One of the strengths of our school is small classes (the number of students per class in each grade level is as follows: Kindergarten: 17; 1st Grade: 17; 2nd Grade: 22; 3rd Grade: 19; 4th Grade: 18; 5th Grade: 20; Grades 6-8: 15) and less students overall than you will typically find in schools in the area (approximately 380). The break down of classes per grade is as follows: Kindergarten: 3; First Grade: 3; Second Grade: 3: Third Grade: 3; Fourth Grade: 2; Fifth Grade: 2; Grades 6-8: students rotate in small groups (6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, and 8) between 4 dynamic Middle School teachers. The result of smaller classes and a smaller school offers an opportunity to implement a positive and productive learning environment for ALL students, and an opportunity to develop a strong bond with parents.
Val Vista Academy also has many after school programs, including an athletic program (we are just completing our first season of competitive flag football and volleyball and preparing for the Winter sports season, fine arts classes, Spanish, music and drama, and a before and after school care program.
October 14, 2015
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I am so grateful that we have a great charter school like Val Vista Academy! The teachers are exceptional to say the very least. They care deeply about my children's hearts and minds. They nurture and challenge them each and every day. The teachers, paraprofessionals, office staff, and the nurse go out of their way each and every day to make the school a great place to be. We love Val Vista Academy!
I am thankful for all of the teachers who work so hard after school doing car line. I know it has to be frustrating sometimes, but they do a great job staying cheerful even when it was August and unbearably hot outside.
As a parent of a child who has been at Val Vista for the last 3 years I have nothing but incredible things to say about her kindergarten, first and second grade teacher. Communication between teachers and parents is great, they each use differentiated instruction to create lessons in all subject areas, vary their teaching styles to meet the needs of all students, regardless of where they are. Each child is given the appropriate tools to I learn content effectively and according to their needs. All teachers use ongoing assessments to create flexible groups which in turn, allows them to create the appropriate lessons for every child.
Lastly, all the teachers are highly qualified and certified through the Az Dept of Ed. which is NOT the case at most charter schools. I love that every staff member receives continuous professional development inservices.
100%!!! You will always see students helping other students and teachers in and out of the classroom. Again, the small classroom sizes and continuous outstanding communication really helps in maki g all the students feel auccessful.