March 10, 2004
Our children attend Valley View and we are extremely happy with their education. The school has less than 250 students, K through 6th, which is really unique in a Los Angeles public school and means that everyone feels like part of one big family. The other parents are very friendly and everyone seems keen to contribute what time, expertise or energy they have in order to enrich the children's school day. The level of teaching is excellent and as well as the usual school work, our children participate in art, music, drama, dance, science and wonderful, well thought out field trips, much of which is made possible through funds raised by the PTA. The principal, Mrs. Williams, knows every child (and most parents!) by name. Her wealth of experience shines through and she is firm but kind with the children. The students love and respect her and she greets the parents like old friends. She is very accessible and is terrific at listening to problems and finding a solution. The fact that Valley View is multicultural means our children have friends from many varied ethnicities and backgrounds, including, as recent immigrants, their own part of the World, and whenever parents are asked to donate food for a carnival or celebration, you can be sure of a delicious and varied mix of dishes. The school encourages kindness, good manners and thoughtfulness for others, whether they are students, the local community or people in other countries. Recently the children were all clamoring to donate their gently used toys to an orphanage in Vietnam when they learnt that one of their teachers gave up many of her vacations to work at the orphanage and could take their gifts with her on her next trip. We would suggest that if you are thinking of sending your child to a private school, think again, invest instead into the community and enjoy the caring, enriching environment of a wonderful local public school. P.S. Don t tell too many people or LA s best kept secret will be out!
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