The Villa is and will continue to be a top-notch school for academics. You can see people ranting about fees, etc. but near-by catholic schools do the same type of fundraisers and charge similar (or higher) fees. This is one stat you cannot deny - Villa students are matriculating to the best high schools. Look at other neighborhood schools and compare their matriculation stats. They are not as solid as the Villa. Sure, there are always complaints and things we all like to be improved, but all and all the Villa is going to provide my children the important foundation to excel in life, and my children are happy.
My child was in the second grade and he was always put in the hallway. How can a child learn in the hall? My child was not a behavior problem, he was put in the hall to complete his work. If a child doesn't understand something the teacher should help not get rid of the him.
My children have excelled far beyond my expectations, as have their peers. Do your children a favor, accept their limitations, teach them to have pride in their talents and enroll them in a school where they will flourish. A school with a rigorous academic environment is not the right choice for every child. That does not make your child less intelligent. It makes your child human. One of my children did not graduate from VMA because he needed extra attention and to learn at a slightly slower pace than his classmates at VMA. He is very bright but needed a more one on one school where his intelligence could shine through. He is now in high school and a high honors student. Every child is different and parents need to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and provide them with an education that best suits their needs. Please do not bash this wonderful, caring, educationally exceptional school. It may not be the best fit for every child, but for motivated students, the opportunities offered here are endless. I hope you find the perfect fit for your child like I did here at VMA.
Just wanted to give all the new parents a heads up don't be fooled by the beauty of the outside it is very ugly inside ..my child is coming out this year and there is no way I am sendings little one ...don't be fooled the administration is so unprofessional and it's not what u know its who u know !
This school should really be shut down, and reopened with new staff! You have this beautiful school, gorgeous campus and excellent computer lab, science lab , gym and top notch equipment, etc. the problem lies in the administration, teachers and principle. I had a very negative experience at this school and pulled my child out in 4th, since then an honor roll student and happy. I know at least 20 families that did the same. If you love this school you are in dreamland and just looking at the water views! Wake up, take your child out and let them experience a real education and happiness!
As a former student at the Villa, I can attest to the fact that I was well prepared for high school, college and life. I found the teachers and administration welcoming, knowledgeable, and hardworking. I think any child and family would be lucky to be part of the Villa family.
Please do not judge an entire school on one person's opinion. My experience with the Villa has been exceptionally positive and I remain a proud parent.
Science lab is rarely used although my child enjoyed it when the teacher occasionally took them. Library was always "movie day" as my child put it. He did NOTHING in library & computer. Thrre is so much they COULD be doing in those classes. School has no "spirit" and is truly only concerned about making money. Can't wait for my child to graduate.
This is my child's first year at this school. We love it very much. My son is getting a wonderful education and all the teachers and staff welcomed us with open arms. As a parent, I was a little worried at the start of the school year. Within the first few weeks my son and I, felt right at home. My husband and I are thrilled with our choice. Great school.
Since leaving the Villa Maria my children have excelled in Math and Reading. Paying for more than 2 children at the school was hard on my family but we HAD to go to "the Villa". The school is a mess. The Principal and teachers from 4th -7th are truly a disgrace. They are underpaid and do not care. The school nickel and dimes you. If you have a problem there is no one to go to for help. The teachers walk around with nasty attitudes and DO pick and choose favorites. We were lucky to have left before we reached the dreaded 3rd grade on. It is sad you have to pay for like a parent stated below grades with subpar teachers just to go to a better year. I also agree that the children never use the science lab or the grounds. The cafeteria is overrun with field mice. We have been much happier at the new school. In all fairness k-2nd was great. I couldn't in my right mind continue at this school where the poor children have school bags that weigh more then them and still do not receive a quality education. I am on the side of save your money and look else where. As a side note I must say that's it is true that parents are cliquish and are extremely rude. Our new school really is a family.
I have/had several children in the Villa. A few years ago this was THE school. Now I must say that I am not happy as a parent at VMA. K-2 is amazing. 3rd & 4th grade are not strong academically. Some teachers & admin do NOT respect parents. The school has NO INTEREST in listening to parents & finding out what they are not happy about & work to better the school.5th is excellent. Junior high has changed over the past several years so I cannot really comment. However I can say that i do NOT think VMA provides anything more or better than the neighborhood catholic schools. We had a tuition hike of $40 last year and were told that it will be increased to 40 or more next year. That is an $80 increase in 2 yrs ."Afterschool" is now $9/hour per child. All catholic schools nickel & dime you but their tuition is not as high & they give discounts for multiple children. There is 1 swing for the children to play on and the school is fallling apart. However, the nuns get Fresh Direct delivered weekly & have a personal chef for all 3 meals. Last year they accepted kids from closing schools for 1/2 tuition. very frustrating. If I had other children I would NOT send them to VMA. Not worth the $
The school is beautiful - right on the water. They have a great gym. Lots of activities to use the grounds like track meets, field days for the kids, Spring fair with rides & games, family picnic, etc. When my child graduated 8th grade, the ceremony was so well done. They had a slideshow of pictures from kindergarten to 8th grade.
The comment below is totally bown out of proportion by a bitter parent (who I know) who has nothing better to do. I am one of SEVERAL parents who think that the 3rd and 4th grade teachers are AMAZING and do not yell all day long. This years 4th grade class is a lot to handle so I don't blame the teacher for not taking them down to the lab! However, they do have lab in the classroom using a balance scale, reading thermometers, graduated cylinders, and other experiemnts that teach them how to follow the Scientific Method. My child LOVES it!! My child is continuing to learn so much in every subject, especially in art, music, computer, library and physical education. You will not regeret sending your children here!!
The Villa Maria is a great school from k-2. Those teachers are amazing & experienced. The 5th grades teachers are amazing too but the 3rd & 4th grade teachers are HORRIBLE! You are left paying tuition for grades where the other parents tell you "once you get through 3-5th, 6, 7, 8th are amazing. In 5th grade you still have to deal with the 2 worst 4th grade teachers EVER! They don't communicate nor do they care. They yell at the kids all day long and pick their favorites & if you're not one of them boy do you feel it. Even favorite parents who walk the school like they are on payroll. The school is a waste of money. Don't fall for the science lab on the tour because guess what the kids NEVER use it. The computer class is a joke as kids only learn to play games while their peers at other schools are learning how to edit movies in the 2nd grade. The school forces the kids to take an Italian class for 3-5th grades only & my children watch bootleg movies in Library. The grounds are beautiful but guess what you don't use them & unless your child plays basketball there is nothing for them to do at the school . Save your money and look else where. We did and couldn't be happier.
I sent my daughter during her beinging school years( prek-2) which are the most crucial years for childern to develope basic arthamic and cognitive skills. Only after we took her out of the school did we realize that she was way behind the average student in a good public school. Now she is in 8th grade and struggling.
At VMA teaching is not a priority and if your child is a not an honor student you may end up spending a lot of time homeschooling your child. My daughter often came home with tons of homework and no understanding as to what the lesson was about. When I asked if the teacher went over the material she would tell me no! but yet they would have time to watch movies and play games.
They nickel and dime you to death. I do see my child improving year to year but let's slow down the tuition hikes. $43.00 fee to sign up for the new online payment service? I would write more but I have to go sell raffles, candy, wrapping paper, 50/50, etc.
Do not believe anyone at this school! Stay away! They have moved the tuition to an outside fee company which we are responsible to pay, not the school us the parent's. A fee to pay our tuition on top of the privilege of us having to teach our own kids as they are sure not learning anything here. They want us all to register but are not giving us the tuition for next year and if it is not sent in by 3/31 we will be charged a late fee but they will not give us the tuition. How is someone suppose to buy something and not know what they will be paying. This is crazy. Go to one of the other neighborhood schools, maybe your child will learn something
As a graduate of Villa Maria Academy, I can truly say that I am disgusted with those of you who harshly judged my school on an internet site. I graduated in 2012 and will continue to sing it's praises. I am horrified that a teacher would post a nasty review like that. Also, even though I am Hispanic I was never singled out. In fact I was an Honors student and even without the Regents I was able to get into the high school that I wanted with a scholarship. I can honestly say that I made amazing friends while I was there and will continue to thank the teachers that worked to teach us and help us prepare for the years to come.
Hello fellow parents, I was a recent graduate of the class of 2012 and I must say if you are thinking of sending your child here dont do it especially if your child is a minority such as black or Hispanic. I say this because I was a minority at villa I am Spanish and dark skinned and I was always singled out by the parents because of this. Regardless of race the parents are nasty and cliche. If your not married and a single mom your the talk of the town. The teachers are gossipy and will insult your child if they feel like but this only goes for the younger grades. Music class is a joke you don't learn anything except for singing songs. And another thing from 4th to 8th grade they only push the honor students to do well if your not in honors forget it your tossed aside and ignored. The honor students are the pride of the school not the"average kids". Yes this school does have regents but guess what the only one they have is the only one which is the math regents and guess again who are the ONLY students who get to take them, yep the honor students. There is a bunch of unfairness in the school even parents are bullied by other parents it's disgusting
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