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
Wonderful school! Their teaching methods are GREAT! My two children have been thriving ever since we enrolled them in 2011.
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.
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!
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
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!!.
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.
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!
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
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.
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