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 have 3 children go to this school and one going next year. It is an amazing school with great staff. All of my children enjoy going to school everyday. They have high academic standard which is why we attend here. They teach well above the public schools. I will challenge anyone that claims this school is not good
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.
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.
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
My daughter has attended Happy Valley for the past four years, we both have loved every minute.
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!
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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