Since Meritas arrived, it has brought with it poor leadership, coupled with weak administration. Some fantastic teachers at this school propping up inexperienced colleagues . Super atmosphere , happy students but underlying problems need addressing
I am a long time LS and MS parent at Village School. VS has pockets of excellence, but the two changes this year are: (1) Standards Based Grading, which hurts good students, as some of the grades are capped (ex: in some classes the highest grade possible is a 94, even if you get everything right. Other assignments, max grade is a 90.) This is going to be a HUGE problem for the school, and they are not listening to parents or students about the practical effect of this. No other major private school in Houston does this - why they changed the old grading system has not been clearly explained; (2) changed the math system to Every Day Math (Singapore Math is better.) Many children are having trouble with math now, and it used to be a big strength for the school. I hear from many LS and MS parents that they are planning on leaving due to these two changes. The school administration does not listen to parents or teachers, and it is a "for profit" school, so making money is the priority. I am happy to pay for value, but the tuition has gone up and the value is down. If you care about your children's grades, DO NOT COME TO VS. I love the school, but it is in big trouble.
Our kids love school. This is the most important criteria. They are challenged, finally! They have a large group of diverse friends. We wanted the best education in an international atmosphere and I think Village has met and surpassed our expectations. The teachers are so committed. We were made to feel right at home from the start. Our children have different academic strengths and both are challenged and so far successful. Couldn't be happier.
I am a current Village High School student. The high school itself is expanding at such a rapid pace, we have a new amazing building and are about to build a new theatre and sports fields. The IB curriculum that is offered is very challenging, yet it's a very good program! I love the diversity of cultures throughout the students. My only problem is that when a teacher is complained about, the administration doesn't really listen, other than that it's a great learning environment! The teachers are very supportive and want you to do well, therefore they're always available before or after school. The grading system is different in the high school than the rest of the school. The new grading system for the 1st-8th grade is great! Instead of just putting a grade on your report card, it lets teachers tell the parents of their students if (no matter what the grade) their student is improving and meeting the expectations that the teachers has with the students, specifically. The fact that the high school is just starting up is actually a great experience. You, as a student, get to start all the traditions and clubs, which is something not every high school student gets to experience.
I am an eighth grader at The Village School, and I have been in it since Kindergarten. When I was in third grade, the school was bought by Meritas, and it all went downhill from there. I have become more and more frustrated with the cancellations of old school traditions and some of the below average teachers they are hiring. This year, I am at a breaking point with the school because of the new grading system. Instead of simple, number grades, we are now graded on our report cards by these letters: EE (Exceeding Expectations). ME (Meeting Expectations), AE (Approaching Expectations), and BE (Beginning Expectations). Anything below a BE means that the work or test is counted as if it wasn't turned in, or honestly tried at, really effecting the final grade. I also fear that the high school is not experienced enough to actually start genuinely teaching to The Village School standards, which is why I will not be attending this school next year. If you are considering The Village School, especially for middle and high school, please reconsider. -Middle School student at The Village School.
Our school's residential program is getting worse and worse this year, all the students in the dorm live unhappy and uncomfortable. The residential program used to have a great director who consider students' interest as the most important things in his job. But the new dorm director consider nothing for students's study and life. The students even be forced to have early lights out or loose the rights to go out with the daily trip for punishments. What's more, most dorm students don't have relatives in Houston, the one could help them is school, and it writes in the handbook as well, but when they are sick and need to go to the doctor, the dorm director and dorm parents even don't take them to doctor on time, which made students fell even worse. The residential life even don't allow students to take the SAT or TOFFEL test which are essential for their college application, this is totally unreasonable and selfish because they afraid they need more dorm parents wake up early and complain. As a parent I feel so upset about this school's policy and the dorm directors, we pay fifty thousand a year for our children but they even can't be took care the basic daily life.
It is a good private school. Good teachers and good education quality. Satisfied with all aspects.
I am a parent of a residential student. I have to say I am very disappointed at the residential management and the services. We pay a very high fee and it increases every year. However, the service and the care they given to the students are getting worse and worse. I regret to choose this school. They enroll more and more students who can not even qualify for high school. That tells me the school is only care about money, not the quality and the reputation.
I was a former student at The Village School (1985-1996). It was a privilege to have gone to this school during my formative years. The school allowed me to attend this school on scholarship. I knew of other schoolmates that were also receive full scholarship.
I'm a student at The Village School and have been for a couple of years now. The academics in this school is very strong, but only for those who are willing to work for it. Teachers in the 2012-2013 year were very disappointing, but in this new school year all new teachers have been very good so far and have plenty of experience. It is true that there are several newer students that do not take academics as seriously as others and those tend to fall behind. There are occasional problems with the administration due to the fact that it's growing so fast, but it has been getting better. The school is expanding it's facilities at a rapid rate. Teachers are very good at coming, at least, half and hour before school starts and and staying half an hour after the very last bell in case any student wants help. The athletic department, though not nearly as big as public schools, I believe is very close. Playing sports has been a big part of all my years at Village and I've gotten to know each of my coaches personally. The truth about the Village School is that, if your child is willing to work hard, this school can guarantee them a bright future and a great, diverse high school experience
The Village School has a new HS principal this year. He has dumbed down the curriculum and forced teachers to pass students who cannot or will not do the work. Students cannot receive any lower than a 50%. Several teachers left during the school year, and more will leave at the end of the year, due to his and the asst principals policies. If you want a guarantee that your child will be promoted no matter what, plop down your 20 thousand, cause this is the place for you! Education and a degree should be based on merit, this school is no better than a public school, and the leadership is probably even worse than you would find at most public schools. When The Village School was sold to Meritas, it became purely about profit and not excellence. Put your child elsewhere, if you want them challenged and care about ethics and grades based on merit and not money.
As a teacher at the Village School in Houston, I am disappointed in this school. Because they are desperate for students, they make us PUSH our students during class time to convince them to return if they are thinking of not coming back the following school year. They also have us EXCLUDE students from end of the year parties/functions if a student decides not to return. It is humiliating to the student as they are left behind while the others go to a party and receive gifts from the school. This IS NOT how a school should treat their students. It is very hurtful and shameful. I am considering leaving this job as soon as I find another.
Great school with excellent teachers. It has great people who are very sociable as well as they work together to accomplish the mission at the end!
I agree with what some people are saying. The new teachers have very little experience. Some teachers can't spell. Academic program is supposed to be individualized, but it's not unless you constantly nag the teachers to do something. And they spend less time on smart kids and give more time to students who are behind. Makes me wonder what did I pay so much for. My child was bored out of her mind. They accept any students as long as parents have enough money to pay. I don't plan to re-enroll my child next year. I rate this school at average, but I think it's definitely losing its reputation.
I went to The Village School for a couple years. As mentioned in many other reviews, the student/teacher ratio is very high. The schools isn't very diverse as claimed. Although they take pride in uniqueness, the students aren't very accepting. I never felt accepted by many students. I felt judged because of the people that were my best friends. The dress code seems strongly enforced, but thy are too lax about dress code. Academically, the teachers hardly ever went out of their way to help. Basically if you struggled, the class moved forward. The only option given was tutoring for a fee. The school takes so much pride in theirs athletic department, but the facilities are very limited. I also did not enjoy my time on any teams or PE. The faculty in that area isn't great. I also think the overnight trips are extremely short and they should be in the middle of the year. However on the positive side I did have some memorable experiences. This school is a hit or a miss.
I am very disappointed with the school. It seems to be equivalent to an average public school in terms of academics except that you need to pay here. Teachers are very new and inexperienced esp. in 3rd - 5th grades. I came from Californica and was shocked to see such poor academics of a private school. Lower school management has excuse for everything. I will not re-enroll my child again and will not recommend this school.
It used to be a good school until couple of years back. Most of tecahers are very new to village school and not very experienced in teaching - more fresh out of college or 1-3 years of overall teaching experience. It seems to be on a steady downhill since last couple of years.
The Village school provides an excellent balance of nurturing and hardcore academics. I also love that there are so much diversity here since there are children from Europe, India, China etc. It is the only private school in Houston with an IB program. Also there is a boarding for about 70 children from different places. I love that my child comes in contact with so many cultures. The academic program is top of the line. It is a little expensive than the other private schools but so worth it! I am proud to be part of the Village family.
I have been a Village parent for a number of years and have seen the school grow. The Village School was a very good school prior to Meritas, the company that now owns it. But Meritas has helped Village rise to new levels of quality. Yes, the cost of my chidren's education has risen significantly, but I am also a witness to the benefit of these increased costs. Across the board, Village has made great progress in bringing new leadership and new teaching talent to my children's school experience. Class sizes have been reduced and tired educational spaces have been renovated though, they have more to do. I'm also familiar with the competition. The cost of a Village education is in line with other strong programs like Awty, SJS, and Kinkaid. And yet, I don't get pressured every year for annual giving. My children are at Village because I want them prepared for college and life beyond; It isn't about million dollar buildings, it's about high quality people.
look elsewhere. a corporation bought the school 4+ years ago and it's been a steady downhill ever since. the only thing increasing is the tuition and continual surprise of extra fees for activities. there are still some great teachers there, but many have left. the staff is obviously stressed and it shows. too bad. glad my kids were there during the good years before the company took hold.
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