Dear, future students, teachers, or anyone who dares associate with this school DONT. This school is possibly the worst charter in California. The teachers are fired after 10 years of working because, the school doesn't wanna give them the bonuses. They will fire teachers and staff for the stupidest of things such as 'being to nice' (not kidding) or giving students hugs(also not kidding). There are some good people in this mix that sadly got sucked into this mess and too them I say "good luck". And don't get me started on how they treat their students! The school says its a "bully free zone" But it's truly not. And don't you dear to try to bring any issue up to the office because they'll just ban you from the campus! Trust me on this do not go to this school!
This school plays by there own rules. They have a structured policy and guidelines in place however, they pick and choose when and with whom to follow protocol. There is a definite "in crowd". Once you've been ostracized from it, good luck. Administration covers for their staff that make questionable calls or ignore the schools written policy. Because they're a charter they aren't held to the same accountability as the unified schools. They offer a specialized art class, but beyond that there isn't any more available to your kids than if they went to a public non-charter school. They will tell you they have smaller class sizes and smaller teacher student ratio, and a great character building philosophy. That attention doesn't apply to everyone. They say they have a zero tolerance bullying policy, they even have written protocol how to handle violence and threats of violence, but they won't follow through and hide under the scope of being unable to discuss other students discipline. Very unprofessional behavior from administration. They fired one of their teachers this year and made him do the march of shame as school was being released in front of all of the schools students and their parents. Tactless! Some of their teachers agree with the misconduct of their own administration but have been reprimanded for speaking up or questioning the way things are done. You may think sending your children to a charter will be better than sending them to your district school but I would look into others if your adamant about going to a charter.
The school is an excellent place to learn. With the Leader in Me Program, along with high standards for learning, children feel safe and enjoy coming to school each day. The school has a high attendance rate.
This year the school is working on a homework policy for the handbook. It gives maximum amount of time children should spend on the work. The school wants to allow for more family time or extra curricular activities after school.
This school is the first Leader in Me School in Fresno. They teach the students the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids and train them to be leaders in the community.
The leadership training begins in TK and goes up through grade 8, preparing students for the world outside of the school.
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.