After a great beginning in kindergarten, due to a wonderful and engaged teacher, my granddaughter is experiencing a terrible year in first grade. She is a bright and creative child, who began with a love of school and learning, but we have long suspected she fell somewhere on the autism scale. In the interest of keeping her educational experience positive, my daughter made her new teacher and principal aware of the struggles her daughter was experiencing. After finally receiving a diagnosis of high functioning autism, my daughter met with the school in an attempt to find out any resources that could be made available to this child. The staff, including teacher,, guidance counselor and principal indicated that their opinion was that this child was a disciplinary problem and presented a united front of nonreceptive and nonnegotiable indifference. Needless to say, her parents are locating outside resources and working on finding a school more sympathetic to this child's needs and willing to actively seek solutions instead of being more concerned with protecting their reputations.
If you want your kid to be in a military style environment, this is the place you'll want them to be. My child was bullied and harassed here not just by other students but by the teachers as well and it was done in front of their peers. The peers would then harass even more out on the playground. My child was an A honor roll student before going here, and began failing within two weeks. She cried almost every single day. The others harassed her so bad she couldn't even get her work done at school. When I reported this, it fell on deaf ears and I got a whole lot of lip service. I was surprised to learn, after mine transferred, that many parents did the same thing, got their kids out of there because of the lack of guidance, nurturance, encouragement and caring environment. I spoke with other parents that encountered their children failing as well from sudden self esteem issues. Mostly 5th grade classes. Going here was a very traumatic experience for mine. Also teachers were not keen on me being involved in the classroom, it's like they wanted to keep parents out of the school during the school day.
I am not happy with this school at all. The teachers that I have met should not be teaching at all, and the resources available at the school are lacking. They are working to catch up with the STAAR standards, which they should have taught all along, but now they are playing catch up and the students are suffering because of the vast change in curriculum from the previous years. We moved to this district because the school was rated exemplary - it is not a surprise to me that the rating dropped - I do not see much hope with the current teachers and administration, of that rating being upgraded in the near future.
My daughter has attended this school for the past two years and we have been happy with it overall. We like the fact that the school focuses on all round development vs academics alone. Parent involvement is great and Principal Cruz is a great leader. Couldn't have asked for more.
We love Grandview Hills and are happy to send four of our children there! The teachers and staff are very caring, kind and provide a safe place to learn. There are many great parent volunteers and the PTA is outstanding. With such small class sizes our children are able to get more one on one attention. We are thrilled to be a part of such a great environment.
All of my kids go to this school. We don't like it very much. Our kids have attended private schools and public schools in the northeast. The curriculum is horrible. The Quest and Pace programs are a joke. The notion that IB is setting these kids up for success is comical. These programs do not challenge the kids. Homework consists of writing five words in alphabetical order or writing them three times. Ridiculous. Teachers listen to beer drinking songs in class with the kids (my son has come home singing them). The parent population is over active. The kids spend A LOT of time trying to raise money for the PTA which is like a high school clique. We should spend more time on academics and less time on fundraising. It seems that once the STAAR is taken, teaching at GVHE stops. During the school year, I several times went into the school to pick up my kids only to find my daughter out in the hallway lined up 30 minutes before school lets out. Add that up and see how much classroom time is being given up during the school year. Teachers and administrators are nice, but at its core this school is a typical example of a Texas public school. Lean on substance, but everything looks good.
We have had a fantastic experience at Grandview over the past three years. It is a small campus with responsive administration, dedicated teachers and a very positive and uplifting environment for young children (I believe thanks, in large part, to the IB program). During our first year on campus, we pushed to increase challenges for our child and the campus responded immediately and to our satisfaction (Quest program, Pace Math, advanced reading opportunities, etc). There is no where else we'd rather have our child learning and growing!
While this school may be rated grated for teachers and academics I have been so disappointed in their involvment. My daughter broke her leg at the school and not once did I get a call to see if she was well, she was able to make it back the same week in a cast and the staff made no attempt to help or accomodate her. If you are fine with academics and no personal care, great. But as far as I am concerned if your child gets hurt under their care watch out!
An excellent school. We've been there since the school started (when we shared a campus with River Place) and I've been pleased since the very first day. All three of our children attend GVHE. The teachers are wonderful, very caring and attentive to each child's needs. The staff is very helpful. The administrators are the best I've seen - they truly care about not only the children's needs but also the needs and wants of the parents. They know each child by name and greet them like they are the only child in the school. The parental involvement is HUGE. We are a small school but when it comes to volunteers - our parents really step up to the plate. I couldn't be more proud of our school! We've even contemplated moving to another part of Austin, but can't bring ourselves to leave our wonderful school.
My son has attended this school from the time they were still sharing a building with another school, and every year I have been so pleased with the education that he, and now my daughter are receiving here. They keep the class sizes small, the teachers are attentive, and make a great effort to work with the parents to help the kids, whether they need extra help, or need more advanced work. The principal, and vice principal are helpful, and you don't feel like you have to cut through a bunch a red tape to have your concerns addressed. The parent involvement is outstanding, I always see parents helping out. The I.B. Program here is just icing on the cake. I have loved having my children go here, and I hate that we have to relocate and they won't be going here next year.
Very disappointed. Very little parental involvement and not the caliber of teachers I expected.
Great school!! So much parent involvement. Spring fling carnival was great! Thank you for such a great school, my child loves it!!!
A public school with a private school mentality. The Principal is amazing, listens not only to the children, but to the parents. Parent involvement is very high with a lot of enthusiasm from many different cultures. Teachers are very attentive to each individual child's needs. Great atmosphere, beautiful campus and the IB Programme -- the only one in the southern end of LISD!
We have been thrilled with the administration and teachers at Grandview Hills. The campus is beautiful, the parent participation has been very good, and it seems to be a really happy, positive environment for our daughter. We came from a private school and had high expectations and Grandview has exceeded them!
I too am impressed with the faculty and their ability to influence children and leverage their available resources. My only complaint is that there still seems to be a communication issue (late notifications, inconsistent messaging, etc.) and I can't tell if that is because the leadership isn't following through with expectations, or that the teachers aren't quite sure how to manage the parents. It's a new school and I give them credit for coming so far in such a short period. I can only hope that the ISD is dedicating the time to learn from each school opening, and that they monitor/track progress....
I have two sons attending GVH Elementary now in it's first year. The class sizes are small, the teachers are top notch and the parent involvement and enthusiasm is high. I am thrilled to have my children attending GVH.
State of the art school.. Never seen any school like it in my life. Principal: is wonderful, loving,caring and most of all Listens to parents.. administration: very welcoming and very very helpful. Teachers: are great, boost self confidence in the kids .. students : are the happiest students I've ever seen in any public school, relaxed and disciplined at the same time . Look forward to going to school and really enjoy learning!! what a great combination of state- of- the-art facility, wonderful staff, happy students , great IB education in a PUBLIC school... Hats off to everyone there.. Happy parent :)
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