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500 Glacier Drive
Martinez, CA 94553

(925) 228-9530
(925) 313-8938
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June 05, 2014
The school year was fantastic thanks to a super 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She is positive with a loving nature and likes to challenge students in learning. She was always respectful and open to parents and wonderful example of what a teacher should be. As for other instructors at the school, I have heard some disheartening personal stories of children being called "smart aleck" several times per week in class. Certain teachers shaming children in front of others.When teachers use the "old method" of public embarrassment and shame, this is a form of bullying and is not a good example for children. Personal integrity and respect can be taught to children without shaming them. Consequences for behavior? Yes! But shaming and guilt? No! The new principal seems open and kind and perhaps there needs to be a teacher meeting reminding teachers be mindful of the words they speak to their students. A teacher is in a position of leadership and authority. The discouraging and shaming words a teacher speaks to little ones can influence them for the rest of their lives. This is why teachers should be both honored and held to a high standard as well. It's the most important job in the world.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
My first impression of Hidden Valley Elementary is that the school buildings, office area, and classrooms all look rather old and dingy. A new coat of paint inside and out, and some organizing if the classrooms, pod areas, and supplies would help immensely. The office staff was not very friendly or helpful when I registered my child for classes. Our family is new to the Martinez area and our kids had to start mid-school year at new schools in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. A helpful attitude and a smile from the office staff would have gone a long way towards helping my young child and I feel more welcomed at this new school and new neighborhood. My child's teacher, however, was very kind and welcoming. The class size (33 students) seemed to be too big, especially for the size of the classroom. I think the parent volunteers at this school deserve a lot of credit for keeping the school a positive, functioning educational environment. I am not sure that my child is learning anything new or being challenged academically, but I do think my child is learning some social skills. There is a new principal at this school; time will tell if this will be a help or hindrance.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
Our kids have been at HV for 6 years. The school in our opinion is average. The teachers are great with a long longevity which is very hard to find: they enjoy their jobs and are very passionate which shows (some have been there 20+ years). There is a new prinicipal as of April 14 so I cannot comment on him and his skills. The main point to make is that the school is WAY too large. Class sizes everywhere in MDUSD are over 30 kids per class but it's the overall over populated school community with over 800 children, some bused from other schools. Bullying, those with behavioral issues/foul language, will not be stopped as there are too many children vs staff. One of ours has disabilities and we transferred out early bc of the lack of special ed services offered and rendered. Keep an open dialogue with your children each day as to how each day goes for them. The parent volunteer association is great however, it's the same 10% of parents that do all the work, which is indicitive at other schools as well. Overall, it's just too big of a campus with not enough support services. I have yet to find anyone 100% happy with their school within the MDUSD besides Sequoia.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
Great teachers, very strong parent involvement. My son is thriving at Hidden Valley, and has learned so much since starting here. There is a strong sense of neighborhood community at this school, which we really love. There is a new principal that started last month, and he is so nice and dedicated. The teachers and staff seem very happy with his leadership.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
My Daughter is in 5th grade and has attended HV since Kinder. We have never had anything but a great experience. All 6 of her teachers have been GREAT. They are engaged and really seem to care about the kids not only learning but they have each tried to make their classroom special in some way. I have not needed to seek out the Principal, so I can't speak for her. The office staff does double-time and yet, takes the time to answer any needs. The parents at this school are VERY involved. There are always more than 2 room Moms in each of the classes. The vast majority of the kids seem kind and well-adjusted. It has been a very positive experience for my child. She is wee-prepared for Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
The office staff are very confrontational when asked for documentation . The principals change every week and the whole school is very chaotic. There is no pledge of allegiance and organized community gatherings I would not send my dog to this school

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
If the principal is the same principal that was there in 2006, please consider private school instead, your money will be well spent. That woman was a horrible person who cared nothing for the children. She was just a bitter, horrid human being. I give the school 2 stars because the vice principal and the school counselor were actually very decent people. My daughter was severely bullied and the principal blamed her for it. She said there must be something wrong with my daughter for the other kids to bully her, and the problem was with her and not with the bullies. She literally told me that there must be something wrong with my child for her to get beat up by so many other children like that. No action was ever taken against the kids who beat my child up several times. I have no clue why this woman was even working with children, she should not be allowed near them.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
I think this school is excellent. I have a first grader and a "Kinder" and both love their teachers and the school. Is a place where "everyone knows everyone" in a positive way. Great learning environment. Great Special Day Class program--one of the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2012
In my opinion, this school is way better then most in the sacramento area, I moved to pacheco in oct. and noticed an improvement in my sons school as soon as we arrived, his teacher however, Ms. Ford, Kindergarted teacher, came off as rude, impatient and very standoffish. I had three incidents the first 3 days of my son being there just with the teacher! she need attitude adjustment besides her, my son loves his new school and new enviroment. Parents and Children have a amazing attitude, Only thing holding me back from 5 stars is teacher :(

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Totally disappointed with the principal's lack of appropriate leadership, lack of follow through and general lack of knowlwdge of how to deal with children overall! The teacher assigned to my childs class also lacks experience for that grade level and I would not recommend this school to anyone. My child will be moved from this horrible school as soon as possible. They operate on punative rather than uplifting and inspiring the children! I am appauled at the way this school is run!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My children have attended HVE for 4 year. With few exceptions, the teachers have been solid, superstars - really working within the limitations of NCLB to develop creative, interesting curriculum. From the beloved music instruction of Ms. Brown to the gentle SST coaching by Kirsten Watson to a strong parent volunteer corps, the school is a dynamic & rich place of learning. There is a wonderfully positive, hopeful atmosphere at the school thanks to the luminous & kind leadership of the new principal, Sandy Bruketta. She deserves huge credit for the enormous morale make-over of the staff, parents & the children after a somewhat discouraging few years of leadership. Finally, no review is complete without kudos to the front office staff - Lorie Robertson & Kathy Kearns - always there for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
My son has a great 1st grade teacher McCoy!!!! In most cases the school seems to be ding well. My biggest concern is that they are not all that organized when it comes to functions and regisration....there is a way to make it much simpler then it was for me and my family. I have had some issues with a Kindergarten teacher and talked with the principal but nothing has been corrected about this issue. It would be nice to have more follow up when issues arise on the campus. The people are generally nice and the students seem to be great!!! I hope that things will turn around with the new principal, she could do a good job I believe. The campus is beautiful, always clean and friendly atmosphere as well....

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
Mrs McCoy is a Great Teacher! Our daughter loves her and she has done a great job this year!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
I have been a HV parent for many years now and am so very proud to be a part of such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
I love the passion of the teachers. The campus is always clean. The students are respectful. The parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Love the diversity that HVE offers my child!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Just about every person at Hidden Valley Elementary School has a positive attitude. Teachers, staff, kids and parents alike are happy to be there. Not only do I feel this way, but both my son in 2nd grade and my son in Kindergarten feel the same. They've love their teachers and the school staff and have always enjoyed the idea of going to school every day. If it wasn't such an awesome place to be, I have no doubt that our mornings before school would be a much different experience. The teachers and staff are intelligent, compassionate, and creative people. Not only do my children make lots of friends, I have too. The parents are good people. I think we all feel that we found a gem of a school and thank our lucky stars every day that we such a positive environment to bring our children to every school day. Thank you Hidden Valley Elementary for making this big part of our life so wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The staff is wonderful! They treat each child as a person, respecting and helping them. They are willing to listen to ideas from the students and implement feasible changes that the students suggest, all the while keeping the children's safety and education as their most important goal.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Great school! Love the teachers, parent participation is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We love our school Hidden Valley because they truly care about our kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Ill be completely honest i have had a son who went to HV k-5 school was good until he was in 4th grade i still have one son at HV who is in 2nd grade. I have been promised acidemic intervention for my son have recieved nothing. There has been issue with my son being teased and bullied and the pricipal has taken way too long to respond. I am currently looking into ways to get my son out of HV and into a better school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Love my Son's K teacher, Mrs. Sabilla. Very involved parents and PFC.

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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
The teachers, staff, and principle at Hidden Valley clearly care very much about the students and have done an excellent job maintaining high academic standards despite heavy budget cuts. The school is supported by a strong group of parent volunteers (PFC) which has done a lot to maintain programs, staffing, and school projects that are not covered in the schools budget. The school was recently awarded 'California Distinguished School' status which it well deserves!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
We have lived in this area for the past 10 years, but had started our children at the local public Charter school in Pleasant Hill. We moved our children to Hidden Valley 2 years ago and have been extremely happy with the environment change. The teachers, administration and parents at Hidden Valley have created a great envrionment we are proud to be a part of it and look forward to many more years at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
I love Hidden Valley Elementary School for the the care and support created by the smart teachers, our diligent and friendly principal, and the excellent staff. Each of those people are a benefit on an individual basis as well as a team. Hidden Valley is very open to parent involvement in the classroom as well as around campus or within the PFC (Parent Faculty Committee). I am happy the way any question or concern I have brought to either his teacher or principal has been handled appropriately. This school is larger than others but truly it is not a factor because of they way the schedules move the kids around. It is such a save and caring environment. My son has truly excelled and I am grateful for his school experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
HV is a very warm and welcoming environment. The core group of parent participation is great. All of my teachers have been wonderful and I have nothing but fabulous things to say about the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Our experiences at Hidden Valley have been great -- we love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
We are very pleased with Hidden Valley and feel that it is a community where parents care about the school and take time to make it the success that it is. Every teacher we have had has been wonderful and holds kids to high standards academically. It's tough being at a public school right now but I think the staff and parents at Hidden Valley are doing wonderful things there to make the kid's elementary school experience a positive one.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Hidden Valley is a school that truly believes in the welfare of the student - they practice respect for all, superior education and have fantastic parent /teacher involvement. I would definitely recommend this school to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
We have been at this school for a few years now and I have to say it is a great community. The teachers we have had have been great. The Principal works hard and takes her job seriously. Despite recent cutbacks we still have music and computer classes. The Parents are the main reason this school succeeds though, they are a VERY involved bunch and it shows in the quality of the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
I have been very impressed with Hidden Valley. The teachers, the parents, the PFC, the principle; all are dedicated to having a top running school.

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September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
My daughter has had great teachers in the past four years but the principal has not been very friendly. The other thing I don't like is the no running. I remember that was part of the fun at recess when I was a kid. My other complain is the cafeteria food. When my daughter decides that she wants to buy lunch she complains that they were out of that and had to get what was left over. It's often something she doesn't like. Overall it's an okay school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
I have one child at HVE she is now in 5th grade and has been there since 2nd grade. The teachers are all great! In response to other parents saying that 'The principal is very rude' that has NEVER been my experience. The principle is and has been very involved in the school. It is not uncommon to see the principle go from class to class checking on the kids. She is at almost all of the school functions and I have requested 3 meetings with her so far and have seen her either the same day or within 24 hours. Furthermore, it has always been my experience that the teachers are always willing to communicate with parents. They have always made time for me either before, after or even during school hours. In my opinion HVE is the tops, they have been a CA Distinguished school for many years now.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
My daughter attends HV. Her Kindergarten teacher was wonderful and I m happy with the teacher she has now. The principal on the other hand is very rude and very unfriendly. Pretty disappointing since the school has great potential.

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August 26, 2008
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June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
We have had a great experience at Hidden Valley! My daughter has learned a lot, has made wonderful friends and has taken part in the great array of after school programs. We are looking forward to next year!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
My child attended HV 1-5 gr.I removed him 2 different times the last being in the middle of 5th. Severe lack of communication with teachers and principals. Lots of class hopping with 60 students to one teacher due to computer lab teacher having a full class of her own. Principal could never be reached, always at meetings off campus. Teachers duck out early, don't return phone calls. Children can't run at recess. I did like the music and band program & that they had a counselor on site. Lunch program was average. Campus is nice but crowded & not many classrooms have air. One 3rd gr teacher is extremely disrespectful to children & parents. Welch is well respected and Coventry never gives up on the most difficult child. I have a 5 year old who WILL NEVER go to HV!

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October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2007
I think Hidden Valley is a wonderful school. I have two children there and have been very pleased with all of their teachers. We've had teachers that have been at the school for many, many years as well as those that were new, but all have been terrific. The teachers are dedicated, the parents are involved and everyone seems to want to make it the best school it can be.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
Parent, Teacher communication is lacking. The teachers dont try to notify you if your kid has problem/lagging in anything. They wait too long to tell you. No individual attention. One interesting thing you will observe about this school stats is it has the highest percentage of gifted kids but the test scores are always low, compared to the schools that perform well in tests.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
HVE has great parent participation and great teachers that care. This is my daughters second year and she loves HVE.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
A terrific school with a strong staff. There are many programs for children of all ability levels. Parent involvement is encouraged and it is very common to see one or two parents in a classroom helping out daily. I would definitely send my child to HVE without hesitation!

- submitted by a staff
June 12, 2006
Fantastic teachers, staff, parents. Many programs, music, chorus, Dare, PEP, Kapow, outdoor ed. Many parents around the campus, helping out in and out of the classroom, raising money for school funds, Great PFC.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Our daughter just started K at Hidden Valley and so while our experience has been limited, we have been pleasantly suprised. Parent involvment seems high, our K teacher has been fantastic and our daughter is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Great school--lots of parent involvement needed

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My son graduated from Hidden Valley in June of 2005 and I thought it was a great school with a great environment. My son was in Special Ed in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade here, and was blessed to have the most wonderful teachers...knowledgeable, very caring and supportive. He had such wonderful growth there that he went into General Ed in his fith grade year and again had another all around fantastic teacher as well as an amazing Resource Specialist. I agree with the parent who said the 5th grade teaching 'team' is especially strong. If you're a parent with a child who has special needs, this is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
I love this school. The teachers are very committed. The parents are less so. The school serves a working class community with a gentrifying, higher education population moving in, so a fair number of students do not have academically involved parents. School activities are well attended, however, and there is a hard working core group of parents who volunteer for fundraising events. A new principal just started and she is impressive, so far.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Excellent vocal music instruction and band for 4th and 5th graders including song flute for 3rd grade. Many extra activities offered including Spanish program and homework help. Also afterschool sports. Great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
All in all this school is a good one. I have two sons going here, one seems to be having some academic problems, and has also lost alot of self esteem. Each year, getting worse and worse. I suggest a little more help, like special after school help for the needed. I'm mean somebody needs to care, not just the parents. And yes this school does have it's so called little parent-teacher click. That makes me feel that if I had to talk with the staff on certain issues, it would probably be kicked under the rug, if you know what I mean. I hope the Staff's concerns for the children that need help improve. Sincerely Parent I really don't want to take my kids out, but in my days it was said, if they don't care find someone who does.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Hidden Valley is a good school. The teachers are great, each offering their own special talents in how they teach. The fifth grade team is especially strong in getting the children ready for middle school. The curriculum follows state mandates. There is chorus, instrumental music for the upper grades, art offered within the classroom. There is a GATE program. While there are no organized sports, there is a PE program in each grade level, plus an additional program for the 4th and 5th graders that includes fitness testing. The playground is big with plenty to do during recess. The level of parent involvement varies by grade level. The PFC is highly motivated and is always looking for ways to improve the school. Very strong fundraising. All the monies go back into the school for technology, intervention or beautification of school grounds.

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Hidden Valley Elementary School
500 Glacier Drive, Martinez, CA  94553
(925) 228-9530
Last modified Hidden Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hidden Valley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top