Many families in the neighborhood told us to stay away from this school. I thought they had to be crazy, I learned the hard way that they were correct. My child had a string of awful experiences with the school. He hated being there - we sadly kept him in longer than we should have. After a very short time in his new school, he is thriving and happy in every way. He loves school again! It is sad but true - the beautiful campus is merely a facade - the inside is rotten and sub-par in many ways. If you seek a Catholic education there are other options in the area that are far more welcoming and academically superior. The public school choices in the area are also quite good.
I don't get the sense that the kids get a lot of homework. Perhaps the small number of students per class has something to do with the need to carry on the lessons by assigning a lot of homework. No sure.
I am saddened by the recent note about the new teacher. I am a 4th Grade parent and like her methods and teaching. Whether you like her or not, this website is not the place to have that conversation. You must be frustrated, and I understand that frustration. But she is a person who is not only a teacher at VMA, but a parent in our community. As a fellow parent, I encourage you to reach out to the administration directly instead of on this website.
I am a huge fan of The Villa. However, this year they hired a new social studies teacher for the fourth and fifth grade. She is horrible. She embarrasses students by yelling at them in front of their classmates. She discusses her students from her other classes with her own fourth grade class. Very distasteful. They are fourth and fifth graders, 9 and 10 year old kids she treats them as if they are high school. If she is there next year my son surely will not be.
Please get your facts straight. Students are not leaving this school 'left and right'. Villa Maria is a wonderful school that offers a great education. While it's fine for parents to have differencing opinions about the education, please don't spread untrue rumors about the school. If you don't like the place, leave. There's no need to sabotage the school with unfounded gossip and hearsay.
Third Grade is not a joke. Our children are learning new things and striving to their potential. And, People are not leaving this school right and left. That is just not true. There are lots of caring families who value the education that the Villa provides and lots of families and children who would be saddened to see such terrible lies on this page.
Run while you can !!! I want everyone who's considering this school for the new year DO NOT GO TO THiS SCHOOL ... They are losing students left and right !! You can pay the same amount or less for better education just do some research ... Teachers run the show as as far a as a education waste of money !!!!! It may take new parents a few years to see what there all about but then u will see I was right !