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K-8
Private
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 209
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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15700 Sherman Way
Los Angeles, CA 91406

(818) 786-4720
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September 11, 2014
We have been very happy at Valley School. Our son needed a structured environment like this one, and so far he is thriving here (he is in TK). His teacher, Mrs. Popowich, is outstanding. She is firm, but also warm, and really looks out for the kids individually. She's been working with us on our son's issues, and he is doing things academically that we thought he was many months away from accomplishing. We have also loved the Principal, Mr. Haddad, and his summer camp preschool teacher, Miss Kathy -- really everyone we've encountered there has been lovely. And while they take schoolwork and behavior seriously, there's a nice non-alarmist vibe that has been very refreshing and welcome to us.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
This is a very mediocre private school. Save your money, it is not worth the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
This is a wonderful place! The academics are superb, the principal amazing and the families are wonderful! I know my child is surrounded by wonderful teachers who care and other children who come from good families and this matters a lot. There are many after school enrichment classes and many events and activities to take part in. This is our oasis in Van Nuys!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We are so happy at Valley once again! Our children are flourishing as usual. There is no better feeling when your children run out of your car every morning, looking forward to their day. My daughter and son are challenged daily. There are even more enrichment classes this year including a new drama program which makes us so happy! The school keeps getting better and better!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
Amazing school. The curriculum by far surpasses other schools. The level of education this school provides is off the charts. The kids are a grade level ahead of everyone else. I couldn't imagine going to another school. Best choice made to move schools. VERY family oriented. Everyone is so down to earth, and friendly. All schools should be like this. Small classes, P.E. everyday, Art, Music, Computers, Spanish, Drama, etc.. The parent involvement is wonderful. A+++++

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Hidden gem in the valley. Excellent academics, great teachers, nice kids. Offer spanish already at the elementary school level, art,PE and computers. Lots of afterschool enrichment options. Small class size. Warm and nurturing environment. Newly renovated gymnasium and pool. Graduates get accepted to prestigious high schools. The principal (Mr. Haddad) is extremely involved and caring. Wonderful school. We are excited to be part of the Valley school community!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
I have two children at Valley. One going into TK and one going into 3rd. I am thrilled with the education they are both receiving. My daughter was in a summer program at another private school in the area where she was moved to 4th/5th grade math and science because she was so far ahead of the others in her 3rd grade class. My 4 year old son was barely speaking in Sept. and is now able to speak complete sentences, do very simple math, write letters, numbers and his name. The school is a very close community with really wonderful people who care a lot about their children's education. There are tons of opportunities to get involved and while there are many fundraisers, there is no pressure to take part. People give what they can. I am very active in the PTA and all the parents involved are amazing and really make a difference with their efforts. Mr. Haddad is truly an amazing principal & person who is warm and welcoming. He cares about each and every child and you feel that immediately. The gym floor was redone and the pool resurfaced this year and I know that there are plans to redo the library and computer center. It is truly a wonderful place to have your children!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
My daughter attended Valley School and got a great education from wonderful and memorable teachers. In the years the school has been open, there have NEVER been improvements to the grounds! The administration refuses to pay for anything. ANY improvements made are done so by parent/outside donations. The principal tries to do what he can but has his hands tied by the owners. The teachers make NOMINAL pay and have not had raises in YEARS! Where did my money go, if not to improvement for my daughter's education???

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
My child is in seventh grade. We have been here since TK and have been frustrated as the school as gone down hill over the last couple of years. Many quality teachers have left for greener pastures and have been replaced by inferior teachers. Many times another teacher takes over the curriculum of the departed... sadly, even if there heart is in it, they are unqualified to teach a particular subject. The general conditions are a good indicator of the rest of the school. Complaining about the teachers or curriculum falls on deaf ears or devolves into the administration becoming very defensive about said individual. Constructive criticism is not wanted or encouraged. This is the first time on this site and I find it odd that any negative comment is immediately countered by a review addressing them point by point... Why not address the concerns, and fix them with better staff and up-to-date equipment?

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
Valley School is a true community. The principal, teachers, and parents all work together to ensure the students receive a high quality education. The passion the teachers have for teaching is evident, with many teachers staying long hours after school to provide additional support for their students, or to attend fundraisers, sporting events, etc. The class sizes are really small, so I know my son is getting individualized attention. My son has loved his time at Valley! If you're going to let one negative person who has the time to write multiple poor reviews that focus on made up or insignificant details sway your decision, then Valley School may not be right for you. I saw a roach once in the STAFF lounge, but I'm not sure what that has to do with my son's education. UCLA is known for the squirrels around campus, but that hasn't stopped it from being the most applied to university in world... The priority is on making sure the students get the attention they need to succeed in school, not on the "social status" that comes from being a part of the Valley School family. If you want teachers who are incredibly passionate, and a great education for your child, then join us! :)

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Lackluster. The school's management staff consists of the founder's family members, with the exception of the principal and the office admin..The family who run the school are lacking passion for education since they inherited it. The principal is passionate but has no power and no asst. principal. The elementary school teachers are good, but the middle school is very stale just like the fundraising. Yesthose who generously give funds to the school never see those dollars put to good use for improvements of the campus or technology. The school lacks the necessary computer network security in order to keep the children from accessing certain websites. Therefore, my child witnessed several students looking at explicit internet content during class time! Secondly, the computer lab is extremely antiquated, just like the instruction, and the software is ancient. Secondly, living in earthquake country, I don't think an exposed fuel pump, located next to the middle school is safe . Where are the safety inspections? Visually, one would know to make this campus safe, a nice chunk of budget is needed. The language program is despicable. Cockroaches always exist in numbers...never one!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
The principal is great but the owners do not care about the school. This is quite evident in the lack of investment in upgrades around campus. The computers look over 10 years old, the library is a mess and there is minimal technology in the classrooms. The Spanish and computer programs need to be relooked at. The kids are barely speaking Spanish by middle school after taking it since Kinder--something is wrong. The computer teacher is a family member who I am concerned is not even experienced enough to be teaching. The music program is barely alive. The school needs upgrading and cleaning. And yes, there are roaches all over the place. There are MANY parents who can attest to that. I am not sure that the reviews below are fishy as much as the ones that are coming right after the negative reviews--sounds more like the owners or the main office are writing these. If the owners showed appreciation for all the parents that donate money and maybe if they started paying for some improvements themselves, their enrollment would not go down year after year. This year is the exception with Pinecrest closing but next year it will start again. Mr. Haddad should take over!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
Don't be fooled, Valley School is an incredible school! Something fishy indeed going on with a couple of the comments below. My son has been at Valley for 6 years and has loved every minute! The lockers may not be in perfect condition but they are definitely not old and rusty! My son loves the food and insists on buying lunch every day. Maybe not the healthiest lunch in town, but there are healthier options. Furthermore, the boys did not even play volleyball this year, they played baseball! I have seen a roach or two on campus, but I think that's what happens when you have kids that forget their lunches on the playground or in their lockers for days at a time. Most importantly, my son is getting a top notch education. Take the time, visit the school, and judge it for yourself. Talk to the principal and you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
I must concur with some of the negative reviews. The principle and some of the teachers are indeed great... it ends there. My son played on the basketball & volleyball teams this year, and there was carpeting. The lockers are very old and rusty... the food has been a constant struggle to change. The very first Girl Scout meeting a parent flipped on a light and roaches went scurrying. My kid also had her lunch eaten by a squirrel multiple times. This is a decent school, but needs lots of improvements. My son graduates next year and I am not sure if my daughter will remain. just not worth the money

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Stale! Where does the money go? I have two kids in school- one in 4th grade, the other in 7th. I don't think we will be coming back. We have been told there would be many repairs and upgrades over the years, and NONE have ever been done. We have seen cockroaches all over the kitchen and squirrels stealing lunches our of lockers! Seriously. The teachers in grade school are great, but the JR High is pathetic... Sadly, no matter how much they want to change and improve the school, they are rebuked constantly. The gym is a lawsuit waiting to happen-- uneven, buckled floor covered in 35+ year old carpet. Enrollment has declined over the years and the pressure for the remaining families to cover the cost is immense. Like the reviewer below, I would like to know where the money goes?

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
I used to attend The Valley Schools and I must say that I had experienced one of the worst times of my life. The elementary they have in the school is actually pretty fine but the middle school is just terrible. First off the campus is just plain disgusting its just a tiny tiny lunch area filled with old boxes above their rusty lockers. Their bathrooms are disgusting and the water pressure is extremely low (May I even say there is any water). Now their food.... I have seen huge cockroaches (not joking) around their kitchen and gym and they don't even bother taking care of it because every year I come back I always see them. Now for the education and teachers. Do not even spend time paying for a textbook! They never use them! They use these power points they have made themselves that really never help with the test. Last year they have given the students access to tablets in the classroom which they say they use for textbook but they never use them they use them for other purposes...... They have no gateway and will put one in their network I have seen kids going on suspicious sites in class. The kids have also bullied me throughout the whole year. Just don't send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2013
We love the Valley School for our children as the teachers are wonderful and academics are incredible. Mr. Haddad is amazing as well. The one issue that is concerning to many right now is that Pinecrest in Van Nuys is closing and with the influx of new parents from that school, Valley seems to be changing, which is sad. Some exisiting parents are very concerned and are hoping not too many more Pinecrest families come over. Valley needs to remain Valley, not turn into Pinecrest. I have one child in elementary and one in middle school and I feel the changes in both. Hopefully Mr. Haddad can preserve what he has built here.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2012
A warm and caring atmosphere is what Valley School is all about. After viewing many school options we decided on Valley School and could not be any happier with our choice. The students are part of a community with outstanding teachers. I feel so blessed my child has been a part of this school; only wish it would go through High school. The Principal, Mr. Haddad is there for the students and parents and very hands on. A GREAT SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
Amazing school. They also have a preschool program that is wonderful, caring, and prepares the kids for the next level. It"s great to be able to keep your child at a school through eighth grade. Mr. Haddad is the best, hands on, Principal EVER!!! He listens, and will take the time with each student. You would think he owned the school. The teachers are amazing!! Small classes. P.E. every single day!!! Public school doesn't offer that. The curruculum is actually a grade ahead. This school will prepare your children for the future!!! Very family oriented!! Best decision made to send my two kids there. This school is more than just a ten!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
A hidden gem in the valley! The classes are limited to about 17 kids. All grade levels have PE everyday and have art, computers, Spanish and music at least once a week. They cook fresh meals everyday at the school. The children are respectful and learn a ton. Principal Haddad is very involved and accessible, as are the teachers. You feel like part of the family as soon as you come here.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Absolutely the best school! We can not be happier! It has such a warm, friendly & personal feel to it. The staff is always friendly & actually takes the time to say hello & greet you with a smile. In regards to Ms. Noel, I will 100% agree with the review below. My son was under her care and she was very cold, very rough, lacked interest towards the kids & would sleep on the job. Luckily Ms. Noel is no longer with the school. Mrs. Arlene, Ms. Rachel and Ms. Desiree are attentive and kind with the kids. My son learned so much in summer camp with Mrs. Arlene. We can only imagine how great TK with Mrs. Popowich will be. Definitely a place to consider!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
I don't doubt that the elementary school under Mr. Haddad's care is excellent. Unfortunately, we haven't had the same luck with the Preschool under Mrs. Williams. We question her ability to run the preschool with the true care of the children in mind. I believe she underpays teachers because the outstanding ones only remain for a short time and then they leave for better paying jobs and full-time hours, and who remain are teachers who traumatize the children. Currently, my son has a great daytime teacher but the afternoon teacher, Ms. Noel is absolutely atrocious. She is by far one of the worst caretakers I have ever seen. She not only lacks warmth but she leaves the children unattended, was caught sleeping on the job, yells at them in a mean way (I've heard it through the door), then tries to give toddlers excuses when she does something wrong even to point of lying to them. I've expressed my concerns on several occasions to Mrs. Williams and she seems oblivious to the problem almost to the point of denial. Ms. Noel has been there for 6 years. Our son's first teacher, who was just bad was there for 17 years until she retired. It seems like change is unlikely.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
The principal, Mr. Haddad is very involved, professional and great with the kids. I think he wants to be more progressive, but probably lacks the funds or authority. The children definitely learn, and you can see the needle move educationally, but at least in the lower school, I'm not sure how often the teachers attend professional development classes, as some of their techniques and approaches are outdated. Some of the teachers in the lower classes need to develop better classroom management skills, and need learn to teach kids on a more individual basis. Although the classes are small, they might benefit from help from student teachers to help keep the kids better engaged. The teachers are caring, the parents are engaged and are happy to participate when asked. There definitely needs to be improvement to the grounds, summer camp is mostly swimming, movies and video games. This is a mixed review because there are great things about this school, but so much room for improvement. If you send your child to this school, you have to be highly involved, pay attention to school work, teacher-student interaction, and just about everything else, starting in TK.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
my son has been going to the valley school since preschool. he is in mrs.popowich's transitional kindergarten class. this class pushes my son to learn to his maximum potential, and at the same time he is enjoying and having fun in it. he is not even in the regular kindergarten yet, but he knows how to sound out words already. his teacher is very loving and caring at the same time. i just can't ask for more. i highly recommend this gem in the valley.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
My grandson goes here. Excellent! What I love about the school besides a great educational environment is that the staff is very loving to the kids. Lot's of hugs and laughter. They let the kids be kids. The older kids are also very kind and protective of the younger kids. The kids are truly cared for and taught good social skills. The one thing that could be better is the summer camp does not have much if any education. They do advertise that there is a educational piece but after my grandson has spent two summers there I have to say there is not that component. I am grading the school 5 stars however as the traditional school year is excellent in the educational piece. The school is completely top notch.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2011
My daughter just started Transitional Kindergarten and I am very impressed so far. Her primary teacher is outstanding. She is able to maintain an orderly classroom while still being able to connect with the kids in a very nurturing way. The other teachers seem to be similar committed and caring. The owners are on campus and accessible and I get the impression that this is much more then a business to them. The grounds are ""fine" but the place has a very positive vibe that is unlike other schools that I have seen. I would highly recommend Valley Schools if you are going the private route. The value is outstanding. P.S. No organization is perfect and there are things that do not necessarily jive with my own educational beliefs but I do feel very good about leaving my daughter here each day and she loves it! J R.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
My daughter has been at Valley School for 3 years now and we are thrilled! The school keeps getting better and better. She is learning information an entire year ahead of her friends in public school and with the small class sizes, she gets undivided attention from the very thorough and caring staff of teachers. The before and after school care is wonderful and the price is the same as I would pay for before and after care at a public school. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
My daughter has been attending this school for 4 years and now my son is enrolled in pre-school here. My daughter's education is "top-notch". The teachers know the parents and the parents know the teachers. They study subjects a year ahead of the grade that they are in, which I truly appreciate. They challenge the students to be the very best. Teachers will even tutor students that have moved on to the next grade is assistance is needed. The campus is "ok', but the character and care of the faculty more than make up for it. Their summer camp is also great. I changed my daughter's summer camp last year to save a little money...BIG MISTAKE. She complained the entire summer. Back to Valley Summer camp both the kids with go to this summer. My son has not been there long enough to comment on the pre-school program, but I expect great things.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
This is my son's 2nd year attending Valley School (preschool). He loves his teachers and his friends. His teachers are nurturing. Class size is very small. The principal is great and very hands-on. Tuition is affordable compared to other schools and my son is thriving. The other parents are great. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
We love the school an have decided that our child will return there once again this academic year - and is likely to remain until the grade.. The teachers are very involved, caring and nurturing. They have a great educational program and extra curricular activities. One of the huge plus points for me is that all the teachers and staff know every child's name and as far as I know, the parent's names as well - simply put, I feel like it's a big family. Thanks Valley School. The teacher quality is superb, as is the principal's leadership. Parental involvement is encouraged, but it's up to you as a parent if you want to, nothing is enforced.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
Can't believe the school year is almost over. This has been another great year for my daughter. Seems like the school just keeps getting better and better. Not looking forward to high school, when I need to start looking for another school. At least I know she'll be well prepared thanks to Mr. Haddad and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
My child just graduated from Valley. What an amazing 8 years. Can't believe it's already over. Thank you Mr. Haddad!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
Just enrolled my third grader. What a fantastic school! Wish I had found it sooner. School seems to be growing tremendously. Hard to do in an economy like this! This fact alone says a lot about the administration and the direction in which Principal Haddad is taking the school. Ecstatic that we were able to jump on board while there was still a little room. Don't let the surrounding neighborhood fool you. The Valley School blows away all of those 'south of the boulevard' schools! Beleive me I checked them all.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
This is our third year at TVS. We too are just as happy as when we first started. The principal, Mr. Haddad, was not just a great salesman for the school. We have come to find that he is also a great teacher. He teaches math in the middle school and even helps out in the elementary classrooms! It's just great to see such a hands-on principal. Don't see that too often where we came from!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
It is 3 years later and I am still blissfully happy with TVS. My daughter is now a 7th grader and my son is in 8th grade. They absolutely love this school. So much to do and they are busy. I think TVS prepares the kids for the real world. They are never bored and TVS provides a sound academics program as-well. Still rather expensive but worth every cent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2008
My child is having an amazing year at VS. She is being challenged academically, has participated on three different sports teams, performed in the school talent show, created a great project for the science fair which is coming up and will do so much more before the end of the school year. The principal, Mr. Haddad, creates such a nurturing and inspiring environment that the kids seem to have no choice but to excel. Plus, the teachers genuinely care about the students. Great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 22, 2007
Valley Schools offers an excellent curriculum. The teachers are great and so is the Principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2007
What can I say - it is fantastic here. My son and daughter both love it. The principal knows everyone, all the students, all the parents and has time for all. My children are doing well academically - thee programs are top quality. There is plenty of chance for extracurricular activities, my children attend sports. Parental involvement is what the parent wants it to be - if you help out, great and if you don't there is no pressure.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
The school year has just begun and I could not be more pleased. The principal is energetic and hands on, the teachers genuinely care about the students, and the students themselves are compassionate and friendly. After carefully examining several public and private schools, I am extremely thankful that we found The Valley Schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
I have two children at Valley School. Both had a fantastic year. I was very impressed with both the teachers and the admnistration. After looking at scores of schools, both public and private, I knew that Valley was the place for my kids. I could not have been more right.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I am a new Valley School parent, my daughter started in September, 2006. I agree with the last review in that the principal and teachers are great. Where else can you go where the principal knows every single child by name. I whole heartedly disagree however with the evaluation of the grounds. While the facilities may not be brand new, they are kept up quite well. All I can say is visit the school, you will not be disappointed. My daughter has never been happier!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
The principal and teachers at this school are great.My son has learned so much since he has been there.For the amount of money we pay I would like to see more field trips (my child hasn't been on one in 2 years)extracurricular activities, and most of all the school and bathrooms need some major upkeep. The review I read from a parent 3 years complained about the bathrooms and to this day, they are EXACTLY the same.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
My child has been attending Valley School for 3 years. Overall we've been quite happy with the results and staff. The school is opened year round, offers after school homework club, parent involvement (PATHS, before & aftercare included in tuition. Where else can you find a school that is opened from 6:30am-6:30pm and year round? The schools offers computers classes, music, art classes, swimming lessons.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
Valley School is a great school. We spent months trying to find the right school for our daughter. She was identified as gifted after kindergarten and we did not feel that she could be challenged in a public school. We are very happy with the education she is now receiving. Students are great, teachers are fantastic, and the school administration/leadership is incredible.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
In our experience class size is great (15-20 students) and the ethnic mix of the students reflects Los Angeles society. The school is big on sports and is only starting a music program that I believe will take a long time to develop. There is no paid library staff and the school relies on parent volunteers. This school provides a good academic basis for lifelong learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Small classes, great teacher involvement, art, music in grade 2 and 3, uniforms, manners cirriculum, kids really learn and are more advanced academically than public, family environment, kids seem blessedly sheltered and innocent, wonderful for elementary, sports begin in 4th grade, hours are great for working parents. Teachers aren't paid much, negatives include: declining enrollment, no parental involvement, school could use a coat of paint.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
Small classes, safe environment, good teachers that care about the kids, iffy management. Sports take priority over art/music. Big elementary yard, no middle school yard - they play on the blacktop/parking lot. PATHS organization involves parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
I am a new parent at the school this year. Though it is only the first week of school I am extremely happy. The administration and staff have made me feel like I have been a part of the family for years.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
This is a great school. The student to teacher ratio is the best. Each student gets enough individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
Great school. Would recommend to anyone!

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May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
My 7 year old son attends Valley School. I am very pleased with the school. The education is great. My son is learning at a rate that I never thought possible. The principal is on top of the teachers, students and parents. It is no wonder why the children are so successful.

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March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 01, 2005
I wasn't that pleased when I toured the preschool. Lots of old toys, not that inviting. But the academics in the elementary school are quite good. Excellent classrom management.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
I am a first year parent at Valley and I am very impressed thus far. Not only is the education my child is receiving top notch, but my son is growing as a person as well. Each month the principal has schedule a community service event for the children to participate in. It is amazing how the parents, teachers and students gather around him for the good of our community. I wish he would run for President. Valley School is exquisite on so many levels. A parent would be crazy not to at least check it out.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
I have my 5 year old daughter at this school at I think overall it is a good school. I live in Van Nuys so public school was not an option.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2004
Valley School is a small non-secular private school in Van Nuys, California. In general, the school provides a safe and nurturing environment. There are teachers there in the middle-school and elementary that need to stay up to date on what's happening in their field. Tenure is a bad thing for teachers at any institution. Valley has after school sports teams for kids from 4th Grade through 8th Grade. Boys can participate in baseball, basketball, flag football and volley ball. Girls play soccer and basketball. My kids love the school and the friends they've made there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2004
Overall bad school. It's all about the money.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2004
Valley School is an outstanding school. They fundraise no more than any other private school with no government subsidation. The teachers are warm, compassionate and effective. The principal is hands on, and like another parent said, is leading the school in the right direction. The students, faculty and parents all love and respect him. Valley School is the San Fernando Valley's best kept secret!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
I am also a former Valley School parent. Both of my children attended Valley from Kindergarten to Eigth grade. My experiences at Valley School were nothing but positive. Both of my children excelled academically, socially as well as athletically. The faculty, staff and administration were all fantastic. I never felt pressured to fundraise for the school and my concerns were always met with immediate results. Furthermore, the owners were always respectful and responsive to the needs and desires of the parents. I would recommend Valley School to any parent hoping to give their children an outstanding education.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
The amount of money charged to attend this school is outrageous. My daughter has had substitutes many times during the year, and I inquired about who these 'substitutes' were? I attempted to have a meeting with thte principal, but he was always 'busy'. I would not send my child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
I am also a former parent and I second the last opinion regarding Valley Schools fundraising practice. You are constantly asked to raise funds and the kids get pressured if you don't. The money then goes into the owners regular school account. There is absolutely no accountability on how the money is spent. At most there may be a note in a flyer saying: 'Thanks for raising $500, we bought some school equipment'. Safety concerns are constantly overlooked. There is no updated emergency plan available. Plans by the PTA to have FEMA come out and make safety recommendations were canceled by the owners, because they know there are several safety issues that need to be addressed (and that would cost money). The owners went so far as to cancel PTA elections and just appoint parents to their liking, so there would be no one outspoken left. On a positive note, the principal and most of the teaching staff are dedicated and trying hard to make Valley School a nurturing environment. The principal is a hardworking, genuine person who really cares about the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
I feel my daughter received a good education for the 1 year she attended the Valley School, I contribute that entirely to the teacher. My main issue with the school, the reason we left is basically the school grounds. The elementary bathrooms are always dirty, very often no soap is available for the kids. There were not locks on the doors so they had to hold the doors shut while the went. This was addressed to the principal at the beginning of the year and nothing was done. The girls elementary locker room is a hovel. No light, filthy dirty, no privacy needs major upgrading. The neighborhood the school is in is unsafe. It's surrounded by tall gates but, when you come and go you always see people walking around outside the school that look unsavory to say the least. As far as the parent association goes, there isn't one really. There's a group of parents that raise funds, but the school basically took it over and decides were the funds are spent.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
I was a student at the valley school for 8 years. It was one of the worst times of my life, and now I am having a very hard time. I beg you not to send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2003
I'm actually not a parent, I'm a former student in Valley School.I went to this school in first grade and now i'm in seventh. I think this school was great and I had lots of fun. In Valley School they have great and very nice teachers. I would recomend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
I think Valley school is a wonderful place for children to go. The extended hours, daycare during breaks and thier summer camp make it perfect for working parents.

- submitted by a parent
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Valley School?Individual Train
15700 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA  91406
(818) 786-4720
Last modified Valley School?Individual Train is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Valley School?Individual Train Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top