Students enrolled 698
School leader Penny Harrison

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480 North San Jacinto Avenue
San Jacinto, CA 92583

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3 stars
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May 05, 2014
We LOVE SJVA and we are VERY FORTUNATE to have our son attend this school. After bouncing my son around the Menifee/Romoland school district, and not even having a chance in the very elitist and overcrowded nearby charters; I was at a loss, and was about to home-school him. Thankfully this charter heard our pleas and gave us a chance, I am so extremely grateful. They made my son's transition into the school so smooth and the staff and teachers are so wonderful! And I don't even mind the 30 min. drive there and back home, because it is such a pleasure to get to the school and see how much they care about the kids and to know that my son is getting a great education. Don't listen to the negative reviews, this school is AWESOME!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
We've been at SJVA for 3 years, it's a great school with smaller classroom sizes and teachers who are extremely dedicated to their students. We've seen a tremendous effort by the administration to stay involved with students, parents and teachers. Sometimes the office staff can seem a little frazzled and I don't like the long pick-up line. Other than that- SJVA is a wonderful school

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Wonderful school! Their teaching methods are GREAT! My two children have been thriving ever since we enrolled them in 2011.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Fantastic school! One of the best in the valley. Their teaching style is spot on and my child has been thriving ever since we switched from a private school in Hemet. So happy we made the move.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2012
There really are some haters on here! Beginning with parents giving a One Star - you know, there are options: this school does ask alot more of parents - there is a shared responsibility here, and I think that has alot of parents bent out of shape. For a school that has an avg. class size of 25, they do show and care about student progress. Yes! there are disadvantages to being in a smaller school, i.e. clubs, sports, facilities: but if you take all that "glamor" that large population high schools have - it does not compare with teachers actually knowing their students' name, teachers caring how the students are doing - actually, not treating the kids like a number, rather like a person. I have seen too many of my kid's friends decide to go to a large school ambiance, only to see them the following year, asking for the administration to please allow them to come back. "You never know what you have, until it is gone"! Some of the comments, might be from bitter students or parents that could possible be ones that want to come back and the administration says - sorry!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2012
This is School is excellent my kids have done realy good there my daughter just finished 8 th grade and begged me to keep her there my son loved it Kindergarden teacher Mrs Haun realy cares about her students she worked with my sons speech every day and made sure he got the most hours of speech he could . my Daughter Teachers Mrs Talbout is wonderfull she worked with my daughter had her in tuturing

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
This school was nothing they promised it was going to be. They say the students voices will be heard, yet they do not listen. The CEO, Penny Harrison does not even come out of her office unless there is an awards ceremony. There is no variety to pick from in any extra curricular activities, including sports and clubs. The academics were not challenging at all, except for when the teacher did not know how to teach their specific subject and all the students complained but nothing was done. In my opinion there were only a few good teachers and they went against the school rules and did things their way. In all honesty, any type of leadership was not shown at all. Yes, there was an ASB but they weren't involved much at all. There was only 1 Pep Rally the entire year and all the sports did poor except for softball. They had a form sent out this year for students and parents willing to buy student lunch and how many would be eligible for free or reduced lunch and they say it will be done by next year, when they wont even be starting to build it then. Their newest rule is, if a parent is 15 minutes late picking up their child. The student gets a tardy, that is not fair at all. BAD HS!

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2011
Wow, I am shocked at some of the previous reviews.. We have all 3 of our children here, and are completely satisfied. We tried regular public school and it was horrible, curriculum was lacking and bullying was all too common. I have no problem communicating with teachers or staff, and feel fortunate to be there. All of my children are thriving. True I would love to have a cafeteria, & no school is perfect, but its a small price to pay for my kids happiness :)

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
This school leaves a lot to be desired. I thought this would be a good place for my children where they could get a good education and make friends. I refuse to send my children back there. Both of my childrens test scores dropped significantly when they attended SJVA. Both of my students were bullied and nothing was done about it. My children were very unhappy at this school. If this is an indicator of education in America then our country is going downhill and we will be a third-world nation with millions of un-educated citizens.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
This school is equvialent to a prison!!! Since Penny Harrison and Paul Huynh have taken over, the school has gone down hill very quickly. Penny Harrison is a control freak who puts people in certain positions who do not have the credentials to even have those positions. She also makes sure that certain staff members are family members or good friends of hers. Paul Huynh does anything and everything he can to humiliate the teachers. For example, he yells and screams at them in front of the students and he will also undermind their authority to show them his power. The school also has a no bully policy, however, kids are constantly being bullied over there. The students who are the bullys do not get disciplined and are allowed to reak havoc on the other studens. Not to mention Penny Harrison and Paul Huynh bully the staff and allow people they have put in charge to do the same. If you are planning on sending your child to SJVA I highly suggest you look else where.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
Poor communitcation skills. If the administration is any indicator of what they are teaching the students, it is a sad state of affairs. If the school wants to be competetive with the other schools in the area it needs to figure things out. The charter school in the neighboring school district offers many more choices and the teachers and staff there are fantastic. Be sure to check there if you want the charter school experience. We are much happier with the classes, test scores, my students attitude, and the leadership there.

- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2011
Been There Since Kinder, I'm Going into 11 th 2011-2012 school year. Academically its not all that grand, the classes they offer are little to none.for high school students you do not get to choose your own class which is beyond unsatisfactory, they don't have many clubs or e.c activities or even sports, and everything is unorganized. they have fired all of the high school teachers, which i have personally liked, they have enforced a dress code of a private school with out having everything that a private school offers? they say they stand for equality and making everything there own but yet they do not let you express personal style/opinion. the school doesn't have anything to offer, its just a terrible place. I completely do NOT suggest this place.

- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2011
Sad situation for a school with so much potential :-(. Lack of proper administration, and political agendas, have taken away from the inquiry-based curriculum and made this a school ruled by nepotism. This school does not offer a multi-purpose room, cafeteria program, and doesn't have full services for students with any special needs. Strict dress code will be enforced next year requiring students to purchase uniforms from a specific vendor. Keep looking if you are looking for a school that can provide all your child's needs...this school is not it!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
worst school EVER!!!!! they have this motto, " I think therefore IB" they think for us, we dont get to voice our opinion as students because they block us out. the priciple or "CEO" as she calls herself, is never around, she locks herself in meetings all day and nobody can talk to her about the issues at the school. this school was great until THEY came and changed everything!! i'm very into sports and they want nothing to do with our teams! they are slowly destroying our sports teams and very quickly destroying the school. heres some good advice, you want your kids to have a good school to attend, try any where else

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2011
I'm not really sure what is going on with this school any more, but we have been unhappy there for years. There have been so many empty promises made. We are finally pulling all of our kids out. We had such high expectations and we feel completely let down. In respondse to the last post....At last count, they let a total of 12 teachers go. 2-1st grade, 1-2nd grade, 1-6th grade, and I believe the entire HS teaching staff. I wish things would have been different!

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
CEO Penny Harrison strikes again. For her history, search "Penny Harrison charter" on Google. Facts: At least six SJVA teachers were fired (not renewed) last week, on the last day of school, with no advance warning or chance to change whatever they could possibly be doing wrong. None were given an explanation why. This was NOT a budget cut decision, as they will be replaced. Both first grade, one second grade, one fourth grade, one sixth grade, and at least one high school teacher have been terminated. These are all great teachers, as are the teachers who remain. Bless them for doing their job for $10K less than what the nearest districts pay, while in constant fear of being let go.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
This school has the potential to become better...But, with current administration and teachers...it will not rise to the standard! It does not have a variety of subjects... No art, no music, limited sports...And, the P.E. teacher lacks motivation in teaching the kids various sports...he only wants to be a military drill sargeant. The advertised International Baccleraute program is null and void in operation! Everything is late,late, late...Teacher assignments, field trip scheduling notifications ,report cards, and anything that should be sent home to parents in advanced. if your child receives an award...you will get a notification 1 or two daays before ceremony. There is inadequate school crosswalk and guards Homework is nonexistant to minimal!!! if you send your kids to this school you will be wondering why???You will have to homeschool them and give supplemental lesson plans to keep them at their current aptitude!!.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
The academics are very good & they have a variety of subjects & activities. The principal is excellent & kids love her. The biggest negative is the horrible parking/drop off/pick up situation. The subject comes up repeatedly but nothing is done. The surrounding area is questionable & there are no sidewalks for children to bike/walk to school. Dirt everywhere & ants. The new dress code is a good start but the policy needs to be rewritten with specifics & enforced for ALL students. There is no cafeteria/ food services. Children bring food from home. My dtr complains about sitting in the hot sun on the tables & having bees bother her. They are not able to move/sit under a tree. Overall my child loves the school. She hasn't been bullied/harrassed & loves her teachers & classes. The pking makes SJVA undesireable. Finding a babysitter that is willing to go there w/ the known parking problem is very hard. It's understandable as SJVA is far, the drop off/pick up is horrible & they have other kids to pick up on time. There's no afterschool care for elem kids, unless they have a older sibling to watch them in homewk club. How unfair! Books are lugged back & forth- too heavy for my 10 y.o.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
The school has totally changed yet stayed the same at the same time. The new CEO/principal is a wonderful person who has a reputation as Educations gift to the world, and it is deserved! The rest of the administration are absolutely amazing! The Board has fresh new faces and a few seasoned members who only expect the best for the kids.....because they are all parents! The office staff is so cheery and helpful! I am so happy to pick up my kids everyday and to attend functions like back to school night. Before the new CEO and change of board members everything seemed to be a chore. But, this year instead of taxing us the parents, at back to school night to volunteer, they brought in a Carls Jr. truck. The Book fair was so packed I waited for 10 minutes to get in and buy books!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
i'm a 7'th grade honor roll student at sjva and i am really happy with my teachers and despite its flaws the school itself

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2009
my kids have been going to this school for 5 yrs now and gets better every year. I have seen this school from being k-8 to k-12. The extracurricular have grown as well as academics, implementing an IB programs that seems to be really challenging but beneficial for the kids for when they start college. Be very prepared for much parent involvement and kids working hard to get a great education.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Iv'e been attending this school for two years and it's great. I was one of the few students on the Toy Challenge team, which was very exciting. I would not ask for anything else from my school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 01, 2008
My twins have attended S.J.V.A. since the school opened, they started kindergarden. The school opened to appx. 50 student from k-6 grade. The school has slowly grown to having our own campus adding the 12th grade . I have gone to being exicited about the school to almost removing my children, I do have high hopes that our new staff can get back on track to where my son who will be the 1st. student to go from k thru 12th will be prepared for college, and not only compete but surpass students from other schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
SJVA has won Honorable Mention at the Sally Ride Toy Challenge for the West Coast. Hats off to those Girls!!! The School is also International Baccalaureate school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 31, 2007
My children in the secondary level are not being challenged. The work they bring home is not as difficult as my friends children in the regular school system. Communication between staff and parents is very slow if we get the information at all. The pricipal drops the ball on many complaints with no follow through & the office staff is very unfriendly. The high school classes do not prepare my students for college and I am not sure how they are a WASC accredited. The few excellent teachers they have are unable to carry the load for eveyone else. My children will not attend next year.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2007
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December 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
This school is back on its way to the top. Thank you so much to the new principal and all the staff. Since the beginning of the new school year there has been a different feeling around the school, Hope and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
Thank God for the governing board, new principal and the associate principal and everyone who works there! They are friendly and on top of all school matters. The new teachers are a breath of fresh air. New buildings are being built, finally. The academy is regaining the presige it once had.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
My daughter has been at this school for 2 years ( to long) and I will not allow my kids to attend such a poor school any longer, they do not challenge the students especially the one that are more exceled.They do not have a gate program and are holding students back for the ones that have a hard time comprehending. The teachers ( not all but, most) seem to be burnt out. The communication with staff is not unacceptable. I would really research everything about this school before any parent allows their child to attend such a low funded and unorganized school. I researched this school very extensively but the true colors came out during the 2 years we were enrolled. As a parent from a household of educators I would look else where...

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2007
This past schoo year, 06-07, was our first year at S.J.V.A. I am not to happy. I was not able to communicate with my daughter's teacher, she did not return calls, or notes. I am not able to make it out everytime but had to if I wanted my questions answered. In her past school this was not so. My daughter was not challenged, I felt as if we had to teacher her everything, down to her project's reseach. I am all for parent involvment but not spending all night going over homework or reseach.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I have children that attend S.J.V.A. now,and they have been honor roll students at every school they attended including S.J.V.A.,but they will not return next year. The new principal has been personable and professional. But some of teaching staff seem burnt out,and some of the classrooms seem chaotic,which does not promote a high level learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
My daughter is in 7th and goes to this school. It is inquiry based and gives the children many ways to express themselves in their work. They do many projects that are hands on and have a whole day dedicated to electives a week. My daughter loves it! Since february we have a new principal that is nothing like our old one! As far as parent envolvment you need to get invovled. I was fingerprinted and tb tested immediatley and have helped with lunches and field trips as well as the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
I am a student at San Jacinto Valley Academy and I think that this school is very excellent. I would recommend that you should enroll your son/daughter here.

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2006
This is my daughter's 3rd year at SJVA. She likes it.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
If your involved in your child's education this is not the school for you. The School Principal is very rude and is more than ready with excuses on how her staff is so busy with other coaching priorities that they can't call back parents who want to discuss their child's education. I am taking my child out of this school where the teachers are too busy coaching. To put him back in public school where I know the teachers are held accountable and the Principals's are willing to listen to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
Small school overall. Great at providing positive rewards for good work. Poor instructors in some areas. Principal's seem more concerned with defending teachers instead of really looking at what the problems might be. Principal for elementary is fair. High School principal seems to feel most of the students are bad.

- submitted by a staff
June 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
Nice staff, great enrichment programs

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
The staff is very condescending, and horrible. Do not send your child here if you want your child to grow up w/ a good self esteem.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
no rating September 21, 2005
We are new to this school. Our two kids are in lower level grades, but our concern at this point is that while there are computers in the classroom as opposed to a computer lab - our kids have, as of yet, not been on them at all. It is a small school. I would need to wait and see how my children progress academically.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
Not a good school for anybody to go to.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
The Academy has just notified us that they have increased their 2005 test score to 745, a gain of 32. They have increased over 180 points in three years and lead now the district. It is a small K-12 Charter School of 325 students, but they are big on student progress. Their new high school (only ninth grade this year) is off to a great start and no doubt will have the same student first focus.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I was a student at the academy for 7 total years and I have never had a problem with it. This school is so small it is like a little community. Everyone pretty much knows everyone. Thats what I liked about it. So yes I did like the school.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 19, 2005
This school is really growing with the addition of 9th grade this year.

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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
The main point i would like to make about this school is it is a school of choice! It's not a school for every child,every family, or every parent. Alot is expected from these children, good behavior, respectfulness, be kind, do their best, strive to always do better & reach for higher goals. Alot is expected of parents also, to take an interest in your childs education, volunteer, be sure your child is at school on time, well rested, ready & excited, encouraged to do their best all day everyday at school. However to me I don't feel they are asking alot of my children or myself, I feel as a parent it's my job to do all of the above & more. And they are asking no more of my children than I expect from them. I'm grateful for this school & the education my children receive here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 07, 2005
I like it a lot. It helps my kids learn. It makes sure the parents are involved and helps my kids think and inquire about things on their own.

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June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
We have 2 children attending this school and have been very pleased with the quality of academic programs, the extracurricular activities and the dedication of the staff and personnel to each childs education. The principal is very involved in knowing each of her students by name and the strengths and weaknesses of each student. She is firm yet friendly with the students and they are clear of who is in charge. This school requires not only academic high standards but they also require students to behave and be respectful to each other and the teachers and staff. This is a school of choice and is not for every student or every parent. We are very happy and so are our children.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2005
This is an excellent school of choice if you want your child to be challenged and required to have high academic standards and good behavior. The staff, teachers, and principal are truly dedicated and want the best for each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
My children have been enrolled at SJVA since kindergarten and I am very happy with the education they receive. The teachers are always responsive to my concerns and very communicative. The inquiry-based curriculum is outstanding and my children love the challenges that are provided throught his method of teaching. The school has a community atmosphere and parents are encouraged and welcomed to be active partners with the school in their children's education. The principal is very committed to the charter concept and provides excellent leadership to her team. She goes above and beyond in her calling and is a great asset to SJVA. She provides a safe, effective learning environment and allows no monkey-business. Definitely a refreshing change from what some traditional public schools offer. My children are happy and excelling in their studies and I am very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
My three boys have gone to this school for 3 years and I am very happy with the education my children are receiving. My children have gone to public school in previous years and I did not feel that they were challenged at all, however at this school they are very challenged. They are not only required to have the right answers but must also be able to explain how they got the answer. I feel the teachers, principal and office staff are very dedicated to each students education and put forth a above and beyond effort to help each child do their best and succeed. My concept on education has always been that it is extremely important to receive the best. I feel that this school gives my children a private school education at a public school price. I like that they require good behavior and high standards.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
The Principal is very strict, this school has no activites for the children. This school is like a school for bad children the way the principal treats them. She is very rude. If your children attend this school, take them out and put them in a positive learning environment this school is not a good one for these children to attend.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
This school is not recommended I had 2 children this year and their test scores declined and their grades went down. The teacher did not show or help them in their work. I now have them in public schooling and their grades and test scores have risen to B grades instead of D's. The teachers at the public school show care for the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have 2 children that attend. One in 5th and one in 6th. One was ready to fail at her other school. Now she is excelling in her school work. They have a sports program that the kids love. I have been really happy with everything.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
I have 2 children attending this school, one in the 1st grade and the other in the 6th grade. I love this school, all the children know each other, and look after each other. We have no problems with the different cultures. We are a smaller school. I hope they achieve to add their high school grades.

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August 03, 2003
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San Jacinto Valley Academy
480 North San Jacinto Avenue, San Jacinto, CA  92583
(951) 654-6113
Last modified San Jacinto Valley Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Jacinto Valley Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top