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Sandia Vista Elementary School
6800 Franklin Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
(505) 338-2526
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public | PK-5
County: Sandoval


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3/18/2012parentWe are a military family and my child has attended this school for 3 years. I have been very pleased with the teaching staff and the extra activities the school has sponsered. The teachers have responded quickly to any questions I may have had . I feel like I could just pop my head into the classroom at any time if I needed to. The community that surrounds the school is very supportive and a great place for families.
1/10/2012parentMy son has been a student in the Montessori program for going on three years. During this time, we we had the pleasure of becoming part of this small, close-knit school community. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the education our son has received and have been very impressed with the faculty as a whole. The Montessori program has allowed our son to learn in a small, student-directed environment while receiving the benefits of a public school education. This is a school where most of the teachers and all the administrators know your child's name - for all the right reasons :)! Highly recommend this school.
1/10/2012parentI have 2 children who attend this school, and another who will attend next year, in the Montessori Program and we are EXTREMELY satisfied! The Montessori program is only 3 years old and my oldest has been in it since day one. RRPS is one of 200 school districts across the US to have a public montessori program. My 2nd grader is excelling, with very high DRA and MQA scores. And my kindergartener is doing fabulous with handwriting, reading, etc.. The principal, the teachers, the families are all great! The school is new and not overcrowded. We drive 15 to 20 minutes each way and it's worth it!
9/19/2011parentDon't waste your time! My Daughter has gone to Montessori for Pre-Kindergarten and has excelled in it. I wanted to continue her in the Montessori program, so this school caught my eye. I went to the parent meetings and it sounded like they had the concept. She started this year in Kindergarten very excited. It has been a bad experience. They don't teach to the children's level, it progresses at the teachers speed, which is not challenging enough and my daughter is bored. They don't look at the ques of the children as they say they do.
7/4/2011parentThe principal is not very communicative. I tried several times to contact her regarding a matter during the '09-'10 school year and she never called back. This was even after I left polite messages for her on her answering service (she never picks up). She can be a bit rude when questioned about anything. The other staff seems to be a bit gossipy and rude to the parents. I have witnessed this first-hand. I am not that fond of the teacher's. I have met quite a few of them.
3/10/2011parentDisappointed!! The school year started great, but after three months, my daughter's teacher went on extended sick leave for two months. During that time, my daughter had several different substitutes whom did not continue with the 1st grade lesson curriculum. Little or no homework had been given. After talking to other parents, we all felt that our children were lagging behind the other 1st grades. Atfer two months of questioning the adminisration with little answers, the principal finally sent out a letter to parents stating that the teacher had resigned and my child would be getting a steady teacher soon. The newly hired teacher had no idea where the curriculum had left off, so she started over again, leaving my daughter's class about six months behind the other 1st grade classes. The principal, who is very kind, handled the whole situation poorly. There should have been no discontinuation in curriculum, even among substitutes. I applaud the parents that volunteered and showed concern for a class that was being left behind.
2/23/2011parentWe have enjoyed this school very much. My son started in the Montessori Charter program last year and we kept him in Montessori, moving up to the 6-8 year old room this year. We are not in this school district, so it was a good way for us to get him into the SVE schools. The school is new, beautiful and seems very technology oriented. The principal is extremely nice and has been helpful with all issues I have had. I also think it's rare these days for kids to have creative arts, but once a week they go to art, music, computers or library. The Montessori program is definitely feeling like a work in progress, but my son is making huge strides in reading and social skills. My only complaint would be that there is not an overwhelming amount of parent-info sent home. I had to look on-line to see about snow make-up days, when that could have easily been a flyer sent home.
12/8/2010parentAwful school so far! We moved from out of state and the teachers are not very good and seem to not care about what they do. I just hope it's not like this at other schools around here. Compared to where we moved from, it is not good.
8/2/2010parentWe are very pleased with Sandia Vista. After moving to the area a year ago from the DFW area, we had to quickly find a home and school district that would suit the needs of our Kindergartener and pre-schooler. We feel like we hit the jackpot. We love our neighborhood which allows us to walk to school and our oldest had a great first year of school. The teachers and staff were very caring and helpful and we feel that education she is receiving is first rate. The school itself is only two years old, so the building is very nice and well maintained as well. I was also pleased to see that they had dedicated classrooms for music and art. I would recommend this school and area to anyone.

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