This is my son's 3rd year at CV-S, and by far the worst. I have made many phone calls and left numerous messages in regards to my son and bullying and not one phone call in return. His first year was fine, he had an older teacher who was old school. Didn't have a problem. Last year he had a brand new teacher (teacher's first year teaching) and they promised to have someone come from high school to help my son with his organization, which lasted apparently two days when the high schooler never showed back up. I wasn't informed until the end if year Parent Teacher Conference. They do NOT like the parents to get invovled or know what is going on. My son would come home every day complaining of what the kids would say to him and when I brought it to Ms. Crisman's attention she brushed it off as the childhood game "yo mama" jokes. Now this year I can;t get one teacher (he is "middle school" 6th grade now) to return my call in regards to either he school work or the fact he is being bullied. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.
Teachers don't get along and argue in front of students.Lots of tension between Administration and staff who talk about each other in front of students.We pulled our kids out.
The quality of education at CV-S has gone down considerably over the years. The discipline is non-existent, teachers are bullied by other teachers and the administration, the teacher's union has been called an "anomaly" because they are so powerful. The student's test scores are lower than all other schools in the area. The reading program used to be good, but they have screwed it up in the last couple of years so now it stinks, along with the elementary math program. The 6th grade has been moved out of the elementary and they have created a "middle school", but in name only. The experience was horrendous for this year's 6th graders - only allowed to watch, but not participate, in middle school activities, and not allowed to participate in elementary activities anymore, either. They have also messed up the 6th grade Safety Patrol program by taking it away from someone with years of experience and forcing it upon 2 people who are inexperienced and don't want to be doing it. The administration does not support special ed. students -check out how many law suits have been filed recently! We are pulling out children out and sending them elsewhere next year! Had enough!!!
I graduated in 2009 from CV-S. I hated it. I was an incredibly active member of everything. From various aspects of sports to the clubs to the music department to the academics. By the middle of my senior year I stopped doing things because it just didn't matter. The students who were there because they had to made it a terrible experience. I was a good student but the only class that prepared me somewhat was AP English, which was a joke to some students. The administration (which has now changed) let the students do whatever they want without any real discipline. There is AP Art, AP Bio (another joke), and AP English. You can also take College US 1&2, Western Civ 1&2, Intro to Sociology and Intro to Psychology for college credit which is a plus. The extracurricular activities are great but not enough to make it worthwhile.
The extracurricular activities are great. Then it stops. There are very few teachers who care. There is a very poor discipline system. I pulled my 9th grader from school and I am homeschooling him. He is now acheiving his goals. I am very disappointed in Cherry Valley-Springfield high school. Elementary is great.
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