Yes they don't allow kid cell phones, which is great! Cell phones are distraction. Go watch a classroom of high school students play with their phones rather than participate in their less entertaining class, this does happen in our wonderful woodlands public schools.
My son was asked to do one weekday early morning tutoring, this lasted for a few months and ended when he mastered the subject. Tutoring was free and for my child's benefit, I believe this was beneficial to our family. And I'd be happy to take him to tutoring again if he does need it again in the future.
All the teachers my son in 2015-16 for 7th grade seemed to be qualified and do a good job. My son can be a challenge, thinks he knows everything and is sensitive to correction, and I'm glad the teachers care about him and the other kids. I believe I had an appropriate amount of communication with the teachers and other school staff. I sometimes think it must be hard for them to deal with parents that are difficult like my son can be.
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.
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!
This school is utterly ridiculous! Even the teachers LOOK like they hate it there. I challenge you to get one to say that they really like it there. Heck, most of them won't even send their own kids to the school.
Our son is in his second year at Vista Academy and I believe he is receiving a very solid education. One has to realize that the school has only been in existence in this location for a few years, and the principal has made great deal of forward progress since he took charge in the fall of 2013. Yes, the school is on rented property and they don't have everything a large public school would have, but they do have relatively smaller classes and a motivated staff of teachers. They are not perfect, but they do respond to constructive insight and adapt as needed. Yes there are what some may think are draconian rules on not using cell phones nor being absent but those are there for a reason: .the kids need to be paying attention and have to show up to learn. Since it is funded by the state based on tuition, they do need to make sure the kids are present. One of the reasons I do like it is that a parent can get involved and make an impact. Finally, since my wife is a substitute teacher at a few of the local public schools, she has seen that Vista does seem to have an edge in children who are more motivated to learn and parents who seem to care.