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Vista Peak P-8 Exploratory2

Aurora, CO | Arapahoe County

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September 26, 2014


Incredible school! We moved from a wealthy area in Littleton 2 years ago. The schools in that area all had a student to teacher ratio of 1 to 30+ students Vista Peak Prep and Exploratory have blown my expectations out of the water!!! My children are being lead with strong moral standards from the Faculty. The drop-out rate is lower then most of the wealthiest areas in the state.. My 2 little ones are very happy at the Exploratory. I spoke with the Principal and was informed another Elementary School is opening up near the Aurora Community Center. This will cut the class sizes dramatically. I'm also aware of another elementary school opening up off Little River St and 1st. in 2-3 years. This new area is growing fast! growing pains are expected. My 3 year old will be in great hands when she takes her first steps in to school. : ) My Senior was more prepared for the world then I could have ever imagined!! He received a full ride academic scholarship to a prestigious University, while being a full time athlete in Highschool. College credits earned were a big plus! The staff truly allow the children to grow and learn in a positive environment. 5 stars!!!

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September 2, 2014


Bad school, bad administration. The school has a few great teachers but overall the school is a horrible place.

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July 23, 2014


This will be my daughter first year this upcoming school year and yes I have read and heard about the negative part associated to this school. How ever I have choosen to build my own opinion of the school and it's not starting off so good. First the administration office, the paper work that I was given, and the school web site states that registration will begin on July 22. How ever when get to the school the lady in the front turns me and another parent away and stated to come back on Friday, and handed me a packet to fill out and bring back with me . When I stated that the registration office told me to come on this date she stated that she wished they would stop telling people that. I was just confused the information that is being given to parents all match date wise and hers don't. Strike One!

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May 21, 2014


It really breaks my heart to read some of these comments. I am a teacher in another district, but my kids go to Vista PEAK. Their teachers are some of the best I have ever worked alongside with. Have you been to the school? Thousands of kids. Do you know how hard that is? Please don't blame the leaders/teachers/staff. As someone who can empathize, they are working so hard to help our kids. My youngest has made so much growth and my oldest is challenged in so many ways. I really don't understand some of these mean comments... it's sad.. can't we work together. It is a new school. You can only do so much at once to make it better. My kids have talked to me about so many bullying groups and lessons. I do think there should be more supervision... but isn't that a district decision..to hire more staff. If you read this and have positive things to say or constructive feedback... please post it~! I know my kid's teachers would appreciate it!

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May 8, 2014


I Agree with this previous post 110% as I am now going through the Same Things. They do NOTHING to protect children. Previous poster: "This school does not even deserve one star. The bullying started the first week of school and was allowed to get so bad, with no one notifying me when my son was hurt or got into a fight protecting himself, that we had to pull both my kids out half way through the year. The head secretary is snarky, rude, and overly mean to my kids. The Administrators are lazy at best and negligent is not even the worst. I requested a copy of my kids' records two months ago and have only gotten partial records twice... after asking 11 times with threats of lawsuits. Horrible school. My kids are now in therapy because of the way things are done here and bullies are praised while the victims are taken out of class and given a class of their own how bullying is their fault for being weaker and not understanding the bullies. Please, please keep your children safe physically, emotionally, and socially and Do Not let them go to this school. Especially if your child has any special needs."

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April 23, 2014


The teachers and staff at Vista PEAK truly care about these kids and are doing everything they can to advocate for children and what's best for them, while accelerating learning for all. My kids love their teachers and I can tell their teachers adore them.

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April 15, 2014


My son has been in this school for two years and I don't think it could get much better. His knowledge is above grade level, so he has an individual learning plan. Both years the teachers kept him engaged, excited to learn and he has met and exceeded goals. I say this to show that individual abilities are taken into consideration and plans have follow through. I agree with another reviewer that every new school has growing pains, and no school is perfect, but the administration will listen to you if approached with civility. And they absolutely work with the pta, as I have seen change brought about through this channel even in the short time we have attended. I give VP two thumbs up.

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March 21, 2014


All of the administrators should be fired. They do nothing to handle the ongoing student behavior problems or parent complaints. They don't return phone calls or emails and when you show up in person because they don't get back to you, they tell the secretary they have no time to meet with you; yet, there are 4 of them! There are several good teachers that have left only to be replaced with terrible ones that follow their administrators' lead and don't return phone calls or emails either. They also have a para that walks around like she runs the school and gets on to kids for doing stuff that she allows her daughter to get away with. Most of the kids can't stand her, so I don't know why they allow her to run so much. The facility is beautiful and there are several great staff members, but you lead by example and the example being set is not a good one.

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March 6, 2014


This school does not even deserve one star. The bullying started the first week of school and was allowed to get so bad, with no one notifying me when my son was hurt or got into a fight protecting himself, that we had to pull both my kids out half way through the year. The head secretary is snarky, rude, and overly mean to my kids. The Administrators are lazy at best and negligent is not even the worst. I requested a copy of my kids' records two months ago and have only gotten partial records twice... after asking 11 times with threats of lawsuits. Horrible school. My kids are now in therapy because of the way things are done here and bullies are praised while the victims are taken out of class and given a class of their own how bullying is their fault for being weaker and not understanding the bullies. Please, please keep your children safe physically, emotionally, and socially and Do Not let them go to this school. Especially if your child has any special needs.

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February 23, 2014


Great school great teacher great staff great front desk clerk I think the rate should be 5 out of ten

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February 7, 2014


This school is ridiculous. Their staff constantly are being involved in situations with students where the student gets expelled when they should be considered the victim, and the staff gets away clean. Ms.Burrel is the worst dean ever, she does not know how to manage kids at all and is the source of most of the degruntled students at that school. The other dean, mr.garred seems like a genuinly good hearted guy, who cares about the kids, but puts recommendations for exuplation on many kids first offenses of the year simply due to last years behavior. GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE!! The teachers are more or less better than most other schools as a whole, altough they do have their few bad grapes, as to be expected. JUST DON'T SEND YOUR CHILDREN THERE. the location, the way the run it, and they're personel are a perfect formula for failure and/or trouble.

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January 21, 2014


Do not send your kids here..... Huge disappointment- rude staff- and kids needs are not being met. I heard bad things about this school from the get go and the leadership is awful... If you are thinking about moving to the area DONT - your kids will be stuck in a school where most families open enroll elsewhere because it is just a huge disappointment. I cant believe this school hasnt been revamped with new administraion since I beleive is where the problems lie. Dont let the nice facility fool you-

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January 6, 2014


This school is a huge disappointment! Every time I turn around they have no school. They have been out for Christmas break since the 19th of December. It is now the 6th of Jan, and as other school across the state and country resume classes, some of them having returned last week after the New Year, ours continues to be closed. Were the parents properly notified? Obviously not, because I took my child to school and was called 15 minutes later to pick her up. In addition, many other parents were bringing their kids and I even saw a child walking in the zero degree temps because he did not know either. Parent/teacher conferences are a joke too! I spent 20 mins going upstairs and back down trying to figure out where I should be. Funny thing is that I checked in at the office when I arrived and I asked questions, but still got the run around. And when I express my concern to the head administrator about the lack of clarity and communication, he gives the "could care less" look and does not even verbally respond. To top it off, this school is brand new and already at capacity. They have modular units out back for classrooms and the district is talking about sending more inner city kids.

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November 10, 2013


After reading comments, I thought I needed to give my opinion. I am not part of the staff, but I am a very involved parent with a very busy outside schedule. My daughter is in the 8th grade at VP, and started when the school first opened (moving from Murphy Creek school). As a new school it is still going through growing pains, but I have noticed that the administration and teaching staff are listening and advocating for programming to include smaller class sizes (much smaller this year with some of the classes having less than 20 students; my daughter loves it), inclusion of 21st education opportunities and the development of a growth mindset for the students. The school can't raise and teach your children, please join the small % of involved parents, reinforce learning at home, contact/visit classrooms, use infinite campus (see office for password) so that you will have real time data to help assess your child's progress. We have never had any problems, our daughter has grown as a leader, achieves academic greatness because of collaborating efforts (staff+parents). You want your child(ren) to succeed, get involved. Thanks for listening and I hope this helps. 5 star coming.

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November 4, 2013


My daughter has attended vista peak exploratory since it opened. I am quite surprised by the negative reviews because when I attend functions and meetings there is very little parental involvement. I work 12 hours days and find time to be present, and ensure my child's behavior and mindset are ready for school. I see so many children who are lost because they have no apparent support at home to get them ready for school. It is not the school or teachers job to raise our children. Overall I am happy with vista peak. They still have a lot of growing to do, but instead of complaining more parents should get involved. Hope to see you at the PTSA meetings, parent teacher conferences, band concerts, field day events, sporting events, volunteering in the classrooms, using infinite campus, and other tools to ensure the future of our students,

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