"We are best known for teaching Leadership Skills through Project Based Learning"
Students enrolled 800
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader Kimberlee Shaw
Transportation options None
District William S. Hart Union High
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Suite 200
Castaic, CA 91384

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(661) 705-4820
(661) 607-0295
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4 stars
Based on 82 ratings

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September 30, 2014
Disorganized chaos. Classrooms & facility not well kept. The noise level is maddening. Horrible playground area and the safety of the students seems to be of little concern.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
My son and daughter have been at this school since the first year. When I reflect on their experiences, and who they are today, I am incredibly grateful for how this school has shaped who they will be as adults. One of the things our family appreciates most, is it s out of the box environment. It reminds me of Google or Zappos or Facebook, which is not by accident. Those are the kinds of companies the next generation will likely work in or start. Through it all they have learned how to be leaders in charge of their own growth socially and academically. There have definitely been growing pains in the school over the years, but we knew going in that it was a start up. The school was intended to change the way we look at education, and it has certainly achieved that. There is definitely more work to do to in order fulfill on it s potential, but our family sees evidence of progress every year. The priorities in the environment are such that they understand that they can be a positive impact in the world, and they are equipped with the tools for making that happen. Entering 7th and 10th grade, they are excited about college, and looking forward the challenges of the future.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
My kids have been at SCVi for two years and we couldn't be happier. The school encourages self directed learning and behavior but provides support to students that need it. It is true that not all students are ready to make good choices and staff is always ready to to help with guidance and natural consequences. The school does have an open campus policy but it is only for high school. My middle school son does not have the option to leave to the school campus and while students can remove themselves from the classroom, it is only to sit right outside the door. The school has a detailed evacuation plan for emergencies. My children are not only safe but happy and receiving high quality education. SCVi is an awesome school for families that want their kids to learn to think on their own.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
I understand that there are many paths to the top of the mountain, but honestly, I don't know if many of these students will ever get there. The philosophy is excellent, but the reality is that it is chaos. Unsafe. Kids can come and go as they please... Sit where they want (yes, they get to make choices, but really, developmentally inappropriate choices). If a first grader leaves the classroom, the consensus is, well, he or she will eventually find their way back. Fine if you feel ok with having your child not accounted for, and God forbid there's not an emergency, go for it! I'm worried that this school, with all good intentions, is a ticking time bomb waiting to happen.... With k-12 on the same campus with an open door policy, freedom to roam around, in a strip mall, with no emergency plans, unaccounted for students.... I worry that this school could make the headlines for something traumatic..... Forget that there are no dictionaries, text books, kids destroy the crayons, paper and their cubbies are a mess, can check their FB and watch you tube at any time so they can learn from their mistakes... Who's in charge? A second grader?

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
My daughter was not having a positive high school experience at a local, traditional high school. She was not motivated to complete her boring homework packets and was having problems with other girls posting things about her on Facebook. It got to the point where she didn't want to go to school at all. She cried every morning and begged me to not make her go. I told her we had no choice because that was our community school. I then found out about SCVi. As soon as I took the tour, I knew this was the right place for my daughter. We are so happy we made the decision to change schools. She loves school. I do not have to wake her up in the morning. Most days, she is waiting in the car for me. This is so refreshing! She also does not need to be reminded to work on assignments. I am so pleased with her transformation since becoming a learner at SCVi.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
We are in our 6th year at SCVi with three kids here. Having seen some students come and go, I realize that this type of school and environment is not for every learner. What some see as chaos, is creation and expression. What some see as no discipline, is giving learners natural consequences for actions - not punishing, yelling, taking away lunch. What some see as "no homework" - is actually much more work being done in the classroom and being reinforced through presentations and collaboration. I feel sad for those families that didn't find a home here like we have. But our children are respectful and self disciplined and directed. Their strong abilities are nurtured and the weaker ones encouraged to grow. The holistic and developmental approach to education is suited to our style of parenting and education. Our children love to go to school daily and even ask to come early and stay late. They feel confident and empowered - which they did not feel in their other schools. Because this school does not work for all learners, does not mean it is bad for all learners. There is a school out there for every student. Ask questions and tour and see what is best for your family.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
SCVi is a breath of fresh air! It has a dynamic curriculum. My children adore the teachers, the kids are kind to one another and value each other's differences. The Administration and teachers go above and beyond for our kids. They are easy to communicate with and value my opinion and ideas as a parent. So glad we found SCVi!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
It's a shame I could not give 0 stars. It is shameful that neither the Hart School District nor the SCVi School Board are actually looking closely at what is happening on the day to day basis in the classrooms. NO LEARNING!! Teachers without credentials in core classrooms; out of compliance on PE minutes in the lower grades; no follow through on the school's code of conduct; no reading instruction in the lower school. But there are a lot of people on payroll, doing I'm not sure what. They advocate "Love and Logic" and upon reading this book, it is riddled with Christian and Biblical references. I feel sad, because my family had such high hopes for this school, but now that we are in it, it seems more about the founders wanting to make a dollar than it is about the students. I highly recommend you look elsewhere for a school.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
Great School. SCVi is celebrating a 6 year WASC clearance this week! Energetic staff; visionary and innovative program. Thoroughly engaging project based program. The empathy and care from the teachers is exceptional. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
SCVI is only for a select few children. My children have been there about two months and we are removing them. The philosophy and ideas are great, but they don't have it organized enough assist the students academic growth. There is so much chaos that your child gets lost in the shuffle. Children are allowed run around, play with toys and throw temper tantrums while the teacher is speaking and they don't even get spoken to. When they do they are told to come up with there own consequence. Kids at this age should be able to learn in a more creative way, but they should still be accountable for being disrespectful. Please observe an actual class before you send your children.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
SCVi is is truly a great school for our sons. From teachers who really seem to care about their progress to everyone's focus on kids overall health and well being we could not be more pleased with SCVi. Each year although they keep increasing the number of students and the size of the campus they somehow manage to impress us with the setup of the classrooms, and various additions to the school such as the new Caf with excellent healthy food choices, new High School campus and more than anything with staying true to the original principles and philosophy that attracted us to SCVi in the first place. Both our boys are doing great academically and more importantly they have become so confident in communicating with us, their teachers, peers and everyone else. They are very excited about learning new things and especially enjoy working on many projects that they participate in at the school. It is such a great feeling when you ask the kids on the ride back home how was the school today and have you learned something new and exciting to hear them talk about the things they have learned with excitement compared to the "Nothing special" which was our older son's daily reply before SCVi.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
We were excited to get our child here, we liked the philosophy of the school however it doesn't translate well in the classroom or around the school campus. Some teachers are truly wonderful. We are stuck with one who is unorganized and& can't remember messages to get to parents about things pertaining to the classroom. Far too many areas are reliant on volunteers & not qualified individuals suited for that area or job. There are MANY kids with behavioral issues and it completely distracts from the kids who want to be there and learn. The relaxed atmosphere backfires with most groups and kids are not getting work done or learning. The play yard is chaos & short staffed, the after school care is even worse. I have received more info about fundraisers on a weekly basis than I have about what my child is learning. They have yet to start their 1st project and my child has regressed from what was learned from a few hours of preschool last year. High School kids mill around all times of the day and most look like a band of misfits and they have very foul mouths and rude behavior. These teens are also unsupervised!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
The school is friendly and the classes small. They are able to personalize my child's needs, both emotional and social and academic. The support staff and teaching staff are involved and flexible. They are creative and never seem too busy. Last year, there were 2 boys in my daughter's class who were very unruly. They are now gone. The K/1 classes (5 in all in the area) and very quiet, very organized, and well controlled.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
With my daughter starting Kindergarten, I knew that I wanted her to have a school experience that was stimulating and enriching yet fun. Sitting in a classroom being told to sit still while listening to one teacher recite a book was not my idea of a good education. I was immediately excited about SCVi after attending the tour. Finally a school that did not pander to test scores. They focus on the kids and what they need confident that the scores will naturally fall in to place. As for the school placating to unruly kids. I know for a fact that at least one child was expelled for not obeying the rules after a couple of chances. He was made accountable and suffered the consequences. The fact is all schools will have misfits and they will misbehave with or without rigid guidelines of conduct. Some rules are not for the kids but to make things easier for the teachers and administrators. In any case, by law schools are required to provide an education to even the worst students, so I applaud SCVi taking care of business in contrast to one person's review. I'm excited to see what the next years bring for my daughter at SCVi.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My children first attended SCVi last year. In the public school system of LAUSD my child was just being pushed through. He cried and faked sick so as not to have to go to school. Since joining SCVi I have seen a dramatic change. He enjoys and looks forward to school. His reading improved a grade and a half. My daughter came home explaining things she had learned that I didn't learn till middle school. They enjoy the project based learning. They are engaged and actually retaining what they learned. My youngest will start this year and my two oldest are excited to go back. The teacher's there actually care. Now if your child is an unruly brat who is ill mannered yes your child will get to stay but they won't learn a thing because this school teaches responsibility and how to learn. This school prepares them for real life not a test. (i.e. if you don't pay attention then yes you will fail and you have no one to blame but yourself)

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
This school is a toxic mess of zero accountability and teacher sacrifice. Students are allowed to run wild through the halls, creating chaos and confusion in their wake. If a teacher tries to discipline an unruly student, they do so without the support of the administration. As a practice, teachers are thrown under the bus whenever there's a behavior issue, with the administration often making it look like the problem is somehow the fault of the educator, as opposed to the child causing the problems. Because there are never consequences for behaving like a little heathen, bullying is a widespread problem with the most sensitive children suffering the most. Many of the most motivated students go on a strange semi-independent study to escape the chaos of the classroom. The administration will pretend like this shows their great flexibility when really it shows their greatest failing. In choosing to placate bad behavior they have done the terrible disservice of teaching those children that they are allowed to behave anyway they want. The world will not be so kind and they will have to learn those lessons the hard way. Shame on them for doing what is easy instead of what is right.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2013
I was extremely impressed with the schools trip to Belize to set up 2 computer labs for underprivileged students in that country. Students at SCVi are so generous with their capabilities, that they visited Belize to help other students prepare for their futures. That is the motivation and inspiration that this school teaches their students. A win win experience for all that attended. Very impressive.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2013
I can not put into words how well my kids are doing at SCVi - our fifth year. However, if your kid is not a self-starter, if they are content doing the minimum, if they have behavioral issues and do not want to learn, you will hate this school. My kids didnt start out self-directed - after all they went to a very traditional school at first, but through mentoring and the fabulous staff, they have become confident, self-directed learners. They are showing such leadership abilities, excellent writing skills, and for people who care - high STAR test scores. All three are tops for math as well. The freedom they are given has allowed them to find their passions and express their learning in ways that no traditional school would allow. There education is exciting for them as well as me. Thry enjoy going to school and enjoy learning. So proud of them and our decision to ditch the traditional for the out of the box.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
Another amazing year at SCVi for my two kids. My kids are high achievers and are academically where they need to be ( or higher). After 4 years at SCVi we still have homework few nights a week ( if you want to be involved as a parent you can ask for more things that your kids can do). This year, both of my kids had some amazing projects - and they are still not sick of them. They are very happy and love the school. They are turning into leaders and are very caring toward their peers (Caring about others is very important to my family and SCVi got it.) . So thank you SCVi for another great year and we are looking forward to a new school year. ( BTW Cafe rocks - Keep it up ).

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
This is the third year that both my children have attended SCVi. One in middle school and the other in high school. I have been so happy with the mode of teaching, the projects that emcompass the field of study, and the personal attention given by the teachers. This school is destined to turn every learner into a leader which is not a skill that is taught in every public school. I went on a tour of the school when my now 11th grader was going into 9th grade and when we were done with the tour he decided right there that he had to go to this school. The small class sizes and project based learning is exactly the type of learning he loves along with the emphasis on using current technology to enhance his projects. He is extremely bright and has been challenged to reach his full potential along with making some great friends that I think he will have for a long time. I have never been fond of schools that "teach to the test" and at SCVi they encourage their learners to really explore topics even if it takes them off the beaten path. This will give them a true advantage at the college level. I give this school a two thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
I often wonder if high API score schools produce students who are more prepared for college and life. At SCVi, I KNOW my kids will be better prepared for college and life. They know how to colaborate and how to think outside the box. Do traditional schools teach colaboration in all classes? I feel fortunate that my children got in to SCVi and can't wait to see the adults they become.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2012
My granddaughters have been attending SCVi since its opening. All of them have wonderful attitudes toward school and their teachers. They've told me how much they feel their teachers care about them. When I've attended events at the school, it seems obvious to me how caring and involved the teachers are. One thing I love about the school is the small amount of homework that is assigned. I'm now retired, but taught in public schools for over 30 years. In general, I dislike homework, and think very little of it serves any purpose. When kids get out of school, they should have time to do other important things, like participating in after school activities, reading, and playing outdoors. It makes a for much more well rounded life. My granddaughters are avid readers, and that will help them to be lifelong learners. I so appreciate that they are having positive school experiences. It will make a big difference in their lives.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
My son is in Kindergarten at SCVi. He has had such an unbelievable explosion of knowledge, that can only be attributed to his Kindergarten curriculum. He comes home so invigorated by the project of the day, that he runs to the kitchen table to write and illustrate his own story. As a parent, this is exactly what I was hoping for from a school. I don't need a school to teach my child to OBEY and CONFORM, and fill their heads with memorization tables that will surely be forgotten. I want a place that sparks a love of learning in my child, because THAT will last a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
This school is really trying to do something completely different. Every students studies a foreign language, k-12. The local community plays a HUGE role in the school. The school is constantly conducting community outreaches and it's really impressive. Charter schools are the future and this school is exploding. If you are able, get your student in this school immediately. You will immediately be met with well-qualified staff and a community of educators, and parents that genuinely push students to success. The newly remodeled classrooms are sooo nice and there is technology lurking in nearly every corner of the school. Every student has a laptop (mac or chrome book) and many students have iPads. Totally cool. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
We tried the school. We tried everything to make it work. I knew it was time to give up when I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling sick with worry. I couldn't get the constant thought about it out of my head. My child was not learning, the "learners" are out of control and are rude. There is so much wasted time during the day. My kids complained about the disrespect to the teachers. I like the philosophy so that is not the problem. The problem is that you can't expect kids who have no guidance to just automatically embrace a new way. It has become a dumping ground for kids who are having problems in their previous school. They hear "no homework and lax behavior standards and they are so excited to not have to hear from the school everyday that they jump at the chance to enroll. What about those that have kids that love learning and actually respect the teacher I am so tired of everyone saying they love the outside the box style and that it is not one size fits all. My experience was they put the problem kids inside the school's box and if you are a "learner" that doesn't have "issues" that you must be put aside to meet their needs.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2012
We just started at SCVI and we were on the waiting list last year. Even though we were at a top rated public school and one block away I cried with relief and joy when we got i There is no other school I would want her in not even if I were a millionaire. The people from the founders to all connected with the school are great. They get it, our children are not one size fits and we are blessed to be there and given the opportunity to see our daughter learn and grow in every aspect. My child is in the first grade and she and I are more than happy with the school. Our family is excited about all the new things coming up at SCVI the cafe with healthy food choices and you can actually do lunch with your child. They are adding to the sports opportunities again this year. There are classes in Love and Logic that I will be taking again. The bottom line is I know they have it right and they are only getting better and I thank God we were able to be part of this.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I'm gonna keep this simple There are only a few experienced teachers there and the new ones are overwhelmed by the out of control Children! IMO chronically disruptive students are the problem . SCVI allows a free-for-all environment that results in chaos instead of learning. I'm sure there are a few good kids in there but i'd have to quit my job to volunteer all day just to check up on my daughter s progress! Playground is dirty with open trashcans surrounded by flies right next to the area where the kids eat ! Yes they are building a cafe next door. No enough supervision on the small playground, I was concerned because the kids kept climbing up to explore (not safe)

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
This is an amazing school that teaches to whole child. It's not a traditional school in a smaller box. Thank you scvi for an amazing journey!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
"Almost every significant breakthrough is the result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking." --Stephen R. Covey That is this school in a nutshell.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
My kids love our school, they are going into their fourth year. They have learned so much from learning how to do research for projects to learning how to work together. I was never concerned about star testing scores, I rather my kids remember historical figures, how science works, and other things that have life long significants. The only negative thing I can say is to please stop taking children that have given other schools in our area a reason to kick them out and then we take them in and the same disruptive and worse behavior continues.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
I had two kids at this school. 3rd and 6th. My kids would come home and tell me learned nothing.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
This is our first year at SCVi, with kids in 7th and 5th. I'm confident this is the right school for my boys. They're happier, have made many friends and are indeed learning. Their teachers are VERY dedicated. As for the STAR, my kids have always scored advanced. So what? That test does NOT reflect what they know or don't know. I've gone through released STAR questions with my kids. Often when they missed one, they gave me a good reason why they chose the "wrong" answer. Standardized tests give you standardized results. SCVi knows that children aren't "standardized". But don't ask SCVi to "fix" your child. Schools aren't miracle workers. If you want by-the-book instruction, kids glued to their seats and trained to spit out the "right" answer but unable to demonstrate an independent thought or action, don't bring your children to SCVi. If you want a school where your kids can learn HOW to find information, will learn to work in a team and become innovative thinkers, then take a look at SCVi. If you want to be very involved in your child's education through high school, want the chance to know every kid in his or her class, even if you have ideas for new programs, then consider SCVi.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
If you have a child who can benefit from hands on interdisciplinary and project based learning - you might like SCVI. If you want your child to be responsible for and engaged in their own learning - you might like SCVI. If you want your child to be allowed to reach their potential, to learn problem solving and leadership skills - you might like SCVI. If you prefer presentation over testing - you might like SCVI. To research the approach or methods - check the SCVI website. Under 'curriculum', find 'teacher toolbox' and there is a plethora of information - also note the recommended reading section. Public school was useless waste of time for us. Methods were archaic. My kids were never engaged or learned much of anything. Since changing to SCVI 2 years ago, they are engaged, learning and surpassing grade levels. I post the information above because I am sorry to read poor reviews from parents. They seem angry with the school, but it makes me angry with them - I was on the waiting list for 2 years while their child did nothing but take up space! Maybe if they had done their homework first? Why be angry with a school of choice? Just go and make room for learners who will benefit.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
I'm thrilled to be a part of such a caring and non-traditional school. Both of my children started this year. My 4th grader and my K learner love this school! The staff and Administration really care about the success of the students and are always available to answer questions. My 4th grade son finally doesn't give me problems with getting up for school and actually thinks school is cool now. I spend quite a bit of time volunteering and have gotten to know many people in such a short period of time. I wish more schools like this were available for other families. It's a perfect fit for us and I will continue to promote this school to everyone that I know that is tired of the traditional education their children are receiving. So sad to read some of the negative reviews. We have not had that experience at all! Guess you can't please everyone. It's not a one size fits all school, it's individual learning for each child. It's a great school for independent thinkers and parents that want more than 'busy work' for their children. My family finally has quality time in the evening together as a family.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
In having left SCVi prior, we have now returned for various reasons. Though in the public school system, our son's academic foundation was thriving and his STAR results for 2011 were in the 400's in all areas, socially and emotionally he was being squashed. The teasing and bullying that went on was unreal and the behaviors were tolerated. The problem was exacerbated and my son was in tears daily and getting hives in anxiety. The high scores weren't worth anything. He was being ostracized and isolated by the other kids who said he was weird and stupid. SCVi is making many improvements and changes and we originally misjudged it. No child there is left behind socially nor emotionally and this is something other schools fail to do. High test scores mean nothing if your child's self esteem is being chipped away. The 4-5 hours of homework a night for 6th grade at the public school didn't help either. At least SCVi is open to parent input and open to making the changes necessary to improve on all levels.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
The API scores were posted on the california Department of Education web site today...SCVi dropped again! They are down another 20 points and have fallen below 800. year one 843, year two 810 year three 790! Down 53 points in three years. Along with teachers that leave mid year every year, the chaotic environment without discipline, this charter school gives charter schools a bad name. What a sad excuse for education! What is the Hart District doing???

- submitted by a community member
August 18, 2011
When we started at this school, the teachers our kids had didn't know they were getting a new student! They weren't expecting our kids and seemed really stressed out and put off by having an additional student in their class. We should have turned around and left right there and then. Esp. after seeing the parking lot where the kids play and the sad excuse for a library. Save yourself the trouble and go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
SCVi Charter School is an amazing fit for our kids/family. We are extremely happy here and can't wait for school to start in a couple of weeks.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
They have not promised us anything. They told us that the school is not for everyone and that we should know if it is a good fit for our kids. My point is - you came to SCVi because you were not happy with the other school which was the case with us as well. We are all trying to provide our children with best possible education experience and that could be quite different from person to person depending on our expectations. I am very happy that your kid likes the current public school (my son didn't) and since we are all different, we do different jobs, like different things, we may prefer a different way in education. We were explained that the emphasis will be to develop love for learning and that the emphasis will not be only on testing but rather on social and emotional development in addition to standard learning. After having our kids at SCVi for 2 years it is clearly visible by the overall interest in learning and their interaction with their peers and other people that they are certainly advancing in the right direction. Our younger son who started at SCVi in first grade is much farther ahead compared to where our older son was after his first 2 years in the public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
In case you wonder why the school has bad reviews , it is a school that promises results with no follow through, A good sales pitch I wanted to believe. If we knew that ,we would not have left where we were. Just like a lot of other people that have left, It is a revolving door, why do they loose so many students???, maybe test scores do matter especially when 6th grade got 29% on test scores in math and STATEWIDE average was 52%. If you are thinking of attending this school really take the time and ask your child to show you what they have learned. When having a teacher conference ask the teacher questions don't leave it to your child to tell you what they have done, you can ask them any time. What my child did in a year there he did in a week in public school.It was my children's choice to leave and they are extremely happy and proud to be learning something.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Why should someone not tell what there experience at the school was whether it was positive or negative? If the school is really as good as some people say it is then it should not matter what anyone say's as the school will represent itself with the children it is educating. I can say that I did give the school a fair chance and it was not a good choice for us and any one who is thinking of putting there child there should see there are people who like it and some who don't.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
We have been at SCVi for 3 years. For those parents who are just concerned with the test scores, both my 4th and 6th graders continue to test in advanced on the STAR test, about the same scores they got at the traditional school. A smart kid is a smart kid is a smart kid. Their social emotional growth has been phenomenal. So now I have smart and well rounded kids - something that will benefit them for life. No one is going to look at the kid's STAR scores or their school's api scores when they are applying to universities. They are looking at sats, gpa, extra curricular activities, volunteering, exposure to the arts etc. And now, schools are leaning toward not even focusing on SAT scores... they want well rounded kids. My 2nd grader was not reading when she started 2nd grade. At the traditional school they might have labeled her slow. Now, she is reading fluently. She is ready - emotionally, something only this school would have allowed. And her confidence is sky high. Shame on the parents who wrote negative reviews. Give the school a chance..... with three years under our belts we see the difference this school has made.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
SCVi has been a wonderful learning & educational experience. It is true that project-based learning isn't for all families. For our family, it is working well. We feel teaching the methods and theories behind science/math/history/LA and then experiencing them thru projects, plays, debates, is a clearer parallel of the real world. The group collaboration on projects allows learners to understand different & similar points of view; and how each plays a part in the end result. Our kids talk about what they do each day and what's coming up. They are excited and engaged in learning. Teaching learners to answer the state test questions isn't how they will land a job. Having learners understand the working dynamics and all the possibilities of a task, is what we want to see. Kids need to be well rounded, in a supportive learning environment, which allows them to still think outside the box. One size shouldn't fit all learners, flexibility is what makes the world function. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
SCVi is not a school for everybody. The children here learn through doing and not all paperwork. SCVi students are currently in Washington DC learning; not in a class atmosphere being told. Also, there are children who need to be disciplined in every school, but if you are a parent who feels better about having your child written up for their actions every week or feel better about your child going to time out SCVi is not for you; we believe in consequences for your action. SCVi promotesd love and logic and these choices are not for everybody. My daughter is 5 years old and she is reading wonderfully and is starting to add 2 to 3 digit numbers in her head without paper. But the most wonderful thing SCVi has done for my daughter is to learn to work with her community. My daughter just had a lemonade stand to help raise money for an animal who needs surgery - fortunately she was able to get all of the neighborhood kids to help and they were all able to give back. So overall, I think that my daughter has learned plenty about respecting other people, animals and things. Thank-you SCVi!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
My child went to this school for her entire 7th grade. She is in 8th grade now at our local Jr. High. I pulled her out at the end of the year, and should have pulled her out earlier, but kept hoping it would get better. It didn't and she fell more and more behind. She is finally catching up to her peers in math, her best subject. I can honestly say, and she would tell you as well, that she learned very little during the year she was there. Discipline is a huge problem as well, which adds to the chaotic enviornment of this school. The kids I know that go there (in the older grades) are not motivated, disrespectful and lack respect for authority. I appreciate the public schools much better after this experience, and cannot for the life of me see how people think that environment is better for the children. Additionally, I agree with another's post, the administration does not care at all, and have created a school so they can do what they want with their children and collect a paycheck for being on the payroll.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
Do not put your kids in this school unless you expect to do a lot of home schooling because you will be teaching your kids to read and wirte at home. They will be behind kids their age in other schools. The whole kids being responsible for their learning is true and kids will not do this unless the parents push them at home. The kids are not responsible for turning any work in at all. The admin might as well not be there at all (THEY DONT CARE). I like the ideas at the school has on there website but dont expect to see them in use.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
my positive review was deleted as well...hmmm... I found the school I was looking for in SCVi. I wanted to find project based and interdisciplinary learning. A school that encourages use of modern technology. A school that will allow a child to proceed to their full potential. I'm also happy to see that my child is expected to be responsible for himself and his learning. I like seeing lots of parent involvement and the family oriented atmosphere. I have seen my child grow in ways that will help him in every part of his life.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
Hmmm...my previous positive review has been deleted as well. So, again.. My child was doing very well in his previous school - a highly rated public school. However, if I thought public school was the gold standard of education and socialization, my son would still be there. We liked the philosophy of this school and the methods of teaching. Children learn and then present their learning to others - this helps them retain their learning. Children are allowed to move forward to their potential and don't have to be bored and waste their time. It's not perfect, it's new and changing - but for the better - and we are happy to be part of making it better.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
I took my daughter out of this school last year, but, I still get parents calling me about why I took my kid out. I agree with most of these reviews about ---your child must be an independant learner to thrive at this school--. But the average kid does not develop his/her independent learning skills until around puberty. They can not be coaxed into it or bribed. Independent learning is self motivated. Self motivated learners can learn anywhere in any condition. My main complaint about this school-- there was a lot of bullying in the 6th grade classes on up. And, they were going to slow for my independent learner. At home this year we finished the 7 habits Book and even bought the workbook. My daughter is halfway through Algebra1 using a self study text. Many charters in Los Angeles county have their kids working one grade ahead and ask for a lot less volunteer hours and money. Shop around check out the other new charters in the area before placing your kid here. Consider homeschooling SCVi has a home school program and so far, I have only heard good things about it and its free!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2011
Anyone that wants to know about this school need to understand that traditional schools are becoming the "things of the past". This school offers a very kid friendly learning conducive environment. If you prefer the traditional learning environment where your child will recite and memorize a subject but never actually learns it, then you should not come to our school. Here the kids actually learn. My kids love to come to school and look forward to the exciting learning experiences each day. I hope this gives enough for now.....

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2010
Hmm.. my previous review has been deleted, as have a few other negative reviews! If SCVi could have walked their talk, it would be an amazing school. They are completely failing to deliver. Teaching to the whole child has been lost, none of the programs they start ever get followed through with. The Seven Habits have been completely left behind by their leadership example, and in the classroom curriculum. Management has made poor choices about the facility, safety, staffing, spending, and communication, and has compromised their integrity with half truths and deceitful manipulation. The school is a disgrace and I embarrassed to say I was a part of it in any way. All the shortcomings are avoidable and repairable if the board of directors would manage by committee, instead leaving the director to her own devices. A very bad misuse of tax payers dollars! Shame on the SCVi board and Hart District for not looking closer at what is happening here.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
We are very happy at SCVi. My other child goes to a very academic, traditional, high school in town. However, this school is perfect for my younger child. Mostly I like the heart of the school. I really like projects for learning. My older child studies primarily from books and is tested in a traditional manner. it works for this child as a student. My child at this school is given very interesting projects to work on, participates every week in group activities and has amazing field trips often. The teachers are getting to know each student. It is completely different , yet as exceptional as my other child's education. In addition, it seems very "real world" for the kids to learn from doing activities and projects. The school is a very nice size now, where we are getting to know many people and families and do not feel lost. My other child's school does not have this sense of community. My husband and I have enjoyed the cohesiveness of the parents, teachers and kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
Like so many other families, we had such high hopes for SCVi when we uprooted our kids to move them here. We bought into the philosophy hook, line and sinker. We slowly found out the hard way that all the rhetoric on their web site and in their presentations is just where they HOPE to be, but no where near where they are NOW. The founder and staff uses buzz words to mask the fact that there is no real leadership, direction or curriculum at this school; our kids languished here while rules, policy and yes, even staff, changed with the wind. We donated materials, our time (a lot of it) and money on a regular basis since it was constantly being asked of us to do so. Ultimately we found that SCVi has very, very far to go yet to be a school, and for now it is what it seems at first glance, a glorified day care in a strip mall.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2010
Our family has been extremely happy with SCVI. Our child LOVES school and is learning exciting new things every day. I am shocked to read some of these reviews....they are not the school we know at all. It's interesting to see how many teachers from the public school system have pulled their children out of public school to put them in SCVi. That says a lot ...

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
We are a second-year family and have had a terrific experience with SCVi. Our daughter started last year in kindergarten and has really grown both academically and socially/emotionally during her time there. She LOVES going to school each day, and we've had a great experience with all the teachers and other parents. Most all of the families at this school want something better for their children than learning how to fill in the bubbles on a test. They are out-of-the-box thinkers themselves. We love the school's focus on technology and international and that our daughter is learning by doing in the classroom and through terrific field trips. The school is only in its 3rd year, so sure there are opportunities for improvement, but we see it as a grassroots effort that we are a part of too--one that will pay off hugely in the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
We have met some of the most interesting and refreshing people by having our kids at SCVi. We have found a community of incredible, out- of-the-box thinkers and creative folk. We are making family friends for a lifetime through our kids, and look forward to making positive, needed changes in the world that move humanity forward. We didn't expect to this ancillary benefit to sending our kids here, but were pleasantly surprised. This community of people really understands what life is really about and walks the talk.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
The Home Study Program is truly innovative. Homeschoolers have free site-based classes available in addition to a generous educational allowance for expenses. For example, there is a project-based class on hunger, and weekly literature and math classes. Critical thinking is integral to all of the school's offerings. The program director is very experienced and helpful to every family that she serves! There is also a growing educational library available to homeschoolers. Our family is very happy with the homeschool option at SCVi and we were also satisfied with the site-based school option for our children and it far surpassed the public school as a better fit.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
SCVi uses learner-centered strategies to enhance critical thinking skills and prepare learners for the challenges that they will face in higher education. My son is a 6th grader, and is completing projects that require research, synthesis of complex information, and good writing skills. He is learning algebra, which is taught in a very comprehensible manner. I find him to be very happy at SCVi, putting more effort into his work. As a University Professor, the learning strategies used at SCVi are those that I regularly use with college students (problem and project based learning). This style of learning may be challenging at first if your child requires frequent reminders to work on projects or to stay on task. However, SCVi has great parent/facilitator communication, and I am always informed of my son's assignments. My son is learning how to work effectively in a group, a skill that will help him in college and in life. My son and family are very happy with this school, and would strongly suggest it to others who are looking for a more learner-centered environment, with guided inquiry, problem based learning, and an emphasis on family involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2010
A great school and a great choice in Santa Clarita! There are 600 students at SCVi and there is always a waiting list to get in. Wonder what they all know? Come check out the school for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
We've been here for over a year, with one in 6th and 2 in 5th now - and we are so thankful to have found this school. Our children are learning so much more than they were, simply because they absolutely love going to school. The teachers actually care about the well being of the children and go far out of their way for them. My son's test scores (he was the only one there last year) were HIGHER than they ever were.....but I'm not there for the test scores. I don't want my children to be crammed through the educational process without a voice. I highly suggest prospective parents make their own judgments and take a school tour. It is very difficult to get a clear understanding of what a school is really like through a website full of varying opinions.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Our experience at SCVi was extremely disappointing, to say the least. This "school" has no structure, and it's total chaos all the time. If you try to complain, the answer you get is "this school is not for everyone". My son did not learn anything in 4th grade. We moved him back to a traditional school and is now drowning in 5th grade. We may end up having to move him back to 4th grade so he can actually learn what he should have last year. It is so upsetting to see what could have been a great school with a great concept turn into nothing more than a glorified day care.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
Sad statement for a charter school. Even the worst public school is better. The kids complete the year and definitely have a blast...better learning experience at Disneyland.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
We are THRILLED with SCVi for both our children who are in K and 2nd grade. It's not for everyone- especially those who can't think outside of the traditional box. This school has been WONDERFUL and PROGRESSIVE and it's given us an answer in an otherwise whitebread, cookie cutter community who kills and drills their kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
I am crying as I right this. I also feel as though I have let down my child to be part of an experimental educational charter. He started the school proficient in all subjects and in one year of SCVi his test scores fell to basic. I placed my 3rd grader into public school this week and he is so happy and said, "Mommy we are really doing stuff now! I do art and spelling and science... REAL science!" Even my 8 year old realized all he was learning was fluff without educational substance. Hopefully he will get a REAL education now that we are no longer a part from SCVi.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
When we looked to enroll our children at SCVi, we were thrilled at the possibilities. The concept of this school and the thought and detail that went into the charter sounded like a dream come true. But the reality is that the school really has no staff structure apart from the teachers (BTW they did not renew contracts of some of the best ones). It is so reliant on parent involvement, that our kids were often times lead for hours at a time by very thoughtful and caring parents that were simply unqualified to be handling a classroom of kids. With more funding and actual clerical, custodial and qualified counselors, SCVi may eventually be what they had hoped it could be, but it isn't there yet. We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
Starting out, our whole family was excited for the new learning environment offered at SCVi for our 3rd and 5th graders. We were very happy with their homeroom teachers, both of which really cared about the students and did everything they could to provide the best education possible. They were understanding and very encouraging with our children's creativity. However it was a huge disappointment to find that at the end of the year neither of these excellent teachers were asked to return to SCVi next year. This decision was sudden and both of the lead administrators refused to give any kind of explanation. In fact, they handled the whole situation in a very cold manner that completely contradicts the "family environment" they claim to run. On top of this, the lack of facilities would be ok if there was a consistent curriculum, but there is not.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
I am Sean Maxwell, a volunteer/parent. SCVI is a start up with a good vision and potential. First year SCVI tested as well as area schools. Test score for 2010 are pending. I evaluate schools by the result. Did learning take place? My child dramatically improved her reading, math, communication & comprehension skills. My child learned and developed a thirst for science. However, parents need to know SCVI is not for all students. Some thrive on a highly structured compulsory lesson plan. That is not SCVI. Independent thinkers bored in public schools thrive and grow at SCVI. Neither system is better, just different students. My child does well here, others may not. SCVI is a school of choice. If I choose not support SCVI, I will not annonamously attack the reputation of SCVI or the faculty. I will just change schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
This school has a great concept but fails to deliver. The students don't have much direction and if left to their own devices, will spend the day on the internet. The behavior can get out of control in the small classrooms. The teachers are not very professional and the principal is super unfriendly and does not run the school with the project based idea in mind. The founder is not clear on what she wants for the school so it's direction has suffered as a result. Our kids entered the school well ahead of their grade level and left far behind. We're spending the summer catching up so they can re-enter the neighborhood public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
My three granddaughter attend and love this school. They have all blossomed in the wonderful and nurturing environment of SCVi. I am a retired public school teacher and have observed the teaching methods there. The teachers are wonderful and the parent involvement is phenomenol. I wish my own children had had the opportunity to attend a school like this.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2010
I am so thrilled with this school. My grandchildren go here and they are excited to go to school every day. I can't believe how much they are learning. Both my grandson and my granddaughter teach me things I either had forgotten or never learned in school. I was amazed when my 8 year old grandson added up a column of 24 numbers in his head! And he got it right. I only wish there was a school like this when my daughter was young.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2010
I thought the concept was great, but very dissappointed in the leadership from this school. Everything seems disorganized, there is a total lack of security, my kids have hardly learned anything and I definitely will not have my kids return next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
My children have thrived with the enriching experiences of projects, field trips, and teachers who pay as much attention to the social emotional development as the academics. Many people who leave have never been in the classroom. Uninformed criticism is invalid. We love it!!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
Despite the vicious sarcasm displayed by several parents and by one particularly self-serving teacher at last night's community meeting, I am proud to be a part of SCVi. Had we been happy with the factory model school (with kids sitting quietly and alphabetically in rows) advocated by the parents who spoke last night, we would have encouraged our kids to remain at their traditional public schools. Instead, what we want for our kids is an environment that inspires wonder, encourages inquiry, and rewards curiosity. We have visited SCVi often, and have always left heartened by the contextual learning evident in the classrooms. I love that students are encouraged to talk and to move and to do. I am thrilled that kids are encouraged to accept responsibility for their learning and taught to value the tenets of civil discourse. The viciously vocal parents from last night should take note.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
As a guest teacher in this environment I find these children engaged and eager. I have been invited to "sub" in all grades at SCVi and have enjoyed each and every level. Never once have I heard "I dont wanna do this" or "I can't do this" -- instead the children embrace challenges. I am GREATLY impressed at the reading levels and skills at SCVi. Overall, the children love to read!

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2010
My children have been attending SCVi for one year. My fifth grader frequently comes home eager to work on her projects for hours on end with no prompting from me whatsoever. My second grader retains information and amazes us with his knowledge. Assessments are based on what children learn and know rather than on their ability to regurgitate data (and then quickly forget it). Because there isn't as much homework as is typical in this region, my kids have time at home to pursue their passions, such as violin and guitar. BEST of all, my kids LOVE TO LEARN, and that joy hasn't been drained out of them. "Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each."-- Plato

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
My son wishes there was school on Saturdays. I'm not exaggerating. SCVi is teaching outside the box. They use methods that encourage children to learn material that isn't like what parents are used to from most schools, but for some kids and parents having students learn in ways that make them want to be there, and want to learn in ways that help them retain knowledge (not cram for a test and forget memorized answers later) is ideal. If that's what you value in your child's education then SCVi will be a great match for you. If your student is used to waiting for instruction, and doesn't move toward learning without being told exactly what to do, it can be a difficult transition at first. Student led learning can be very freeing, requires personal responsibility as well. A lesson in itself.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
This school isn't for everybody. But it is for us! My child is not a visual learner and was struggling. We enrolled him in 09 at SCVi for 7th grade thinking he would do better with the more hands on, project based style of learning. And it was the best decision we could have made! He likes school, is interested and excited about his projects- and even wants to be a teacher when he grows up! This school is different- as is every child and every family. Go there for the day and check it out- spend time a few classrooms and get a feel for how things are done. Don't rely on reviews. The one concern that we did have was addressed immediately by the principle and founder. They listened and quickly we saw results. It's new- so maybe kinks needed to be worked out. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
I'm thrilled to have found a nontraditional school that has helped my son grow and learn by leaps and bounds and not be stuck in that 'teach to the test' 'kill and drill' - he is doing WONDERFUL and without the work sheets and lack of individual attention that comes with a traditional public school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
Not all it's cracked up to be - very disorganized and too much freedom for the kids and teachers. Administration does not have leadership skills. Great for child's self esteem but lacking academic structure. Lack of safety systems in place. SCVi is a lot of fluff and little substance. Poorly structured but interesting concept.

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2010
Not all it's cracked up to be - very disorganized and too much freedom for the kids and teachers. Administration does not have leadership skills. Great for child's self esteem but lacking academic structure. Lack of safety systems in place. SCVi is a lot of fluff and little substance. Poorly structured but interesting concept.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
The entire school is very disorganized and loud during classes with untrained teachers who lose control of the classroom. Unclear discipline procedures effect good students negatively when they see bad ones go unpunished for terrible behavior. We pulled our son out after it was clear he did much better at his previous school. This school is not what it's cracked up to be!

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November 13, 2009
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SCVi & iLEAD Schools mission statement: "Inspiring life-long learners with the skills to lead in the 21st century" “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Check out the right to succeed website for schools similar to SCVi & iLEAD Schools http://www.righttosucceed.org/#!amazingschools/cfvg

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Santa Clarita Valley International
28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Suite 200, Castaic, CA  91384
(661) 705-4820
Last modified Santa Clarita Valley International is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Santa Clarita Valley International Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 82 reviews. Top