We have been with the school since its inception and have therefore seen a lot of ups and downs as would be expected with any new school that has the autonomy that charter schools have. We did have one one teacher who did a poor job but his contract was not renewed after his first (and only) year. So I'm not sure why one reviewer said the teachers are terrible without any elaboration. My child's teacher this year is far and away one of the most outstanding teachers I've ever seen in action. We feel lucky! The reading specialist is awesome. The global arts teacher does gorgeous and unique projects with the kids. (She even took them snowshoeing this year!) In short it's a growing school with growing pains but "terrible teachers" are not one of them.
Verona Area International School is a charter elementary school in Fitchburg. The principal of Verona Area International School is Barbara Drake, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 94 students attend Verona Area International School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 8% of the Verona Area International School students are "limited in English proficiency." 22% of the 94 students here have subsidized lunches. Stoner Prairie Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Video film production
- P.E. classes
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|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||22%||28%|
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My daughter is a kindergartner at VAIS and we love it! But I want to be honest and say that I had my doubts. I questioned if it was a good idea to limit her to the same class of students for her entire elementary school experience what if there were bullying issues? I questioned having my child in a less traditional setting. I questioned whether there would be adequate resources. Here is what we have found. We love her class and the community in general. She has made a lot of friends and the teachers are amazing at helping the students resolve any social conflicts so that they develop those skills and strengthen their bonds of friendship. I love that we have a non traditional school because we are a community that supports one another our staff and our students. Our children have numerous opportunities to socialize outside of school at fundraisers and community awareness events giving them and us a sense of ownership and pride in our school. And as far as resources go we had nothing to worry about. Between our amazing teaching staff and parent volunteers there is an abundance of resources and support for our students. We couldn't as for a better education!
The teachers in this school are terrible. Don't make the mistake of sending your child here. T
We are very happy with our choice for our daughter!! We were hesitant at first as we wanted her to learn Spanish but now we realize this is a great choice. Many children know Spanish in the US but not many know Chinese. She can easily learn Spanish at a later date but Chinese would be harder to learn. Her math and English writing skills have also taken off quickly. Her teachers realize her talents and keep her challenged -- she reads at least 2 grade levels ahead and her math skills are 1 grade level ahead. We wonder why more parents don't want to grab this amazing opportunity!!
Our school just keeps getting better and better. We have a wonderful community of students and parents. We have the most amazing teachers who are so dedicated! They work together to make sure that each child's needs are met to learn. We have a first-class global arts program that integrates art music and gym - every school should be doing this. It helps the students find their special talent and broadens their thinking to look beyond the box for what works. As for the shining star of our school - immersion in second language (Mandarin Chinese) it is an amazing concept and works very well. My children soak up the language with Math Science and language arts being taught in Mandarin. Studies show learning a second language opens up neural pathways to increase problem solving skills. I have seen the results in my children at home. My children LOVE their school! We are very lucky to have such a great school I couldn't be more pleased. We are so fortunate to live in an amazing school district that offers so many choices for children to learn and grow!
It is true that VAIS has had some challenges as do all new schools but the benefits have far-outweighed the challenges. Even though my son learns half the day in Chinese he still is ahead of grade level in both math and reading. Our returning Chinese teacher is a math guru and our English teacher and Director are excellent. With the international curriculum the students learn so many interesting things about other countries and cultures. VAIS is not just about learning Chinese it's about preparing our children to be global citizens. We are so lucky to have this unique school in the Verona Area School District!
VAIS is a wonderful school that will give your child an unique set of skills! Our son has had an amazing Kindergarten year. The math curriculum is outstanding. He is doing double-digit addition in his head. The reading strategies taught in the English part of the day are so fun for the kids to use that he looks forward to his 10 minutes of reading homework each night. Our son has moved up 7 reading levels in just 8 months. He gets to be creative in Global Arts and explore areas that he is interested in. He is excited and looks forward to going to school everyday. On top of all of this he is learning how to speak Chinese. This is such an unique skill that will set him apart from the crowd in the years ahead. We could not be happier at VAIS. The Verona Area School District is fortunate to be able to offer this awesome opportunity to their families!
Our daughter has had a wonderful experience in the Verona Area International School. She converses in Mandarin and loves to impress native Chinese speakers by singing songs that they had also learned as children in Mandarin. She is performing far above grade level in her English reading in addition to learning math in both English and Chinese. We have great expectations for the school moving forward and plan to stay with VAIS into the foreseeable future.
My child is a kindergartener this year and I am very impressed with the school teachers and parent involvement to date. Verona has great schools overall and it was tough to pick the right one for my child but VAIS has been a perfect fit. The English and Chinese kindergartener teachers are both top notch teachers that are dedicated to their students and the future success of the school. They have been able to identify each student's strengths and teach to improve individual weaknesses. At least 30% of the parents are very involved in volunteering. Sometimes the volunteer base seems limited because there are only two classes this year and yet everything for a full k-5 school is still accomplished. As a new kindergarten class is added each year the volunteer base will grow. VAIS covers all of the regular academics and the students learn a second language as a bonus. If you have ever thought a second language might be useful this is your chance to give one to your kids. They are sponges and just absorb the language into their little brains with ease.