My son was there for just one year (first grade) before transferring to Carver. Great campus, great teachers (my son had the best first grader teacher), great staffs, great kids, and great parents. The only complaint I have is the current principal. I tried to set up a meeting with her at the beginning of the school year to talk about my son's condition. I must have left her at least 6 messages via her secretary, email, voicemail, note... never got a call back in the whole school year. Rumor has it that she only speaks to PTA parents. I know I was not the only parent whom she ignored. What a different from Carver's principal!
It's important for people to know that the teachers at this school are outstanding. I have three daughters at this school and they are all receiving a tremendous education. The parent involvement is also excellent. Unfortunately, the school district made a bad decision in hiring the current principal. Colleen Shield is an uncertain and meek leader who does not understand children or families. Colleen Shields does not weigh both sides before making decisions, and many parents are frustrated and disappointed in her lack of balance. She is well below the high standards of this school. Her leadership is flat and not well orchestrated. She has almost no presence and will take sides without weighing all angles. She takes positions that she has no knowledge of with harmful effects to the children of this school. The district really needs to address the scores of unhappy parents because of her failure to lead.
It's an awesome school! I know it because I went there. The Principal, Dr.Schreiber is cool! We have many events and field trips. We also have cool teachers and play equipment. THIS IS THE BEST EVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! P.S. It is right next to Huntington Middle School.
Community support of schools is impressive. San Marino privately donates >$1 million annually to make up shortfalls in state funding. The city consistently passes ballot measures that raise additional property tax earmarked for education. All the parents I know volunteer through PTA. In 2 months, the PTA has already put on the annual Valentine fair, pumpkin patch, Halloween craft fair, art contest, and book fair. There are many extracurricular activities in this community. Chinese school is conveniently on site during afterschool hours & children can participate anywhere from 2-5 days weekly. Sports, art, music & daycare is available through Recreation Department. AYSO, Little League & Boy Scouts are also very popular here. The San Marino community is truly unique in its commitment towards education, and everyone gives back to its community to make it a better.
very good education at valentine elementary school. teachers are wonderful. valentine is the best elementary school in San Marino.
Very strong parent involvement through PTA and San Marino Schools Foundation. Strong visual/performing arts program. Limited GATE program starting in the 4th grade. Many extracurricular activities through the San Marino Recreation department with before and after school care.
Excellent school. Great academics, committed teachers. Pretty competitive amongst students, though.
My daughter attended kindergarten at Valentine, and this is a wonderful school. The academic programs were great, the extracurricular activities were very impressive and the parent involvement was phenomenal! I cannot recommend this school highly enough.
Lovely environment, great test scores, but art and music only a few times per year.
Strong leadership and strong parental involvement. Many, many activities to include your kids in.
This is a fantastic place for my child. Her teachers have been on the cutting edge and very proactive. Very impressive. A great balance of fun, activities and learning. I feel confident that she can become whatever she wants with this foundation in education.
My son is in fourth grade and every teacher has been highly professional and organized. My son was given the opportunity to be tested by the school psychologist and the team that evaluated and reported the results was very professional and thorough. Many parents are involved and for a public school there are many extra curricular activities. The field trips are exciting and each classroom is clean, organized and well decorated. I do wish that the school had a more extensive music program, but my son has found the music classes interesting and he talks about what he's learned in music quite often. I am very happy with the environment at Valentine and feel comfortable having my son in this school.
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