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K-12
Public charter
Fresno, CA
Students enrolled: 320
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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4221 North Hughes
Fresno, CA 93705

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(559) 225-7737
(559) 225-0976
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November 24, 2014
I have been a parent at Valley Prep for 7 years. The teachers at Valley Prep are energetic, caring, dedicated and top notch! The administration is always seeking ways to better the atmosphere of the learning environment. They take a genuine interest in knowing each child and helping them succeed.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2014
My grandchildren attended VPA and were very blessed by their educational experience there. An excellent school.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2014
We love this school! Highly recommend this school to anyone who feels their child needs a quality education. The transitional kindergarten teacher is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
I can't think of a better place for my daughter! Character really is key. The staff and parent involvement is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2014
Since my grandchildren have flourished since they're arrival....the smaller classrooms and more individual attention has helped them academically. The teachers are exceptional I appreciated the work Ms. Mayoral, Ms. Kirby, Ms.Rivera did with my gbabies; now they're in Mr. Hodges and Ms. Mackins classes & I'm hearing the same enthusiasm and excitement about "their" school VPA and teaches. Thank you VPA staff for all your handwork and commitment to our children. Joyce C McIntosh-Thompson, LCSW

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2014
This school is a safe place for children. I appreciate that they have full time security person there. He keeps a good eye on things and looks for ways to make the school safer. If there is an issue you can go to anyone on the staff and they will find a way to help. Thank you VPA!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
This school started out very well, we absolutely loved it! We loved the small class sizes, the teachers and the fact that behavior was considered important. However, the school has started to lose it's original purpose in lieu of worrying about their popluarity and how many more students they can enroll. If they would remember their purpose and try to keep the students and teachers that have been there for a long itme there then this school would go back up to where it once was. There have been too many incidents that have gone overlooked, personally and with close friends children at the school. And the fact that their academics are slipping. That is why we're not going to re-enroll our kids this year.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Valley Prep is one of the best schools I have had the privilege to teach at throughout California. The administration is supportive to both teachers and students. Curriculum is continually being updated to stay in line with the Common Core objectives. At Valley Prep a culture of "caring" is enhanced through our "Character Counts" program. Valley Prep now includes a Visual Art elective class for every student.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
So thankful for Valley Prep!! My child has attended since Kindergarten, and is currently in Jr. High. This school has been such a blessing! The teachers are some of the most dedicated, hard working, stay after hours teachers I know. They have always been very approachable and willing to help in anyway. My child has had some struggles along the way, but the teachers have been helpful and given great advice, and been very honest with us as parents. We've been able to see improvement with our child because of this. I've talked with the staff and administration. They work hard to make improvements each year. The principal takes her job serious and addresses matters quickly when pertaining to her students. Her students come first. It's all about the kids. The staff works hard to communicate with the parents. We love the phone calls. We are looking forward to another great year at Valley Prep!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
I think this is a great school. The teachers are great and the classes are small. The students look forward to going to school. I have seen my child progress academically dramatically. I love the fact that they have a security guard and nurse on campus. It would be great if they were full time and on campus at all school hours. If it weren't for them not being there at all times they would have the 5 stars. I think they are both a great addition this school. My mind is at ease with my child's safety and health being taken care of. I recommend this school to all parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Valley Prep believes a positive attitude empowers learning. Valley Prep believes in connecting students to their passion. Valley Prep believes character is caught more than taught. Valley Prep believes building learning on fundamentals. Valley Prep believes in creating awesome memories in activities. Valley Prep believes the best lessons are learned in service. Valley Prep believes in leadership opportunity for students. Valley prep believes every student is a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a teacher
April 04, 2014
The worst in education. My child consistently makes the honor roll but lacks academic fundamentals. Likewise, my child's standardized test scores often fall below the state minimums. My child said that the teacher was reading the answers the state exams aloud to the class during the exams. The faculty is underqualified, and more concerned with their own popularity among the students than the classroom instruction. My child says they have events like kool-aid day and are often rewarded with candy. Teacher feedback is limited as they fail to schedule-parent teacher conferences and often "forget" to invite parents. I've witnessed chaos in the classroom with all children out of their seats, throwing things, pushing each other, and yelling. Attendance and discipline policies go unenforced. VPA does not abide by FUSD policies as it should as an institution chartered under the FUSD umbrella. VPA's charter should be heavily scrutinized and probably suspended. The leadership of VPA is more concerned with its reputation as a business than its duty to children. VPA parents have big heads thinking that its a private school, when it isn't, and the quality of education there is poor.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Very disappointed in this school.. I currently have kids attending this school and for the most part it is a good school. However recently a incident took place involving one of my children and another child who that made a VERY inappropriate comments towards my child.. The comment made was a tier 3 (zero tolerance) offence according to the schools student handbook "most tier 3 and some tier 2 offenses are punishable by expulsion." But yet in our case for whatever reason the student wasn't even suspended. After a meeting with the principal seeking some answers as to why this student wasnt at least suspended I was given no answers.. Hours after the meeting I did some researcand that was when I found the schools policy on what had happened. I sent a email to the principal asking why the situation wasn't handled according to their school handbook and to my surprise I received no response.. The comments made would make any Father/parent furious as it did to me.. And I feel that the school didn't take it as serious as I did or as it should have according to their student handbook. Considering a different school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I had heard really good things about this school from a friend so I took my daughter out of public school to send her to vpa. The first year was just okay but this year has been really bad. The curriculum is watered down a lot but it has to be because most of the students are so behind in their in their education. The overall character of most of the students is poor at best. I've had several situations with my daughter and other students this year and when I bring it up to her teacher or staff it is brushed off as nothing. If you're looking for a good school for your child, I would definitely recommend you look somewhere else!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
VPA is the best. I have had three children at the school. They have great teachers, including an art teacher, a music teacher and a PE teacher. The after school program has improved this year. My kids love it. Now we just need a Winter/Christmas program!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2012
This school is the next best thing to homeschool or private school (which we cannot afford) Valley Prep provides the best of both worlds. It has really provided a safe and friendly enviornment which I really appreciate for my kids. Valley Prep teaches and promotes values that we as a family teach at home. Not only do they teach it, they really hold the students accoutable for their character. The teachers really go above and beyond for their students. I have experiences this first hand - my son's teacher does everything possible to help my son do his best. They really do care!! We only hope they start a high school soon!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
I love this school for so many reasons. I really like the dress code and believe it helps the focus to stay where it needs to be...on academics. I love the teachers and staff, who are absolutely wonderful. They really care about the kids and want to see them succeed. I like that music, art, and character development is part of the curriculum. They have sports and other extra-curricular activities are available as well. The commitment to the whole child by providing healthy, well-balanced lunches is another thing to be proud of. VPA is just perfect for our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
My child has been at Valley Prep since the school opened its doors (one of the first kindergarten students). I am thankful that I can send my child to school everyday and know that my child feels safe and is being taught and held to a high level of character accountability. I appreciate Valley Prep and would not enroll my child in any other school.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
My daughter is in 7th grade at this school and she loves it. The teachers are great and she is learning a lot. We are so glad they teach character every morning and that our daughter can play volleyball.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
There was a lot of favoritism shown. If you were related to any of the teachers or staff you managed to get away with alot of bad behavior. Two students can commit the offense and have the same history. One will get a harsher punishment than the other. Their no tolerance for bulling does not really apply. one student in particular bullied and hit other students was given many chances one more chance with little regard to the safety of the other students. I am glad I have moved all my children from that school. I also thought that they encourage children to tattle on Everything.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
I like that the school is small and personable and has a safe environment. My child feels safe at school. I am happy they have new programs after school. Also, my daughter is excited about cheerleading and going to camp.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
this school is very positive and they really teach us about character i love it.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 26, 2010
My family is very blessed to have found a school like Valley Prep Academy. Both my children have done very well at this school. The teachers and staff really do care about all the students and do a great job in teaching them about character, trustworthy, discipline, respectfulness, caring and other traits. Having my children at this school has been the best decision our family has ever made. Thanks Valley Prep for all of your hard work and dedication. Many blessings to you all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
I love Valley Prep! There is no other school like it in Fresno. The director, staff, and teachers really care about their students. They are strict and dont allow foolishness. I love that fact that all students wear uniform and there are no 'clicks'.They have a wonderful character program. My child has learned about honesty, trustworthiness, respect and citizenship.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
my daughter has attended a short time in the 3rd grade, and she is so happy there, her academic performance has improved and she loves her teacher and principal, I would recommend the school to any parent

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
February 22, 2010
My daughter has attended Valley Prep for 2 years. The teachers she has had are great. Very concerned and attentive. The office staff is great and the Principal is on top of things that are going on. Bullying and gossiping are taken very seriously and they are dealt with in a timely manner, unlike Fresno Unified. School lunches are prepared on site and my daughter loves them! The only down side is the traffic and parking lot are very congested.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
My daughter has attended VPA for 2 years now. Her teachers have always made sure that she stays on top of her grades. Her grades have improved greatly from her school before. It seemed as if she was lost in the sea of other students at her old school, but not here at VPA. The teachers seem to have a more personal relationship with their students here.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
i go to this school and everyone is nice and welcoming but the school is pretty strict,and the education is pretty good but not fantastic.this school will actually help your character a lot.also Its a very safe environment.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2010
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October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Best school, best care and best discipline. Teachers work closely to each students to make them the best they can be. I love to have my kids go to this school

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
If you are longing to send your child to a school where character, academics, and safety are all important, then you have found the best school in VPA. Both of my children have thrived at this school. The teachers are the most dedicated that I have seen. This school's handbook is clearly written, which protects innocent children from those who do not wish to practice good character. Bullying, cussing, and other forms of unacceptable behavior are not tolerated. These protections are made known through the handbook. As a parent, I am grateful for the devotion of the director and staff for upholding these standards of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 13, 2009
The teachers at this school were very exceptional and helpful, however, personal experience with the leadership and school board thoroughly disappointed me. In my opinion, if your child didn't fit the mold of what leadership deemed acceptable to society then he/she would be forced to change or leave the school. My thoughts are that that type of mentality is a hinderance to such a diverse country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 05, 2009
My daughter enjoyed her 7th grade year and her grades improved. Best of all, she loves school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
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January 04, 2009
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October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
We are the Morrison s We urge parents to research beyond the superficial GreatSchool Rating . Character, virtue, disciplined, quality, excellence, and committed accurately reflect the school campus and staff. Negative obstacles such as gossiping, cliques, bullying, disrespect and fighting are gone, removed. Empowered kids in this positive environment are secure in themselves, happy, excited, and confident. All combined, this equals top performance in character and grades. At the end of the day, you will pick up better kids then you drop off at VPA. If you are looking for a school that teaches the real meaning of honesty and trustworthiness; if you are looking for great example of faith and hope for your children - do them a life-changing favor and bring them to VPA. And please expect the very best from your children. The teachers and staff at VPA settle for nothing less and they deliver on it!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
I am a 7th grade student at Valley P. I like it because the kids are nice and my teacher is amazing.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2008
I've just recently graduated from valley prep and can honestly say its an ideal school for parents whether sending a preschooler, a high school student or anywhere in between. The atmosphere is welcoming and refreshing compared to most hostile environments depicted at public schools. I strongly recommend u give Valley Prep a chance, and most assuredly you won't be let down.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 06, 2008
hi my name is natasha ligons, i attend vpa, i can tell yo from experience that its the best school in the world. they teach you all of these polite manners, you dont have to worry who is going to fight you or whatever. oh yea im a high school student they have a office theme there. lunches are always made fresh, the principals and teachers are really nice and they help you on your homework and stuff. the students have to follow these seven steps of excellents. i wont recite them but the students follow them. im real glad that i found the school because i came from an bad school.and this school i feel very safe. oh the other thing is the prinicpals mr.walstorm and ms. melton always greet the students at the gate and shake their hands. they are really good people the both of them.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
Leadership of school is not engaged. Teachers are very engaged. Seem to make rules up as they go and follow the district when it suites them, and not, when it doesn't

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
VPA is an outstanding school! My children have benefited by the academic programs as well as the character enrichment. I refer people at every opportunity. It has been a rewarding experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
Great class size, more one on one teaching, and excellent discipline. Great support for growing children with excellent, caring leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
Small class sizes and teacher involvement with individual students are great. The lunches are hand made- including the bread. VPA holds a very high standard of conduct. I'm extremely impressed.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
Caring, supportive environment with a good staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2006
Quality teachers good dicipline on the campus. Safe environment with a nice staff.

- submitted by a parent
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Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School
4221 North Hughes, Fresno, CA  93705
(559) 225-7737
Last modified Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top