As a parent who has gone through the lower and upper grades, I can attest that the elementary is great. My children were performing above grade level, the attitudes of most teachers and students were positive and loving, keeping in line with the Christian faith, chapel time/bible study were great beneifts. There are a few children with behavior problems that continually get a pass and should have been expelled by now, but they are paying tuition and I doubt the school will walk from the money. The upper grades leave a lot to be desired in terms of academics, favoritism, and an over-focus on fundraising and sports in lieu of academics. Some teachers are a God-send, knowlegable and certified....while others lack the certification, degrees, or love of children/education to teach effectively. The previous poster is correct, the elective choices in the upper grades are poor to say the least and might be a hinderence to college acceptance. In short, MVCS is great at the elementary level where a focus on good citisenship, child/parent/teacher realations and mastery of the basics is the focus.....but once you are college bound, the academics leaves a lot to be desired.
Continuation of Page 1 Teachers are required to continue their education and encouraged to continually read material that helps with their field of study. The technology at MVCS exceeds that of any school in the valley. Classrooms have projectors, every room contains computers, they have two computer labs, a state of the art media center and parents can track their child s progress through RenWeb. When I went to college it was a breeze because MVCS prepared me for what college was going to be like. The teachers made sure we were prepared for what we were going to face. Academics are held to the upmost of importance. The school holds many activities year round that help reinforce what is taught in the classroom.
As a former graduate of MVCS I would like to state the impact this school and church has had on my life. The atmosphere of this school radiates from the moment you enter. Feelings of joy, love and excitement are shown and felt throughout the building. Teachers will bend over backwards for their students and work very hard to make sure each one succeeds. Not only do they teach, they love and cherish each child. I would like to clear up also that the teachers at MVCS are qualified to teach and have Masters/Bachelors degrees.
Continuation of Page 2 Taste of Missions teaches students the importance of world studies, Walkathon promotes healthy living, Speech Meet exposes students to public speaking and chapels develop the spiritual mind of students. My experience at MVCS helped me build an eternal foundation that will hold strong throughout all of life s misgivings and joys. I am who I am today because of MVCS. I am proud of what I have accomplished. I would like to thank all the staff at MVCS. Thank you for all the time, encouragement and help you have given me throughout the 10 years I was there.
Ex teacher... Wanted to teach at a christian school, but after MVCS, I'll stick to public. Staff was under-qualified and overpaid, considering their own academic level. I've seen teachers waive test scores for their 'pets' and not for the rest of the students. Some teachers sit online on facebook or myspace all day while students teach themselves through outdated books. Bible classes teach basic bible lessons, but don't they teach how to apply biblical teachings to their 'walk with God' on a day-to-day basis. I was a math teacher, and had some students stay after to ask me about other homework, claiming their other teachers wouldn't help them. Basically, unless your child has family working at MVCS, or they are one of the lucky ones that a teacher wants to favor, they arn't going to get a well deserved education. Certainly not one that costs $5,000. FYI I RESIGNED. WASN'T FIRED!!!
How are students supposed to compete for college with such a bland amount of elective choices? Grades 7th-12th choices are things such as PE, health, Spanish/French, Art, Computers. There is no "language level" like Spanish IV, and no specific subcategories like sculpting, oil painting, photography or computer programming. The only interesting classes were Web Graphics or Culinary, and these are only available to upper level high schoolers. Should the children take the same Spanish, art and computer class over and over and over each year? Where's the advancement? How does a student improve upon skills if they repeat the same classes with the same teachers?
I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to all current and prospectve students and families of MVCS. As the principal of this school, I would like to express the opportunity that a website such as this has to be a forum of constructive conversation. One that builds up a community through the discussion of ideas and best practices. At MVCS, our administration welcomes the opportunity to discuss any and all concerns. Through these discussions, we are able to either receive information that helps us improve our program or provide answers that shed light upon unknown factors in any given situation. Yet as an educator, I am distressed over the cowardice displayed by individuals who hide behind being anonymous in order to simply take cheap shots. That type of discussion does not provide anything constructive for anyone involved, nor does it provide an opportunity for improvement.
Terrible disappointment! Tuition is too high. Teachers are not qualified to teach school anywhere. I was totally mislead!!
...they even focus more on sports than academics.That's a big down fall. Should have discounts. Tuition is overpriced. Not all teachers are qualified. anonymous
i have been at this school since kindergarten i am a seventh grader the curriculum could be better the teachers are ok but the school is focused on fundraising money for nothing they get 5,000 per kid give the teachers a raise get new books not ones made in 1995 out of 5 core classes 4 use books bible we use our own Bible which I like 3 are made from 95-99 there is one made in 07 which is terrible they have no benefits for returning students like myself i mean 8 years should mean at least a little off I would love to go to Washington State for medical but we have no electives that offer that except for health which is very basic out of the 09 class two went to colleges that were not minor ones and not UNLV
It's a great school! My 4 grandchildren go to school there, and they are getting a quality education along with lots of school activities to be involved in. It's worth what it costs to have them there!!!!!!!!!!!
My daughter attended 6th grade and will be attending again this year. This school was a great choice good academics, good positive atmosphere, good after school opportunities. My daughter was extremely happy and comfortable at this school within a week and is looking forward to the start of the new school year.
I think it is a great idea that MVCS requires even the 12 graders to sign out. Why shouldn't they? In the event something happened to someone's child they would be responsible and believe me the parent would hold the school responsible. Yes the hallways are crowded so that just tells me more people in the las vegas valley are looking for a good christian education. Stop complaining and start volunteering. It's no secret christian schools rely on money to survive. Don't you?!
MVCS has many opportunities yet over the years has become underplayed. Moving the 5thand 6th graders into the highschool wing was ridiculous. even with the loss of many students this last year the hallways are a disgrace. The administration does not know when to stay out of your 'personal buisness' the education is average, you would think that paying 5 thousand a year would grant college prep classes at least but the school mostly sets standards on sports and money. Students are now required to tell admistration when you leave campus, thats understandable for elementry, but even 12th graders are made to check out. The admistration treats students as if they belittled us. When i had noted to some of the teachers and principal that i was looking for another school they tried to change my mind for me. I hope to find a better school.
I went to MVCS for the first 3 years of high school. I loved every minute of it. It is a better environment for learning and that fact that you become friends (more like family) with everyone in the school is a wonderful thing. There were not any cliques like you usually see in a public school. This is coming for someone who was reluctant to start and the school grew to love it instantly and when I had to leave my senior year I was so far ahead of my peers in public school that I was bored, graduated early, with honors, and received an advanced diplomia. Then when I went onto college it was a breeze. MVCS really prepares you for college.
i am an 8th grader at mvcs and i have to say that i highly dislike this school. i really tried to see this school in a good way but i just could not. all i ever do is get made fun. in my past ive attended a public school and never had i received such rude comments towards me. and i have to agree with the last comment these teachers and staff don't teach us for the real world.
I have 2 children who attend MVCS and overall we are very happy with the school. Some of the reviews complained about the way other children treat their children...just because it is a christian school doesn't make the teachers responsible for your children's behavior! That starts at home. It does take time to make appointments with administration, however, many of the administration members are also teachers which I find commendable. This school is right for alot of families, but they certainly cannot please everyone. Do your homework and and be part of the solution...Volunteer
My son attends 5th grade at MVCS and when I read some of these negative reviews I feel like they musy be talking about some other school. Maybe things change in the high school, but up til now the education has been excellent. I attended an older East Coast school which sent about a third of its students on to Ivy League colleges, and my son has so far received a better education than I had at the same age. The children treat each other well as I would expect in a Christian environment, and the teachers are admirable. The only issue I have seen is disorganization on the part of administration. This has not caused us any actual problems but it does nothing to increase the confidence of parents that have concerns. Wonderfully diverse student population.
I regret every dollar I poured into this school--from tuition to fundraisers to money gifts I was asked to provide by administration. The education is mediocre, the teachers are not all certified and the administration is too concerned about money to make any good decisions regarding what is best for the kids. What a terrible school disguised as being Christian! My child is being more educationally challenged in public school!
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