We have a child in kindergarten at Voyager and we are amazed at how much she is learning. We had a rocky start with lack of communication and learning how to deal with so much diversity. The diversity is great, don't get me wrong but they do not do a lot of holiday recognition and programs and stuff so that took some getting used to. Other than that I feel that this school is an AWESOME alternative to public schools!
I have to laugh at the yo-yo scores and reviews posted here. Clearly, this school, like any other, is not right for everyone. I have had two children there since 4th grade. One is now in 11th and it has been a great fit for her. The younger one couldn't stand it and left after 8th. Are there cliques of mean girls/boys? Yes. Please tell me where there are none. Rich kids? I raised mine not to pay attention to brand names - can't be bothered w/that. That attitude isn't just at V.A. It reflects the U.S.A. And the racial make-up? Entrance is purely by lottery. It would be illegal to select students based on race or anything else for that matter. Don't like car lines? Switch schools. But be careful, DPS has them too. Like anything, research carefully: tour the campus, interview teachers, do what you need to in order to make the best choice for your child. Good luck!
As a former student, I can honestly say that Voyager was the worst. I'm currently in middle and I thought I was doing well, but I was WRONG. Two years ago, my teacher didn't really seem to help me at all with my struggles and this "teacher" didn't teach me what I was supposed to know for the common core criteria. Multiplying long division was a bust so if you want your kid to be ahead of the curve, Voyager would be a no-no. Besides all that, the students were just awful. They had no respect for anyone, if you just would tell one the slightest thing such as, "Excuse me, your backpack is unzipped." They would make the most rudest face and snarkiest comment. Goodness gracious, I'm just saving you so your homework doesn't fall out. The students were all rich kids so it is obvious that if you are from a low income or median income family, your most likely going to feel like an outsider with all these North Face's walking around. The teachers were possibly the worst part. Last year, my teacher would compare the more average or largest than average students to higher students. That isn't what your supposed to do, just... no. Voyager... crushed dreams and stress city, population rich kid.
Voyager Elementary School ...We have a daughter in K and we are so so pleased with the leadership and education guidance for her. Our twin girls will be joining the VAES team next Fall and we are soo excited ..
I can not imagine any school options that would be better for my daughter! She is free to play, learn and be creative. Teachers spend time challenging her in areas that she excels and filling in the gaps of missing knowledge. She is not placed in a specific group of classmates during activities. She is given the opportunity to lead some of her classmates during reading time and then placed into a new grouping to learn from others. The teachers are warm and invested in our children. Parents are extremely involved, supportive and motivated to make this school a raving success!
A living nightmare doesn't cover the horror. I was bullied and teased to know end, my best friend took my only friends and left me friendless and lonely. Nobody was at all considerate. I'd be using the bathroom and someone would start banging on the door. There is quite a few mean girls there that make it worse. I happened to have the displeasure of being put in a class with a very mean, fake girl, who would bully a new person every day. A lot of the time people would laugh at my favorite music and the teacher would keep asking me to share my favorite songs which would cause only more laughter. Academically the teachers baby you. But it still was quite a relief when I switched schools.
Please be aware that if you have an EC child, your concerns will take a backseat. to what image the admin wants to project. The facilities and training provided to these students is minimal at best. Partiality and prejudice is evident - take your time and observe the structure of the administration. The school does NOT represent the community in it's population. A waste of TAX dollars!
I have two children at Voyager Elementary and it is an excellent school. The teachers are extremely dedicated and there is significant parental involvement. (For the first field trip 14 of 20 kids in my daughter's class had a parent attend) There are 20 kids per class (100 per grade) and Voyager is committed to keeping the class sizes small. My children come home each night with books selected just for them and various other fun learning tools (time flashcards, multiplication tables, etc.) When I visit the classroom, I am amazed at how advanced the lessons are and how engaged the kids seem to be. Each quarter, the classes do a project based on a theme and other lessons (reading, writing, etc.) center around the theme. Last quarter, Kindergarten students performed a fairy tale with a set they created in art and a song they practiced during music. Monday is early release so you can participate in optional enrichment activities on-site (Spanish, basketball skills, dance, etc.). The peers have been great so far, and my kids are excited to go to school each day. If you are lucky enough to get a lottery spot, I highly recommend Voyager Academy.
We had such high hopes for Voyager Academy. My child has been there 5 years and it's been pretty good until this year. Most of the teachers have been great but I suppose there will always be a couple that will ruin it for the rest of them. It's like the "mean girls" grew up and became teachers. The best way I can describe it is the use of sarcasm to humiliate a child in front of the class. My child says that there are times when they can't even bring themselves to look at the teacher after a humiliating outburst. The administration turns a blind eye and it doesn't get addressed. I think that most schools deal with this to a certain extent, I was naive to think Voyager would be different.
My child attended this school for one week. She was upset every afternoon for the week. We had a choice of Voyager and another school. So, We decided to leave Voyager to attend the other school. She has been much happier at the other school. I think that the school needs to have more activities for the students to mingle. A new student attending has a hard time interracting with the kids that have been at the school for so long.
This school is not good at all. Because, it does not give you the freedom that other schools might have. By the way I am a student at Voyager Academy. This school has no good quality at all. If you want your child to be successful in life I would not recommend this school. Take my advice on this one because I am student at the school. And, it is nothing like when people describe it to be.
Great school, we are very happy !!! Best of all our son loves going to school, that says a lot about it !!!!!! We love our teachers dedication.
Hello, my name is Idara and I go to this school. Now they are building a elementary school and the grades next year are going to be K-12. This is an AWESOME School to.
Finding this school was a God-send, allowing us to escape the nightmare of the Durham Public School system. We have three boys at Voyager, and they have attended various stretches of grades from 4 - 9 so far. Teachers are excellent. Admin seems to be always on mission. Downers: Transportation (no buses; no attempt at organizing rides). Insane middle school car line arrangement and design. "Business management" theme is a bit self-limiting: specifically limits student exploration more deeply into science and arts. No band or music outside of playing recorder or paid courses in guitar or rock band. The only administrative issue has been the pervasive assumption that parents are so wired and so flexible, that an e-mail announcement sent the day before (or even the day of!) a required meeting is sufficient (this is most true in the athletics department, where required try-outs and changes in schedule are consistently very poorly advertised). Fortunately, low diversity (noted by others) is changing as more parents apply.
My daughter has been at Voyager Academy since they opened their doors. I've been pleased with the parents, administration, and teachers. Is the school perfect? No. Is it better than the alternative in Durham? By far! To the parent that said there is not diversity, I beg to differ. It's not an all white school. This same parent mentioned there was no black history month. No true. My daughter has had to complete assignments on black history every year since being there. If you need more than that, then I'm glad you went back to DPS. As for the parent who lost their child during car line, I'm sorry to hear you were scared as any parent would be. However, that car line has been running for 4 years and they have it down to a science now. I'm just saying. I wouldn't trade VA for any school around here!!!
On 3rd day of school the staff "lost" my child. The car line didn't go well and there was no info given on Open House to address car line procedures. After giving an apology and explanation for my panic, I was told I was banned from campus and subject to arrest if I returned. There was no time limit put on this, just indefinitely. Also they threatened to take me to court for what I do not know. WE WILL NOT BE BACK TO VOYAGER ACADEMY!
My wife & I have been incredibly impressed with the efforts made by Voyager's staff to help our son who struggles academically. Our son has a learning disability and we were unsuccessful @ getting him much help through the Durham Public School he was @ the previous year. While he was in the DPS system we did everything we could think of and were promised many things that never happened - many of the actions taken seemed to be counter-productive. With that said, DPS staff's hands are "tied" in some situations due to policies, etc set by DPS administration. Our gifted daughter, who will be a Senior this year @ DSA, has thrived very well in Durham Public Schools but our son needed something more that we were not getting from DPS. PS - We are an average middle-class family, basic "nobodies", & not part of any Country Club.
Incredible school, and faculty. Refreshing to see so much parental involvement on a daily basis.
I will be so glad when my daughter gets out of this school. Nepotism reighs, country-club parents are catered to and gossip of students, parents and staff is never ending. If you aren't a part of 'the click' you don't belong and are looked down upon from their long noses. The administration doen't seem to run this school, rather the complaining parents. I have a concern of padded scores. Scores can be inflated but EOG's won't lie. We'll see how it turns out. There is no diversity, no Black History month. Be prepared to open your pocketbook or wallet. Everytime you trun around you will be asked for money, and I'm not talking nickle and dimes.I'm looking forward to returning to Durham Public Schools. Ensuring stability for our dauthter was the only reason we continued enrollment. Take a good hard look at this school before you decide to
After two years in Voyager, we are concerned with the lack of discipline. The teachers and administration do not enforce their own stated policies, particularly when it comes to bullying. The handbook lists specific disciplinary actions which will be taken to address undesirable behaviors such as 'obscenity' and bullying, but we (and other parents in our acquaintance) have noted the absence of enforcement. The administration seems more concerned with whether or not students' shirts have collars than if they are bullied. In short, they talk a good game about building character, but the glaring inconsistencies in their approach to discipline leaves a great deal to be desired.
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