I was not thrilled about my son going to a school where 83% of the children are eligible for free lunches. The teachers there are amazing though. Mrs. Fink and Mrs. Haldstead, the kindergarten teachers, are wonderful teachers and i'm amazed by their passion to teach. You also do not have to buy school supplies, snacks are given for free to the children each day.
My daughter attends this school. Right now she is in a class that is a blend of 1st and 2nd graders. I had no idea until she brought home a newsletter from her teacher in her backpack the 2nd week of school. Not a fan. I'm sure her teacher must be great to be able to divide time between teaching the 2nd graders and 1st graders different curriculum, but it shouldn't HAVE to be divided. My daughter has had a hard time concentrating in class due to this issue. The school itself is very disorganized. The bus basically comes whenever it wants to rather than on time, or kids end up not even getting put on the bus after school. no reminder calls regarding early release, they boasted about how something like 80% of her class was at state reading level.I was surprised that they were excited by that percentage. also they were behind her previous school in reading assignments so for two months in kindergarten she did homework she had already done. I like the small school size, but I'm seriously considering moving her to a school where she will be more challenged academically, and one that is more organized.
I have been a part of Fruit Valley Elementary for only a short time, around 6 years, but my wife's grandmother was an aid there for over twenty years so it feels as if I have been a part of the FVES family for years. This family environment is the main strength of the school and Debbie Elliot (principle) is one of the main reasons. With a diverse group of families to blend ideas and strengths I see FVES continuing to improve!
The principal is a wonderful person that listens to the child as well as the adult. All the kids enjoy going to school. The new school is clean and well taken care of. They have a daycare in the same building which is very nice. They are always giving the stundents free books to keep them reading. Over all a great school
My children are reading in kender garden and education is not only what they do, they give kids love and the kids know that they are there to learn and they are confident on there education. Every child is one in the school teachers,Students,Parents are all happy smiling, you walk the halls and every one is saying hi. If you need help they have a resorce room there, so they are always there to help. I love this school and when I move from the nabor hood it only means that i will be driving my kids to school. My children will go there in tell they are put in middle school. if a student is having trouble they make the time to teach one on one.