The theme for us at Valhalla was - wasted opportunities. Bad experience, bad oversight, lack of clear leadership, and lack of training for teachers. Yes, there are good teachers there, but when there are issues, nothing gets fixed. Our impression was that the school is resistant to children from other cultures.
Looking forward to another year at Valhalla! Such an amazing school- the principal and staff are top notch! We are regarded as family here with so many/ such a warm and friendly atmosphere. Yes, MDUSD is struggling and that stinks-- but the families & principal really come together and make sure their kids get what they need!! Love Valhalla!!
My second child is now attending Valhalla and we have had very good experiences at the school over the past 10 years. As with any school, there are a range of skills in terms of teachers, but overall I've been very happy with the teachers at Valhalla. They do an excellent job of managing with the larger class sizes that are the norm these days, and an excellent job of dealing with students of differing skills, especially at the upper grades. Differentiated math and english made a big difference in my older child's success at the school. My younger child is very shy, but had no problem feeling at home at the school and got plenty of attention from teachers. I highly recommend the school.
Our child did not make progress in special education at this school for several years. Two months later at a new school, in a new district, it was an amazing difference. The staff did not have the skills to analyze academic performance or to implement it. The student teacher ratio is too high. The District has a low rate of children exiting from Special Education after years in the district. The leadership at the school engaged in a confrontational style and retaliated against us for advocating for our child. The school told us that our child did not perform well because of being exposed to other languages growing up. The leadership is out of touch.
Valhalla is an excellent school. The teachers, principal, administration and parents work hard to make Valhalla a top school. My son is very happy here!
I teach in another district and was not thrilled when we bought a home in MDUSD. I had planned on taking my children to my school/district. But after the wonderful things I have heard about Valhalla from colleagues, I decided to put my child in our neighborhood school. I have attended numerous IEP's and parent meetings over the years as a teacher, but experienced my first as a parent at Valhalla. I was ready to argue and fight for my child; and was skillfully disarmed by the principal. She had my child's best interests at heart, and when we did have a disagreement she was very willing to do what was needed to please us as the parents, as well as keep our child's goals top priority. From what I have seen at Valhalla, they have the whole child in mind, creating a place for children to learn and learn to enjoy the process. I hope what I have seen so far continues.
We had a bad experience at Valhalla. The State Dept of Education found that school was out of compliance with special education related to our child. The school and district refused to comply. The school told us that our child's exposure to other languages growing up was not beneficial. We recommend that you go to another district for special education.
We had a difficult time at Valhalla. We did not feel supported by the teachers or principal. There were poor conflict resolution schools, and an internal atmosphere of denying problems. For most students and families, I think they have a good experience, but we were treated poorly, and our child did not receive an appropriate education in our opinion. There are good teachers at this school, but we had a couple of teachers and staff who were not up to standard.
In a time where schools are stretched impossibly thin from a resource standpoint, Valhalla continues to deliver on quality education in an engaging, fun environment for children. The Kindergarten experience is unmatched in Mrs. Mckinley's class and this sets students up for success in subsequent grades. The principal and teachers I have encountered in K-3 grades are dedicated to the success of their students and willing to work with families for the best outcome. The school environment is as important as the curriculum, and Mrs. C. and her staff foster a learning-rich, motivational environment in which children at all levels can learn and grow. Valhalla is a bright spot in the PH community and preferable to local private schools.
Our Principal at Valhalla is incredible and our school reflects and is inspired by her. Mrs. C is involved in every capacity and operation of Valhalla and never seems tired, in a bad mood or anything but pleasingly busy! Bless her heart and all the hard work she lovingly does for our students and I couldn't not mention the parent participation! I've never seen so many Moms AND Dads volunteer for everything! We all get along really well and all share the importance for the village feeling at our beloved Valhalla! Go Vikings : )
The Principal at Valhalla is remarkable. She is very involved in the day to day as well as extra curricular activities. The teachers are experienced and always available to correspond with. Our family loves this school and is looking forward to the years to come at Valhalla.
Couldn't ask for a better school. Teachers and staff are very attentive to student's needs-always available to talk to. Great community and great school all around. We are blessed to be a part of this awesome school!
We've had all 4 of our children attend Valhalla, and have been very satisfied with the quality of education they have received. The Principal is very involved and caring about each student, most of the teachers are excellent, and the parent involvement and support is fantastic.
Perfect school. Better than Bancroft elementary school or Sequoia elementary school.
Valhalla is a great school. We are very happy with all my daughter's teachers. She had both new teachers from K and 1st grade but they both turned out wonderful. Good parents participation on all school activities, Dad's club has helped a lot working on school yard. I could not ask for a better school than Valhalla. Mrs. Calbeck is a wonderful principal...very pro-active and always around when you need help. My daughter was accepted at Sequioa this year but we turned it down since we are happy to stay in our community school. I think good education comes from the school activities, teachers & parents help. We are happy with the after school program that was offered this year. My daughter is taking piano and mad science. The Y-staff are helpful, caring,wonderful. They have a great schedule to help the kids on their school work.
My child has been attending Valhalla since Kindergarten and he has had wonderful teachers and a caring and involved Principal. They have a great music program that he enjoys and also art, sports and science fairs every year.
We moved from Walnut Creek to Pleasant Hill last summer and were a bit concerned, since the WC schools all receive scores of 10 on the state rating scale and Valhalla's score was an 8. Well, there was no reason for our concern! Our son has an excellent 5th grade teacher, he's never been at a school with more or better Principal involvement, he got to participate in the DARE program (which I believe the WC schools discontinued), and he is learning excellent skills, such as public speaking. While there doesn't seem to be the same opportunity to participate in GATE math, his teacher has incorporated some great math games into the curriculum. And the creative things that our son is doing are better than what he created at either of the WC elementary schools he attended. So, while we've only been at Valhalla for 6 months, we couldn't be happier.
Valhalla is a good school. However,it is definately not a top notch school, but it is also isn't a horrible school. As a parent of a child that went to Valhalla, I was satisfied with the curriculum that the school had.
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