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PK-8
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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 752
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1520 West Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027

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(623) 516-7747
(623) 516-2703
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June 26, 2014
This is a traditional school, but I loved it. My kids started out with Mrs Trotter, in Kindergarten, and she was warm and engaging with my kids. To me, her personality should be the model for the entire school. She worked in all the course material in a clever and calm manner. Like all schools, it's not for everyone. It emphasizes order in the classroom, and some find that oppressive. I saw growth from my kids. As for the negative comments about the facility itself, in my experience, it's the people that make the difference. And when you remember the schools you loved, do you ever think about the size of the windows? When we left, it was because we wanted a Catholic school experience. But no complaints, and a lot of memories.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Valley is wonderful and supportive environment where children can feel safe and learn in a traditional education setting. This school has exceeded my expectations. The involvement of the administration is also impressive.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Valley Academy has the BEST parent volunteer system! The Valley Academy Parent Organization gets parents involved in EVERY event and thousands of dollars are raised from these parents volunteering their time. Love, LOve LOVE the ZERO TOLERANCE rule for bullies. The teachers are heavily involved ACADEMICALLY with each child. Communication with parents is open and notification with problems are quick. Valley Academically is AWEDOME! I AM Very Happy Parent!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
My school is a really great school that can use some upgrades so please let us win the 5,000 dollars

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2013
I have been an involved parent and employee at this school for a total of 9 years. I love the family atmosphere and the high academic standards. The administration has an open door policy and the teachers are always willing to go the extra mile for student success. This school of choice is for families who want to be active in their child's learning experience and help them become responsible citizens as well as critical thinkers.

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2013
I am a student from valley academy I am very glad with my parents decision on make me go here sense kindergarden and I am currently in 6th grade it is the best school ever and I'm reading at a 12th grade reading level

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
I can't believe people would choose to use this venue to post such negative and untrue statements. The principal at Valley Academy puts her heart and soul into the job. She creates an environment that promotes a feeling of family by all involved, students, parents and staff. I am proud to say that my daughter admires and looks up to her as a positive role model. Our Principal is kind, compassionate, empathetic, and cares enough about our school to be strong for what is best for every situation. It is difficult to make everyone happy all the time but simply puting unexplained and unjustified negative comments out there doesn't help anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
Valley Academy is an outstanding school with rich tradition. Having been involved with Valley in multiple roles I can honestly say it exceeds expectations. Students are held to a high standard both academically and morally. The administration is highly visible and involved on campus with their students with in an academic and extra curricular setting. Teachers are willing to help any student succeed in their goals. I know first hand many teachers and administrators that not only care academically but will take time out of their schedule to go see them in other activities even many times even after graduating from the school.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2013
Valley Academy is an awesome school with caring teachers, great kids, great families and an awesome administration!!! The principal is wonderful to work; with she knows almost all of the kids by name.

- submitted by a teacher
March 30, 2013
The principal demonstrates no leadership skill at the Valley Academy. She has no creativity and has very minimal interactions with kids at school. She certainly is not a role model for students to look up to. It is time to have a new principal at the Valley Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
The teachers at Valley Academy are amazing. While doing a fantastic job at Valley, they have also made time to help the faculty at their new sister school. With their help, Painted Rock Academy is now delivering the same excellent curriculum in the same caring traditional way.

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2012
Valley Academy does not need an introduction, it is very well known and popular school among parents who strive to make sure their kids get an excellent education. Their office staff and teachers are commendable. Parents send their kids to VA for its excellent traditional teaching program which includes Spalding Reading and Writing, Saxon Math, strict dress-code, campus environment and diverse student population amongst many others. VA instills discipline and study habits in kids that will remain with them for a lifetime. I wish there was a VA in every city !!!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2012
My son attended this school for 2 years and I must say it's been challenging. A lot of homework and discipline is what most of the public schools lacking but it is what most of american children need. Education is great, however the lack of creativity and developing logical and critical thinking is frustrating. I understand it is traditional school, but why not take all the good from tradition and leave mediocrity behind. The way my son studies for the tests is unacceptable, he says he only has to memorize, he doesn't have to understand the concepts, school requires memorization, not thinking. He says his older public school was the best school he ever attended because they had ELP, which was all about creativity and critical thinking. I wish Valley Academy adopted some of the tools ELP uses to become truly great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
My child has attended Valley Academy since kindergarten. I have notice when I have been waiting to sign my child out, the office staff is pleasant, concerned and have respect for all children. The administration is consistant, thoughtful and mindful of the office setting. I have also noticed that the preschoolers are a little too noise when "marching or running" through the office, trying to get away from their parent. Perhaps just a little common courtesy is all that's needed. I continue to support Valley Academy as the first rate education,it provides for my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
Valley Academy is an amazing place to be! It seems to me it would be common courtesy to keep the noise level of your children down as you walk through the front office, which is a place of business. The policies that some would consider ridiculous and annoying are, in fact, part of the reason that Valley Academy has been so successful in the past 18 years. The dress code, in particular, is spelled out quite plainly in the student handbook. People should not be surprised when there are consequences for not following clearly stated rules. There are plenty of other schools around that will allow students to dress and behave any way they like, and they do not have the proven track record of Valley Academy! I love Valley Academy and would not change it for anything!!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2012
My son is enrolled in preschool and my daughter is in grade school level. This has been the most problematic school year thus far. The adminstrative office has done nothing but control normal noise level for a workplace that is constantly active. I have continuously observed adults and children being told to "be quiet, walk quietly, whisper, you're too loud". This is not a library!! The rules and policies of this school are more rigid than a military site! Focus your time and attention on more improtant issues like education! Secondly, my child is constantly getting dress code citations for the most ridiculous things. Yes, she looks very well presentable. I had high expectations of this school and they were easily and quickly lowered. I would not recommend this school to anybody. My first imperssions start at the office and that is poorly rated!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
Anyone that has anything negative to say about this school is just plain out of their mind. It is a "traditional" school, focusing on citizenship, COUNTRY and manners. actual teachers not 20 somethings that just graduated and have zero experience dealing with any children let alone 25 of them! It is also the small things that public school parents may overlook like, ALL desks face FORWARD, singing the Pledge Of Allegiance, letting kids and parent's express their faith without retribution, structured learning, DAILY homework, teaching the students and NOT celebrating mediocrity. Valley Academy teaches UP not down and that is the reason they are excelling. They are doing the very opposite of ordinary district public schools which is exactly why they succeed. There are more books than toys, they let parents on campus and in your child's classroom at ANYTIME, which says to me that they have confidence in the staff and teachers with nothing to hide. They hold your child accountable for EVERYTHING which in turn teaches them responsibility and supports what we try to teach them at home. So when we send them to school it's not a regression, it's a supplement to the parents. if you want

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
As a parent of a child in the 4 year old class at Valley Academy Preschool I was a bit disappointed in the previous post. I have a very bright little girl who has gone through the 3 year old program and now is in the 4 year old class. She is learning by leaps and bounds. She is very excited about school and is learning many new things that were not a part of her 3 year old program. I spoke with the administration about the concern this parent had and was assured that the curriculum has been adjusted to make sure the 3 and 4 year olds are learning at a different level. So, if there was a problem in the past it certainly is not evident now. I am very happy with the preschool program at Valley Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
This is for the preschool only, as we had no experience with the K-8 portion. First of all, the principal seems very warm, caring and competent. However, the preschool was not up to par. The four year old class had the same exact curriculum as the three year old class last year...which covered less than the three year old curriculum covered the year before (the first year of preschool). We had a great experience in the 3 year old room. But the 4 year old room was a complete waste of time and money and the kids were bored. Kids in daycare were taught more than kids in last year's 4 year old class. Ask lots of questions before enrolling in the preschool and ensure that the basics are being covered! Also, by state law, getting your child in the preschool does not assure them a place in Valley's kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
I am a teacher at Valley Academy, and someone who has been campus through all administrations. The current administration is by far the best since the school opened for business in 1995. Teachers have the ability to be as creative as they like, while teaching the basics on which Valley Academy was founded. The Principal in particular is amazing to deal with both as a teacher and a parent. She truly cares about maintaining the level of excellence for which Valley Academy is known state-wide. She is supportive of teachers, helpful to parents, and, most of all, has the best interests of the students and traditions of Valley Academy in mind with every decision she makes. There is not a finer school in the state of Arizona! I am proud to work there, and proud to have had my children educated there.

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2012
I agree with the parents that was totaly honest. The administration is very controlling and it is difficult to have any creative input as a student, teacher, or parent volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
I would totally disagree with the last post. I happen to know that the current administrator is very supportive of the school's creative activities on campus including the after school programs like Drama and sports. My fifth grade daughter has also shared with me that administration enjoys visiting classrooms to see all of the exciting science experiments and academic competitions that take place. The philosophy of the school drives a structured environment, not a controlling administrator. Valley Academy and its administration are well rounded.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
My kids have been going to Valley for close to six years. The parental involvement is phenomenal, with the Parent Organization (VAPO) creating wonderful events and activities for our kids. The curriculum is well rounded and engaging. I especially love Spalding and my son loved the science courses in the later grades that included dissecting many different creatures. The only complaint I have is the administration is very controlling and it is difficult to have any creative input as a student, teacher, or parent volunteer. I love this school, but if you have any creative inclinations, squash them, as this is a do as your told school only.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
I feel blessed to live in a state that offers choice schools! I send my kids to this traditional school, so they will have a better education than I had. I have had 3 children at Valley for the past 9 years and plan on being there for another 9 years with a kindergartener starting in the fall. I found that the phonics based Spalding program helped my son learn to read after being diagnosed with speech delay. He tested out of his IEP by 3rd grade thanks for great teachers who helped him along the way. I think that the high academic standards in comparison to other AZ schools make Valley stand out, but our family stayed because of the awesome extras like sports, clubs, Spanish, and computers. The teachers and administration have an open door policy and allow for lots of chances for parents to be involved. Parents and teachers work together which make Valley different from most public district schools. Parents play a role in curriculum and most "extra" activities like Turkey Trots, spirit day ice-cream, talent shows, and much more. I didn't come for the uniforms, but it proved to win me over when my children were in 7th and 8th grades. Yikes!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2012
We absolutely LOVE Valley Academy! The teachers and administration could not be more kind, compassionate and caring! I have visited many other schools in the valley over the past few years and have not seen the quality of education nor staff dedication that we find at Valley Academy. Valley is truly a shining star and I am proud to say that we are part of the Valley Academy family! Thank you to the great staff and administration for caring so deeply for our children!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
Our daughter has attended this for two years, going on three. She transferred from another school considered "excelling" and was doing wonderfully but we moved a bit further away and have friends whose kids are also at Valley Academy. Our daughter needed help with Math but her teacher did not bring it to our attention until her A went to almost an F. It happened so quickly I didn't even know it was possible. Apparently the teacher just expected her to figure it out even though she obviously needed tutoring -- something Valley does NOT offer. I was stuck scrambling trying to get help for my daughter and finally the teacher gave in and said she would tutor her a few mornings a week. It helped but we ran into the same problem the following year. We had to meet with the teacher a few extra times including the VP to get it worked out. If your child needs tutoring you have to pressure them to help you or they won't. The teacher "compassion" award is lacking at this school but maybe they need more time to fish out the cranky ones and get teacher who love what they do and the children they do it for. On the plus side, I love the fact they have a uniform code. It's simple.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
My son has been at Valley since 1st grade. He's in 5th grade now and thrives at this school! He gets all A s, is not afraid to speak in front of his class, does his homework well, and is learning to be responsible for his work and his actions. The teachers have been wonderful every year though some are more strict about the dress code. My daughter also went to Valley from 5th through 8th grade. She had a little trouble adjusting academically but persevered and even made honor roll after a few years. She is now in high school in an MYP program getting almost all A s! Valley Academy prepared her very well for high school! Even though we have been frustrated a time or two by administration, my son will continue with this excellent education and behavioral standards school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
I am very happy with Valley so far, my boys just started this year and have adjusted really well. They are in Kindergarten and Preschool and they are doing great. This school is very much geared for academic excellence and they expect the children to pay attention and be able to adjust their behavior for the learning environment. This might sound scary to parents, but don't be scared, the kids learn quickly to pay attention and respect the teacher. I was nervous that my boys wouldn't sit still in class because they came from a daycare setting, but I was surprised by how quickly they learned the rules and what's expected of them. There is homework, even in Kindergarten, but again don't be discouraged. My son loves doing his homework and I love helping him, it's a good time to just be with him and see what he's been learning. I've heard that the homework gets more intense as the grades progress, but maybe because he's learning all of these homework skills early he'll be more prepared as the years go on. Hope this review is helpful to any parents considering this school, I'm really glad I chose this school for my two boys. :)

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
I'm at student here at Valley. This is my first year at this school, it's very advanced and I'm disappointed about he schools musical involvement. I my advance band class the are about 15 people there. I think they should go back to beginner band Some of them. Everybody that goes to this school is very jumpy and not very mature, also I have problems with keeping myself together so when it gets very over-whelming I break down, almost everyday I've walked home crying because of all the stress and expectations. there is no room for mistakes. I don't have very much help, the teachers are very strict, and very controlling. It's a great learning environment but very difficult. I'm at a 9th grade reading level and I'm reading some of the books the 6th graders are reading and I have to have a dictionary by me to understand half the words in most of these books.I dislike this school, but if you are looking for a challenge this is a great school to go to. I am looking for a different school to go to because its very difficult for me and I was a stright A student before to this school.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
This was my daughter first year at Valle academy and we are really happy and impressed with all the work the teachers have done. We are excited for this coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
The grading practices here are scary. My son came home last night with 20 questions from a civil war test - he's in grade 2. He only got one wrong but she graded him 63%. Why? Because he wrote out the answer (a, b, c, test) instead of circling it. Give me a break! If you like that kind of perfection and constant drill type grading where there's no big picture thinking....go for this school. If not, consider otherwise. They will also take points off a math test for spelling or other non math reasons. I'll be moving my kids out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
The carriculam is advance and teachers are hard working , hard to find just kind of school in united states

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
it is the best school..my son feels so much comfortable and happy there and shows eagerness to learn more..he gained so much in terms of confidence and knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2010
Amazing school; competent administrative staff; awesome teaching staff; our children's accomplishments go above and beyond our expectations.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2010
While there are some positives about Valley Academy, I was very disappointed. The leadership lacks experience, depth and professional maturity, which unfortunately leads to bad decision making and role modeling for the children. Politics within the administration at this school hinders the leadership's ability to effectively deliver focused attention on their primary goals.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
My child performed in the spring drama play at Valley Academy and I was very impressed with what the staff put into this production. My child's homeroom teacher also took the time to come and watch her perform. Thoughtful, dedicated and caring teachers are what make this school great!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
I am extremely happy with this school. My child is currently in Kindergarten and he has learned so much. I thought he might resist some of the teaching because he already knew how to write. His handwriting is so much nicer now. He can also read very well. In order for your child to do well, parent(s) have to be involved. The school also requires volunteer time which in the beginning I thought was a chore, but I grew to love it and I've met very nice staff and parents along the way. Although I am tired, I have no regrets, and my child loves the school, his teachers and his classmates. They are very big on respect. There is also a school uniform which is great for parents. Administration is always highly visible on campus which is another thing that I love.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Valley Academy is an A+ all around school that goes back to the basics to teach children how to read, write, calculate math and excel. They have been rated 10 (on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest) for AIMS scores and academics. My child is getting a great education from this charter school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
My child started going to this school this year and we are very pleased with their academy program. The teachers, staff and the admin staff are v friendly, welcoming and helpful. The teaching is well organized and the teachers are very be well prepared to teach the daily lesson. The diversity is in fantastic. My only gripe is it would be nice to see more options in the after school program e,g, chess, yoga, etc. If your focus is traditional education this school is it.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
Our children attended VA for kindergarten and 1st grade. The Administration was interested in grades and those that don't score high aren't welcome. I must agree that the new building is like a windowless prison. The majority of the teachers are talented but there are only a few that understand special needs kids. If you have a busy child, prepare to meet a great deal of resistance

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
We left Valley Academy and it was a hard choice. My children received a wonderful education there, but it was very intense. I was trying to find a way to balance an excellent education but still have time for family, church, and maybe fun too. I am an educator myself and fully embraced the idea of an excellent, accelarated curriculum for my children. Yet I later realized that these things come with a sacrafice. The sacrafice of family time was too great. My daughter was stressed. I would stress over the homework time. Although my kids had A's and could do the work, it was robbing us of peaceful, quiet time at home. So I searched and found a public school with a traditional education near our home. My children still get Saxon math, Spalding language and high expectations. We are happy and feel more balanced now.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
I have 2 children now at Valley Academy and have been personally involved there since 2005. No school is perfect, but concerning Valley's education, their desire to excel for the benefit of the students, and the parental involvement allowed there, I've seen no better. There are multiple opportunities to volunteer and make your voice heard, if you're willing to put in the time. Sitting on the sidelines and complaining is always easier, but not productive. My suggestion to parents considering Valley is to come see for themselves, and do the same at other schools. VA will speak for itself.

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October 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The April writer who complained about the school grounds and computers should take a new look this year. There is a computer lab with brand new computers. The grounds have 3 well equiped play areas, basket ball courts, and lots of green grass areas. Wow! all this and excellent test scores and happy students - what more could anyone ask for?

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2009
We've been very happy with VA. Our first grader learned more within the first few weeks, than he did his entire year in public school. We have loved how enthusiastic the teachers and staff are and how they've helped our child love school. We are pleased that parents can be involved in the majority of decisions such as teacher hiring, curriculum, and the school calendar. We take our child's education very seriously and are happy to be at Valley. It is, however, a fast paced learning environment with a significant amount of homework and required parent involvement, so it isn't for everyone. It seems the families who left may have been afraid of the administrative change, but we've been impressed with the amount of dedication the administration shows to their learning philosophies and how smoothly the school is run.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2009
I don t think that grass is greener on the other side, but I am realistic about Valley Academy and how it compares to other similar schools. VA is providing a good education for my child, at this moment, using a 1950 s method of education. One of you mentioned computers, I encourage you to see what kind of computers our children have and how many children per each computer. Look VA school grounds, there is nothing but dirt. Look at the new building, where are the windows? Is this a correctional institution building or a structure built for the purpose of educating our bright minds? VA is not a bad school, but its administration leaves much to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
Like anything else most people like to thing that the grass is greener on the other side. I just want to let you know that we are very satisfied with Valley Academy. We have been there for almost 8 years now and I have four children attending and two more in the near future. I encourage prospective families to take a tour and see for themselves what the school is about. Also, you can ask most any parent on campus their opinion and they will let you know. If you would like to change things at VA that you don't like then get involved don't just complain.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My daughter is in Valley Academy from Kindergarden. Now she is in 2nd grade. We are very happy with this school. I gave credit to valley academy for having high academic standard. It will help my daughter for her future study.Very nice Principal , teachers.

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February 14, 2009
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October 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I have been going to Valley since 1st grade. It's an awesome school. I am in 7th grade now and my friend from a public school by my house is doing Capitization in language, while I am doing way more advanced languange. We also have classes that most schools dont have like Spanish and computers. I cant wait for the new building and its so awesome to see it happening!

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
This is our 5th year at Valley, with one in 2nd grade, and one in 4th grade. We love this school and the back to basics, traditional structure and education. Parents are a huge part of Valley, and I love to be so involved. Our younger child has had no problems, fits well into the structure, keeps up with the intense pace at Valley, and loves it. However, our 4th grader has never liked school, and constantly feels pushed and stressed at Valley. The requirements can be 'over the top' with homework. In 3rd grade they were doing 7th grade math! Sometimes we don't know if Valley is the place for our older child, but where to go? The options aren't good....

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
My son will be graduating from Valley Academy next month and entering the IB program at North Canyon. I credit Valley Academy with instilling in him the high academic standards and the self-motivation required to be accepted into such a program. As were many parents, I was skeptical about the change in administration, but I don't feel it has hurt the school at all. If anything, my son has been happier than ever and is sad to be leaving VA. His only complaint has been that after 9 years of putting up with the temporary buildings, now that he is leaving they are putting up a beautiful new permanent building. Such is life.

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March 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2008
There are not hundreds of kids waiting to get in to VA. While there may be some on the wait list because of the school's past success, there are also parents withdrawing their children for a better option. It seems as though a few 'cheerlead' the school when they really don't know some of the alternatives out there that are so much better. Most of the special area classes are a joke. There are a couple of excellent teachers in the primary grades but after that, there's not much for kids to look forward to.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
The school is wonderful and the leadership is wonderful. Teachers are happy and everyone is working together to help the children succeed. No wonder there are hundreds of kids waiting to get in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2007
The school is fantastic. I love my childrens teachers and the cirriculum is very challenging. I would never go to another school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
I feel this school is more [concerned] about AIM scores than teaching students to develop the real skills for this fast changing world. They force parents and students to spend most of their time for the score. Their philosophy is more like running an business by producing a product of high scores. I am thinking about withdrawing my kids sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Valley Academy used to be a great place. It was a place I was proud to be associated with, but the board has been taken over by members who have their own agenda - with the administration as their puppets. There all still good teachers, but will they stay? Valley hit its peak, and now it is declining. It won't be long until Valley is just another charter school with minimal standards and average students.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
I am so disappointed with the lack of traditional educational leadership, which drew me to Valley. The philosophy is quickly becoming that of your average neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
I am a parent that has had my child at Valley Academy for 4 years and I can honestly say that the education and atmosphere has never been better. I really don't know what these unhappy parents are talking about. Valley Academy is by far the best school around for many reasons. The fact of the matter is that Charter Schools are schools of choice. Valley is no exception.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
My children have been at Valley Academy for several years, since kindergarten. When Valley Academy experienced some leadership changes last year, I was disappointed and very concerned, like many other parents. However, over the last year I have found that Valley Academy has not diminished in its pursuit of academic excellence, nor lost its focus on the children as the number one priority. The curriculum is well balanced and the school continues to nurture a healthy learning and motivating environment. Many of the teachers are very talented professionals and the new leadership members are proving their abilities daily. I highly recommend this school for anyone who wishes to provide their child with a solid education base.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
The love for the students and what is best for them is gone, replaced by lower standards and less academic progress. If you're looking for a traditional back to basics school, with traditional values, Valley Academy may not be the school for you. A former happy parent now dismayed.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
Sadly, VA is becoming a shadow of its former self. With last years firing of the principal by the board and the hiring of a new principal who doesn't share the same vision, VA is steadily declining. Parents are no longer allowed a voice but the school is becoming dictated by a board inept at their job. I've had children in VA for six years, as a parent it saddens me to see a once great school becoming a shell of its former self. Academics and standards are no longer what they once were but instead being taken over by public school philosophies. Many teachers who had been with Valley for years left at the end of last year as well as many long time Valley families. We are currently looking for a new school for our children and would suggest people thinking about attending VA do the same.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2007
Valley Academy has a very strong academic basis, but I am concerned about the backbone of this administration. When we first enrolled our child to VA we knew about the strict 'rules', ie, dress code,etc. Now it worries me that the board and administration caves to threats from a few parents. Didn't we all sign an agreement that we could all abide by the rules? Who gives a few parents the right the change things because they don't like it. Bring it up as vote. I still think that Valley has some great qualities. I am also concerned about some of the best teachers not coming back next year. What are we doing about recruiting great teachers and how are we supporting them and encouraging them to stay even though the pay is lower than most public schools. I think we need to support our teachers also.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
Valley Academy has proven to be the right choice for my family. The academic standards and expectations far exceed those of our neighborhood school. Students are well behaved, attentive, and ready to learn. The teachers, staff, administration, CEO and Board of Directors have created an environment which encourages student achievement and welcomes the support of families. This past year has brought improvements to the campus, opportunities for parent involvement through the Strategic Planning Process, and renewed energy and excitement for this gem of a school. Valley Academy is a school of choice for families who value a quality education. My children and their classmates are supported and encouraged by involved parents. This creates an atmosphere where learning is the first priority. This common focus has brought together a school community comprised of quality people. Thank you Valley Academy!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
Unfortuantly when you have many people in one place, there will be differences. That fact is that this school is very divided. If you question this, just attend some of their meetings. In my opinion, this school is taking a very liberal direction.

- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2007
Love this school! A friend inquired about Valley for her daughter because she felt the public school was not doing its job at all. She asked if there was anything that I did not like about Valley. I'd have to say I love all of it. I love helping in the classroom. I love the way subjects are taught. I love how much my child has achieved in her first year of school. My child gets frustrated because it's not fun like preschool but on the other hand she is proud of how much she has learned. She is ADHD w/out meds and the teaching style & Structure are perfect. She is kept busy and the academics are hard enough to keep her from getting bored. We have all made many new friends since starting at Valley. My husband and I feel extremely lucky to have found Valley.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2006
The quality of academics is superb. I know my child is receiving a top rate education. Yes, it is tough! The teachers expect the students to be resposible, even in the younger grades. (I find this a very good thing.)Students must keep track of their daily assignments and homework as well as the long term projects. Sometimes the requirements seem a little over the top, but my child has been able to rise to the challenges. If straight A's are a necessity for your family, you may want to look elsewhere. However, know this: When your child leaves Valley Academy after the eighth grade,he or she will have the tools to succeed in high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I believe that Valley Academy is one of the strongest schools in Phoenix. It uses traditional education styles and emphasizes the arts like we learned them when we were little. The PE program is thorough, and Spanish and Computers are taught from 3rd grade one. My only concern is the management by a self-appointed board of directors. The principal reports to this board of directors, and there doesn't seem to be any checks and balances in the system. Parents can sometimes feel frustrated with this. We go the Principal for help, but he/she has no real power in the school. If this aspect could be changed, it would make parents feel better. The board members should be elected by the parents. Also, parents as board members should be kept to a strict minimum to show transparency and allow outside people with an unbiased opinion to improve and support the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
I am very concerned that the overall quality of education is being eroded.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2006
Like many parents I am very concerned about the recent changes at Valley Academy. My child has attended for three years, and up until now I was fairly satisfied. Next year holds great concern for me and I am considering other schools. The Board of Directors seem to have no real understanding for parental concerns.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2006
My child will be a first grader this fall and the new changes have me a little worried. I did attend the meeting on 6-22-06 and left the meeting with the same questions, which tells you that the questions weren't answered. I want to end by saying education wise I love the school, the teachers, and parent participation and I hope that doesn't change. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Valley Academy is a great school, however recent events which have included the firing of Mrs. Malone the principal and the making of a non educator the 'CEO' of the school are very disappointing. A few things to think about. The pace of the school is very advanced as well as the content. This has been the hardest thing to which to adjust. I would not recommend the middle school at all. The staff at that level does not encourage parent review or participation. For the lower grades, you can't do better generally, but for the coming year, I would be very careful with a change in administration. This move has included no explanation to the parent body and no reasons were given. Mrs. Maone was principal for 8 years and made Valley what is has become.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
This school is so advanced that when I switched my middle school child from a public school to this one, she struggled with the advanced academic schedule and structure. This year she's improved a lot. Even though she struggled she loves this school. Very disciplined, structured, and teachers keep you informed if the child is falling behind on her/his grades. I recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
I have a 4th and 5th grader now at Valley and both have attendended since K. Valley is not for parents that are looking for a babysitter for their kids. Valley is a very structured school with exceptional teaching values and strategies that require a lot of parental involvement. Yes, homework is intense, but without homework, concepts do not 'stick' and must be relearned year to year which means lost teaching time due to review. Core values must be taught at home and high behavior standards are expected (which should be the case in every school, but it isn't), which gives Valley students what they need to have a good learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
My child is finishing Kindergarden & has done great. Yes, I was very involved in the beginning while learning all the phonograms, reading... Once she learned how to read, she was able to read instructions on her own.. She has a great teacher, who has given her a great start for this school, was very involved in communicating if there were any behavior problems on a specific day, gave great positive feedback & acknowledgement to both students & parents. I would definitely recommend this school, If, you're willing to be part of your child's education & not just leave raising up your child to the school. As for extracuricular activities, yes the school needs improvement, but the City offers lots of programs to use after school/weekends for sports/activities, if desired. I feel kids need time at home to relax, wind down, use their imagination & just be kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
I have been very pleased with my daughter's educational experience at Valley Academy. Her teachers have all been exceptional and knowledgeable about their subject areas. The leadership is very competent and deal with matters quickly. I would recommend this school to others.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
Very high academic progress this first year for our two Kindergartners. The are reading and completing math times tests up to 11. We are very happy with the academic progress made this year. The only negative we find is the lack of social interaction with kids after school. This is primarily due to the children being driven to the school from many different areas around the west valley. For academic progress well beyond most public schools, this is the school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
The quality of educatin is good.I feel good about extracurricular activities too.There is a lot of paretns involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
Very structured school focus is only on academics there is no consideration for socioemotional health. If a child is struggling in one subject they would prefer to hold them back (retain) rather than Identify the problem inform the parents work out a tutoring strategy andintervention. They have music art choir and sports after 4th grade only. The average student will do at least 1-4 hours of homework every night. Without parental help this school would be impossible for even a gifted student. When a child is struggling and you ask for help the common response is 'Maybe Valley Academy is not for your child'. If your kid is not on cruze control and needs a little support good luck. Parents are required to provide minnimun of 2 hrs per month of school assistance most parents give much more some give a lot.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
My son attended this school appx. three years ago and I loved it. I am hopping to have my kids attend here again next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Speaking to the junior high program, I had two children who entered Valley in 4th and 5th grades. They were generally not accepted by peers due to the fact that they hadn't been there since Kindergarten. For my fairly quiet child, things went OK with teachers, but my active son was often ridiculed by the teachers in front of classmates. When I spoke to the principal about this, she merely attributed one of the teacher's behavior to her particular personality type. Only one of the teachers (Hayo) took the time to appreciate him. He was so beaten down with such low self esteem from his experience at Valley, that we homeschooled him for 9th grade. As long as your children (and you!) 'fit the mold' (studious, compliant), Valley will be fine for you. The minute you try to assert any indivuality, you will be an outcast.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2005
My daughter attended kindergarten at Valley and learned a great deal. However, Valley expects perfection, even from five year olds. When the class began writing sentences (yes, sentences) my daughter was penalized for not using a 'Spalding' capital 'y' at the beginning of a sentence. She used a capital, just not a Spalding one. The children do not have opportunities to practice creativity and individuality. There is blatant favoritism. One child was constantly disrupting the class and getting out of his seat without consequence while another was awarded detention for talking out in class. Families with more energetic children or children who struggle are treated poorly and feel they have to leave Valley. In all, if you don't mind expecting your child to perform perfectly, don't mind having homework that lasts three hours nightly and blatant favortism then Valley Academy is for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Great curriculum ideas but poorly trained teachers and too much inconsistency.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
This will be my daughter 2nd year at Valley, and we are gratified the academic challenge the school offered to students. Parents involvement increase students interest in learning, as well as awareness of student class standing. It is like a large family. We fully understand that it is hard to be a teacher without assistance. Parents valued teachers by volunteering time, that would help her daily task, so she can concentrate on teaching. We feel like a part owner, for the school inform all parents of current update. Academic is rigorous, and you do need to be involve in your child daily schoolwork. Furthermore, you need to follow guidelines or else this is not the right school for you and your child. Arts and sports awareness are high, as well as physical fitness to being a well rounded personality. I am extremely proud that my daughter attends Valley Academy.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Valley Academy is an excellent charter school! I have never sent my child to a better school. He made genuine friends and learned priceless values. I would recommend this school to any parent. The only challenge is the is work is intense.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
I have to say I am glad I had two years with Valley. I had three kids there, my two oldest had a hard time during there second year, one in 7th grade and the other in 3rd. My 1st grader did great, unfortunatly I couldnt drive to three different schools. I have to say I was dissappointed that my two older kids couldnt make it at Valley, and holding them back was just not an option for them. That made them feel like they were dumb when the school suggested that, there self esteem took a nose dive. I was also not happy that the school doesnt have a program so that it keeps them from being held back for ex: summer school. Im glad to say my 1st grader will take what she has learned and will use it.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
Valley Academy is a quality school that focuses on the fundamentals! Reading and writing are the foundation of this excelling school. I would not have my children go anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
We absolutely love this school. Traditional teaching, parent involvement, communication. What more could one want out of a school?

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2005
Valley Academy is an excellent example of parents and school working together. For each student enrolled in the school, a parent is asked to volunteer three hours a month. Parents are involved in curriculum decisions through the parent organization (of which every parent is a member), and teachers, as well as administrators, have an open door policy where parents are able and encouraged to come in a see what's going on in their child's class. Academically, Valley Academy is among the best. Students are taught a traditional education in a structured, well-disciplined classroom. Because of Valley's commitment to 'time on task' students often exceed NCLB's expectation of a year's growth, and show more than a year's growth. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers and administrators are commited, and the parents are involved, who could ask for a better school than that?

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
My daughter is completing her Kindergarten at Valley. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. The quality of education my daughter has received have exceeded my expectations. The teachers are well trained and the academics is not too easy but it is challenging.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
I have found this school to be academicly challenging. So much better than the public school. Office staff is very friendly and ehlpcul.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
My daughter began Valley Academy as a new student last fall in the fifth grade. I am exceptionally pleased with her transition to Valley and can not say enough good things about this school. She had not been taught the Spalding phonics system at her old school, so the principal assisted in arranging for one of the other teachers to tutor her after school several nights per week to catch her up. The principal is very involved, knows all of her teachers abilities and monitors their performance. She is also very involved with the students, and stopped in several times at the beginning of the year to check on my child and ensure that she was appropriately placed. Parent involvement is highly encouraged and welcomed, from volunteering to serving on curriculum and standards committees, etc. This school has very high academic standards and expectations, an excellent curriculum and excellent educators.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Very high academic standards. My child is challenged all the times. Not a lot of extra curricular activities. The level of parent involvement is very high and it requires every parent to devote some time to the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
The school has good academics and a good staff of instructors.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My youngest son has been attending VA for 6 years now and we just love it. They give him the best education you can possiblly give a child, he has learned so much. I have an older child who attended also and is now attending Brophy College Prep. We believe that if he did not receive this high quality of education at VA he may not have been able to attend Brophy (very high standards). I have recommended this school to many of my friends who now have children attending.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
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January 27, 2005
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January 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2005
School is really great in teaching children all the book 'smarts' but lack in assisting children with specail needs. Yes' by law they have to assist these children in their school, but they screen most of this kids out. Their numbers are excellence but the question should be asked about the children who don't learn by sitting in the chair looking forward all day. How do they help these children. V.A. will suggest going to a 'public' school. If your child is like our oldest daughter and adapts well to many different learning enivornments your child will do well. If not you may want to look at other options.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
Very disappointing! We were promised 'this really nice' teacher, and after testing for 2 hours, was told there was not enough room in her class. My daughter was thrown into a different class with no direction from the teacher and no assigned buddy. I spoke with the principal, and was promised results, but to no avail. I withdrew her after two days. While I was in the office waiting for a withdraw slip the administrator told another prospective parent that her child could have the 'really nice' teacher we were denied! Overall they were rude, totally inconsistent, and not at all understanding of the plight of a young transfer student!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
This has the potential to be an excellent school for a traditional education; however the administration is more interested in the funds they get for your child rather than the education they give to your child. There are very few extra-curricular activities available and they refuse to provide any challenge or activities for more gifted students. Many of the teachers are new to the school and - the ones we have experienced - have very little, if any, classroom management skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
Mmost of the extremely negative comments made about Valley on this site were made by parents with undisciplined kids. No school is perfect because people work there. If you like conservative and traditional education you will like valley. As a responsible parent one should to pay attention to your kids activities at Valley just like any other school.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2004
Valley Academy is a great school. The teachers are good and keeping the parents involved. The Spalding method of learning makes it so easy for the kids to learn to read and write. The Extracurricular activities need a lot of improvement but the school is more concerned about the children getting a good education. So if the two could be addressed and more activies added, it would be great. My kids will continue to go to Valley Academy throughout their elementary years.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
Valley Academy has provided the back to basics education that I wanted for my children. The principal has provided the leadership in creating an environment of excellence and discipline. In fact, as I had looked at various schools, my discussion with the principal and her approach to education, cemented my decision to attend Valley Academy. The teachers at the school work to help all students to achieve academically without dumbing down the educational process, which happens in many of the public schools. The parents have more opportunity to work with the administration and work as a team to ensure high academic achievement. My experiences with the principal and the teachers have been rewarding in striving to ensure the best education for my children and the rest of the student body.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2004
Valley Academy is a great place for our kids. The environment is safe and caring. Our children are learning far beyond the local public schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
This is a great educational institution! It is however, not for all students, all parents, or all teachers. Students who are capable of receiving intense instruction without all the frills and fluff, are the type of students that usually do well here. Parents should be aware of putting their children in Vally if they are only looking for a safe haven from bullies, etc. Yes, it is a safe environment, but students who are lower achievers will only be harmed by the intenseness of the program. Please, parents, think twice about this!

- submitted by a teacher
May 21, 2004
Great for reading/spelling; much weaker in math and science, no geography to speak of. Teachers and parents are all very involved. Some board members very closed minded and try not to even acknowledge different backgrounds/religions/etc. Glad I had our daughter there for kindergarten, but am withdrawing her for later grades.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2004
We had gone to the school forum for parents interested in sending their children. It appears to be a great school, very organized, well disciplined and higher education expectations. Study buddies is available after school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
Very academic. Too many hours of school for young children (7-9) with 7 hrs + homework. Very disciplined. Some Teachers do not know Spalding but have to teach it!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
While the idea of Valley Academy is great, it doesn't work out as well as it is planned. Send your kids there for elementary school but move them to a public junior high and highschool. The transistion will be much better for them socially as well as academically. The Jr. High teachers are weak in teaching and some tend to teach the brighter kids more and leave the other kids behind.

- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2004
The idea of a school like Valley Academy for Jr. High is great but in the end does not work out. Social skills are not taught at all and the school does not prepare kids for highschool. The teachers are weak and tend to teach the few gifted students more than the other students. For elementary school, Valley academy is great but if you want your child to be prepared for highschool then put them in a public Jr. High.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2003
This school is great. My children came from a public school system that pushed them through even though they were not learning. This school helps children learn and build a great foundation on respect. Teachers are great and always offer extra help to children when in need. My children can now read better and spell words that are difficult for me as an adult. I highly recommend this school to parents who are looking for more education and respect for their children to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
We have had children at Valley Academy for six years. We feel it is an excellent school that is preparing our children for further education. Our youngest child has been at Valley since Kindergarten, and our older three have gone on to high school. Valley Academy's strengths are the direct instruction by the teachers, and teaching responsibility for their own work and behavior for the students. It's not easy being a student or parent at Valley Academy, but the growth our children have experienced at Valley Academy is well worth it. Our older children have been very well prepared for high school. They come to appreciate the orderly classrooms where there is respect for the teachers and other students (something not always encountered in a public high school.) Our children often do not appreciate things that are good for them, but it has been very encouraging and rewarding for us to have them acknowledge (after the fact, in this case) that Valley Academy was a great school, and that it really prepared them well for high school. We highly recommend Valley Academy, especially for Middle school students. 7th and 8th graders are at such a vulnerable time in life, and the order, accountability, excellent teaching and great community have been extremely beneficial to our children. Having said that, we have seen that our students have been well prepared for 7th and 8th grades at Valley because of attending Valley in the previous years. The Elementary education is exceptional. Our test scores are improving each year. (And even though they're not totally popular with the kids, though they will definitely live through it, as the mom, I love uniforms!

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1520 West Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ  85027
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