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Vandagriff Elementary School9

Aledo, TX | Parker County


May 6, 2014

Yes, this school has switched principals in the last few years, but I don't think it's had any impact on the quality of the school. what I mean is, I don't think the switching of administrators has had a detrimental affect on the students. My daughter LOVES it here and the academics are wonderful. Previously she was in the Keller ISD, which was just okay. This district is far and above, better than what she as in. I saw one other post complained about bullying. I personally haven't had that problem. I don't think Vandagriff has issues that any other elementary school doesn't have with kids picking on other kids. That kind of issue exists pretty much everywhere.

Submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014

In five years (2009-2014), Vandagriff Elementary has had four different principals, three different assistant principals, two different science coordinators, two different PEIMS coordinators, and multiple turnovers in staff. My son took spelling tests every week for 11 weeks, he only received one graded test back in this entire period. The administration changed the travel procedure for arrival days before state testing. Afterwards, students were late to school for weeks. The administration's response was the children weren't late for the test . . . Vandagriff seems to be the stepchild of the Aledo Schools.

Submitted by a parent

March 31, 2014

I have four children that go to Vandagriff and the teachers are excellent. There is a strong group of volunteers, and great community support. The school itself is a little dated, but the teachers, administrators, and others more than make up for it.

Submitted by a parent

November 14, 2013

Vandagriff has gone through several principles in the 3 years we've attended - that alone speaks volumes of it's deficiencies. The bullying at this school is deplorable. Complaints fall on deaf ears. Administration is defensive when asked for help. They are too concerned with their ratings at the state level - not the students. Morale is low, teachers are shuffled around and overworked and the students are crammed with so much homework that parents are required to become teachers at home to keep up. They can't keep a principle in place longer than 1.5 years and the parents are disgusted. The bus system is an abomination! Only the students who don't have a choice ride it. The lunchroom is supervised by a couple of staff and parent volunteers because the teachers are busy enjoying lunch in the teachers lounge. This, like the busses, creates an opportune environment for bullying. Very few parents are involved beyond lunch or class parties. There is only one counselor to almost 500 kids. If parents showed the same level of support at school as they do at our football games, our kids would be better for it. Don't even consider this district if your child has special needs. Shameful!

Submitted by a parent

March 21, 2013

My two boys have attended Vandagriff for the last 4 years and we love it. The teachers are super dedicated and put their all into the it. My son was identified as dyslexic last year and has had plenty of help in that regard since. Both boys are reading well ahead of the curve and are very happy. The kindergarten teachers are amazing!

Submitted by a parent

May 8, 2012

New Principal. Have tried to give her the benefit of the doubt all year but I really just am concerned and disappointed. She does not seem to interact with the kids, and she avoids parents. Morale is very low and staff is quitting right and left. Thankful we are almost finished with elementary school.

Submitted by a parent

January 20, 2009

I am very unhappy with the program for special needs children with this district. I have had to pull my child out of school and move to a private location because this school can not get it together. When i went to complain to the super int. I was simply redirected to the special ed directer. I guess special needs children do not get the same respect that regular ed children get.

Submitted by a parent

January 19, 2009

The program for special needs children is way under par! We have to go outside of the district to have our childs needs met.

Submitted by a parent

October 27, 2008

This is our first year at Vandagriff. We love our teacher. We see progress reports but no details but if we ask she is ready to help. It is sad that there is a very low PTO attendance. It is a friendly school but could use more parent involvement to make it a great school.

Submitted by a parent

July 6, 2008

I am a teacher in another district and have lots of years experience in schools. (my grandchildren attend Vandagriff) ) I think this is a great school! The principal is very visable and the staff in the office are friendly and helpful. My grandchildren love the teachers they are very happy at Vandagriff!

Submitted by a teacher

November 3, 2007

The school (Vandagriff) rates well in academic testing. The staff is serious about their students reaching their highest potential. I do agree that the other elementary schools have a better balance between academics and social activities than Vandagriff.

Submitted by a parent

October 30, 2007

Vandagriff adheres to the motto 'all work, no play' while the other two elementary schools have various dress up days, pumpkin decorating contests, and other activities to develop school spirit. Vandagriff lags behind the rest!

Submitted by a parent

April 16, 2006

The academics are average and the staff seems overworked.

Submitted by a parent

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