Having spent 25 years as a certified teacher in a combination of public school, private school and homeschooling contexts, this year is my first experience as a parent of having a child as a student in public school. Possessing the background that I do perhaps makes me a bit savvier, or at least a bit more persnickety, about the selection of any particular school.
When my husband and I went on our first tour of Vista Academy of Elgin, a student who happened to be in the office at the time spontaneously remarked: “This is a really good school. I think you’re going to like it a lot.” An unsolicited positive comment from a student? Note to self. Meeting with the principal and immediately connecting with the quality of curriculum, a good notch above the watered-down pabulum used in many schools these days? Note to self, part deux. The fact that the principal stands at the door each morning and cheerfully greets each child by name as they begin their school day? That most of the other teachers and staff members know my son by name? Yet another note to self. (These notes are accumulating; better start jotting them down!) That my son’s teacher says she loves her job (Oh yes, and the kids in her class love her, too. I’ve seen it. And they love her for good reason.), and says that the principal is “amazing”? Gargantuan note to self. I can’t remember as a teacher ever saying that an administrator was “amazing”. If a teacher loves his/her job, it shows. In how he teaches, in how she connects with the kids, in developing eager learners, you bet it shows.
My son comes home every day excited about what he is learning. And he is learning a lot! When weekends come, he is sad about the fact that he has to wait 2 days before he goes back to school. He is thriving. A decision that I made tentatively has turned out to be a very positive move for him, as well as our whole family.
Does Vista have an Olympics-ready gymnasium, a Hollywood-worthy performing arts center or presidential-sized library? No, but it’s got heart. And a staff that cares. Despite its humble environs and comparatively modest funding, Vista Academy of Elgin makes it clear to me that my son matters. For this reason, among others, I am confident that he will excel.
Vista Academy of Elgin is, in my opinion, is “the little school that could”.
This school, make me fell good because they make my son have exelents notes. They work with him well, he has asbergers, and they give us secured, therapist , he love his school ,teachers and classmates.. This is the last year for my son in this school.But we waitand hhope this school opened again, six, seven grades. Never take out the uniforms , never change the good educational codes and conduct.
I have nothing but only good things about this school,the intellectual focus that they provide to the children is great and above public schools,something that is also great is the more one on one interaction the teachers have with the kids,I have seen an awesome advance of my son in all educational subjects,If some parents want to forge athletes and use gyms I believe they should go back to public schools because here in this school they have rules and the teachers stay in the classroom all day which I see as a better way to educate and have better attention from the kids instead of teachers jumping from one class to another wasting time,well,that is my point of view as a professional with a PhD and a masters in archaeology and paleontology,I do believe vista academy is an awesome school and is doing a great job in educating kids for a great future.,
We are pleased with the personal attention our children receive. They are not a number. I volunteer and I know that the emphasis here is academics. Our children have homework almost every night. Special projects are challenging and interesting.
This school offers only what I would consider the bare minimum to pass state standards. To begin with there is no library, no gym no extra-curricular activities. Your child will be stuck with the same teacher all day regardless of subject matter. This may be fine for K-3 but for sixth graders? It is especially a problem if the teachers are less than the cream of the crop, which I believe they are in this case. My child and at least 3 others I know of were withdrawn in the middle of the school year and placed back into public schools. We are now struggling to get ours caught up with where she should be for her grade level. About the only positive thing I can say about this school is the uniform policy. Steer clear of this one!
This is a great education choice. This school is like a big family where each teacher and staff member helps one another for the benefit of the students. I have homeschooled for 15 years and this is the first time I have found a school that can compare to the individual attention I can give my four children. Thank you, Vista Academy :)