Vallemar is a great, well-rounded school! Excellent teachers, principal, and staff. There is a very active and diverse group of down-to-earth parents. Vallemar values building social and emotional development, as well as academics. We have a new principal who is very approachable and seems to be just the type of leadership our school needs. Our first grader and sixth grader are very happy here and so are we.
My daughter started school here in Kindergarten and is now a 4th grader. This school was considered the best academically when she started, but there was a new principal, and the school went downhill while she was here. Now there's a new principal, but it remains to be seen if she can help the school. Unfortunately, this year there are multiple problems with the PTO leadership that has impacted the overall school climate. While I used to be more active in volunteering with the school and my daughter's classes, it no longer feels like a nurturing environment due to these few individuals. My daughter will likely not continue here for middle school unless things turn around for the better.
My son entered Vallemar school in the last four weeks of the 6th grade coming from out of state. The best thing about this school for the middle school age child is the smaller environment. If you have a child, who like mine, is not mature enough yet for the high school like environment of some of the larger middle schools this is ideal. We liked the smaller school environment and easy to navigate campus. Last year, my son's two teachers were very young. While they were nice they were not as responsive to email, etc. as I would have expected and that was frustrating at times. This year his new teacher is a seasoned professional and I am very happy with her so far. The only thing I notice about Vallemar is that even though it is reputed to be one of Pacifica's more academic schools the children, the boys at least, don't seem to care much about learning. My son is applying to private high school and it isn't "cool" to be smart, as a boy, at Vallemar. So parents with ambitious children beware - your child may not be in an environment of peers at Vallemar that supports those goals. Lastly, the principal is the most invisible principals of any public school I've ever encountered. MIA.
This is a fantastic school with excellent staff members. Teachers are very caring and implement a lot of technology within classrooms.
The lower elementary experience is good. The teachers are caring, insightful and creative. Increased class sizes and a few combination classes are an unfortunate reality now. Students are very much expected to learn in the traditional sit-and-learn manner as a teacher imparts information. If you have a child with learning differences or is overly active, this is not a good choice. A few very talented teachers step outside this teaching style and really engage the students in a more contemporary fashion with hands on activities. You cannot request teachers at this school. 5-8 grades is a very different experience. Some teachers communicate well, others have little contact. It shows in how the children are educated. Behavior problems have gotten worse with a new principal who has little experience. Leadership is lacking and the little bullying there is pawned off on the new counselor. The parent group is active, but they spent a lot of money on electronic whiteboards. You don't have to volunteer at this school which is great if you work full-time. The daycare is good. I have sent more than one child through Vallemar, it has changed a lot.
good kids, safe neighboorhood, great teachers, great principal, nice staffs, great PTO. It's the best school in the district! !!
The Teachers, students, principal and educational standards! And the PTO!
It's the best school. The teachers are truely care about their students.
It is the best school , the teacher are super nice with all the children. Their curriculum is excellent, is located in a very safe neighboorhood and I appreciate all the parents involvement. The staff truly cares about their students.
The teachers are simply the best. They really care about our children and educating them to the best of their ability. It is a wonderful place.
I love the parent involvement, which makes this school such a great school!
The parents really work with the teachers and it shows in the kids work and social skills. Keep up the great job!
The staff works well together and truly cares about the students. The school community at Vallemar supports parents and students.
It enables a creative atmosphere for my kids to learn and grow. The teachers are very supportive, caring, dedicated, and teach the kids the very best way they know.
All three of my kids go to Vallemar, and they are all getting a first class education. As an English teacher, I am especially amazed at how well they teach composition.
my grandchild is a student of this school and she excells in her class.If it weren't for the interest of the teachers in their students the children would not be successful.
My child and grandchild are in the 2nd grade. From K to 2nd grade all the teachers have been fantastic. The teachers are not only very nice but are also very communicative and helpful. I can email the teacher in the morning and receive a response by noon.
Excellent teachers and staff...active PTO which raises and uses funds for dynamic classroom/academic enrichment materials.
The staff at Vallemar including office, parents, teachers all work together for the best of all the children. I am proud to be a Vallemar parent.
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