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Vista Academy Of The Woodlands1
Posted December 04, 2013
- a parent
Things to consider - Extremely high teacher & student turn over, Classrooms are tiny, teachers do not get the support/training they need, teach to the state test, they (Responsive Eduction) are all about $$ they get for each student being enrolled & doesnt invest it back in the school (just opening new campuses) Spirit Filled Celebration Church makes A LOT of $$ off the school but won't add things/charges to use the auditorium which the PTO has to pay for, PTO buys most the supplies for the teachers which responsive education should pay for, no real technology or textbooks, tiny playground, no room to run, no school nurse, state test scores are extremely low, PE is on the concrete driveway everyday, jr. High spends 45 minutes of school each day putting up all the folding chairs/tables & vacuuming the lunch room, k-8th share one set of bathrooms and the big thing teachers won't enroll their own kids there.
This is our second year, at Vista, and it has been wonderful. There have been a few small issues, but the teachers and staff continue to put our children first. Mine is learning a great deal more than what she did in public school. It also teaches them to be more independent as they get older. The PTO is also very involved and do a great deal for the kids and teachers.
Great School. We are excited to be back and it looks like this year will be the best year yet for my children. We are excited to see all the changes and the staff's genuine enthusiasm even while working on the hot parking lot during pick-up. Great people equals a great school and we feel blessed to be a part of it. Thanks everyone.
This school has been a blessing for my children. There is a new principal that has 15 years of experience in education and working as a principal. Don't let all the negative comments steer you wrong. It is a great school with some fantastic teachers and parents that really care about the students. The music classes are unbelievable! My child is learning things that she would never be introduced to this early in a regular public school. They challenge the children and help them grow academically. The PTO is awesome. They do so many great things that you will not see in other schools. I highly recommend this campus.
There are things that people should know about this school before they enroll their child. The principal has no *education* in his background let alone leadership training. He has never obtained a certification for teaching or to be a principal- He relies heavily on staff for making decisions. I would feel better if someone was working in the field of public education to be knowledgeable in education. There are so many problems in this school, it would be hard to repair the reputation without some major overhauling.
My child attended Vista last year, and we are leaving for 2 main reasons: 1) The school does not have the organizational competence to attract and retain quality teachers and students. 2) The school does not take security seriously and it is easy to walk into the school at any time, even if you are a stranger. As for my first point - In September of last year there was 100% turnover of all the Kindergarten and First Grade teachers, plus a handful of other grades, where the teachers left because they were offered jobs at other public elementary schools. What does that say that the Teachers are willing to leave after school has started for a "better" higher paying job elsewhere, Vista does not offer enough money or support to the teachers, simply because it cannot. There is NO senior staff there and only 1 "Campus Director" (aka principal) and 2 office staff. The Vista model is supposed to offer individual teaching tracks for each child - it does not. Nothing was individualized for my child or anyone's.There is a lack of supplies and resources for parents and teachers.There are no textbooks and kids have to look stuff up on Wikipedia.The school often leaves the front office empty.