June 11, 2015
I would highly advise against sending your child to TVS. The curriculum is very disorganized, and the teachers do not sufficiently prepare students for assignments. The assignments that are given are online, and are not created by the teachers themselves, which results in a disconnect between the information that is taught in the classroom and the work that is expected to be done at home. The online assignments are also unnecessarily confusing and provide no help or guidance when the student needs help with a concept. For example, when my sophomore was struggling with her online physics problems, she asked my senior who had completed pre-AP physics with A's both semesters at a different school for help. Even after looking over her notes from class, there were still several problems that he could not figure out. On top of the unnecessarily confusing and disconnected material, my sophomore found it extremely difficult to reach out to teachers for help with concepts that she struggled with.
The Village School also has an administration that is an absolute NIGHTMARE to deal with. My daughter has come home several times in tears due to unjustified personal criticisms and rude remarks from teachers, and as far as I can tell they have done nothing to address these issues despite several complaints made on my part. "Sexting" is a rampant problem in the upper levels of the school, and the administration is clueless in regard to disciplinary action. To illustrate this point, there was a student in my daughter's class who was expelled, yes EXPELLED, simply for having a small quantity of the NSAID ibuprofen on her person. This issue was handled extremely poorly and my heart goes out to the parents of this student, who, to my knowledge, were not refunded any of the $25,000 tuition after this administrative abomination.
I'm sure that there are some students who are happy at TVS, but my sophomore and I have both had an overwhelmingly negative experience with the school. Needless to say, we are looking in to other educational options for my sophomore who will certainly not be returning to TVS next year. If you place any value on your child's emotional health or educational experience, you would be better off avoiding The Village School entirely and spending your hard earned money elsewhere.
- submitted by a parent