My child just finished 5th grade at VRES and I couldn't be happier with my entire experience there. The staff throughout the years has been fair and consistent, communicated frequently, my son received the help he needed and always felt like a part of the community. As a parent, I have been treated with respect by everyone from the moment I walk through the front doors and by everyone I was ever involved with. As an involved parent, I read the emails, checked the websites, and attended PTA meetings in this way I was able get the most accurate information regarding my neighborhood school. It's funny to read that the principal purchased a park, laid people off, and that teachers and students had to teach other subjects! The principal had several meetings and even posted the budget online. My son was in the 5th class that taught PE. It was a mentoring program that focused on integrating students with special needs. My son learned about empathy, care, respect, and developed confidence that he would not have gained without having the opportunity to experience it first hand. He and his 1st grade buddy developed a friendship that I know he won't soon forget. My advice...visit the school, talk to the staff and teachers, look around at the students/parents, make learning and getting to school a priority in your house, and GET INVOLVED. This school has it's flaws like any other school will. The difference is that the good things far outweigh the bad. This is a place where parents feel welcomed, students are valued and safe, and learning is their top priority. Thank you VRES staff and admin for 6 great years of learning!!