Spring field trips are about to start with amazing opportunities planned, from a local camp in the mountains for the 5th grade to Washington DC for the entire 8th grade. What great life experiences for our children!
I am a new teacher here at the school and I can sum up this school with just three letters - "WOW!" What an amazing setting for children to learn and grow. Like most new teachers, I did my student teaching in public school with 33 students. My time was spent just trying to organize the chaos, with very little teaching occurring (and I was in a GOOD public school). Valley Prep is so incredibly different from public schools. Students and their educational needs are TRULY put first at this school. "It takes a village to raise a child" and I have witnessed every staff member contributing to all students lucky enough to attend here. Students receive individualized instruction, a 1:1 computer program, Music, Art, PE, Foreign Language and small class size with an emphasis on Math and Science. Is it expensive? Some would say "yes", but as a Chinese Proverb states "only the man who crosses the river at night knows the value of the light of day". This is an amazing school setting, with caring staff who are invested in each student. If you are looking for an early college preparatory program to help your child reach their full potential, Valley Prep is the place for your family!
My children went to Valley Prep from PS to eighth grades. My grandchildren are now attending Valley Prep and have been attending since PS and now are in first and third grades. Valley Prep offers a wonderful environment with small class sizes with the opportunity to have a culturally diverse student body. Academics are paramount at Valley Prep with the technology program to support advanced learning and student classroom enhancement at all grade levels.
My children have had such a great educational experience in a culturally diverse cohort. The expectation of educational excellence allows each child to achieve their best.
Valley Preparatory has been a wonderful experience for our family and our children have benefited greatly from all their programs. The current headmaster has been incredibly supportive and understanding. Whenever there is an issue with anything , the issue has been addressed.. All the teachers are excellent . It's sad that some parents have to blame teachers and administration when they are not willing to look at their own problems . We have families from any socioeconomic backgrounds and everybody is treated the same . Valley prep gets your children ready for High school way beyond what is required. It's a great school
Valley Preparatory School (VPS) provides an ideal learning environment for my children. The faculty has a proven commitment to the children of VPS. The administration continues to hire and retain highly motivated teachers who are accredited, knowledgeable and available to educate the children. The curriculum is world class, entailing both traditional arts abandoned by most public schools, as well as an emphasis on the use of computer technology, essential for children gaining and retaining a competitive advantage moving forward in their educational endeavors. Finally, the school supports an effective learning environment, holding true to their student handbook, by not permitting repeated bulling and the use of profanity in the classroom. I applaud the bold action of school s administrators for putting children s education above revenue goals and the inevitable backlash that results from defending the difficult yet necessary policy. I give VPS my highest marks.
Valley Preparatory School is far from being the school it claims to be.. They claim they treat each child as an individual and work with them not only in the academic growth, but their emotional development as well......NOT true. But what they do is smash young people's spirits, they don't work together teachers and principal to embrace the best in our kids, but instead they turned kids into anxious, depressed students. Is shocking to see how after many years of loyalty and commitment to the school, they treated our family with so much disrespect. Parents!!! be aware because you are paying a considerable amount of money for your children education at this institution where the inequities are many and the injustice great.
Valley Prep is an excellent school for parents who are looking for small class sizes that enables a student to get individual attention, technology advances such as there laptop program, and variety of programs they offer like art, music, and foreign language (french and spanish). The teachers are extremely attentive to your student's education and teach in a creative way so the students are able to grasp the concept of the subject. They are also very friendly and easy to talk to. One can easily see the students' eagerness to learn and progress in their education, participation in class and inspiration they gain from their teachers which is proof that Valley Prep is a high quality school that cares for their students future. It is said that Valley Prep is like a second home. I have graduated from Valley Prep and I strongly believe this school prepared me for the rigorous education in high school and has opened up opportunities for me to go to a prestige high school such as the Webb Schools.
Valley Prep offers a challenging, enriching, technology driven academic curriculum enhanced by thriving art and music programs. The small class sizes facilitate quality, individual attention and the focus on student character and integrity serve to comprise a well-rounded program from which our children have benefitted greatly.
I have been associated with Valley Prep for more than two decades - as a parent, a god-parent, a substitute teacher, and a trustee. The school provides a safe and caring environment and a comprehensive and enriched (English, math, social studies/history plus music, art, science, foreign language, computer science - including a 1:1 personal laptop curriculum for grades 2-8, library and PE at all grade levels year-round) academic program for its students. Valley Prep prepared my child for a rigorous high school academic path and provided the basis for her (as well as for many in her class) admission to one of the top universities in the country. I am proud to be associated with the school and grateful for the foundation it provided for my daughter. The qualified and caring administration, teachers, and support staff; the excellent college prep program; and the diverse student population make this the ideal educational environment for any academically curious and inquisitive child in the greater Redlands area.
My Children went to Valley Prep from 1987 to about 1996. I couldn't have asked for more. My daughter went into public school and skipped to the top in Foreign language and did two years in one and graduated early. To bad all schools in the US aren't this great!
Our family realized that with budget cuts to public schools, we probably couldn't get the kind of education we want unless we went to a private school. We've been really pleased with Valley Prep. Class size is small so students really get individual attention. We want our kids to have full-time music, art and ESPECIALLY foreign language, which they do here, and we love the tech program. Valley Prep is the only school around where 2nd grade and up students have laptops and while the first year of the program was definitely on a learning curve, now two years later, our kids are doing amazing things with tech - they're getting much deeper into their subjects and teaching us (the parents) too! The teachers get additional training too so they can be current in their fields. Wish we'd known that tuition doesn't cover everything and that we're expected to donate to the school, but when we checked out other private schools, it's the same story - ALL of them ask parents to donate to the best of their ability. Even with the laptops, the tuition is a lot less than similar schools in Claremont and Upland. To our family, the education our kids are getting is TOTALLY worth the cost.
I couldn't ask for a better education for my children. We've been a part of the Valley Preparatory Family for 8 years now and couldn't be happier. The teachers are truly amazing and care about their students! With the class size being around 15 students per class the kids get more attention which results in better learning! The Laptop program is absolutely amazing, especially to see your little ones navigate through websites and turn in their homework through drop boxes. They are learning the way kids should be learning in the 21st century! Also, my kids each have music, art, foreign language, and PE year round. Public schools are only able to give children a 6 week taste of each of these extremely valuable classes. I know my children are getting a well rounded education and I HIGHLY recommend this school! If you are looking for a private school, seriously consider VPS! You will be happy you did! Don't let your kids get lost in the public school system!!
Not Worth the $10,000 plus tuition... Here's what you really get... A school that charges you for everything... $1500 for a computer (that they barely use), daycare is extra, you go buy the teachers their supplies, lunch, any after school activity... REALLY this is a $15,000 school... On top of that they try to shame you into donating $$$ to the school... Judson Brown & Mariposa public schools (two top scoring schools) are right down the road, the teachers are better and don't use technology as a crutch/excuse for real teaching... They do offer small classes, but for classes of 10-17, the teachers have become very lazy in their class room management skills... Overall, ask yourself, what is a $15,000 school and then realize this isn't it...
Valley Prep is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art school. The school has made a major stride forward in technology and is now the only program in the whole area with a 1:1 laptop learning program beginning with 2d and 5th grade. Teachers are awesome and know each child well; they take care to individualize the curriculum. This is, by far, the most "total" curriculum of any school in the area with English, Math, Science, Art, Music, Technolgoy, Spanish, French and extracurriculars for everyone. The leadership of the school truly cares about students. The Headmaster has been there for about three years now and has really gotten the school energized and moving forward.
Sadly, the school has not been able to keep up with current trends in technology. We were very disappointed this year with the decline in curriculum after an increase in tuition. Our older children had a much more positive experience many years ago. It used to be a fun environment for students and parents.
Valley Prep School is an amazing learning environment. We have two children who have the privilege of attending this fine school--the headmaster is a superb, caring educator and leader, the teachers love the children, and the recent addition of 2 technology/science labs and publishing center are wonderful!! By far, the finest school in the local area. Also, the headmaster 'gets it' and does what is best for the school. (In the past, self-serving parents ran the show. Not anymore!)
We had sent two of our children through Redlands public schools, Mariposa, Cope RHS, but decided that we wanted smaller classes and more rigorous curriculum. We preferred a secular education but we visited and evaluated all the area private schools. After fours years at Valley Prep, we could not be more please with the results. Our child, and all his classmates, could read by they time they left kindergarten. Two years later our tests two grades higher on standardized tests. The learning environment is rich with foreign language courses, Chinese, French and Spanish, art, music and technology courses. The school has recently installed a computer media lab and science lab. All this and and class of 15 students! I only wish I had sent my other two students through Valley Prep.
Some of the elementary classes are fine and we have had a good year here and there, but the middle school has deteriorated so much that I think public school might be a better option. Unfortunately, the area doesn't have any other private, non religious options (other than Montessori). The math and English have been shockingly poor. Although, after several bad years,English might finally be on more solid ground now. Because of the small size, the school does not have any of the advantages of a larger school (like a true music or art program, although they claim to), but has many disadvantages. The elimination of computer technology was the biggest disappointment this year. Our children know how to use instant message and do the basics at home, we would like them to learn new technology at school.
While there are many wonderful teachers at Valley Preparatory School, it continues to suffer from poor leadership. Sadly, it is unlikely, in this poor economy, to attract a qualified candidate that they can afford. Instead, they lurch from one substandard headmaster to another. This is causing a huge toll on an otherwise good school and I fear for its future.
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