parents into doing what they want you to do with your child's academic progress. Test scores and their blue ribbon is all they care about and they will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
Vanderburg is rated 5-star performance school (the highest rating in NV public school) & received Blue Ribbon Award. I find its administration, staff, & faculty are friendly and helpful. I find the teachers are concerned about the individual child. They take time to know the children & family, address & meet their individual needs in order to effectively guide the children to be successful. It has a diversified children population. The students I've met are well behaved and polite. The parents I've met are nice and civilized. Involved parents makes a difference in a child's education. The PTA is active (although cliques exist). It has special classes like Arts, Music, PE, Library. It has a gifted & talented program for advanced kids. It has several after school programs too: Arts, Lego, physical activities, etc. It is a great school in the Green Valley Ranch area.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
As a room parent this year, I got the chance to see first hand how the staff and admin work with others. The front office staff are very quick to get snippy with parents and are quick to make personal comments about parents when they leave their presence. I have seen the principal on many occasions yell at or talk down to parent and children. My child's is in the first grade and his teacher is beyond unprofessional. She has no handle on her class, plays favorites, is very unorganized, unfocused and it shows not only to parents that come in and volunteer but to her students as well. Take note when I say that this school is only focused on testing and keeping their blue ribbon and NOT about making sure that our children learn what they need to.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
I have two children in Vanderburg (grade 1 and grade 4) and believe this school is excellent overall. The Principal and administration have a complete commitment to excellence; the teachers (especially Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Mroz) are top-notch and care about the students; and the parents seem to take an active role in the education of their kids--which is shown by the very active PTA. Overall, I would rank the school as high as the private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
Horrible administration who made me feel uncomfortable having my child at this school. To put it nicely, it wasn't abnormal to see the assistant principal raising her voice to students, or me. Even at the lowest grade level, the focus is on test scores and they will do whatever it takes. Attempting to solve problems with staff is very difficult because they just flat out lie. Very frustrating teacher too, I wonder if it's the same one as the other reviewer's. The kids here are just numbers and it's sad because it doesn't have to be that way.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
Such a disappointed with faculty member and stuff. Unprofessional right to left, no leadership with principle. They don't care about student individual, all care about test score so that they could keep fund from state.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
My child's teacher is unfit to be teaching children over 5 years old. She is emotional, impatient, unprofessional, and has no classroom management skills. The principal brags that she has been an educator for 30+ years, but she is one of the most unprofessional administrators I have ever come across. I know of a few families whom have hightailed it out of this school because of sub-par teachers and a negligent principal. I am surprised to see so many positive reviews. If Vanderburg has the traits of a "Blue Ribbon" school, then I don't think very highly of the Blue Ribbon award. Awful principal, terrible staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
This is the most Amazing School ever!!!! Everyone from the Administrative Staff, Teachers, Parents to the Students make this school a 5 Star Blue Ribbon School!!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My son will be 5 years old next January. He has been attending the Las Vegas Chinese School, Challeger School and currently in GreennValley Chrstian School. His mathematics has been advanced to multiplication as 11 x 11, through 15 x 15. I would like to put him into Vanderburg School because I have done a lot of research that Vanderburg not only the only shchool of Nevada who has received the National Award, but also has students performing the highest test scores in almot all subjects comparing with other 5-stars and 10-out-of-10 schools. Vanderburg is the best! Dr. Sherman S. C. Wu

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
I wish we didn't have to move. My husband and I love everything about this school. The teachers are amazing, the admins are wonderful and the parents involvement are superb! My son is currently attending a good school, but nothing compares to Vanderburg. Best public school ever!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
I love that my child is going to this school. The school shows them manners and it has been scientifically proven that Vanderburg is the #1 school in the Clark County district, and #2 in Nevada.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
All three of my children attended JC Vanderburg and I was a very involved parent at the school. My children excelled and continue to excel in school based on the wonderful education and great support from the staff and teachers at this school. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
I am really happy with JC Vanderburg. My son's teacher has always been very dedicated and he made amazing progress. I definitely recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
Although this school is much better than others in the Clark County School District, my neighbor has her child in Coral Academy, and I feel that there academics and approach surpases that of Vanderberg.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
I had to move to the Valley to attend medical school, and was concerned about my child's education after hearing about how the schools in the Clark County school district were among the worst in the nation. Vanderburg does not fall into this category. I must emphasize that- Vanderburg DOES NOT fall into this category! Vanderburg, along with the other public schools within the Green Valley/Anthem district, are the cream of the crop in terms of public education in the Valley. I am very pleased with my child's education so far. The teachers here are very committed to helping your child reach, and possibly surpass, their academic potential. Parents here are involved and care very much about the success of their children, as evidenced by the high test scores achieved by this school. I can go on but I have a 150 word limit! Thanks greatschools.org for helping me find Vanderburg!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
As a parent new to this school and our 1st year in the public school system I must say, 'I want my money back from all the years at private school!' The teachers are amazing and the principal is always visable and approachable. She doesn't put up with parents who aren't involved in their childs education/life. Both of my children come home happy and excited about what they have learned and what they are doing in school. I find that parents who do not like the school are usually uneducated themselves and find the advanced cirriculum intimidating. Please find another school.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
I dissapointed at this school totaly. They teach kids just for the test score.

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October 14, 2009
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September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
Having moved to a high end part of California, I was quick to realize that there is nothing, not even a private school, that compares with Vanderburg. We sincerely miss nothing of the valley, the corrupt religious leaders and politicians, the heat, the cold, the winds... But we miss Vanderburg!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2009
2 of my 3 children go to Vanderburg, and I can't wait for the third to be old enough to go! Such an amazing school-the vice principal is very hands-on and extremely caring. Vanderburg is the #1 thing that keeps us in Henderson!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
All four of my children attend Vanderburg, and it is a fantastic school. It is agressive and challenging , above all in tune with their students.. Both the principle and the assistant principle are personable and active in the academic lives of their students and teachers. My family and I had an unexpected loss in our family, and the entire school, and staff have been there for all of us. I could not have asked for such a smooth, protective transition for my children...

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
The principal & vice principal have a great deal to do with the success of this school. The teachers are rather talented but the leadership takes a hands-on approach. They know my kids' names and they watch the school as if every student was their own child. The PTA and overall parent involvement is excellent (more so than the school across the parking lot). Like previous comments, the area is good but I don't see the same type of parent involvement with Twitchell or Bartlett like you have here.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I live in the school zone and right next to Montesorri. Both are great, but Vanderburg is hands down the best public school ever!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
I believe the new fourth grad teacher from Michigan is doing a excellent job with her class. I never seen so many enthusiastic students wanting to learn.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2007
Parent involvement is excellent. Teachers have been wonderful. I am currently in the process of looking for a new home and I will not look anywhere other than the Vanderburg school zone.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2007
Great school for success, that is if you (as a parent) strive for success. There are many opportunities for parent involvement and there is a great diversity among the parents - From working class to multi-millionaires. The Green Valley Ranch area fosters a level of expectation and, if you care enough to participate in your child's life, you will get much from this school. This is the diamond on an otherwise crappy school district. In fact, most of the top schools in the state are all within a short drive of this area. That is mainly because of the community - It fosters excellence.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
Vanderburg is one of the best schools in one of the worst districts in the country. If you come from an area where there are good schools you would probably consider this school average. School uniforms and the rest are just window dressing to gloss over the fact that they basically just drill for the standardized tests (who's scores have been falling slightly in recent years). Nevada is desperate for teachers and it shows. Not all of the teachers are bad but a disturbingly high percentage are sub-par. Overall, not as bad as it could be considering that this is Clark County Nevada but not as good as you might hope for either.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Very rigid, structured program with little room for creativity or individuality. Mandatory uniforms. Admin does not like parental input.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
Amazing school, my Daughter went there from K-1/2 of 5th grade. The school is ran very well. Organized and in control. The Teachers are all united from grade to grade, so it was always a smooth transition at the start of a new school year. I don't think I appreciated the Principal and Staff as much as I do now that we have relocated and this new school although good extremely un organized and lack of controls form the Principal. You should be proud to have your child attend Vanderburg Elementary it's like a family and they up hold values. Thank You Vanderburg.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
This is a great school with wonderful teachers! I have two children that are currently attending this school and have had a great experience and I believe a great education so far. If there is a problem in a subject, they will address it right away and go out of their way to help a student! We feel lucky to have our children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
This is an excellent school. All of my children are currently attending and have been from K to 5. The principal is outstanding and all the teachers are caring and great at what they do. They truly care about the individual child.

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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
I recently moved from the east coast and my children attend Vanderburg. It is wonderful school with some of the most caring talented teachers I have ever met. It has been a great experience for my children to attend a school of such a high academic caliber.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Excellent school- great teacher/child ratio. Well diversified curriculum and great educational program designed to meet individual child needs. High parent involvment.

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March 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
Our children have been attending this school for 6 years now. This is an awesome school. Fantastic teachers, and a very fair discipline policy. This school is one of the best in the whole district. We are proud to be a part of the Vanderburg Elementary School Family!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2004
Unfair disapline practices. Principal won't even talk to parents and straight mess out! very dissatisfied!

- submitted by a parent
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John Vanderburg Elementary School
2040 Desert Shadow Trail, Henderson, NV  89012
(702) 799-0540
Last modified John Vanderburg Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Vanderburg Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top