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Happy Valley School

Charter | K-6 | 761 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 13 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted Tuesday, 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


Posted Tuesday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted June 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 3, 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Asian 10% 3%
Hispanic 8% 42%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A46%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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7140 W. Happy Valley Road
Peoria, AZ 85383
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Phone: (623) 376-2900

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