Our 4 kids were at Vista for 3 years and each year things got worse. Lots of disconnect and a lot of turnover with the teachers and the principal. It really makes it hard to have any consistency when there is that much turn over. After we left the school we realized how much our kids were missing with the lack of extracurricular activities. Teacher communication was poor which was surprising with the size of the school. When we did have communication it seemed like (some not all) the teachers were more on the defense than partnering with you. There are a few really great teachers but for the most part we never really felt like we were a team with the teachers in teaching our kids. There was no pride with the school. The staff seemed very unhappy most of the time and there just was not any school spirit. We were so disappointed because we wanted to stay but felt that the kids just were not getting the quality of education they needed. Kids started not liking school and it was becoming a problem. The school has so much potential but is really lacking in strong leadership and consistency. The leadership is the backbone of any organization. Maybe in time they will get it right but until then we were not risking our kid’s education on them trying to figure it out.
The teachers at WPS are excellent -- without exception in our experience. Ms. Williams in Grade 1 has been truly fabulous. Caring, compassionate, and engaging. She keeps the kids interested and stimulated in the classroom -- not an easy task with 6 year olds!
Our daughter brings homework home every day. It is not particularly challenging, but teaches the students the importance of making learning a daiiy activity and forces parents to engage in their children's learning.
We love the new administration at WPS. So many positive changes at the school this year. The new teachers are wonderful, and the environment is warm and caring. The school has a vibrant mix of local and expat families... you won't go wrong at Woodlands Prep!
I am a mom of three children at Vista, this is their fourth year at the school. My children have excelled at the school; the teachers genuinely care and know my children personally. I am so thankful that we have options. Also- to the comment that teachers would not bring their children here, I am a teacher at Vista and I would not have my kids anywhere else. This is true of most of our teachers, and if a teacher does not have their child here- it is NOT because they do not believe in the school; there are other factors in deciding where to place your child- such as sports, which Vista does not offer.
This is the first year my kids have gone to Vista. We came from a very large public school, and we Love vista academy! The staff is great! The school is small and I really like that everyone knows who you are and who your kids are. My kids have learned so much this year ! Best decision that we have made!