My oldest child attended Golden View (K-5) and my youngest currently attends GV. My oldest is now in 7th grade honors at Mesa View and loving it. I definitely feel that the
GVS staff prepared him for middle school.
Golden View is unique in many ways.
1.)They have a farm on campus. The school and PTO support our Golden View Farm aka S.E.L.F. (student environmental learning facility). This 2 acre farm is home to a variety of farm animals (ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, a tortoise, 2 pigs, turtles, 2 goats, and 3 sheep.) There is also a garden. Each class has a their own designated gardening bed. Last year, my sons class grew tomatoes, onions, basil, and garlic. We harvested the vegetables and made bruschetta with them in the classroom.
2.) There are no walls dividing the classroom. The school itself is one big classroom. It took my kids a minute to get used to it at first but I feel it taught them to be mindful of others and a lesson on self control. Both had no issues with it.
3.) We have a new principal at GV, Mr. Brett Hardy. He's professional(dresses like one too), is hands-on, present on campus, and is a big supporter of the PTO (parent teacher organization) . He has attended all of the events so far and encourages the teachers to do the same.
4.) Golden View has an active PTO and strong parent support. They support many fun events through out the year.( Trunk-or-Treat, Literacy picnic, Family movie nights, Daddy-daughter dance, Mom-son night, End of the year party, etc.)
5.) GV has the AR program (Accelerated Reader), Meet the Masters Art program, music for 4-5th grades, Field Trips, and assemblies.( Walk through California and Walk through the Revolution are awesome) My favorite program is Kids Run the OC. It's an excellent after school program that runs from Feb-April.
6.) Technology is growing. We have two computer labs. 3,4,and 5th grades have a handful of computers in each classroom. We just got two Chromebook carts (38 Chromebooks per cart)
7.) GVS is diverse. ( different ethnicities, social economics, and cultures) This was important to us.
GVS is a good school. The staff is experienced, the PTO is active, and the school has programs.
My son is a fifth grader. He has been attending Golden View since kinder. I give Golden View 5 stars for the best teacher I ever met, Mrs.Ulrich but I give Golden View 1 star for the principal it has Mrs. Burney. When my son was having trouble in the combo class they had placed him, I contacted her hoping she could help in any way but she was cold and careless. She said there was nothing she could do. I know it sounds so unimportant but when your kid comes home to cry in his bed EVERYDAY because he can't adjust to the combo class that has bigger kids, it's so hard for me as his mom. I wish Mrs. Burney at least made some time to sit with us and talk about this because I felt her phone call and lack of action did nothing to help my son.
My last of three children has gone to this exceptional school. The teachers are very well qualified, motivational, and help instill creativity in students. Students not only learn by conventional means, but also by conducting hands on experiments in science, learning by cooking, and helping out on the farm. This school has a diverse population of students including special ED and many english as a second language students. The atmosphere of the school is friendly and caring. The only draw back to this school is that it doesn't offer a GATE program, so every year it loses its brightest students to Circle View (OVSD GATE school comprised of 65+% of Asian students). Overall this is a great school!
Wonderful school that provides a great education and a nurturing environment. Parent involvment enables lots of extras like running club and school wide events. The farm is very unique and gives fun learning opportunities you wont find at most schools.
My families experience with Golden View started in 1995 with my oldest son entering Kindergarten. It ended after my 3rd child graduated 5th grade in 2003. We loved the school, the teachers, the families, and the farm. We watched new playgrounds come in and the farm getting many overhauls. We partcipated in most fundraisers. My children still have many friends they have made from kindergarten. (the Brat Pack). Now, I have a 4th child and he will be entering Golden View next year. I am so very excited for him and myself to do this all over again. I know that many teachers are probably gone and I know there is a new principal since we last attended, but I'm confident that the basis of education and family has not changed. Look out Golden View, here comes Mikey.
This is our fourth year at Golden View (3 children) and we have been extremely satisfied with all aspects. I had heard negative things about the open floor plan and this was my biggest concern going in. However, fast forward 5 years and you find classrooms with children who actually sit and listen. From the time they enter kindergarten they are taught on a daily basis that disruption is not acceptable. I have one child who entered another school with a closed classroom and the noise level was a shock coming from an environment where you can hear a pin drop sometimes. The teachers and prinicpal make positive behavior a top priority here and the children's ability to learn follows from that. The PTO does just enough fundraising without bombarding you. And you can't beat the farm. It's a hoot for kids to have recess next to the goats and chickens.
Golden View focuses on developing a well-rounded individual. The many hands-on examples he had in class (such as growing baby chicks) serve to reinforce what is being taught. My son was able to grasp advanced concepts and explain them to me after learning them in class. A highly energetic (and distracting) little boy, his teachers worked with him on his concentration until he excelled in his studies. We have attended for 3 years and have had many contacts with teachers and principals and can say that they definitely provide support. The extra-curricular activities are also excellent, such as the farm, literary picnic, Halloween show, and many others. Parent and community involvement is extremely high compared to what I have seen at other schools. We came from a private kindergarten and were extremely cautious about choosing a public school - that being said, I have absolutely no regrets about Golden View.
I went to Golden View, now I'm in 8th grade. I'm very fortunate that I went to this school. Its an amazing school but the only thing that I didn't like was that the class rooms had open walls so you could see and hear the other teachers and students talking and it got very distracting. But they have a farm and it was really fun and taught you to be responsible,They have a monthly art class, weekly music class for 4th and 5th grade and every year they have a carnival. Most of the teachers are very nice and supportive. I wish I hadn't took this school for granite and If you're choosing a school for your child Golden View is the perfect place!