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Buena Vista Elementary School4
Posted March 19, 2014
- a parent
Some great programs - Robotics, Strings/Violin, Student Council, many UIL categories (get your child involved with UIL, it starts early in the school year). UIL is well know if you live in the area, if you are new, ask a teacher . Basically it's a competition (mostly academic, but not all categories are) between all of the Del Rio Elementary schools. Buena Vista was the District Champ for 3 years in a row. There are several really great teachers (Mrs Ortega-Ford, Miss Limon, Mr Evans, to name a few). The school is very open to parental involvement, as long you get the back ground check done. I used to help out a lot while we lived there. They welcome parents to eat lunch with their kids, & attend the assembly they hold every marking period to recognize top readers, perfect attendance, all A honor-roll. Like every school, not all teachers are fantastic, but over all my daughters and I were happy with the school. The office staff are super friendly! Don't wait in the car line to pick up your kids, go into the lobby to meet other parents & chat while you wait for the children to be dismissed. The car line is a pain in the neck, & takes much longer than going inside does.
Horrible school! bad teachers and staff! The teachers and staff at this school yells,bullies and belittle the children. My child was attack by a class mate in the class room, while the teacher left them alone and I was not called. They lie and cover up to protect themselves. I had to pull my child out. The school has a very closed door environment ! They don't want Parents around or helping out. Beware. If you care about your child's mental and physical well being you would keep them away.
This school is more interested in attendance. Extreme lack of intern as communication, dropped of paperwork for child regarding injury,in fact enough copies for all teachers and when something happened no one claimed to have any paperwork. They are more interested in covering their butts then following doctors orders. Run from this school and principal.
My husband is military and we were stationed here during the middle of the school year. Everyone was very welcoming to my son. He was in K and had Ms.Vaughn. Her teachers aide Ms.Hernandez is SO sweet and caring. His first grade teacher now is Mrs. Scholz. She is a very good teacher, caring, and I feel she treats all of the children like her own. The parents are very involved in the school. They always have fundraisers going on, but that helps the school out. I love this school and can not say enough good things about it.
Bad District, run for the hills!! I would agree 100% with the 2 previous posts. Only about 3 out ouf 4 students are promoted to the next grade. Principal & many teachers are buddy, buddy, & aren't going to listen to your concerns, especially if you are an "outsider". If you complain, to the principal, or the superintendent, or ask them questions, you will become their target for retaliation. If you complain about their retaliation tactics, you will be even more of a target. Currently as I write this post, a federal investigation is underway with the United States Department Of Education Office For Civil Rights. I have written many letters to this district. They have never answered any letter, or question I have asked of them. They are not open for suggestion. They will continue their trend of "business as usual" until they are stopped forcibly. They still think they are in the "wild west". I do want to say there are a few good teachers, but the "buddy, buddy mentality is a great hindrance to a positive change in this entire district. Report violations to The Texas Department Of Education (TEA), or The US Department Of Education, That is my opinion since they don't answer questions
We are military and have lived in quite a few school districts. Overall this district is the worst we have seen. The school lacks good leadership, and they seem more interested in attendance and testing than actual education of students. At our Kindergartener's orientation, the teacher told to go ahead and send kids in that were mildly sick and they would "keep an eye on them". They reward kids with candy (which I thought they stopped doing circa 1970). On a more positive note, there are several teachers that are outstanding, they are just the exception rather than the rule. I also don't fear for my child's safety
The school offers more extracurricular activities than some of the other elementary schools. The school leadership is of poor quality at best. There isn't much parent involvement at the school. The leadership doesn't encourage it. My child also attended Ruben Chavira and the school was overall much better.