Posted October 14, 2014
Valley Academy is proud to be a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School! The United States Department of Education recognized Valley Academy as an Exemplary, High Performing School. What a great way to celebrate 20 years of excellence in education! We are a traditional school that focuses on providing an environment that is carefully crafted for academic success. We have received the highest possible rating from the state of Arizona every year and have been an Arizona Charter School of the Year. Our highest goal is academic excellence, particularly in the fundamental areas of reading, writing, spelling, speaking, mathematics, and science. We believe in a well-rounded education, and Art, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Computer classes enhance our advanced academic curriculum. We support our families in teaching discipline, respect, and personal responsibility. We believe in fostering genuine self-respect based upon individual achievement and appropriate competition. Our students learn citizenship through understanding our history, heritage, and government. We respect your role as a parent in guiding your child through his or her education. Parental involvement is a cornerstone of our school, which was founded by parents wanting a better education for their own children. Our parent volunteers are welcome on campus, and we are grateful that they bring their abilities and interests to enrich the school. Our students promote from 8th grade with a solid academic foundation for their future learning and have a history of success in advanced Honors, AP, and IB high school classes and beyond. I invite you to visit our website to learn more about our programs, and see how we can help your family meet your education goals.
Great curriculum ideas but poorly trained teachers and too much inconsistency.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We absolutely love this school. Traditional teaching, parent involvement, communication. What more could one want out of a school?
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?
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.
I have found this school to be academicly challenging. So much better than the public school. Office staff is very friendly and ehlpcul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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