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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
My son has learned a lot and is still improving. There is plenty of Activities available. Tons of Parent involvement
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.
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!
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
Academically, it's very good. Kids are more advanced in reading than other schools. But they are lacking in extracurricular activities
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.
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.
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