It seems to be a perfectly good school if your kids are on track, but VES is an unwilling partner to kids who need more advanced work. The principal arranged to have our boys move up to 3rd grade for a portion of their math lesson, which sounded great, but he failed to mention that the work was entirely independent. For about a month, where we thought they'd be getting extra instruction, they got no instruction at all from the 3rd or 2nd grade teacher in math. They did the work independently in 2nd grade, graded it in 3rd, and went back to 2nd while the 3rd grader teacher spent another hour actually teaching the other kids. My kids were literally teaching themselves.
Their mistakes were given as proof that they weren't ready for 3rd grade math despite the fact that they were doing as well as most 3rd graders would have done with no teacher. I realize there were scheduling limitations, but I resent the dishonesty in hiding the full extent of the situation from me and then blaming it on my children's aptitude. Looking back, I have a very hard time believing this was not a scheme designed to fail.
It is a comfort, however, to realize just how far ahead the private school got them last year. In 1st grade at a Montessori, my boys each tested at the 3rd grade level in math on the ITBS, 96th and 99th percentiles, and one even managed to pass an impromptu 3rd grade math SOL given by the principal at the start of 2nd grade. They know fractions, multiplication, division, negative numbers, and probability, and yet here they are at VES learning how to count the bunnies. Apparently this is correct.
My son started his elementary education at Victory in 2014 in Kindergarten. He is now in 1st grade. The office staff is ALWAYS courteous and attentive. The PTO is actively engaged in the school, always doing fun and service-oriented activities for the children and their family. The students seem overall happy to be a Westie. The curriculum is progressive. I was a room parent in 2014-2015 and took on the responsibility again in 2015-2016. Parents have been VERY supportive of their classroom(s). I have enjoyed the teacher/parent relationship. The morning / afternoon transportation process is excellent. I am told from friends who put their children in the morning/afternoon School Age Child Care (SACC) Program is top-notch. Your child/children are in good hands at Victory. They did re-align the school boundaries summer 2015, changes took place this year. We'll see if/how this affects parent involvement, funding, etc.
My son's kindergarten teacher was very effective. My son's first grade teacher is a full-time temporary to possible permanent sub, while the primary teacher has been on leave for the school year. This is the teacher's first full year of teaching. The work my son brings home reflects good teaching skills. I'm aware the teacher works with a mentor during this first year.
Students have various learning programs that reflect strong values. There is a no bully policy. Children are encouraged to wear a colored shirt representing a specific value that focuses on kindness, etc. during parts of the year.
Victory Elementary School is awesome. I have a rising 4th and 1st grader. We are a military family that moved from the Hawaii public school system. At the beginning of the year my 3rd grader read at 1st grade level. In just one year at Victory, she improved TWO GRADE LEVELS in reading. My Kindergartener started school last year without being able to read and now she can. I can't say enough about this school. Both of my childer are so excited to start another year at VICTORY!!! Mrs. Aanderud and Mrs. Roberts are superb teachers!
Update: Another year in the books and my kids are still in love with the school. My daughter is entering 5th grade and will be sad to say good bye to Victory Elementary!
Victory Elementary is truly a school of excellence! All four of my children have attended Victory. I rate this school so high because of the dedicated and extraordinary teachers. Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Staples are the best!
Most of the teachers are very nice and helpful. Some of the office staff could use some work, the attendance line is atrocious. They don't bother to take your child's name down, then the same person calls you a few hours later saying your child is absent. I don't know if this is due to language issue. If your child excellence in PE don't expect them to get any praise, actually just the opposite. I feel the vibe of this school is push down children that are excelling at a high level and praise the children that have behavior issues or functioning a low level. This method robs a motivated child of their desire to push themselves.
The teachers at this school are absolutely amazing! I have 2 children in the school and they absolutely love Victory. School spirit is high here and the teachers are to thank! We have been so lucky to have such warm and caring teachers for my 2 high-energy boys. We couldn't be happier! The PTO and other parent volunteers work so hard to bring fun and new events each year like Movie Night, Family Bingo, and more. Go Westies!
The principal is doing nothing more than counting her days to retirement(Parents are too). She tends to stay in her office all day and micromanaging from her computer/desk and has no clue to what is actually going on in the building. Web pages aren't always up to date. Some staff members yell. Office staff is great. Discipline is poor in the building and on the bus. Class sizes are large.Trailers! So sad for a newish school. Smaller schools in the county get subjects like, music art and gym more times throughout the year because they have days they can go instead we get stuck with having guidance and math science. Guidance should be available for student needs.The math/science teacher shows videos all the time. STOP videos. The school used to have a great drumming program, but when a new teacher was hired she sold all the instruments to another school?! Why it would be allowed that an inexperienced teacher would be allowed to sell equipment is sad? Songs that she teaches are taught throughout all grade levels from year to year, so students are getting the same lesson every year. Music performances have also gone down hill in recent years. PTO has fab after school programs.
My son went to this school. The facility is very nice and activities are plenty. His teacher is excellent and there is teacher-parent conference every 2-3 months. My daughter will be in the same school after this summer and she is very exciting about going to the same school as his brother for K.