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Visions In Education K-12 Charter School

Preschool | Grades K-12 | San Juan Unified
5030 El Camino Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 971-5331

About This School

We are a dependent charter school within the San Juan Unified School District.  Our charter allows us to offer a free public independent study-based education to students in kindergarten through grade 12 in nine counties: Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Yolo and Yuba.
Visions In Education K-12 Charter School is located in Carmichael, CA and is one of 78 schools in San Juan Unified School District. It is a charter school that serves 3613 students in grades K-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Visions In Education K-12 Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Visions In Education K-12 Charter School had an API growth score of 714 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Visions In Education K-12 Charter School's 2012 base score was 704 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2012, Visions In Education K-12 Charter School had 27 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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This has helped my daughter out a lot!

By a Parent on

Im a parent of a teenager that was having a hard time in public high school. She would be picked on by other students because of what she did or didnt have. She was also picked on because she told the truth to the school staff when she was questioned about other peers. To top it off she has had a lump removed from her throat in the 8th grade so she had to deal with that and then she was diagnosised with a heart valve problem her freshman year of high school that made her pass out, weak and tired at times. So her school work and attendance suffered. Teenagers can be so mean and hurtful! This made it hard for her to even want to go to school. She tried two different charter schools but they were both the same because some of the kids knew the other kids from the other schools so my daughter had a hard time and the schools did nothing to help her. I was to the point of just keeping her at home and home school her. She brought this upto me and I gave it much thought and did some research on the school to see where it was standing with tesr rates ect. We made an appt. yes it was a group open enrollment with other parents and students both the parents and students asked a lot of questions and now she is loving this school! I have seen a change in her and her grades! This has been the best thing for my daughter! She is looking forward to further her education and this school has changed her outlook on the way people are. She now sees that not all teachers are there just to say there are a teacher. She has seen that teachers do help and do teach when she needs the help. This has been the best thing for my daughter!

By a Parent on

The staff is awful with a few good teachers. Do not enroll your kids at Visions in Education if you need Special Ed. They can not help even if they say they can. This is not a charter where your ideas mean anything. You have no say in what they are going to teach your child. I was with this school for over 10 years and in the past two it has gone downhill. I had to pull my kids out this year -- very sad.  

By a Teacher on

the girls working to pick up the phone do not answer questions you want to know.  they tell you what they want to tell and they want you to come in to have an appointment, aka: group enrollment appointment.  They want to get you in to sit with a bunch of other parents, and they want you to bring your kid in also.  Yet, they will not tell you that it's a group appointment, unless you ask.  These people control and tell you what and when they want to tell you.  any questions you have about the program, you can ask during the appointment, they said.

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By , a Former Student on

This is a very good school I was struggling in Geometry in 10 grade and failed it. came to this school and got a B+.  My worse mistake that I ever made was to leave it and go back to a public school for twelve grade currently trying to get back in it I hope they except me back.

By a Current Student on

I currently go to this school, and I am on the online program... It is amazing. I am so glad that my high school memories will be with this school, and with these teachers. I think that this is the best home school that any highschooler would want...

By , a Parent on

I am a parent of a Visions student.  I have three children and have  many years of collective public and private school experience as a parent. My daughter has severe learning disabilities and has struggled since kindergarten in mainstream school. I had exhausted every reasource available in the public school arena and experimented with other home based learning problems with little success.  My daughter will be graduating next June which is truly a miracle.  Visions in Education is in my opinion the future model of public school in California. With such a stressed system, children with learning disabilities have little hope of succeeding let alone graduating.  This program has it all.  Experienced teachers and administrators with a "think outside of the box" approach to education.  They are extremely successful working with modifications and 504 plans. Your child does not get lost in the system at this school.  It is affordable and progressive.  My daughter would not have passed high school without this program.  This may not be for your student if they thrive in a lecture based learning system and truly enjoy their public school experience.  But in my opinion that encompasses about 25% of learners.  This is a great alternative to that way of learning.  I don't know what I would have done had I not found Visions.

By a Parent on

I think this is a wonderful program!  When my daughter first approached me about Visions, I was unsure at first.  Wow!!  Was I ever impressed.  There is so much drama in high school.  She always earned great grades, but began slipping.  Well, she graduated early with terrific grades.  Her teacher who came to work with her weekly was wonderful!  Thank you, Bonnie!!  

By , a Former Student on

I attended VIE throughout my 4 years of high school. Before visions, I was not a focused student. Going through peer pressure and just dealing with things everyday at school that had nothing to do with education. VIE allowed me to be at home in an environment where the focus was on my needs for education. My teacher had patience with me and the tutoring programs were excellent. I was able to acquire my own daily regimend and it gave me a sense of responsibility. When it came to parental involvement my completion of daily work was up to me. i studied alot thru the online service/computer provided through sky-q. to sum it up i never got a grade less then a B. and my only C was quickly changed when i took tutoring. I attended college my Senior year in high school and graduated early. VIE offers an awesome advanced ed program that allows students to start college early with limited costs ;) i am now 20 and assistant teach hiphop through american river colleges dance program. i am amost done with my AA degree in business marketing and am also attending beauty college and will have my license in september. VIE is a great option for kids who have an independant drive. I learned alot and i  dont know if i wouldve got this far without attending home school. Education for children for our future! thats what its all about. Please dont take note on my punctual errors. i have class in 20 minutes; just thought id stop by for a quick review from a student perspective.

By a Parent on

I'm a parent of one of your students... and she loved the program and visions and will be graduating this year. I was unsure about her decision to do this program at first, but it turned out to be very successful for my daughter. Thanks to Visions for assisting my daughter in her choice to do independent studies through your program. See you at graduation on 6-16-2010
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By a Current Student on

visions in education was one of the most unprofessional schools i have ever attended. I attended there and was made promises that they never held to. Such as if i was to complete the whole school year than i would receive my school computer for free, unfortunately that never went through as planned.

By , a Parent on

I have used Visions for all three of my children and I have found it to be an excellent program.

By , a Parent on

My wife and I are very happy with Visions in Education.  This was the second year that my daughter has been enrolled in their program and she is doing very well.  My wife teaches our daughter and this last school year, my daughter was enrolled in her first college course - English Composition.  She did excellent in the State Exit Exams for the eigth grade.  We had enrolled her in a private school prior to Visions, however our daughter felt that she was not being challenged and found the private school unfulfilling.  The assigned instructor/mentor, Mr. Bob Williams, and Vision's administration support staff have always gone out of their way to provide us with the tools we needed to help our daugther in her studies.  Unlike the previous preveiw I read, my wife and I did not have any problems with the budget we were allocated for books and supplies.  Our daughter is looking forward to the next school year's ninth grade class

By a Parent on

I switched to Visions after pulling my children out of a nearby school due to disappointment in the public school system. I was warned about Visions from a past parent but it was the only option I felt was available to me at the time. Visions does a horrible job at preparing parents in regards to curriculum choices, rules, how to use their online resources, etc. Visions says you have a lot more control over your child's education, but you really don't. With the strict CA standards and certain questions they want spewed back out, it doesn't give you a lot of room to tailor and work with. I was very disappointed in how they throw a bunch of forms at you, tell you that they need to be filled in, but not tell you what type of info they want, and how specific and then when it isn't what they are looking for, they just tell you it isn't correct. While Visions gives each student a budget to work with for the year; they also funnel purchases through their suppliers at very high costs out of the student account instead of the ability to find and purchase same books at lower costs though their other suppliers. Extra curricular actives were very expensive as well. Some of the classes I looked into on their vendor list were hundreds of dollars for a few 15 minute sessions. We are talking $80 an hour these people would have been paid. If they are going to use the school system to get customers, they could at least make them reasonably priced instead of jacking up the costs, just like with the school books. Visions is very disorganized, test driven system, just like the rest of the CA school system. Do not expect a homeschooling freedom with Visions.

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