My child is in 8th grade at Vista Academy of Garland. She's been at the school since 5th grade. I like the small classrooms and the safety of the school. They have a strict no bullying code and as my kid is a bit different this means a lot. Her social/emotional development is nurtured in this environment. The communication with the teachers is more difficult in middle school and she seems to be slipping through the cracks somewhat academically. There is an attempt to make up for her poor academic performance with after school tutoring, but it's hard to know if this is helping. The curriculum includes some Biblical history which I think is inappropriate in a public school, but it's been the best environment we've been able to find for our daughter after trying several different schools including our local ISD and a private school.
There has been poor communication between the teachers and myself. They tell my 2nd grader and tell me nothing until after I see there is an issue and ask about it. I am moving my child for the next school year so I can find a school that's better. Not sure if the teachers are just inexperienced, the principal is young but appears he commands the attention of the kids. I'm just frustrated that the teachers are not helping my daughter along like she should be. She is very smart but I feel like she is being lost in the cracks while they bring the other children up to her level.
Vista has been a wonderful school and the teachers are amazing. My son moved over to Vista from an ISD. He learns different than most children and they have learned how to engage him and help him grow. Thank you Vista and Responsive Ed.
We have also made the decistion to send our child elsewhere for the following school year. The resources in the school aren't very good. There is a school library but unfortunately students are not allowed to check out the books to take them home. I agree that school management is a problem. There are also some dedicated teachers but their are a few bad apples as well. This past school year seemed to be unorganized in the way notices were sent home to the parents that was done in an untimely manner. I also believe that compared to other schools in the area, my child's class seemed to be learning material at a slower pace compared to that of the other schools. I believe Vista has some good campuses, but the South Garland campus is not one of them. If you are interested in a Garland Vista campus, perhaps the Firewheel location in Garland will be a much better fit, and happier learning experience for your child.
My children moved to Vista from a private school and have done amazing. The class sizes are great and the teachers work really hard to support the students. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Vista of Garland family. Definitely happy and satisfied with the change.
We love this school! The small class sizes are so great and I think it provides a better learning environment for the kids!!
This school is great! small number of students k-8th, students learn according to their level and curriculum adjusted to each student and the children excel beyond expectation a family environment that involves parents with their learning.
It is a small school with more one on one help because the classes are so much smaller. They even have after school tutoring for the TAKS testing to help the kids pass.
My daughter is dyslexic and Vista has really helped her to succeed. The employ the most qualified teachers/specialists in order to get the job done RIGHT!
At Vista of Garland, individual teaching encourages each and every student allowing them to be their best. The small class size allows for one on one attention and learning as well as classroom learning as a whole. Vista teachers are caring and attentive to each child's needs and development. Plus, not only do the teachers care, the entire staff is on board for the development for each student's needs. Vista is the place to be!
Vista is an awesome school because the teachers really care about our kids. The school is small so our children don't get lost in the system. Vista has high standards for everyone to work for. We love Vista!!
All of my kids go to Vista of Garland. This is an amazing school with teachers who really care about the students. Students are respectful of each other and adults and are taught the important values for life through character education....this school is putting values back into our public school system, thank you!!
My kids love their teachers and the principal. Parents have the principal's cell phone number, how often do you see that happen. We have called with questions over a weekend and she always answers. My family feels like this school is part of our family. We do not know what we would do without VISTA!
This is a great school with a wonderful staff. I am fortunate that my children are receiving a first class education without an expensive tuition.
Today is my daughter's first day at The Hills. She is thrilled to be leaving her Garland ISD magnet school. This school treats kids like people. They're allowed a water bottle on their desks all day, a snack everyday, every classroom has its own bathroom, and every grade has its own computer lab. They do diagnostic tests to figure out how your individual child learns (then you receive the report, as well!) and if their grades drop below an 80, every child receives private tutoring. They are also SACS accredited, which means they opt into an additional accreditation that ensures your child isn't just learning, but learning how to learn (what a concept in this day and age!) We're so thrilled to have found The Hills. I'm hopeful it's everything we think it is. Siblings also guarantee your other children a spot.
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