While generally not one for writing reviews, I feel it is worth mentioning that as new parents to Happy Valley School this year, my wife and I have found the front office / administrative staff to be exceptionally professional, well organized, and prepared to answer any questions without being rude or curt in any way. To the contrary, we have found them to be quite welcoming and pleasant during this understandably chaotic first week. We are only one week in to the school year, so perhaps judgement would be best reserved for later in the year, but our family's initial impression of this school is quite favorable. The classroom set-up for our first grade daughters appears to allow for an age appropriate level of frolic while sending a subtle yet clear message that while first graders are supposed to have fun, their academic journey is to be respected as an opportunity that many kids across the globe do not enjoy, that character counts, and that they will be held accountable for their effort every bit as much as their results. If presented properly, structure can still be fun. We love this school so far. If we don't post again, then nothing has happened to change our opinion.
We have gone to this school for two full years and I currently have my child on waiting list at other schools. The front office staff are extremely rude and unhelpful. They make up rules as they go along and most are contrary to what is in their handbook. I don't recommend this school due to the front office staff!
Happy Valley is a terrific school. My child is getting an excellent education!! She has had a fantastic year in first grade! Her teacher was firm, yet caring. I highly recommend this school!!
I am disappointed on the rules and it's much like a military school. I will not be sending my son back to this school . I Gave Happy valley second chance already after kindergarten and my son was treated poorly again in 1st grade this year. I felt they focused everything he did wrong and never mentioned what he was doing right. They gave him laps all the time and he missed recess time a lot . He got into trouble for small things like stepping out of line to get a drink of wAter and playing in the bathroom. He felt like he couldn't move around at all . He was singled out a few times in the class room as well and his desk was put by himself so he wouldn't bother any other students. I just don't think he fits their mold.
For those that are "shocked" by the bad reviews, get real. Having an unrealistic curriculum, screening students to ensure test scores stay high, and then having teachers who are so harsh they make your child come home crying every night is NOT the sign of a high quality school. As an educator of over 25 years, I was shocked to see what my first grader was bringing home. Some of the uneducated parents here who think that having your precious child complete work that is not developmentally appropriate is somehow good for them is laughable. That's not good education. That's pandering to parents who don't know any better. And I agree with the other reviews, why is the office staff so rude??? My child has since enrolled in one of the best school districts in the state in Litchfield Park and is thriving. No more feeling overwhelmed. No more teachers who make the kids walk laps at recess if they incorrectly solve a math problem. No more ridiculous parents who think school is a race and their kid better being doing trig in 2nd grade or they wont get into Harvard. Stay far away from this school, if your child's well being means anything to you.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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