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K-6
Public charter
Peoria, AZ
Students enrolled: 759

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7140 W. Happy Valley Road
Peoria, AZ 85383

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(623) 376-9030
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December 11, 2014
I totally agree with the last reviewer. The front office seems efficient and do their jobs very well. They are not there to please the parents; they are there to do their jobs. My daughter is in kindergarten for 4 months now; I had a few occasions that I needed to communicate with them; each time, they fulfilled my requests and had answers to my questions. I volunteer quite often, and I've sighted students coming to the office for some reasons. The front office people were caring and kind to the students. The principal Mr. Born is there in the parking lot every morning greeting and helping children and traffic. The teachers know how to teach. Unlike other charter schools, HVS don't treat parents like ATM machines. Also, uniform prices are reasonable - I really appreciate this since I had to pay a fortune for uniforms when my daughter was in her preschool. Only down side of this school is a lack of parking spaces. Besides that, I can't ask more.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
While generally not one for writing reviews, I feel it is worth mentioning that as new parents to Happy Valley School this year, my wife and I have found the front office / administrative staff to be exceptionally professional, well organized, and prepared to answer any questions without being rude or curt in any way. To the contrary, we have found them to be quite welcoming and pleasant during this understandably chaotic first week. We are only one week in to the school year, so perhaps judgement would be best reserved for later in the year, but our family's initial impression of this school is quite favorable. The classroom set-up for our first grade daughters appears to allow for an age appropriate level of frolic while sending a subtle yet clear message that while first graders are supposed to have fun, their academic journey is to be respected as an opportunity that many kids across the globe do not enjoy, that character counts, and that they will be held accountable for their effort every bit as much as their results. If presented properly, structure can still be fun. We love this school so far. If we don't post again, then nothing has happened to change our opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
We have gone to this school for two full years and I currently have my child on waiting list at other schools. The front office staff are extremely rude and unhelpful. They make up rules as they go along and most are contrary to what is in their handbook. I don't recommend this school due to the front office staff!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Happy Valley is a terrific school. My child is getting an excellent education!! She has had a fantastic year in first grade! Her teacher was firm, yet caring. I highly recommend this school!!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
I am disappointed on the rules and it's much like a military school. I will not be sending my son back to this school . I Gave Happy valley second chance already after kindergarten and my son was treated poorly again in 1st grade this year. I felt they focused everything he did wrong and never mentioned what he was doing right. They gave him laps all the time and he missed recess time a lot . He got into trouble for small things like stepping out of line to get a drink of wAter and playing in the bathroom. He felt like he couldn't move around at all . He was singled out a few times in the class room as well and his desk was put by himself so he wouldn't bother any other students. I just don't think he fits their mold.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2014
For those that are "shocked" by the bad reviews, get real. Having an unrealistic curriculum, screening students to ensure test scores stay high, and then having teachers who are so harsh they make your child come home crying every night is NOT the sign of a high quality school. As an educator of over 25 years, I was shocked to see what my first grader was bringing home. Some of the uneducated parents here who think that having your precious child complete work that is not developmentally appropriate is somehow good for them is laughable. That's not good education. That's pandering to parents who don't know any better. And I agree with the other reviews, why is the office staff so rude??? My child has since enrolled in one of the best school districts in the state in Litchfield Park and is thriving. No more feeling overwhelmed. No more teachers who make the kids walk laps at recess if they incorrectly solve a math problem. No more ridiculous parents who think school is a race and their kid better being doing trig in 2nd grade or they wont get into Harvard. Stay far away from this school, if your child's well being means anything to you.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
HVS is an excellent school and is consistently ranked as one of the top elementary schools in the state of Arizona. If you want the most out of your child s education, then I would highly recommend applying to Happy Valley School.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
I had high hopes for this school when our oldest daughter started at HVC. I am a college educated parent who choose to become a stay at home mom to our three girls. The office staff was awful towards me from the first phone call and only became worse every time I went in. I was treated like I didn't understand what was best for my own children because I had on my mom clothes (which do not have designer labels). My oldest daughter is very bright and well behaved, she thrived under the structure of the school; however my middle daughter while very bright has showed signs of ADHD. We pulled our oldest daughter after kindergarten due to the treatment of some other children with diagnosed medical conditions and am very happy we did. Our oldest in now in second grade and our middle does have ADHD but is receiving the support she needs through our new school of choice. I believe the curriculum at HVC is outstanding but the treatment of parents and CHILDREN who do not fit into the mold they like is deplorable.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
This is one of the best schools in the area, by far. I have 2 kids that have attended there for the past 7 years and I think they do a marvelous job teaching our children. Their academics are very high and they have no discipline issues like other schools in the area. I would recommend this school highly and wish that it went through the 8th grade so that my kids could continue going there. It's hard to believe that some people have given it low scores...I just can't seem to think of anything that they could do different to improve this school. The staff is great and I can't tell you how much my children have learned. Going to other schools, they seem to be ahead of everyone else.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
This school is an amazing place for kids to learn. I have 4 children who have attended here. 2 are currently still there and 2 have moved on to Basis. They were very well prepared for the next step at basis. Not why the negative reviews but I highly disagree. These children are getting a private school education for free. They are taught at least 1 year above the public schools, are taught about morals and patriotism. This is an amazing school ignore all the negative nellies out there

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
Horrible school. Their test scores are not real. They only del your child to take tests. They do not teach. The principal is a horrible person. The teachers all have tremendous attitude problems. If your child would Excel in any school they might fit in here. They certainly do not empower and educate. Just fed smart kids things to memorize.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
As of this year, HVS started 5th and 6th grade students rotating classes for their core subjects. This experience has been excellent for my child. He is thriving and his grades have increased. I feel his overall education this year, with the rotating of classes, has been a benefit for my child. HVS also offers free academic support in math, which benefits my child greatly. I highly recommend 5th and 6th grade at HVS. The teachers communicate as a group and work together as a cohesive unit. Good job HVS!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
This school is SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT. NO parent/teacher communication, horrible leadership, bad attitudes, and NOT child/student centered at all. They only care about deadlines, money and policies! HORRIBLE

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
Do not send your child to this school. The office staff is very judgmental and critical of parents. Just a sad excuse for a school!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
We have been very happy at this school for years. All our children have been there since kindergarten and have learned so much. They are much more academically advanced then our friends kids. Just like any where we have had our ups and downs but the teachers and staff have been wonderful and supportive throughout the years and our kids love school. I highly recommend this school for a great education and well rounded experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
My kids love this school and their teachers. We have been very happy here and love the advanced studies. My kids are learning a lot and have done very well on their testing every year. We are loving the uniforms and the new changes that were made this year to the upper grades. My son loves the new science room and changing classes.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
This school is promoted as Back-to-Basics style learning. They say they promote 'traditional values" and "American patriotism" and your child will also study "classic literature". Never mind that values and morals are subjective because they will make your mind up for you on that one. "American patriotism"...yeah do as you are told and never question authority kids because GOD loves America best. Never mind accurate American history classes. I couldn't help but notice that demographics at this school are mostly white, about 80%, and I'm sure they aim to keep it that way but it's just speculation of course. "Classic literature" hmm...could this be a code word for um say ...the Bible? Seems to me these types of charter schools are popping up all over to leach on the public system but they are most certainly not "public" in a traditional sense. They sound very much like those "indoctrination camps" Glenn Beck is always screaming about. There is a clear agenda here and educating your children is not the priority, telling them how to live, removing their ability to think critically and breaking their will seems to be more important.

- submitted by a community member
June 24, 2013
Happy Valley IS full of cliques, I am unsure about what a click is! The parent team member who doesn't notice them is in one. the teachers do NOT get along with one another, they fight like the girls in the movie Mean Girls and if you as a parent like one who isn't in the "In Crowd" you are punished for it as well. There are even lawsuits addressing this in court now. Fairness and equality have never been seen by this administration. The mom with the ADHD child, you are exactly correct. If you are a Stepford family and want/need a worksheet driven drone for an educated child you will absolutely love this place. My best friends kids wen there for 4 years, she had to move them and has discovered her children were miserable and terrified to speak out about their teachers and staff. She is thankful that fate pushed her hand and got her kids out of there. Her 4 children are also NOT thriving academically they are in fact behind attending Paradise Valley Public School. This school encourages bullying not self respect, it encourages judgmental attitudes and misdirection as a tactic, not truly useful life lessons on how to deal with negative circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
This is a great school. As I read some of the posts I want to tell parents that you need to check out the school yourself and give it a chance, and research it go form your own opinion, don't just go by what you read. My oldest child went K-6 and my second child has been there since kindergarten and is doing very well. I haven't seen clicks there, I see the staff and the friendships they have, I would rather have them as friends with each other than rivals. I have been on the parent team for 7 years and that is how I stay involved in what is going on, NO I don't get to go into the classroom and help out but there are many other ways to get involved. If you are looking for a school that will challenge your child above what the public school will do, teach your child respect for themselves and others, and encourage them to do their best on any challenge they are met with, then give this school a chance.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
My daughter started at this school this year in kindergarten. I feel like my daughter is being challenged here and its paying off! I am truly amazed with what all she has learned. The staff and teachers are all professional, they truly care about the kids. Would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I have been waiting on writing this review since September, so that I could sit back from my experience a bit and be fair and accurate in my description of HVS. I have one child who still attends this school. He is a "good boy" who fits the mold of what they seem to like at this school. My other student did not have the same experience. He has some behavior problems. He has had them for years, and I moved him to HVS because I thought the structure would be good for him. His experience was awful. We pulled him out about a month and a half into the school year because it was clear he was headed towards being KICKED out, and I wouldn't allow him to go through that at 8 years of age. We are extremely involved parents who want our kids held accountable, but HVS was not willing to change a thing to help our child, who has ADHD. Not even a daily behavior report, the Principal said that was for Kindergartners. This school is fine if your child fits the mold, but do not choose if your child has any special needs. At school, you will see PERFECT worksheets on the bulletin boards. They once sent home a list of 23 playground rules. It is a very competitive educational environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I am the parent who wrote the review (5/8/13) about pulling my son with ADHD out of the school. I am allowing my younger son to finish up the year at HVS, since his experience was positive and I didn't want to disrupt his year, however I will not be keeping him there. This school is a one size fits all approach. It saddens me that they can kick or "push" out the kids that don't fit their mold (even with supportive, cooperative parents and kids that have real problems/disorders) and then brag about their test scores. As a former teacher, this just doesn't sit right with me, especially for a school that does, indeed, receive public funds. The principal does not really seem to know a whole lot about kids or education, and is not at all flexible. If you are considering HVS, and your child is smart with no issues, no behavior problems and your student can tolerate LARGE class sizes (36) and all day direct instruction and worksheet after worksheet, then you may be ok here. Otherwise BEWARE! This is not a flexible school. They do it there way and parents REALLY do not have any say here.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
This school has clicks and children that act very entitled. It is almost impossible for a child to come to this school as a new student in an older grade due to the bullying. The school administration is very one sided, and if they don't like your child-they won't listen to them. Other children were allowd to make threats to harm my child physically, and the administration did nothing about it. The principal yells at children and intimidates them. The bus driver allows inappropriate music to be played on the bus, and actually pulled over the bus and told the students that they can tell the principal whatever they want, but he will believe her because she is the adult and it wont matter....they have a good academic plan, but have no control over the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2013
My daughter has been attending HVS since KG. She is finishing 4th grade this year. Overall we have loved this school and have had amazing teachers every year. This year, has been a little rough - we haven't loved her teacher (who was new to the school and new to 4th grade) - but we think it is important for our daughter to realize she isn't going to LOVE every teacher/person she will have to deal with in life. We plan to keep her here for the next 2 years and will be sad to move on for 7th-12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
This school has been great in most areas. I am impressed with the academics and seeing my kids learn, I did however have to take 1 star off because although I feel the staff truly cares about the children there is a disconnect when it comes to parents. This school provides a fun learning atmosphere for the kids and as a result my kids love school and are learning a lot too. Parents don't get to volunteer in classrooms and that is a shame because the class size is large and it could really benefit to have some parents alongside helping where needed. Other than that Happy Valley is a wonderful school in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
My child has attended this school for several years and we have watched it go from bad to worse each year. Teachers have been fired or have left on their own. The one that needs to leave is the principal. He is the root of all evil at that school. I run into other parents all the time and they have nothing good to say about the school and many have transferred their kids to different schools as a result. My child will not be coming back to this scary place. Please reconsider taking your children here!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
It is sad to read hate reviews written by parents, who obviously didn''t get their way & blame everyone else. I have had a wonderful experience for the past 4 years, and look forward to the upcoming school year. My children are excelling, and love their school. We have loved all of our teachers, and if you need something the staff is more than willing to help in whatever way they can (including the principle & vice principle).

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
The people that are complaining about the staff are the same ones who dislike everything and are unreasonable. This is a wonderful school with an A+ Excelling rating. My children have been there for the past 4 years. Never a problem!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
This school has been such a blessing! My child has really blossomed year after year. I can't say enough great things about the staff, from the teachers to the aides and office staff and owner. Very happy parents and we highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
My daughter has been at this school for the last 5 years and I am quite pleased with how she has excelled. I find the majority of parents are very pleased with what Happy Valley has to offer in its curriculum, enrichment classes, and supplemental materials. Happy Valley is dedicated to giving students the best education possible. Compare the AIMS scores of this school to other charter/public schools. The scores are an excellent indication that the teachers are doing a great job and the students respond to the efforts to help them succeed. If you are not interested in a quality education then this is not the school for you. Parent involvement is only limited because the students are there to learn, not to spend time with their parents. Parents are invited to participate in Field day, to go on field trips, to help with the class parties and to be a part of the excellent Parent Team. Family time is important to the owners; therefore homework is very minimal giving the students that time with their family. If you are interested in helping your student be prepared for the rest of their years of education, give them the best start possible and send them to Happy Valley School.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
- Excellent Academics - Very large class sizes. Would like to see smaller classes in the younger grades - Addition of a gymnasium would be a huge boost to the school - Very little opportunity for parental involvement - Admin staff is friendly and helpful - School events are difficult because they are held in the cafeteria and cannot accomodate very many people

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
My daughter has been attending this school for the past 6 years and I have watched this school go down hill every year! The principle is a joke! He is full of empty promises and full of a few other unmentionable things too! Unless they find a replacement principle, DO NOT send your children to this school!!!! You will regret it!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
I have two children at HVS and over the years have had amazing teachers. However this year one of my children had a horrible year do to a teacher. Some things I have learned this year is yelling and belittling the children are exceptible behaviors by owner and staff and that a lifetime experience degree from redding university is also exceptible...if you look it up you can see that all you need is 4 years work experience and NO education, a payment of $395 and you can receive a bachelor in art of education! AMAZING so do your homework check the credentials and resumes very important parents need to stand up for there children!

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2012
I think that HVS has been a good experience for my two children. This is our first year here, and it is much better overall than the local district's school we were last attending. I have found the staff to be very friendly, and my kids have learned a great deal. I am a bit disappointed that I cannot volunteer in the classroom, but I do my best to remain cheerful and supportive. There are no perfect schools out there, but so far I am happy with the results at HVS.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
HVS has really dissapointed me the last few years. Although I have been happy with the teachers my children have had (by request), the majority of the teachers are lazy and not happy to be there. The school has gotten WAY to big.... and they just keep adding more. My children have had 35+ kids in their classes, with no aides. If you want to be involved with your childs education, don't send your children here. Parents are not wanted.... and if you want to know whats going on with your child, YOU have to make the effort to befriend the teacher. I am pulling my kids out of HVS and will not be sending my younger ones their either. Unless they make major changes.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I wouldn't recommend it. They have some good teachers but they also have bad ones, unfortunately the bad ones ruine the school!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
We attended Happy Valley for kindergarden and would not recommend this school to another family.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
The turnover at this school is less than desirable as it upsets the children and yes, the parking is a nightmare. However, if parents follow the pick-up times, it goes pretty smoothly. There are teacher "cliques". Some teachers seem to belittle the children and lose their tempers. However, it is because of a few teachers that give this reviewer the high marks. Some of these teachers have hearts of gold and are a credit to their profession; others should move on. Depending on the teacher your child gets, the education and teacher make up for the cons (no gym; less "fun")

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
My daughter started in KG at Happy Valley School and she is now in 2nd grade. I absolutely love the high expectations of the children. My daughter loves coming to school and she's getting the best education. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
I LOVE Happy Valley school. I have two children who've attended there for two years now and have been extremely happy with the school. We moved here from Boston and were worried about the level of education in Arizona but have been nothing but pleased with the curriculum at Happy Valley.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
This school claims to encourage parent involvement, but the truth is they barely tolerate it. Parents are not "allowed" to help in the classroom and the school refuses to allow a formal PTO of any kind. There is a volunteer "clique" of parents who help at the school, they are are extremely limited in what the are allowed to do or say. The communication at this school is horrible. There are NO parent/teacher conferences and when you request one the teachers are very defensive. Their style is not one of transparancy at all. The principal lacks all courage and the staff is petrified of the administration. The ratios are as high as 33 to 1 with a part time aide and again NO parent help in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
I am a Mother to 4 children, spanning in age from 15 to 3. The very first year Happy Valley opened 10 years ago, my son began kindergarten there. I had worked with him extensively at home and wanted to send him to a school that would support all that he already knew. Happy Valley not only supported it, they challenged him! They allowed him to excell at his own pace and made sure that he had everything he needed to do so. He is now 15, a junior in High School (having skipped a grade) in all honors classes, with a 5.0 GPA. I currently have a 6th grader and a 1st grader attending Happy Valley and am looking forward to sending my youngest once she is old enough to embark on the formal education journey. The staff is amazing and the academics superb. Thanks Happy Valley!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
I have a Kindergartener, a second grader, and a third grader at this school. They all loved it and adored their teachers. (2 very quiet kids and one outspoken) Yes, class sizes are large which is why there are always 2 teachers in every classroom and teachers aids available to tutor. (during school) Yes, it is up to the parents to communicate via the daily planner which is always checked. No they don't have lots of parents volunteering which I like because I don't approve of how some parents speak to other children, what I would consider immodest dressing, or tatoos showing around my children. Teachers are trained parents are not. This is a great school

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
This is the third school we have attended between my 3 boys. When I saw what my Kindergartner was doing in math and reading at Happy Valley, I pulled my 2nd grader out of the expensive private school he was attending and put him in Happy Valley. He was academically behind, but his teachers have worked diligently tutoring him(for free), communicating with us and letting us know on a weekly basis what he was struggling with. You must communicate on your own since there are no required parent /teacher conferences. We are all very happy here. No school is perfect. Whether is it traffic or parent-teacher communication, every school has it's issues. I must say that this school is extremely organized in most areas and the kids are respectful and are truly learning. I feel like my kids are getting a private school education now, without the big expense.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is the second time I'm posting. For some reason, my first comment was deleted by the school or system. I started my daughter in kindergarten at Happy Valley in August 09. By October, I took her out. They do not encourage parent volunteering, there were 33 kids in my daughters class! My daughter was 'forgotten about' because she was quiet and did her work. When I chose to take her out, I reached out to her Teacher, Principal and Charter School Director! Not One of them returned my call to discuss this. It was the best decision I made to get her out of that school. Seems to me that they just need bodies at that school to stay afloat - and with 33 kids in each kindergarten class...they sure have it. Too bad they dont care about each individual child. I wanted more for my 5 year old!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
This school is wonderful, it is 1 of the most excelling schools in Peoria and has been beating Terramarr -however you spell it- in AIMS for the past few years. their test scores are awsome Math- 89 Writing-100 Reading-90 They also do after-school programs,Day Care, No Bus fees and many more! I am very Impressed! If your kid(s) go to another school, i would recommend taking them to Happy Valley School.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
My eldest child is in her 7th year at this school and I regretfully say that her younger sister that has attended the scool for 3 years now will likley not be returning. Over the years the focus of the school has become more of making a 'political statement' of the owners views and less of a 'world view'. While I welcome the foundation of the schools charter being based on 'patriotism', it appears that this is becoming a bit overbearing in the way that it is conveyed to the students and without parent involvement, input or opinion. Nevertheless, there are some very outstanding, awesome and very dedicated teachers at this school and they are the reason we stayed. The traffic situation is also horrendous and any extra-curricular activities are for fee. In addition to the absence of a library, formal gym and limited gathering space have hampered my opinion overall.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
My son currently goes to Happy Valley School... We love it!! He has done so well and his teachers have been great working with us and helping him learn the material. The stall is wonderful and very welcoming to parents. We have been very pleased with the work and progress we have seen in our son. I do wish that they had more activties for the children... it is hard to pay $37 dollars for each after school activity (my son wants to do all!!) They need to have just regualr after school activties for the children. Other than that the experience has been great Parent of student

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2009
My daughter has attended Happy Valley for the past four years, we both have loved every minute.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
My 3rd grade daughter is attending her 2nd year at this school. She loves it much better than the public schools she attended before. Her grades are much better and it has to be due to the fact that she is challenged much more here. The curriculum is very strict and systematic. The grading scale is challenging - an 84% is a C. The kids have to work harder to achieve a better letter grade and it definitely keeps my daughter motivated. The principal and staff are very much involved in every student's educational experience. My daughter also loves the after school activities like scrap booking, soccer, and cheer. Happy Valley knows how to make education for my daughter a great experience. She is so excited to go to school here!

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August 03, 2009
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July 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2009
I have sent my daughters to 3 different schools as we had to move several times. Happy Valley was by far the worst.

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July 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2009
My daughter started at Happy Valley in Kindergarten now she is going to 3rd grade. We are very happy and great staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 10, 2009
My daughter started at Happy Valley School as an early kindergartener (she turned 5 a month after the August 31st cutoff) and she progressed really well! In Mrs. Bunish's class she learned to read, do math and she's progressing on to 1st grade this year as scheduled! I love this school so far. I just wish they offered a more comprehensive (or better yet, immersion) foreign language class even if it was after school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
My son has been at this school his entire career and has excelled in all areas academically, socially, and behaviorally. He has had some great teachers that should be commended like Mrs. Small, Mrs. Phillips, and Ms. Campaign. They definitely will leave a lasting imprint on our son's future academic career. Our other son is in second grade and even though we live over a half hour away we are still considering the long bus ride he would have to take, to ensure his continued academic success. This school is definitely several notches above the public schools in our area.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
My daughter started at Happy Valley in Kindergarten for children turning 5 between Sept and Dec. She has progressed so well. She was reading by October, doing math that my son didn't do until 1st grade in our neighborhood school and has become much more focused.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
I have 2 boys who attend HV Basic and let me say it's been a dream come true. They're in 1st and 3rd grade and they love it unconditionally- in fact they ask if they can go on weekends too. My 1st grader is a little behind in reading as I understand the kinders at HV Basic start learning at that age. Since this is his first year there, he needs to catch up. Clearly this is an indication of what is NOT taught at other schools- and they came from a private Christian school within 5 miles. As a parent, I agonized about pulling them out of a private school to a Charter- but the Principal assured me that academically they are at or even at a higher caliber. He was right, it's way more advanced. I loved his candor, his openess and sincerety.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
My son has been at HVS for 3 years. i ahve been thrilled the school. The work is challenging yet he enjoys the learning. There is a sense of order that I like to see in a school environment. While there seems to be less parent participation than in the public schools, I prefer not having parents meddle in the classroom as potential distractions. I have had wonderful and attentive experiences w/ both the principle and vice-principle as they are attentive to the particular learning needs of each child. I do wish recess was longer and that there were overall more communication between teachers and parents; but that seems to be dependent on which teacher one has. Overall, I have been very happy with th eadvanced learning my child has recieved at HVS, which far exceeds my local A plus public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
Two years ago and even one year ago when my son was in kindergarten and first grade I may have given 4 or 5 stars, based on what he was learning already...but this year I wouldn't. More like 2 stars. The reason is this: There is a serious lack of communication between teachers and parents-you aren't allowed to volunteer in the classroom hardly at all, and it really seems like the less parents know, the better. The way I've seen and heard of some of the teachers talking down to the kids is unacceptable as well. Some of the rules are way too harsh, and I'm a strict parent myself! So what if they're 2 years ahead academically? Are they really grasping the concepts being taught? They are so strictly monitored that they are barely allowed to have fun except at recess. No wonder after 2nd grade numbers drop off.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
Happy Valley School is amazing. You are basically getting a private school education for free. I have 2 kids at this school. They are challenged academically every day and they love it. Kids who are not engaged in learning will have trouble at this school - it is quite strict but we love that about it. Kids are taught good moral character and responsibility. The principal and teachers are all sincere, hard-working and push each child to be their best. Before we moved her to HVS, my oldest was in Kindergarten at our local public school and was still going over colors and individual letters at this point in the year. In contrast, my youngest just started Kindergarten at Happy Valley and is already reading and adding double digits. The curriculum for each grade is very advanced but the kids enjoy being challenged. I wholeheartedly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
My daughter went to kindergarten at Happy Valley this year and loved it! The educational program at the school far excels other schools. I am proud that she has learned so much. Even though at the beginning I was worried she would struggle with some of the concepts, she quickly got in the groove and enjoys learning and reading.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
This is a great school. Expectations are high, goals are set. Even public speaking is taught. Discipline and respect are expected from all.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
3 of my children have all attended Happy Valley. My daughter is now a senior carrying a 4.0 GPA at SDOHS and I feel HVS set the foundation for her success. My oldest son is now a Sophomore at SDOHS and is also keeping with the high standards he learned their as well. My youngest son has attended HVS for the past 4 years and he came from a public school where he was less than challenged. Work schoolwork was too easy and not stimulating. He has improved his learning ability with leaps and bounds and enjoys going to school each and every day. I believe he is well on his way to academically achieving all the goals set before him.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
This is the best school my kids have ever attended. Finally a school that challenges them in every academic way. I love Happy Valley!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
My son attends HVS and we have been so impressed with the level of education as well the faculty and facility. The students are all very well-mannered and the office staff always goes out of their way to be helpful. The Principal and Assistant Principal have also impressed us and really care about the students. At my son's last school, he used outdated textbooks, and we love how up to date and current the curriculum and text books are at HVS. Every week, there is an assembly that parents are invited to attend and its great to see a whole school, K-6th grade, with students perfectly behaved and teachers with smiling faces who clearly enjoy what they are doing and the students they teach.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
My son has attended HVS since kindergarten. This year he entered 2nd grade and I realized that the problems we had been having for the past year, would only get worse. I feel that the school is now force-feeding information onto the kids and not actually ensuring that the kids are learning the work, only memorizing it. I finally decided to put him into our home public school. I cannot tell you how happy I have been. I feel welcome on campus, I get to walk him to his class and see his teacher every day. The communication between teacher and parent has been frequent. He is at the top of his class and I'm so grateful we switched....I knew it wasn't right for a 7 year old to already hate school. Now he's happy when he gets home and the homework is actually do-able and fun!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
My daughter is starting 1st grade at HVS after attending the Kindergarten program. I couldn't be happier with the education that she is receiving. She got a great basis in Kindergarten and with the 2-3 weeks review that the teachers do the first weeks of school has gotten her going that much faster for this year. I love the optional uniform that was implemented this year. The afterschool programs are enough to keep her busy with the variety that is offered. She is also able to do her homework after school (which takes about 20 minutes) under the supervision of the afterschool staff. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
This school is not for those who think that the teacher will take care of education in classroom and homework is a hindrance rather than a necessity. The children are constantly challenged to do more and achieve higher. That doesn't make it easy for us parents who have to keep up at home as well. Fortunately I do subscribe to the philosophy and feel putting the effort in early will put my son in a the better position when he enters a traditional school in later grades. The school is not known for it extracurricular activities. They do have after school art, music, sports that parents can sign up for for a fee. I think by far the annual 'Big Assembly' is really first class (you can ask any parent who has attended). The kids, parents, teachers and staff work very hard throughout the year to put on a professional presentation.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
I have 3 children and all 3 has attended Happy Valley School. My oldest started going to Happy Valley when it first opened, and went all the way to 6th grade. I was concerned about him going to public school after Happy Valley, but he is excelling in public school with straight A's. I cannot express my thanks to all the teachers and staff at the school. All the staff there are very plesant and helpful. My other 2 children that are still at Happy Valley love going to school. They make sure I make their doctor/dentist appointments after school because they hate to miss school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
The class sizes are way to large, especially for a five year old in kindergarten, 52 kids in my child's class, and not always 3 teachers in the class with them. The expectations for grades 2-6 have all a sudden become extremely high, and the focus of making education fun and exciting is gone.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
This school was great for the first two years my daughter attended, and she did well and excelled. However, there are many new teachers, some of whom are not certified, there is not a library for the children to attend, and there are no offering for the kids in the 4-6 grades, such as band, after school organized sports team, etc. The class sizes are big and I felt that my daughter began to get lost in the shuffle after the first two years.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
We love Happy Valley School! My daughter is an encouraged, supported, engaged, and socialized student while at HPS, as well as at home. They continue what my husband and I began here at home, all the while accepting that school and home are both learning environments. The staff and teachers both encourage a lot of parental involvement, and keep communication at an all time high. Teacher to student ratio is always spot on, never leaving my child feeling rushed or left behind. Individual care is expressed and encouraged, a trait that is very appreciated. We are looking forward to many great years to come.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2007
I have had 2 children attend Happy Valley Charter (my older daughter for 6 years and my younger daughter is still there beginning her 5th year). Academically, this school is the best. My kids score at high school level on standardized tests. They do have music class and perform twice per year for family and friends to attend. Extracurricular activities are limited, I utilize the Parks and Recreation classes for my childrens individual interests. The administration at the school is very good---very supportive of their students and very serious about providing an excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I have 3 children attending HVS. Although there are some things I don't care for, they do not out weigh the amazing education that my children are receiving. I pulled one child from a school and placed them in HVS and the difference was amazing. The school has some quirks, but all schools do. I send my children to school to learn, if they need more extras, I will find them that too!! Over all it is an amazing program and I encourage all to give it a try and see the change for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
We really liked the academics, curriculum and student behavior at this school. Most of the teachers are great. The administrative staff is very unprofessional. Parents are not encouraged to help out at the school and have very little involvement school activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Our Daughter has attended Happy Valley Charter for 2 years now; Kindergarten and 1st grade. We could not be happier with the school! Great teachers & Principal is wonderful. Academically no other school in our area comes close! Parent involvement is welcomed and very much appreciated. Kindergarten classes are large amount of children but the teachers do a terrific job with the numbers and our daughters progress was superb! 1st grade she soared as well with a fabulous teacher :O) Several school activities are offered and run very smoothly. We love the after school care for emergency times when we couldn't make it in time for pick up. Music program is top notch with a wonderful program every year with the whole school involved. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL SCHOOL :O)

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
Overall I think Happy Valley is a good school. My daughter had a wonderful teacher in 6th grade last year. I think it has helped her be so successful in 7th grade at a new school this year. My son is finishing 3rd and has gone for 3 years. I think the large classes have made it hard for him, although he has done very well. Mrs. Karls, Mrs. Eager, Ms. Campaigne and Mrs. Engstrom all get my 2 thumbs up for being wonderful teachers! Mrs Karls especially gives of herself to help the children that need extra help with homework after school on a regular basis. There are not enough teachers like her that are caring enough to go the extra mile!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
I was very excited about my child going to this school as I have heard good reviews. However the academic aspect of the school should not be the only focus. My child would cry everyday because he had to go to school here. We eventually moved my child to another school. Loves school now.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Overall this is a good school. I really like the teachers, some of them really go out of their way to help kids. They also have a lot of really great families that go there. I am not crazy about the grading policy as it does not allow you to truly know how your child is doing. I am not a fan of the principal, I do not think he treats all kids and families equally. Parent involvement varies by classroom. The school always has a nice book fair and a music show that highlights the talents of the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2007
I have been extremely pleased with HVS. My child attends kindergarten there. Yes, there are 32 kids in her class, but they get plenty of attention between the teacher and her full-time aide. They run a tight ship in her class and I feel the discipline policy is fair and effective. I am amazed at how much they have learned just in the first half of the year. Even with the amount of work they do each day, my child has handled it with ease and no stress. There are a number of after school activities to choose from. The morning drop off and afternoon car pool pick up procedures run very smoothly. Overall, I feel very secure knowing my child is in a safe academic environment each day.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
The kindergarten classes are extremely large. The children are not getting the attention and education that they deserve. I don't think that this school is the right environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2006
This school is awesome! My son has been going here since Kindergarten, and is now in 6th grade! I am sad to know this will be his last year here! He has learned SO MUCH! From reading, writing, and math he has grown academically by leaps & bounds! The staff is wonderful! We are so saddened to know this is his last year here, but are proud to know that he has learned all the skills needed to succeed in his future endeavors because of HVS!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
May daughter started kindergarten this year and its amazing! She is reading and doing double digit math with great success. The teachers and staff are fabulous and its a great place for kids to learn and be. We are very happy with Happy Valley School. Awesome Job!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
My daughter started Kindergarten at Happy Valley School this year. She reads to me, she can read signs, labels, and even words we try to spell out so she doesn't know what we are talking about. She can do addition and subtraction with single and double digits. Every Friday they have ten spelling words plus two bonus words. I have never seen children who absorb so much information and get so much out of a wonderful school like this one. Our daughter loves all of the teachers and staff. She can name all of them. Her teacher always keeps me well informed! They also have music, art, and sports after school. My daughter takes art class once a week. I can't wait for next year! This school has surpassed all of my expectations! I highly recommend Happy Valley Basic School to anyone and everyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
My son has learned a lot and is still improving. There is plenty of Activities available. Tons of Parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
Very pleased with school. Daugher is currently enrolled for her second year. Teachers seem to be very hands on with each child, and most if not all grades have an assistant that is also continually hands on with children. There is usually one oportunity a month for parents to come see 'something' going on at school. They send out flyers quite regularly with mini concerts (performed by the children), to class 'get-togethers' (usually focused around a nearby holiday). I've attended a few of these, and usually the school is packed with parents from all grades. There are extracurricular activities, which vary from time to time between sports and enrichment (art and music). Overall we are very happy with the quality of schooling our daughter receives here, and will stay as long as there is room.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
My son has gone to this school for 4 years and my daughter for 2. They are getting the same education at this fabulous school that my son received in a very expensive private school. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
I love the variety of subjects they offer as a mainstay. The familiy atmosphere is a welcome change to the big public schools. I just wished they offered more in the way of after school activities such as track and field or baseball and basketball teams

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
Academically, it's very good. Kids are more advanced in reading than other schools. But they are lacking in extracurricular activities

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
August 29, 2005
We love the family atmosphere at Happy Valley!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2005
happyvalleyforum.com is an awesome user-friendly free bulletin board for parents to network, keep each other informed, and express opinions. It is totally free and created by a HVS parent. Teachers can even have their own section to post homework and class announcements.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
This is the best. My daughter is in 2nd grade there this year and I am still surprised at what she learned last year. She knows her complete multiplications and the spelling is unbelievable. My whole family is completely amazed. I cannot say enough about this school. Maybe thats why there is a waiting list that by the way is well worth the wait. You have to try it to believe it.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Academically the school pushes the children to learn advanced skills, such as the entire multiplication table in 1st grade; yet my child is still trying to master addition and subtraction. I was not impressed. We will be leaving and going into the Deer Valley School district. I can say that the music program is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
Quality of academics at this school is fantastic. I'm not very familiar with the availablity of extracurricular activites, I know they have them but are limited. Parent involvement is not encouraged but it also isn't rejected. That could use improvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
Over all I think it is a pretty good school. I have had some minor problems with the after school sports. Days would change without notice and make up days would be made without notice, I have also had some problems with the bus not coming on time. They would be early and leave or just come late. The teachers are great and the after school daycare is very nice.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
We have 3 boy's attending HVB and are so impressed, we are gladly enrolling our 4th child. We are impressed with the cirriculum, the philosphy of providing more than just the 'minimum's', the manner of teaching, the teaching staff and the school's code. When I say code, I mean the idea of teaching children good values, honesty, respect and responsibility. They have dress codes and they dress appropriately. If your thinking that is sounds more like a military-like environment, it's not, but more like when I went to school. Not like now where the boys wear their pants down to their knees, piercings, etc. To sum it up, a wholesome site for education and growth.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
Happy Valley Basic School is a great school. The teachers are very attentive to the childrens needs. It is teaching the way teaching should be. All the teachers are great. I recommend this schhol daily to people. We love going there. They get spanish from kindergarten through sixth, which I think is great because we live in AZ and it gives them a basic understanding of the languuage. They also have health, computers, music, and PE. They have assemblies weekly where the children are involoved and they teach the children good morals and beleifs. Excellent school

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
This school is great at teaching the basics for reading and math. However, they lack on the enrichment programs. There is no library or art program. The class sizes are very large. They are sitting at 38-50 students in Kindergarten and 38 students in 1st grade. They do have a teacher and one full time aide in each classroom.

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November 14, 2004
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September 04, 2004
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August 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
We are a past Happy Valley family and had a wonderful experience at the school. Admin was great, teacher were supportive and communicated well. Class sizes kind of large.. but other than that ..great school

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June 20, 2004
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June 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
I have two children attending this school, one in first grade, and one in second. They love school and learning more than ever. They are more challenged acedemicly with less out of school work. I am surprised at the amount they are able to teach my children with minimal homework. The only required homework is to read everyday. One of the schools main focuses is reading comprehension. They also teach spanish and computers to every student. Another added bonus is that they provide bussing. The music performances are great. I will be enrolling a kindergartener for next year in their free all day kindergarten program. I am very please with the parent teacher communication. The teachers communicate daily if wanted through the students notebook or will have set up a p/t conference any time. I love this school.

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April 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2003
My son started K in a charter school then went to a horrible experience at a public school. We found Happy Valley school for grade 2. This is his third year at Happy Valley, he loves it and is very proud that he is learning grade 5 and 6 year words and math problems in grade 4. The ability based placement helps children at the same level learn together. Slower kids learn at a slower pace without feeling bad. Quick learners move quicker. The teachers truly care about the academic acheivement of each student and my son has loved every teacher he has had. The music program rocks and the computer class is great. A very well rounded cirriculum focusing on basic math and reading because once kids have the basics they are set to excel beyond the basics. Go Happy Valley! My Number 2 will be in Kindergarten next year there!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2003
We have 1 child currently attending HVS, and he has done so well, if we were to move farther away, we would find a way to bring him to this school, that is how impressed we have been. Most importantly, he loves going and has learned so much-what more could we ever want in a school? Very highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2003
I have a child that has attended Happy Valley for two years and I have also worked as a volunteer for the school. My child did extremely well at Happy Valley and was very happy there. He has since had to move from Happy Valley because of family location, but on entering the Public School System has done very well and has not had any problem adjusting. In fact, he was academically way ahead of the rest of the kids in his class at Public School. We feel really fortunate to have had him attend Happy Valley. His education there has helped him to be a leader in his class. He gained so much self-esteem because of his knowledge attained there. As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to see first hand what the cafeteria is like at lunch time. Children eat lunch in an orderly manner while talking in a normal voice. Parents are welcome to come and eat lunch with their children any time. I would rate this school as a First Class School.

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Happy Valley School
7140 W. Happy Valley Road, Peoria, AZ  85383
(623) 376-2900
Last modified Happy Valley School is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Happy Valley School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 120 reviews. Top