This school is the best kept secret in education. Small class sizes, a super active and enthusiastic PTA, and teachers who are accessible at all times. It is an open-door environment where everyone knows each other and works together as a real "village", so to speak. It is a wonderful place to watch children flourish!
Moving from a small town to the big city, we were terrified about sending our son to school in LA. All of the private schools were too expensive and all of the charter and magnet schools had a waiting list too long to even attempt at. I did some research and found schools that offer the SAS program, these include schools with high API scores. Our son tested into both Franklin Avenue Elementary school and Valley View. Franklin Avenue is an incredibly tough school to get into and our son got in only through the SAS program and a lottery!! After careful consideration we chose Valley View and I wholeheartedly believe we made the best choice. Less than 250 students in grades TK-6?! We made instant friends with so many families here and I feel that I have made some lifelong friendships. This is now our second year at Valley View and I wouldn't choose anywhere else. Every parent puts their sweat and love into this school and with a staff that does the same our children have so many advantages.
We love this school, which exceeded our expectations. We had heard horror stories about LAUSD but our wonderful, little elementary school is truly a hidden gem in the Hollywood Hills. We have great teachers, music and drama after school programs, free after school care until 6 pm, an edible garden and much more. Great parent involvement. Our son is thriving here and our other son will likely start transitional kindergarten here next year.
This is a wonderful little school! I have two daughters at VV, in kinder and 2nd. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated, and there is such a sense of community. There's a very active PTA, which raises funds for school programs, an awesome edible garden, and it is one of the few schools I know of that you can actually go on campus to pick up/drop off your child...which reinforces that sense of community. You get to know everyone at the school, which is so great. I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else! It truly is a special school.
Valley View Elementary school is a gem! Its intimate size creates an involved, charming and friendly community. This school has an ideal environment for learning. Our son loves going to school here and we're delighted with it.
Valley View is Pleasant, joyful, and fun. The low student count is fantastic for my son, it allows his teacher to give him more one on one attention unlike other schools. They have activities, field trips, and two wonderful gardens which the students get to enjoy. Valley View is well put together and organized which I love.
My son has been attending for the last three years. It has been a wonderful school school for us. The teachers are great and truly care about the students and education. This year, we had an opportunity to attend Melrose Ave Magnet. We chose to stay at Valley View Elementary because of the students to teacher ratio. Second grade classes have only 17 students and one great teacher and one teacher assistant. It is such a small school that everyone knows each other like a family. We are fortunate to be here.
This school is a hidden gem up in the hills! We love it - not only my husband and I, but our two boys as well. Great PTA, strong community and an AMAZING garden! It's wonderful and I highly recommend it. It does take a village ... and I'm very lucky to be part of one!
Valley View Elementary School is a unique public school with small class size and diverse student body supported by a dynamic and caring school community.
Valley View Elementary is Los Angeles' best kept secret. With small class sizes, great community and parent involvement, dedicated teachers and the cozy bungalow campus, Valley View is a school where students can learn, grow and develop in a school that feels like it belongs in a small town. At Valley View children feel connected to their school, their neighborhood, the teachers, and fellow students and that promotes learning and growth. The facilities and programs are excellent and I highly recommend this school
My son loves going to school every day. He enjoys his friends and teachers. It's a wonderful small school where it feels like family.
We have a child in kindergarten at Valley View. We could not be more thrilled. The school has a wonderful, small town feel. The families are so friendly and welcoming. My child has an amazing teacher with only 14 children in her class. She is so incredibly happy every day when I pick her up. She says "I love kindergarten!". I am so so happy to have found this wonderful community of involved parents and devoted teachers. It's a blessing to find a public school which feels like a small private school.
This school has a personal touch and accessible size that is rare in LAUSD. The principal may not be the best salesperson when talking to adults, but she knows the kids by name and takes the time to chat with them! We love that the school doesn't 'teach to the test', and instead focuses on well-rounded subjects, including the arts. Also appreciate that the teachers really know the children's strengths and weaknesses. My child got appropriate challenge work last year to keep him engaged, and is reading several years above his grade level. My child gets up early in the morning without a fuss to go here. That pretty much says it all..
Valley View is an exceptional public school, with fantastic amenities and an inspiring sense of collective purpose. It is one of the smallest (if not THE smallest) student bodies in LAUSD, but the faculty and the savvy PTA manage to bring horizon-broadening academic and enrichment opportunities to the kids all year long. The campus itself is picturesque, tucked into the beautiful Hollywood Hills, and every year the students, parents and staff come together to paint a beautiful mural in the parking area. There is a great computer lab, a wonderful library with a devoted librarian on staff, a comprehensive arts program, PE, and even a spelling bee. My daughter loves going to school every day, and I love being a citizen of this wonderfully supportive academic community.
Valley View is an amazing little school. We had an opportunity to attend several well known private schools and ultimately decided on Valley View because of the size of the school, outstanding teachers and parental involvement. It is great to be able to walk my daughter into her kindergarten classroom and converse with all the other (by the way, cool) parents each day. You will not find better kindergarten teachers anywhere. Our daughter absolutely loves going to school, is excited about learning and has made great friends. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this community.
Valley View is the cutest little school. We have two daughters going here, one in 2nd grade and one in 5th grade. We simply love this school, we have our own garden where the children plant their own vegetables, the teachers are more then fantastic and for us everything is about the teachers. I really recommend Valley View Elementary!!!
This is our second year at Valley View and we couldn't be happier. The size of the school is a rare find in LAUSD or any other nearby district. Because of this there is a complete sense of community. Everyone supports each other and there is a real familiarity with the teachers and administration. Children are constantly engaged and challenged to be curious and learn all aspects of what they are studying. The garden and art programs are a treat as are all the after school opportunities. School spirit is fantastic and the PTA makes fundraising FUN for everyone. We are very lucky to have found Valley View and the wonderful teachers and families that also attend this prize of a school along with us.
Great gem of a school!! Great teachers as well as students!! Amazing parents that are very involved! Two thumbs up!
Hidden Gem! Amazing teachers, wonderful active PTA and supportive parents. My child has thrived here as well as his friends. Small enough so that no student gets lost. The teachers are very hands on and academically challenging to meet each student where they are. The kids have access to the library all the time which most schools don't offer in the public system. It's also one of the few public schools that still does fields trips for the kids! This is a wonderful place! They have edible and butterfly gardens and good after school programs like Drama Maniacs and a Music Program. Highly recommend
This amazing little school is fantastic! My daughter started in Kindergarten and had the BEST teacher ever...she has thrived in reading and math and has a great group of friends! The school is small so everyone knows everyone. The teachers are readily available to us as well and the PTA is great!
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