SVES is a passable school, as one commentator said before "if" you have an average child. But throw a difficult child or a child with an IEP into the mix and the staff is lost and tries to get the student moved to a new classroom. If moving to a new classroom doesn't work, they will start suggesting "alternative placement. This is not just my experience but a few other parents I have know. The "new" administration is happy to work with parents so long as you don't ask them to do anything. One of my children actually laments the retirement of Dr. English and surprisingly so do I.
My children have had some good and some not so good. If I had to say I would say that there are far more ineffective teachers at the school than effective ones. Honestly Sunrise greatly benefits from the community from which the students are drawn, lots of educated affluent parents and plenty of stay at homes, pretty sure the empirical data will back up the importance of SES on early childhood academic success.
Don't get too excited about Sunrise Valley. This new administration is not an improvement. Don't go here if you have an LD kid. If you're kid is average Sunrise Valley is OK. The principal and vice don't get kids with an IEP.
SVES has an incredible faculty. For many years there had been a significant leadership problem there, but that has worked itself out. With the retirement of the prior administrator the school looks to be back on track.
This is a passably good elementary school drawing children mostly from fairly well-to-do neighborhoods. Discipline problems are practically unheard of. Teachers are friendly and competent, For the most part. The art teacher , unfortunately, does seem to lack basic classroom management skills and spends the majority of class time yelling at students. The is doubly unfortunate because students will be exposed to that year after year, in a class they really should be enjoying. On the brightside, the schoolis a center for AAP and the school does a great job of integrating the AAP students/classes with the Gen Ed students/classes so that any differences are really not noticeable. The school has a great Physical Education program and the teachers of that program really stand out. The library is exceptional. The extra-curricular activities are pretty good. Overall, I would recommend this school.
Looking at the negative comments, they must be written by the same people repeatedly. They use the same words. Anyway, these negative comments are obviously a couple people who had difficulty for whatever reason. Sometimes when a kid has an academic or behavioral problem people get defensive and become aggressive. We have probably all been there to some degree. Unfortunately, these few were unkind and kind of scary. SVES has been great for my kids. We have no complaints. They all love the music program and have been in band and strings. PE could be longer or more days. It would be nice if all kids were pushed and challenged more in math so they might be ready for Algebra in 7th grade. My kids have done well in math though and seem like they know more than I did in 6th grade. Reading is super important but writing could be a greater focus. Technology is used a lot although some of the laptops are extremely slow, according to the kids. The community events are fun although there do not seem to be enough. What happened to the fun fair? There are lots of clubs for kids - Girls on the Run is a great one. There is chess club and champions. Teachers are well liked.
Great school!. Relatively small school with a great sense of community. Every student matters and the kids feel it as do the parents. Teachers are responsive. Kids are happy in school which says a lot. There are many clubs and leadership opportunities for the students. Could not ask for a better school for my kids to go to. We chose this area because of the good school system and we selected Sunrise Valley in particular. Our kids are almost done with SVES and will be moving on to LHMS and I know they wwill be ready.
We pulled our children out of SVES due to 1) the "teacher is first" instead of student first attitude, 2) the leadership loving her running of a bureaucracy and 3) the bias toward the GT (now AAP) teachers and kids. Woe to the parent whose child is in general education classes - the curriculum is "teach down to the SOL's". Very little critical thinking taught.