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K-6
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Richmond, CA
Students enrolled: 350
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3416 Maywood Drive
Richmond, CA 94803

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(510) 223-6363
(510) 222-8896
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November 20, 2014
We LOVE Valley View! Valley View is a community. Valley View is a family. After attending several different elementary schools (including private) we have FINALLY found our home at Valley View! The teachers and staff truly care about the students. The Parents Club is amazing and provides many resources that are not funded by the district. If you are looking for a school that has a tight-knit, diverse community where parents and children all know and support each other, Valley View is it. Be sure to visit the Parents Club website for more information: valleyviewcommunity.org.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2014
Our son is in Kindergarten, and we LOVE Valley View. His teacher is wonderful--enthusiastic, energetic, and incredibly on top of fostering a positive community in her classroom. Our son is now doing reading, writing, and math at a level that I didn't even touch in school until the end of my 1st grade year. The afterschool enrichment programs are great, and my son loved the science program this semester. The parents club is very active and does a great deal to support and enrich the experiences of all kids at the school. And on the rare occasions that I have brought up a troubling dynamic with other children or parents, the teacher and principal responded immediately and reinforced that they always want to know right away when parents notice something that might be an issue. They are ON IT. We are so fortunate to have this school right around the corner from us. The diversity of children and families is such a terrific mix, and my son is really enjoying school and learning a lot. It's a real neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
This is a great school. I don't understand why people are writing bad reviews. I understand there might be some issues that need to be address, but overall the school is good and improving every day. We have the most wonderful first grade teacher. She is great and organized, her method of teaching is great. she encourage our children to do their best every day. The Valley View parent club is awesome, they brought back music to the school and recently the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) allow students to have a variety of classes such as LEGO ROBOTICS, MAD SCIENCE, QUILTING, and HOMEWORK CLUB, . Valley View is a school that welcomes everyone no doubt. We are very happy to be part of this great community.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2014
I love our school! We have a great mix of kids (no single ethnicity dominates) and parents who participate in school events and get along with each other. The teaching staff has gotten better and better each year, and our current principal is fantastic. Our library is open and so is our computer lab. The district provides instrumental music instruction for 4th grade and up, and the Valley View Parents' Club sponsors vocal music instruction for K - 6th. Support public education so that all of our kids have a chance to succeed!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
We were initially leery about sending our Kindergartener to VV considering some of the horrendous reviews below. After actually taking the time to speak with parents of children who have attended Valley View for several years and visiting we decided we would make a go of it and we couldn't be happier!! My daughter loves her class- she comes home telling me all the wonderfully engaging activities she gets to do daily. We look forward to being part of the VV community for many years to come. One huge suggestion- don't let reviews from this or other websites sway you. Come check us out! Between the amazing teachers & staff, the great after school enrichment classes & the VERY hard working parents club, Valley View has transformed into a spectacular environment for students.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2014
Great School!!! I love the community, the new principal is working very hard with teachers, parents, stuff and community members to make the school the great school we knew. I have been in Vally View since 2005 and experienced the difficulties for the last years when we had principal issues, but the new principal is bringing the school together again. We have great teacher who do their best despite the difficulties of having many students in their classrooms. We love and support Valley View our great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
Valley View is beginning to thrive again! My daughter is in 1st grade, and her second year at Valley View. We are exceptionally pleased with the changes that have been occurring during this time. We were well aware of the troubled past with poor principals, but the current one is phenomenal! She is engaged, interacts with the kids, talks to the parents, and really has our children's success at the forefront of her mission. The teachers are also fantastic. A huge part of the school's success is the relentless Parents' Club, who has brought in the SF Opera, has just opened enrollment for our 3rd session of After School Enrichment Programs, and is continually thinking up new ways to include every student and family in the VV community. There was a lot of mess to clean up, but the current team work and collaboration at this school is making it better than ever! I am proud to have my daughter learn and grow here.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
A comment on the 4/5 grade split class for 2013-2014: Frankly, only those who had children in the class or TRIED to participate in helping in the classroom or for class events, should comment. No one is interested in hearing about what one THINKS the experience was like. This class was FULL of families that give much time, money and energy in to Valley View. Plus the majority of them had been doing so the whole 5/6 years. Attitudes were stellar among the families, and their frustrations were valid. The bottom line is, they made the best of it because there was no other choice other than to pull their kids out of the school. How do you know that parents didn't try to be part of the solution? Are you privy to the countless conversations many of these parents had with the teacher and principal?

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
I love the feeling of community at Valley View. There is a lot of parent involvement on all levels. The principal is friendly, but firm, easily accessible and interacts well with students and parents. This is her second year at Valley View and fits well with the school culture.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Valley View has amazing teachers, a strong community of families, and a new principal who, going on her second year, is successfully leading the school in a great direction. ZSharp and and the SF Opera music programs will be continuing into their second year at Valley View, exposing students to professional music, opera, and theatre production. It's an exciting time to be at Valley View and we are so glad that our two children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2014
Just a note: The 4/5 combo class was 31, not 34. Part of the equation for any class is the parent attitude that students absorb. A positive attitude and willingness to be a part of the solution instead of the problem is helpful.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2014
This has been a great year for Valley View. We have great teachers, a great new principal, 2 new music programs and some great after school enrichment classes. I look forward to next year with our parent volunteerism on the increase and look forward to our rebuilt school...whenever it happens.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I have found that I have to hustle for the good teachers at Valley View. It is still a very good school if you get the good teachers. It seems for every grade there is one so-so teacher and one very good teacher. The new principal is quite good now. The last principal did some damage, which she is having to repair. It kind of reminds me of Obama coming in after 8 years of G.W.B. damage. The bottomline is that my kids are very happy at Valley View and are learning what they need to learn and more. Also, they do have the after school enrichment classes again!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Valley View used to be a great school, but it has been declining for the last 3 years. The last straw is this 4th and 5th grade combo. I couldn't believe when I learned that my child would be in this 34 student combo class! This is total negligence, disrespect and carelessness to our children education. Shame on Valley View, shame on this district for allowing it.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
My son is 5 grader we will need to move him to a private school we dont't want him to graduate from this school. The academic level is getting worse,no technology,no after school programs.also no good material in classrooms and not upgrades in school facilities.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
This year we have chosen to send our daughter to a private school rather than Valley View where she has attended since 2009. The primary reason for this is that the test scores for Valley View are atrocious and getting worse. There are intellectually disabled students in other public schools that have higher test scores than Valley View's overall scores. We have continued to hope for improvement, but don't want our child to continue to fall further behind academically. There is a new principal this year which will hopefully help, but it will take much more than one staffing change to make the kinds of changes needed in a school that clearly lacks the desire to set high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
To compare our school to another school outside of California is unfair if not hurtful. Valley View has dedicated teachers and a new principal that brings new life into Valley View. This school has been through some rough times in the past 3 years but between teacher and a supportive community this is the best nieghborhood school. Schools could always use a little improvement and nothing in this world is perfect. I'm dedicated to this school and I am very glad to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
Valley View is a great elementary school with a diverse student body and an active parents' club. The teaching staff is superb, working effectively with the parents and administration to create a supportive learning environment for the students. As with all West Contra Costa County schools, Valley View struggles to make up for school budget cuts, but the parents' club supplements many programs, such as music.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
Unfortunately, this school seems to have suffered from the repercussions of poor decisions by the WCCUSD board. We were very disappointed in the terrible administration, the lack of support, the misinformation given, etc. Our child was assigned to a very good and caring teacher, one of several who had to change grade levels last year (after almost being laid off). Our child was in a class of 28 children, with 22 boys. We ended up becoming yet another family who opted to transfer out to a fantastic private school in the area. We were sad to have to take this step, as we enjoyed supporting our own community. Many parents tried to help, but resources were very limited. We both volunteered weekly in our child's class. I would recommend parents look at all their options before enrolling at Valley View. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to get a transfer to another school, as this school is relatively "highly rated," at least for the time being (we've noticed the rating already slip from 7 to 6). NCLB prioritizes transfer requests from students assigned to "failing schools" in the district.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
We have been very happy at Valley View - we've been there 3 years. The teachers are what sets Valley View apart from other schools - we have fabulous, committed and caring teachers. The last principal had his strengths, though some didn't find him strong enough on discipline. The best thing he did for Valley View was to get rid of the few bad teachers that no previous principal would do. Amazing! We should be rocking this year! We are supposed to start a fabulous music program this fall. There are a core group of parents very involved at Valley View - it would be great to see an increase in involvement. But, otherwise, we have been very happy here and look forward to many more years of quality education (younger child to attend also).

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
We have been a Valley View family for 5 years. I am currently so gravely concerned about the quality of education at Valley View that I am looking into taking my children elsewhere. Since the arrival of our new principle (2 years now) there has been a steady drop in academic achievement and parent participation. Additionally, there has been a sharp increase in bad behavior. So much so that I fear for the safety of some students and for the well being of the entire student body. Although Valley View remains one of the higher scoring (API) elementary schools in this district, I would keep my eyes open, see who the current principal is and ask what plans are being implemented to lessen the bullying and bad behavior at the school. Additionally i would check into the level of parent participation since this has historically been a key reason why Valley View has been so successful. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
My children have attended this school now for 5 years. They have received a good education early on but beginning last year I began to notice that the overall quality of their education had suffered from overcrowded classrooms and lack of supervision. The situation at present seems unsafe and several recent incidents at the school have caused parents great concern over the leadership skills of the principle. I question whether the district enforces any checks and balances to hold accountability for overall performance of the school. My children will be transferred out of this school due to the principles lack of concern and regard for the quality of the student's education and safety. Look into other options before your child is troubled by the lack of leadership at this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
You'll notice that there are no reviews here after May of 2010. That's for a reason. We started at this school when it was still great, back in 2005. Now the school is awful. Terrible, deceitful, manipulative administration. Turmoil. They care nothing about the children nor the neighborhood. The school has gone so downhill that we left. Ask around and see what's really going on at this school. The people who really care about their children's education have left - and for good reason. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Ask the district about all of the problems this school has had in the last few years. The current principal will not keep your children safe, nor will he take their education seriously. Safety is an issue at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Excellent, devoted teachers and active parents. High quality, neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love the parent participation, school activities and natural setting.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Valley View has great teachers and an awesome parent group always looking for ways to enrich the students education, however the school is old and in need of TLC. Money is a huge issue, we are desperately seeking ways to squeeze more out of what we don't have and being rather successful too!

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September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
I really like the school and staff. Principal is great. Little to no traffic because 2 people always there to speed things along. Best of all lots of parent involvement. I wish the after school programs were free like at my kids previous schools but if that was the trade I wouldn't change them because the education is much better here.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
I currently have three children at this school and I wouldn't change that for anything. The teachers are great, the principal, Mrs Cotton, is the best ever! I plan on my children continuing in this school until they go to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
My son started kindergarten this year & really enjoys this school. I am impressed by the high level of parent/teacher/principal involvement here. Great school! Valley View walks its talk and believes it takes a village to raise/educate a child well. They actively embrace a concept of partnering with parents, and not against them. It's also in a great neighborhood setting. As public schools go, class size is small 20 - 30 students. My son is a very active typical 'all boy' type child, so he would probably do better in an even smaller class -- or where the teacher had an assistant so young children could receive more attention. However, Mrs. Farrell the K1-am teacher does a terrific job on her own and I can't imagine anyone handling the challenge of 20+ 5 year olds all alone any better. A solid/friendly teacher - a little tough on obeying 'rules' but understandable.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
When we were looking for a good school for our four children we did our homework and found a little gem right here in Richmond. We had to work very hard to get them all in here because Valley View is not our neighborhood school. The staff is welcoming of parent volunteers, thorough in their work with the children and promote a happy learning environment. The school principal Ms. Cotton is very accessible, friendly, and easy to approach. The campus is older, that is a good thing and also a not so much good thing. I appreciate the grounds being older. They have really big well established trees and a lot of open space. These newly developed or rebuilt schools are all cut up and black topped and sterile. But, the facilities are older. But not in need of major repair. We have a whole community supporting this school. It's Great!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
Valley View is a school facing many transitions (which they seem to handle fairly well) The teaching staff is good this year. The Special Ed department needs a huge makeover in my opinion. The school is in a beautiful setting, the children seem happy (although I personally know of families that are not doing well and it seems that school is the only place for these kids where they are paid attention to.) I feel the Principal shows great leadership while facing the reality of this State's cutbacks and shortages. It is sad actually - when I went to school the school was a building. Now there are Modules for classrooms. Schools now have a sense of impermanance about them - which on the positive side encourages the value of flexibility. I believe Valley View creates a sense of foundational permanency, in an ever increasing impermanent world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2008
My son will be entering fourth grade this year, and this will be his second year attending Valley View. He truly enjoys it! If it was not for the parent involvement and the great principle, we may have had to move him to another school. I look forward to the new year 2008'-2009 and the next few years to come, to be a great experience for our son. *Remember parents: YOU are your child's first teacher. Without your involvement in your child's education, your child will be 'left behind'. Please do not think that teacher's are able to educate your child alone. Have a wonderful school year all!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
Level of parent involvementis very good

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March 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Valley View is 20 minutes out of our area, but we chose this school based on the test scores. We were so glad that we did because the school is wonderful! The teachers are great, loving, caring and well educated. It provided a great social atmosphere for our children as well. Enrolling her in Valley View was one of the best decisions we've made as parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Valley view elementary school is a really good school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I agree. I have a son starting 2nd grade and another starting K this year. We've been really happy with Valley View. 2004-2005 brought some challenges when district budget shortfalls forced class reorganization, result in some split classes (i.e. K/1, or 1/2 classes). I think the staff handled it as well as they could -- with many opportunities for parent feedback, etc. In the end, parents, teachers, principals cooperated and made it work. Teachers are really dedicated and very approachable. Kids seem happy there, the actual valley view is beautiful. And the parents club is fantastic. Under some really dedicated parent leadership, we successfully lobbied against a school closure/merger in 2005. It would be wonderful if it could be turned into a K-8 school.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
This is a great public school with a very involved parents' club which supports a lot of extras not usually found in our public schools (eg. music teacher, computer lab, library) Excellent, experienced and dedicated teachers & a diverse student population. I have had two children go to Valley View and have been very happy with their education there.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
I have had a child at Valley View for over 8 years. It is truly one of the gems of the West County District, in fact a large number of parents buy homes in this area so their kids can go to Valley View. That speaks to the level of commitment that the community feels towards our school. The Parents Club funds a Music Teacher, a Computer Aide, and an Intervention teacher among many other wonderful things. Parents also staff the library and a retired teacher regularly comes back to volunteer with reading. Some of the most dedicated and creative teachers in the district are here. Valley View parents realize that they are expected to do a lot more then just drop off and pick up their kids. In this era of reduced educational funding they come willing to work and/or with their checkbooks open. Principals change, but families stay.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
My son attends Kindergarten at Valley View and he's very happy. I've noticed a lot of parent involvement that has really paid off. Also, the school provides a small school feel, part of the community, which has made my experience with Valley View even more rewarding. My son is an intra-district transfer and I'm really blessed that he's in such a wonderful school for our area!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2003
Valley View was awarded the Governor's Reading Award every year it was offered, for 3 years running, 2000, 2001, 2002.

- submitted by a parent
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Valley View is currently working collaboratively with all community members on a new Vision Statement. We believe in education the whole child. While academics are important, we also stress the importance of being responsible and respectful citizens.

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Valley View Elementary School
3416 Maywood Drive, Richmond, CA  94803
(510) 223-6363
Last modified Valley View Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Valley View Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top