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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
My children attend here and I honestly can not fully recommend this school. The principal is horrible. Some teachers are truly horrible. The school goes out of its way to alienate the parents, so they have no way to make complaints that will be recognized. I believe this is intentional. The principal needs to keep his opinions to himself and trust that he and his staff are not entitled elitists, because they are in fact not. I feel very judged in this school. I feel like I am the new kid in high school every time I walk onto campus. The teachers ARE instructed to JUDGE parents on their cars, and reduced lunch participation. The teachers DO gossip openly amongst themselves like high schoolers regarding material issues with parents. I like the academics here because the kids do learn alot with little homework. But the atmosphere is unbearable. If you have even one problem or do not fit the perfect high school cheerleader mold- you will be ostracized. If you are not prefect enough anything your child does not perfect will count against YOU- NEVER the teachers. They should remove the principal for not correcting this years long feeling at this school.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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!!!!!!
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