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 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.
Val Vista Academy is committed to creating an academic and social environment where a variety of perspectives are welcomed, help in providing a compassionate empathetic environment among the students, teachers and parents.
In regards to Integrity VVA creates a community that acts with honesty and promotes high academic and ethical standards, and where everyone feels they are respected.
Yes, Dr Londer established what he calls the 3 B's for behavior and talks with the students regarding. I have definitely seen a decrease in behavior issues and an incredibly positive environment among the staff and parents. Dr. Londer respects us as parents and takes whatever our concerns are and implements immediate change.
I have nothing but great things to say about Val Vista. All the staff-office staff, teachers and paras, athletic director, music, technology and library teacher display a positive attitude and truly show that they enjoy working at Val Vista and in educating our children!
Over the course of the last several years, my child had some incredible teachers. All the teachers display very effective classroom management skills, differentiated instruction based on where your child falls academically, appropriate academic skills and impeccable instruction based on the standards. Our new principal, Dr. Londer is highly visible, makes time to meet and answer questions,. Great communication between the teachers, students and parents. We love Val Vista and the small community that has been established!
My son's kindergarten teacher has been really great showing attention to his issues with speech, asthma and allergies. She has encouraged him to try and try harder; which has helped his eagerness towards learning, his confidence and his outlook towards school!
We are so grateful for the school especially Ms Risinger. She is our daughter's kindergarten teacher and she has made kindergarten such a positive experience. My daughter looks forward to class every day and she is reading after only a few months of school! We are so grateful!