In my experience so far, the VOICE staff and teachers have been incredibly responsive. We are wrapping up our first year at VOICE with my kindergartner; every morning, my son is happy to go to school, and he runs in the door every morning with a smile on his face. VOICE has reinforced his love of learning, and music is giving him a creative and energetic outlet in a time when so few other schools are able to offer it. My other son is in pre-K at a nearby public school, and I see a difference in how staff and teachers interact with students at the two schools, and it makes me happy and grateful that we have the privilege of being a VOICE family.
I would like to thank Ms. Baksh for her caring an nurturing attitude with her kindergarten students; thanks as well to Caty and Dayna in the administration who are very responsive to parents and bring great energy and spirit to the school's leadership!
Thank you for expressing your true feelings about not being able to identify to your teacher because they don't look like you or understand where you come from. Voice needs to take this in to consideration and prompt more ethnic diversity among teachers.
Most of these teachers would qualify as apprentice teachers. They are getting paid a decent salary and have little or no clue what they are doing? Should we be complacent in having our kids used as test subjects to have them hone their craft? Would they do this in wealthier areas?
No, because half the time teachers aren't paying attention to students. There inexperience shows especially when dealing with students with behavioral problems. Its nice to want teachers to "treat students with kindness and care" on paper, but observations during recess doesn't align with paper goals.
There are many things wrong with this school. First and foremost safety. Anyone can buzz the doorbell and enter the school, there is no security guard posted at the door to validate identification at most school. Second, they are completely unorganized. They have no regard for time, and they don't get back to you in a timely fashion.Third, the majority of teachers are highly inexperienced and because music is utilized is this supposed to up the perception of the school? Fourth, where is the ethnic diversity among the administrative staff, and majority of teachers? This is a school primarily based in a low income area so how does the British speaking administrator or the predominantly white staff relate to their students? Which is one of the complaints of students they can't relate to their teachers, if more than 80% of the students are minorities why is the majority of the administrative and overall faculty white?Lastly, reviews from a 2014 article in a NY newspaper isn't enough. It's 2016, someone needs to conduct an "undercover investigative assignment" to see the flaws of this school. I was appalled to hear a white administrative say "whats up dog!" Lastly, students are always in the office for some reason or the other, and no one acknowledges them until other students from their class are sent to get them. Voice looks better on paper than in person, wake up parents, our children deserve the best!