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Valley Presbyterian School

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Posted July 19, 2013

I attended VPS from 3 months old to 6th grade. I not only had a great education but was instilled with morals that have been a huge part of who I am today. My son is now 8 and attending VPS. I wouldn't even consider another school to help guide my son and form a strong foundation for his future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

I currently have 2 of my children in this school. Let me begin by saying that this is not a perfect school but is there really one? The staff are truely dedicated and highly qualified.They are credentialed as well. Most importantly, they love the Lord and pray for each boy and girl that they may choose to dedicate their lives to God. This school has many activities through out the year to encourage the children to get involve in what they like. Some of the activities are sports, cheerleading, Honor Choir, Sign Language, Spanish and much more. Some of these activities begin in Pre-K. I pray that God continues to use these wonferful teachers to instill in our children God's love. I also pray that you seek God's guidance to choose the right school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

I have been at Valley Pres for 12 years and I have served on the PTF board for 3 yrs and I consider it my 2nd home! I have been blessed and very pleased there. While the staff is caring and wonderful you can see they're love for Christ and the children. My son attended from 3 yrs-5th grade and was accepted to a prestigious College Prep school for middle school, only because of the curriculum and academics Valley Pres offers. They also offer many extra-curricular activities; after school sports, sign language, science club, choir, music, cheerleading, speech meets, Art classes, piano festivals, field trips, Washington DC, Sacramento trips, craft classes, student council and the list goes on. Although we may not have a gym the staff does the best they can to keep the kids cool during hot days, but what it lacks it makes up in other areas. My daughter is currently in 3rd grade and is truly happen as are we. God has truly blessed us with an affordable Christ-centered school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

I was a student at VPS in 2008-2010 for 4th and 5th grade. I loved Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Casillas, they were outstanding! The principle was strict and kind-hearted which made the students have more discipline. I didn't care much for the kids that were in my grade but I really liked the school itself with the teachers and faculty.


Posted June 11, 2013

I disagree with the parent below, infact many parents are Very pleased with VPS. The school is fair to each child, in the many years of sending my children to this school, never have I seen anything political. They have always welcomed me as a parent on campus. The school provides a loving, and safe environment, where the campus has iron gates with a key card entry security system because they consider the safety of the children first. The administration and teachers have always been helpful, outstanding professionals, and dress appropriately. I have been to many Chapel times and have watched the children as they sang and praised the Lord, it s a time of Worship. They study the word of God during classroom. They don t have an indoor gym, but I see many grades doing their physical education class together at first period in the morning when the weather is cooler. The children love the new outdoor play yard with shade.You are always aware of what your child is learning because the teacher sends home all their classroom work. It is a good medium sized school with smaller class sizes, and preschool/infant daycare in a separate building on the same campus.I highly recommend to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

We had a horrible experience along with other parents who were just finishing the year until a better alternative could be found. The school is very political. It is sort of like a prison, as parents presence are not really welcomed there. It is does NOT have a gym so in the days of extreme whether (which is most of the time in the Valley) they have to stay in class. This is horrible for the kids that have to get their wiggles out. They bathrooms are really gross too, they stink! They are Christian by name only, as the conduct of the administration is very unprofessional, political, and the staff dresses too immodest. I would not recommend this school to anyone. This is a glorified public school. The way the school is ran, you would be best to send your kids to public school and save your money. At least there, you will have more of a say and awareness of your child's educations. Chapel- they use chapel time to talk about school announcements and not about the word of God. Oh yes, they have a no refund policy, so pay month to month if you decide you want to try out the school- which I recommend you DON'T!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Our son is in Kindergarten at VPS and truly loves it. We have been very happy with the curriculum and the teacher, principal and staff are top notch and wonderful. Their emphasis is on character building, Godly principles and mentorship. I know alot of happy parents there so I have reason to believe the other grades are doing just as well. We hope to have our son at VPS through his entire elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

My one child currently is attending VPS. My other child has already graduated. We have had a wonderful experience there. The fine art programs are wonderful and adds to the academic programs. The children are taught how to do oral presentations so the fear of public speaking is deminished. Overall, we have been very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

My children attend VPS and we are so blessed to have them in a school with teachers and staff who not only educate them, but also who love them and teach them about the love of Christ. The education they receive is well above a public education. Our children are getting a valuable well-rounded education that is rare to find! My children love Valley Pres and look forward to school each day. We love taking them to school and having the confidence that they are safe and loved while at school. I would highly recommend Valley Pres!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

My children attend VPS and they love it. We are fairly new to the school in our 2nd year and have found it to be very nuturing, fun, acedemic and overall a good school. The teachers are under paid for what they do as with all christian schools and they still seem to pull it all together quit well. The school lacks a little in parent involvement and it is still a great education to help prepare these students for middle school and high school. I hope we continue to be this blessed in our future here at VPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2006

I have children attending Valley Presbyterian School. While academically I feel it is challenging, encouraging the children to form friendships and just be nice to each other, is sadly lacking. This can be very detrimental to a child's self-esteem. This school is very political, climate unfriendly and unwelcoming. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

This is my kids' 4th year at VPS. In the beginning, I thought it a great school. Over the years, I've learned that the school is highly political and just not a good fit for my families' lifestyle. VPS is not the best school if both parents are working regular 9-5p. as a working parent, I'm not that involved in daily functions that go on at the school making it close to impossible to form relationships. As I said before, the school is highly political and is just not a good fit when you have two working parents. Academically, I cant say that this school is any better than others. This school places a lot of emphasis on responsibility and discipline. There are hardly any afterschool activities-my kids get bored. Parent involvement is very high though. If I had to do it over, would I enroll my kids? No.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2006

Valley pres is a good school. My kids have been there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Amazing concept, a bit of organization required.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

Computer lab, art, prep for middle school. Experienced staff
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 23, 2004

I attended Valley Pres. K-6 grades. This is an excellent school experience for youngsters. Though they are lacking in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, the academics, teachers, and events are vivacious and fun. When you leave your kids at this school, you are leaving them with fun, caring teachers, a safe school ground, and an accepting Christian environment (a rare thing). There is also day care for students whose parents work overtime. I graduated this school well prepared for junior high, and ultimately high school. The school I attend is not an easy school, but the academic backround I received at Valley Pres. preped me for it. This is a wonderful school and I really miss it!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 31, 2004

Although I am not a 'parent' of a student at this school, I attended it K-5 grade. Socially it was a great school, but it was not challenging academically. I liked it there because of the music program and chior. When I left to go to Public middle school, I was far behind all other students, especially in math. I suffered in PE. And the middle school I transferred is not even that great of a school. The school is also located across from Monroe High so we had occasional lockdowns but other than that, it is a safe school. The teachers I had were extremely kind and teach very, very well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 25, 2004

Valley Pres is giving my child a well rounded education. I have very high praise for the staff and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2003

This school is outstanding. I have made a commitment to my child that he will remain here through graduation- even though it means I have to drive 100 miles a day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

All three of my children attended and graduated from Valley Pres, and they were well prepared for high school and college.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 26%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Black 9% 6%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9240 Haskell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91343
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