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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
My two children have truly excelled at Happy Valley. The overall atmosphere is possitive. Happy Valley teachers exhibit concern and encouragement for my childrens overall growth. The faculty and staff are helpful and friendly. My children enjoy their time during the school day and their after school care time as well. I have and will continue to recommend Happy Valley School.
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