To say that the principal at this school does not have time for student problems is incorrect. He goes above and beyond every day dedicating his time to student needs. Many principals sit in their offices or spend their time at meetings offsite all day, but this principal is out on the playground keeping it safe at recess, resolving conflicts and encouraging solutions throughout the day, supporting teachers and parents, and filling in the gaps that budget cuts have brought on the school. I have never encountered a principal more dedicated to his school and its students.
Excellent School. We have been very happy with Spring valley as they go the extra mile!
My son has recently graduated into Taylor Middle Scholl which he LOVES. Overall SV is a good school. The special ED teachers alone make it worth five stars! There are a couple of teachers who cannot think 'outside' the box for some childrens learning style. These same teachers should have never been teachers in the first place. They cannot communicate with the parents much less the students and are too set in there ways! The on site day care is a life saver for working parents though their program is a repeat every year so if your child attends more than one year as mine did they tend to be bored. I liked the principal who really seemed to listen to my concerns and would take them to heart. Unfortunately if it had to do with the teachers with a lot of 'tenure' his hands were tied.
Wonderful elementary school with a 'family' environment. Teachers have been excellent and nurturing (my daughter will be starting 4th grade in the fall). We had considered private school options but decided to give Spring Valley a try--no regrets since.
As much as I love the close ties my family and I have made at Spring Valley I am concerned with the over involvement and negativity projected by certain parents. In today's public schools we need to focus more on working together and celebrating the fact that there are many many volunteers who care only about making our children's education better instead of who is doing what wrong.
I have been very disappointed in Spring Valley. The principal can't be bothered with your problems. There are some good teachers and the parent involvement is fantastic. If it wasn't for the other parents, I would have gone mad by now. The community is very supportive. If you have an average child they will probably do fine but if they are too bright or not bright enough (by the teachers standards) you'll have to be on your toes.
This is A+++ I would say .Very good school.Students are very well behaved and very sound in there foundation.Its one of the best school in the Millbrae.Teachers are very experienced and very well motivated by parents involvment regulary in this school in each aspect of there teaching. You kid is in the right place to have a very strong foundation and future in this school
Spring Valley has an excellent Art in Action program. Not all schools offer this, or have the money to keep it going, Spring Valley keeps this wonderful program going with support from parents and teachers.
Spring Valley is samll, safe with a wonderful small town community feel. Lots of young, dedicated women teachers who love kids. I do wish they understood active boys and different learning styles better.
Spring Valley is really a lot like a private school. I have already raised one daughter through the Millbrae/Burlingame school district and now have a daughter at Spring Valley. It is by far the best elementary school I have ever experienced.
I am very happy with the education my child is receiving from the great staff of teachers and aides at Spring Valley. The teachers go beyond to make sure no one is left behind. It is wonderful to be a part of a school that cares about its student's success!
Incredible leadership, starting with the principal and working on down. Outstanding at handling conflict resolution and resolving issues. Top notch teachers, lots of parental involvement. A wonderful school with a safe environment where your children can receive a top quality education.
Both of my daughters either have or are attending Spring Valley...the eldest having just graduated from high school. I feel that she, and now my younger daughter, have benefittd greatly from their time there. They have been excited about school and if fact the youngest has let it be known it is her favorite place to be. Parent involvement is terrific and I feel quite confident that my children are safe in the hands of all the staff. They score high on tests and themselves feel confident in their ability...testimony to the atmoshphere created in the classroom. The diversity of the student body bodes well for my children in that they develop tolerance for one and all races, religions, lifestyles. I am happy to have stayed in this neighborhood for so long, allowing both my daughters access to excellent schooling thru high school.
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