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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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....
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.
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.
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!
The school is fantastic. I love my childrens teachers and the cirriculum is very challenging. I would never go to another school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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