I completely agree with the previous review. There are two Qura'n teachers; one destructive and one very nice. I wish the school would keep the nice one and kick the destructive out. Kids are leaving the school because of her.
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Posted by a parent on 07/24/14
Please change the Arabic/Quran teacher. The school would breath easy and kids can go back to enjoy their childhood! Otherwise, I give it one start only.
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Posted by a parent on 07/03/14
As a former student, I have to speak on the contrary to what some of the other negative reviews have stated, as they are simply inaccurate claims. This school is run by the efforts of teachers, administration, parents, and community members-- together. In addition, the school is a non-profit organization
... Read more (check it through the state website), which means there is no singular owner. The school is there to provide options to the community. The teachers and staff make such sacrifices to teach here and they go above and beyond to connect with every student. Still, SVA will not be for everyone and that is okay. Both Muslims and people of other faiths attend this school. The fact that SVA presents such diversity in its staff members and the population they serve is an asset, one I know not everyone will understand. I currently work in the education field and to see the daily commitments the staff makes to provide an excellent education and well-rounded environment to develop wholesome, contributing members of society is remarkable and simply not widely available. The GLAD model implemented at SVA serves an exemplar to public schools across the nation. Don't take my word, just Google it. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/28/14
This school is amazing! I completely disagree with the previous review, the Quran teacher is a great teacher and very competent. She talks to parents regularly about their children's progress. My son loves her and her way of teaching Quran. She challenges the students to learn Arabic with her beautiful
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Posted by a parent on 05/13/14
There are aspects of this school that I am very pleased with and other areas where I feel there needs to be more work done. The GLAD method is wonderful, and my child has been able to absorb so much of the information because of the way it is taught. Most of the teachers / staff are friendly and always
... Read more willing to take time out to discuss any issues. However, I do feel that the school is disorganized in some ways and there is a lack of accountability. There also seems to be little, if anything, done for those struggling through Quran / Arabic classes, and are told to practice at home as a solution. How can a beginner understand how to do his/her homework when it is all written in Arabic? The draw to go to SVA was the Quran / Arabic, and was told prior to entry, that they accommodate children at all levels. This doesn't seem to be the case. The lack of hijab among teachers/staff is also disappointing. I don't think an abaya should be required, but loose clothing and scarf would be more appropriate than form fitting outfits. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/07/14
I have a daughter attending this school. The school is owned by a lady who has her daughter attending the school. She keeps moving her best teacher up one level yearly to be with her daughter's level. I like the principle and some of the teachers. The school can improve by replacing the language teacher.
... Read more This teacher is very unprofessional and treats kids with no respect. She also teaches Quran and that did not fit well with my daughter because the teacher screams at the kids. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/06/14
I am a new parent at SVA this year with a Pre-K and 3rd grade student. SVA has gone above and beyond my expectations to provide my children with an amazingly nurturing environment to make their transition flawless coming to America. My 4 year old spoke absolutely no English prior to starting SVA in
... Read more September 2013. He has gone from a silent student, to a confident child already speaking English at an early intermediate level. My professional background is in linguistics, and this progress in English level typically takes 2-3 years of instruction in traditional schools! My 3rd grade child has received the rigor needed so that she is challenged and excited to learn! I did not understand what the GLAD teaching style was all about until I saw the impact on my children. Children receive specialized support in all areas, and teachers celebrate the various learning styles. The teachers are amazing role models and very loving toward all the children. The SVA teachers are all professional educator with high level of energy that is contagious and very motivational to students! As a single mother, my heart is fully content because SVA is absolutely the best place for all children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/25/13
We just started at SVA last week. So far, we like it. The school has a welcoming environment. It seems that the principal is a big contributor towards that. She is very upbeat, approachable, and confident. GLAD is new to us, but it looks interesting. All the teachers really seem to like it. The one negative
... Read more point so far is lack of hijab. Many teachers don't wear hijab at all. Most teachers wear hijab with dresses/skirts. I wish there was a dress code (ideally: abaya with hijab), so that the students have good role models and they dont get mixed messages. It seems contradictory to learn Quran with tajweed and tafseer, without bringing it into practice. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/07/13
Teachers really care for the students and everyone is so friendly! Just walk in the door and one feels the great atmosphere. The children love to go to school and are in a hurry to tell you what they learned and to sing you the songs they learned about science or history! After 8th grade, they have
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Posted by a parent on 02/28/11
Great school! Teachers and staff go beyond the call of duty to provide a relaxed and healthy leaning environment. I have one kid at the school and hope to enroll my youngest when he becomes 5. Highly recommended.
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