I have two kids at Mountain View. Over the past four years, I have seen a decline in the overall education of its students. When my oldest was in K, there were pull-out programs available for those that were recognized as needing to go above and beyond in certain academic areas, such as reading, math, etc. No more. Unless you are a parent of a child with special needs, or the parent of a TAG student, there is nothing extra available to push students above or beyond their potential. At Meet the Teacher night, I was a bit dismayed by the class sizes.....my child's K class has 22 students with no permanent aide! How is any teacher, even under the best of circumstances, able to meet the needs of 22 kids? I'll be watching this year closely to see if things are improved, but I'm not optimistic.
Our two children are MtView Mountain Lions. The students, teachers, parents, awesome PTA, and former principals are what put Mountain View on the academic map. Strong academic focus. Wonderful media/resources/assistants. Computer labs. Many fantastic teachers are enthusiastic/willing to go the extra mile as sponsors/tutors... some aren't. Art/Drama materials are given to teachers who can't use them because of time/TAKS/misc constraints. PE only, many go the local HHP&R route. Strings/Vocal Music programs! Awesome librarian! The current administration is unprofessional except for Mrs. T. Admin just doesn't appreciate or assist staff and get in the trenches until parents call the Superintendent's office and complain that needs aren't being met. Support staff, teachers, parents and students manage to persevere above all the bureaucracy and NCLB garbage to turn out great kids prepared for middle school.
My children have attended Mountain View since 1999. Over the past 2 years there seems to be a great decline in communication with the parents. When the administration is approached with concerns regarding students and their classroom placement, answers are vague and redirected. A major concern is a shortage of teaching assistants, class size and safety of the building. The building is not as appealing and clean as it should be, but there is talk the PTA is attempting to fix the appearance. Overall, things seem disorganized. Hopefully improvements are in the making.
Mt. View, at one time was a school of distinction. That is no more. For those parents lucky enough to have had a teacher that went above and beyond bravo. For those parents with a child that had a special need not so great. Too many students, not enough classroom space. After 2nd grade students are taught a curriculum of TAKS with no improvement of TAKS scores. Playtime was limited and taken away as a form of punishment. Because of class size lunch time starts mid morning. Extracurricular activities were great. No art classes or time for art in classroom, to busy studying for TAKS. To many restrictions for your child if they were an outside the box child. Teachers not willing or able to work effectively for each child. As a parent I was involved on a daily basis and was a daily volunteer. I was also involved in PTA.
The TAG program is great but teachers in non-TAG classes do a poor job of differentiating the curriculum for kids who need it. The teachers I experienced did not allow parent volunteers and were poor at communicating the lesson plan so parents could help the kids with subjects at home. I'm hoping the new principal makes a difference.
Parental involvement is great but there isn't any art and very few extra curricular activities. Great TAG program but children not in TAG are left at a disadvantage.
Very good school, nice teachers, walkers have trouble getting to school
Two of my children attended Mountain View. There is a lot of parent involvement in the school. They have a violin program and a good choir. The TAG program is great. My ADHD child had a difficult time at Mt. View though.
Left this school in 2002 to go to West Point, New York. Thought the new school would be a 'mini academy'. Gosh were we wrong. Love this school so much we are fighting to have orders changed so we can return to Texas and reenroll our 4 children back into mountainview. Academics are second to none! Staff is caring and motivated. Everything is truly better in Texas!
I can't complain about anything at Mountain View. The teachers and the staff care about the students and do everything they can to help them succeed. I have two children at Moutain View and they are both eager about going to school in the mornings.
I had three children go through Mountain View beginning in 1993. I have never loved an elementary school like I did MV. We are always reminiscing about it. Only good memories. We never had a bad teacher, only the best. Had my life not taken the turn it did, daughter # 4 would be there with Mountain Lion pride! The education level is astounding, AR program awesome, you name it and this school outdid itself in every aspect. In closing I feel it was a blessing to have had my children at this school and seeing what other schools have had to offer my children since we have moved. Theres no place like Mountain View!
Mountain View Elementary school takes pride in empowering students with the essential knowledge and skills in order to embrace a life-long love of learning. The school also teaches children responsible citizenship through many community outreach programs. The faculty and staff at Mountain View are a group of dedicated individuals working toward a common goal in educating our future. I take pride in being the parent of a Mountain View student.
A school that looks at the student as an individual. Staff that is willing to go out of their way to assist in any way necessary. Parents that are concerned about learning envoirment and opportunities. Parents are drawn to the community because of the school.
This is a great school. The one thing I would change is that every grade get to do a musical. The kids would really enjoy that.
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