Most of the teachers are amazing! There's just a few I have seen (walking in the halls) that should not be working with kids at all. They constantly look upset and are very mean to the children. I can only imagine how they are in a class when no other adult is around.
This is a pretty good school. It's just beginning to seem a bit cold and militarized now. The nice vibe/charm Valle Vista had before is gone. The principal appears to be involved in everything because she cares, but is really just a control freak. The drop off and pick up situation has gotten worse. It went from 1 Procter and maybe 2 others assisting (and doing a great job) to what seems like 7, 8 now and it's taking longer than ever. Another thing, which I'm positive goes on at other schools as well, is the obvious favoritism towards certain students (and parents). Volunteer in class and you will see. Certain students can do no wrong, while others are constantly being scolded for any little thing. It's upsetting to see and really discouraging for those kids being picked at by teachers on a daily basis. (Don't always believe the teachers. Take the time to listen and believe your child.)
Nice school, small, no resources but teachers are great, they care about kids and help them to reach their personals goals, they know and understand that every kid is diferent and they are not robots that have to be sat and quiet like a piece of ice, they respect their own personalities.
My kids love their school. They have very kind, educated and hardworking teachers. The principal is always looking to improve the learning atmosphere and talks so positive about the students and staff. They have fixed the parking problems and it is just a beautiful family friendly campus.
I love this school and so does my son. The principal is amazing and very personable. She cares about this school and the kids that attend. The RSP and speech teacher are outstanding and have worked wonders with my son. His kindergarten teacher is one of the best around! I couldn't ask for better. This school goes above and beyond just academics, they want your kids to be successful in every way. THEY CARE!!!
I am revising my early review of this school after my reading other posts and my own personal dealings with the school. I have narrowed some problems down to a couple of individuals. The Principle seems to be one of them. My daughter is still in kindergarten after requesting her to be accelerated into first grade. I have found her teachers to be caring, interested, and involved with their students. I must have got on the principles "bad side" because she refuses to act even to the detriment to my child. Trying to remain optimistic. Would also like to note that the reason the Principle is in the parking lot in the morning is to direct traffic. The school district should really work to resolve that issue!
This school is AMAZING...The teachers are AMAZING....The Principal is HORRIBLE....plain and simple...She either loves you or she hates you....if you get on her bad side....watch out! In the 6 years she has been here, she has gotten rid of program after program (oxygen run, GATE clubs, 4th grade program, trip to Sacramento, and just recently, awards ceremonies for the primary grades....just to name a few). And the parking lot is horrendous!
My boys love this school. The Principal is a gem and is in the parking lot mornings and afternoon, greeting the kids. She is also very hands on and appreciative of all her volunteers. The teachers are always available to the kids and parents.
My son is now in 3rd grade & he's had great teachers every grade. The teachers seem to work together well & maintain a fun & positive environment for the kids. Teachers focus on getting the work done in the classroom & don't require a lot of homework, so families can have family time. The principal, Ms. Weaver, is out & around the school very involved, not hidden in an office & the kids seem to really like her. The school is small & kind of hidden on the hill in a nice quiet neighborhood. I don't know what more I'd want from a school.