This is a small school, and there are combination classes, but we feel very fortunate that our children attend Leona Valley Elementary. Most of the negative comments and complaints I have heard come from parents that do not want to be involved and do not make the effort to actually observe their child's class. We have discovered that although there are combination classes, it does not mean that your child will have the same teacher two years in a row. Class makeup is based on the number of children in each grade in attendance for a given year, and the school tries to keep the classes balanced and small enough in order to give all children equal attention. The teachers are approachable and open to parent feedback and suggestions concerning their child. We love this school and would recommend to anyone who cares and is involved in their child's education.
Unlike the parent below, I LOVE this school! My child has done great and has enjoyed learning! I am looking forward to another year with our teacher! She is AMAZING! If your child needs to be challeneged more, I'm sure by talking with the teacher something could be worked out. Next year we will have a new principal who will be on site full time so Im sure things will be a little different. It's a small town, small school, but BIG hearts and dedication to the students. This school may not be right for everyone, but I would definately disagree that it is a bad school. Classes may be full, but no fuller than a larger school would be or is already. I think my childs progress compares perfectly next to his friends in the larger schools. All in all I am happy with this school and would reccommend it to anyone!
I would not recommend this school for any family. All of the classes are combination classes. So, your child will have the same teacher for two years. I have worked in education for over thirteen years and there are better schools and teachers out there for your child. The principal works over two schools, so she is not at the school. I have called numerous times to talk to her and she was not even at the school. It took a week and a half for me to schedule an observation in my child's room- ridiculous! I also walked into the office one time and saw the secretaries reading a newspaper. I have also seen more rigor in other classrooms. The teachers are sort of relaxed because the principal is not there. My child came home with more busywork than content rich lessons. Even online schools provide more content rich and rigorous lessons than this school does. Also, in all my years of teaching I have never seen a school district give students three weeks off for Christmas and two weeks off for Spring Break. Where is the dedication to students and their education? They are definitely not looking out for your child with all classes combinations filled to the max at 30 students.
My children didn't want to move schools, but once they started attending Leona Valley, they really enjoyed it. They sincerely enjoyed their teachers and made a number of close friendships. It is unfortunate to see the negative reviews for this school. It is difficult to please every individual and every circumstance. The teachers are very open and put forth tremendous effort to make the learning experiences for all of their students positive. A great school!
Wow! What a shame. They get a different teacher every year or two and the same with principles. When they get to Jr High, High School and College, they will have to face the same thing. Most parent are more worried about dressing their kids up like little "adults" ranter than worrying about preparing them for life an the "real" world. I see no problem with the changing of teachers every few years. Let's face it...unless they don't pass the grade they are in...they are going to have a "NEW" teacher anyway. When they go out in the "real" world, they will have many changes in their jobs..including "NEW" bosses. You need to get a grip!!!!!!
My child has attended this school for six years. It is small and safe but unfortunately there is always a trade off for anything. I agree with the last reviewer about the staff always being right. There is very little administrative oversight at this school. There seems to be a group think of negativity among the teachers and aides at this school they are never wrong! There is definitely parent involvement and if you want your child to be treated nicely you better be involved. There is definitely favoritism shown at this school for certain students if the parent volunteers or they are related to the staff. I have two older children who went to larger schools and there was definitely not as much nepotism as you see at this school. I think it would be better if the principal was there more since it is not a good idea to have the teachers and aides answering to no one because they really have no accountability on a daily basis. I am not sure I would recommend this school I know that there is not a perfect school but this one does not even come close.I look forward to moving on to a larger school with more activities and less hostile teachers who seem to not even enjoy childrenGoodLuck
My children attended this school but I could not recommed it. The school district puts the teachers and budget considerations before the students. The principal is rarely on site. If a parent has a concern about a teacher - the teacher is always right! Parent involvement is very high.
This is a great small school. I'm very happy with my son's teacher soon I will have my youngest child attending kindergarten here. Definitely a 5 star school.
I am very happy with this school. Parent participation definently isn't required any more than any other school, but its great to see how many paretnts are so supportive of the school and their children's education. And it shows in the quality of the students here.
I have been at LV three years and I think that the parent participation makes all the difference. A lot of responsibility does fall to the parent volunteers, which is necessary to fill in the financial holes that the district can't fill. (Library books, some school supplies, classroom supplies, enrichment assemblies, etc.) The teachers are generally good but I think because the district seems to use the school as a principal training ground (although the administrators that we had the last two years, Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Jones were awesome) there is a certain level of indifference from some of the teachers. With that said, the teachers have a lot of responsibilities that the parents and students don't see. Overall, it is a really great, small school and I think you get out of it, what you are willing to put in.
I love this school compared to other schools. My daughter is thriving, her teacher is very involved and I think it is good that the school requires parent participation.
Although the school is very safe the academics are severely lacking. My son is bored out of his mind. Although there is a gifted program it is just more work. Basically the teachers my son has had have all given him worksheets. That is no way to teach 100% of the time. The alternative is not good either, not safe, drugs, gangs ect...so make your decision but be ready to beef up the academics with something additional if you choose LVS.
This school is a nice school,but the parents do everything. Sometimes it seems like they run the school. You also see favoritism because of this. The teachers are nice,but the school gets a new principal every year. Kind of a Joke school,but at least it's a safe school.
Leona Valley is a unique school within its district--Westside Union School District. Located in a smaller community, the population of the school is small which results in multiple combination classes throughout the grade levels. The negatives: limited extra-curricular activities and multiple combination classes. The positives: smaller student population, high parent involvement, dedicated teachers/administration, great atmosphere for school pride, continued growth in API.
We are new to this school and my kids love it. They love their teachers and the small environment. I was skeptical about the combo classes, but both of my girls are doing well and thats what counts. They are excited to go to school each day. Both of my girls teachers are very easily accessible and very much in tune with their progress. Yes, the teachers are young, but I think thats great for their grade levels. The kids Like their teachers because they are young and energetic and they Want to learn from them. All schools have to follow the same curriculum. If the kids are understanding the subject matter, obviously the teachers are doing a good job. I would pick this school any day over a larger one.
This is a dying school, all combo classes with little support from there district. Principal is also a combo teacher. Junior high is one class and the turnover for new teachers is high. Class size is large with combo classes and have young beginning teachers. Great for the convience, bad for learning and getting a good education.
This school is like having a private school for public funding. A small school with personal attention to all students. No sports programs, limited computer use and music only for 5th graders. Heavy parent involvement.
Lots of parent involvement, if you want to be involved; however, teachers do not care for kids as much as they worry about their own jobs. Academics are fine, and there is a music and computer program. No other extracurricular activities - must go to big city for that! Principal is normally there half time, since the school is so small and the district so cheap. Principals are normally gone in 1-2 years, as are teachers.
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