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).
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!
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!
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.
- 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
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!!!!!!
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!
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.
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.
I wouldn't recommend it. They have some good teachers but they also have bad ones, unfortunately the bad ones ruine the school!
We attended Happy Valley for kindergarden and would not recommend this school to another family.
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")
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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