The principal and support staff (social worker, psychologist, etc) are phenomenal at helping kids where they are at and finding individualized approaches to help each kid reach their potential and grow. The academics at VHE are good, but it's the social and emotional education given to the kids that struggle that blows us away. We appreciate this attitude (instead of a punitive approach) more than words can express. It works, and it's incredible to see kids mature and become the kind and responsible school citizens they can be.
Fantastic staff and administration who see each child and what they need to be the best learner they an be. Racially, if not very economically diverse. Active PTO. Awesome families and students. Many opportunities to get involved. My kids love school here and we feel lucky they have VHE to help them navigate the social and academic challenges they sometimes face.
Teachers are burned out. The building is not conducive to learning. The principal is very defensive and unable to create a growth oriented environment. The student make-up has changed with school choice and there are students from bad areas that bring a very poor attitude to the school. VH used to be a good school, but things have changed for the worse.