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.
October 14, 2014
This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
My kid attended the first three years of his schooling here. We have some neat memories but overall was not a good fit in our case. Our son struggled to keep up and did not relate to most of the other kids. He is not one to complain, is respectful, and a very hard worker, but the amount of effort required to keep average grades was affecting him emotionally.
At one point, the school recommended that he repeat a grade even though he was hanging in there and passing. I decided to sit in on some classes and found that some teachers were noticeably skilled and engaging. But was shocked that in some classes, the teacher would completely loose control of the class with kids misbehaving and literally running amok.
As I got to know the parents more, I also came to a realization that for various (and mostly valid) cultural, religious, generational, or other sometimes pretentious expectations, it was difficult for our family to really feel "at home" and "belong" in that school environment.
At that point, we decided to transfer him to public school. What a major relief that was for him that he could be himself and engage socially and interact fully with his peers. The teaching methods now made a lot more sense to him that those at Valley (That Phonics method is just not for everyone).
And when he did struggle with certain subjects at his new school, they had him evaluated which led us to having him diagnosed with a form of rolandic epilepsy that was impacting his comprehension. Thankfully, he has outgrown the condition and is a model student at public school, but I am disappointed in Valley for not having the resources, capability, and/or desire to help and instead want to hold a student back a grade to pound more learning into them.
To be fair, I thought Valley Academy was a great option for the exceptional/gifted students. But for a regular kid that needs some balance in his life, Valley Academy may not be best.
Hope this helps other parents if they find themselves in a similar situation.
Overall the teachers were effective, but some were ineffective. Many students were expected by their parents to continue instruction at home, or with tutors. I believe this glossed over the bad school teachers.
As a former student, I loved this school. It is a bit strict, but you need that so that you can focus on learning, which is highly effective. I loved the teachers and they work together really well. I know uniforms sound boring, but the uniformity takes all the peer pressure off so you don't have to worry about what to wear. I made some good, life long friends there and I will miss seeing them every day. If you are looking for a good school, this is it.
I am a former student of Valley and I really liked how well it prepared me for high school. The teachers are really great and helpful. I went there for all K-8 years and made some good friends. It was a fun and educational experience.