My Daughter started Kindergarten here at the beginning of this school year 12/13. I will say the class size is smaller than most other schools out there, 20 children with 2 teachers in the class. The academic standards are quite high, which is a good thing. If I had one complaint it's that there needs to be a little bit more free/play time for the young kids. My daughter has progressed quite nicely as have many of her classmates.
Sad to hear these comments as I think VRES is a great school. You can be involved as much as you'd like. Yes, it does tend to be busy in the morning however as a working parent I welcome that. The school is excellent and does have afterschool activities such as Scouts and Clubs to attend. Even with the larger classrooms my child excelled and loved going to school each and every day. Involvement is up to you. It s there -- you just have to sign up. Our child graduates this year and I for one will be sad to say goodbye. Great faculty enriched learning environment what more can you ask for?
We are so excited that the school year is coming to an end. I now understand the benefits of private education. Large class sizes here with very little involvement allowed from the parents and just a very rushed feeling from the school, from the fellow parents honking in the parking lot to get you moving a little faster in the mornings. Very little sense of community and no after school activities
I'm writing this review as the father of a kindergartener. Our experience has been very positive at the school. First off, there is homework. Not so much that it's too much, but not a tiny bit that is not challenging. It's noticeable the effort required. The children are being challenged at a very young age and are responding well. Second, the class size is very appropriate, around 20 kids. The teachers have access to aides and the needed support to maintain an orderly classrom environment. Third, they are using technology to help the kids learn, not replace learning. They are using smart boards and all the latest techniques alongside good old fashioned coloring and reading. Fourth, they are very organized and caring at the same time. Parents are kept in the loop and teachers are responsive to individual requests. They really go out of their way to take care.
My husband and I are very pleased with VRES. My daughter is in Kindergarten and is learning both the academic and social skills that provide a good foundation for future success. She is very engaged and proud of her progress. This is in contrast to her preschool, the Home School, where they were unwilling to adjust to different learning styles and this impacted on her self esteem and her enjoyment of school. The parent -teacher communication at VRES is excellent and organized- My daughter s teacher Mrs. Castro is an excellent educator who is very prepared and takes a personal interest in all her students. This knowledge of her students allows her to tailor the learning experience to provide enrichment opportunities in subjects a student excels and extra help in those areas where it is appropriate. The school overall provides a good and safe environment and Mrs. Parker has created an atmosphere of parent teacher partnership which encourages parent participation
My granddaughter is getting a good education and enjoys going to school.
My daughter attended kindergarden at VRES. She loved it. I was very pleased with so many aspects of the school - from curriclum to communication. I know she was in good hands and received a great start. Mrs. Parker is an exceptional administrator, and her faculty and staff follow her lead!
This school is top notch. In response to the comment on March 12, 2009 those words could not be farther from the truth. This is an elementary school, not a daycare. In this day and age schools are locked and visitors must sign in at the office. Parents cannot visit school during the day, this would be so disruptive to the learning environment. You are invited during parties and parent visitation day. This parent needs to cut the cord. There are many ways for parents to be involved by joining the PTA or volunteering. There are many parent volunteers in this school. The principal does an amazing job and knows all the children by name. They greet her in the hallway with smiling faces. Through their hard work and dedication Mrs. Parker and her faculty have made VRES the top notch school that it is today.
My daughter is in Kindergarten at VRES and is so happy!! She loves her teacher and all of her new friends. My blessing was that we sent her to pre-K at All Aboard in Valhalla and they prepared her well for kindergarten. She was ready and her self esteem did not suffer. I am pleased with her teacher Mrs. Olenchack the other staff members and especially the Principal Mrs. Parker who is clearly committed to making a success of all of her students.
My daughter is going into 2nd grade this year. She loves going to school. We all love the teachers and administration. My only complaint so far is the amount of supplies we are asked to bring in each year...it's a bit over the top and wasteful.
My son was in 2nd grade this year. In September we moved from the Bronx where he attended a Christian private school with very small classes from 3 years old. I was concerned about his transition to a non-private school. He had a great year. His teacher was extremely creative and supportive. The activities were well thought out and made him enjoy learning. He didn't dread going to school.
My daughter, now a 1st grader at another school attended VRES for kindergarden. Coming off a wonderful full day pre-k program, it was the worst experience ever. She learned more in pre-k than in kindergarden at this school.The class sizes are large, everything is hectic and hurried, even holiday parties are rushed. The administration has an 'open door policy', so it says, but you are always made to feel like you are intruding or are not worth attending to. I couldn't wait to pull my daughter out at the end of the year and send her back to her former private school. With all of that said, I have heard wonderful things about the 3-5 school and have a son graduating from VHS this year and they have been great. Same school district, worlds apart, go figure...
We have two children at VRES grade 2 & K in 2004-2005. We would like to thank you for all the teachers and the staffs. Excellent School. Our kids really enjoy learning and activities.
Both my sons went to this wonderful school. The staff is fantastic. My boys especially enjoyed lunchtime, the kitchen staff is led by Mary 'Da Mayor' Gilbert who is every childs favorite 'lunch lady' she holds a special place in the children's heart, solving problems like lost money, and always giving 'seconds' to hungry children. Thank you Mary! Shout out to Randy the custodian and Sue, who works in the kitchen also. A great school!
My first born son, now 9, attended VRES K-2. Without a single doubt VRES provides an absolutely incredible environment for learning and growth! Every teacher he had (most young, and women) were caring, attentive, knowledgeable, and dedicated to there career. As well the pricipal, a phenomenal lady, is beyond approachable and absolutely wonderful! She takes a personal interest in her students and her staff which is very apparent. As previously stated in other reviews, safety for the well being of the children is paramount with all staff members actively involved. This holds true for much of this district. I cannot wait for my four year old to be attending in 2006.
Our daughter will be in 2nd grade at VRES for the 2003/2004 year. In kindergarten, she had a teacher who was new to the system. In 1st grade, she had a veteran teacher (25+ years). Both of them proved to be knowledgeable, caring individuals with a passion for teaching. They made learning fun and well prepared our daughter for the higher grades. We are anticipating our son (currently entering Pre-k)attending VRES without reservation. A credit to the teaching staff is the amount of work covered in each school year. Additionally, safety and security were paramount in the school and strict rules are evident. The school was always immaculate and the staff was always helpful and caring.
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