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.
Valley View has improved DRAMATICALLY this school year! All but one split-grade class have been eliminated (and the principal is working hard to eliminate ALL split-grade classes next year!), there is a new professional music education program (run through zSharp and the SF Opera), and there are MANY options for after school enrichment programs (Lego Club, Soccer, Mad Science, Spanish Through Art, Homework Help, Knitting, Salsa Dance, Hip Hop Dance, Screen Printing, etc!). The new principal listens to the school community and is dedicated to making it the the shining star in the WCCUSD once again. The Parents' Club board is growing from 4 positions to ELEVEN positions next year (and ALL OF THEM ARE FILLED!) because so many parents care about the school and are stepping up to do what they can to make a difference. There has been an incredible momentum shift this year and it is a very exciting time to be part of a school community that not only wants to improve things, but is willing and determined to MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Everyone knows that Valley View took some hard knocks, but we're a STRONG community that can take a lickin and keep on tickin. We are on the rise once again! :)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Wow, I've been reading past reviews, and yes, our school was great once. But, no longer! Mediocrity runs amok! Thank goodness that most of our same great teachers are still around, however the new principal has changed all the teachers around so this has been a year of transition as our teachers acclimate to new grade levels. The principal is weak on discipline so as a result behavior has declined to the point of disruption in the class rooms and bullying on the playground. Parents are so disgusted with the principal's lack of experience and lack of support for the teachers that participation level has dropped to next to nil! No parents, no money, honey!!! As of this year we no longer have an after school program, a computer program or a reading program. What once set us apart from the rest of the district is no longer! Welcome to mediocrity!
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!
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.
Excellent, devoted teachers and active parents. High quality, neighborhood school.
I love the parent participation, school activities and natural setting.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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