This is an outstanding school. The teachers communicate well and I have had 3 kids go through this school and a 4th about to enter next year. As expected some of the low reviews are just plain silly by middle school kids mad about homework or the one parent who "heard" that Iron Horse will give their kid a 92% chance to go to college and be successful. Not sure how you measure that because success is measured in different ways. Iron Horse is a great school but that doesn't make Pine Valley "terrible". Please get a clue.
Wonderful school, wonderful staff! The teachers really care at Pine Valley. I now have my second child at Pine Valley and it hasn't changed. Love it! Lots of great parents too who are very involved. I had my oldest child at Iron Horse who was bullied then failed miserably because of it. We moved to Pine Valley and they made a world of a difference. They cared. I feel like no child really is left behind there.
Wonderful school! Amazing kids and staff there!! Go to that school!! I recommend it with my life!!
Teachers that my children and I have had the pleasure of working with have been helpful when asked. Mr. Law has been very inspirational in conducting meetings concerning my Girls. It takes all of us. The teacher, Principal, myself and my Kids to work together in helping with the education process. I have had to be proactive in all cases while the system seems to be reactive. But once a problem has been brought to every ones attention the help is tremendous. So what I am saying is do not count on the teachers or the school to come to you to say "Hey we might have a problem". "Your child's grade has seriously declined and here is what we think is the cause". You need to get in there and ask the questions and develop a plan together to fix the problem. Once you do this I have found the teachers and Mr. Law to be helpful. If you show you really care you will get the help you need. You also need to get your children to learn to ask for the help. Pine Valley is a wonderful school with a fantastic staff and administration. Mr. Law is a good man. He and the teachers have your kids interest at heart. Don't Wait it'll be too late. No one will reach out to you. Demand Participation.
A terrible school. I had to drop my daughter out, and got to Iron horse, especially because I heard Iron horse has over a 92% chance all kids go to college, and become successful.
My daughter just finished up her last year at Pine Valley. I must say that the Principal, Mr. Law, is really great! He has made a huge difference. While I haven't had all that much contact with him, he seems great at communication, seems very positive, and seems to genuinely care about the kids and the school. My daughter had a wonderful 6th grade core teacher who we still often talk about. Unfortunately her 7th and 8th grade core teachers were not as good. This happens no matter what school you attend though. Some teachers are excited and really care, others are just there to fill up the year and have been disappointing. I'll be back as a parent in Pine Valley in a few years and definitely hope Mr. Law is still there continuing to keep the school at it's best!
This is my child's second year and I am happy with the education he is getting. It is definitely different than elementary and as a parent, you are only connected through SchoolLoop - a system that keeps you up to date on your child's progress DAILY!!! I generally liked most of the teachers that my child had and so does he... except if you can avoid Charles and Lougherty! they are the worst! You as a parent need to keep tabs on them... Also, chaperone at the dances... I must admit, I am shocked at the behavior of the kids!!!!! and the administration doesn't do anything about it... I think they should work on that.
Both my daughter and son went to Pine Valley Middle School. They still have great memories of dedicated teachers that were genuinely interesed in teaching and helping them grow. It was always easy to talk to the entire faculty; this made us (parents) so comfortable and re-assured that our kids were happy and learning. Pine Valley tries hard to do the best for each student, which is not easy in these stiffled economic times. I appreciate SO much how Pine Valley helped to set the foundation for my children. Pine Valley Middle school deserves to be honored and rewarded for thier solid dedication to place CHILDREN FIRST.
Mr. Law has made all the difference in the world as Pine Valley's principal. There is just no comparison. He is professional, holds students accountable, and offers support as they prepare for their High School years. He has changed the level of pride felt at this school. This school is currently the best kept secret in the school district (as far as Middle Schools go).
Pine Valley is phenomenal! From staff to students to community involvement, this school creates a safe, caring and nurturing environment where students are lucky to go to school. Mr. Law has been a great addition. He is supportive and a breath of fresh air. He creates positive relationships with kids and still holds them accountable. (I think the negative comments written about Mr. Law must be from the parents of kids that were held accountable.) The kids love him and parents find him open to new ways of thinking. I am so glad my kids go here. The new facility and the new style of leadership makes Pine Valley MS a great place to send your kids to school.
Teachers are average, saftey is average, everything else is like whatever. Mr. Law is a terrible principal. He doesn't say the pledge during announcements and when students say puma pride to him he justs walks by and mutters puma pride like he has somthing better to do that say that!
This is our first year at PV and thankfully our last. I feel that the principal is a waste. He is all talk with very little action. If a child truly needs help and support he does nothing. As for the teachers some offer extra help but others say they do but really just are in the room while on their computers. It was a horrible transition for our family and child coming to this school there is no help or programs offered to 6th graders that need it.
My son is in 8th grade at Pine Valley. The school environment has improved since Mr. Law became principal. He is professional, approachable for both students and parents and a good fit for middle school. The science and math programs offer a challenge and teacher's assistance and support.
I think Pine Valley is overall a great school. My Core teacher is the best. Due to her encouragement I won second place in a spelling bee. :) There is one teacher who is incessantly angry, and one student who teases me with a non-friendly intent, but neither is major, or anything I would hold against the school. There is also a wide range of electives, though something including writing might be appreciated. I am enjoying being a 6th grader at Pine Valley and look forward to 7th grade immensely.
I'm a student at Pine Valley, and I can honestly say that the kids here are awesome, and the teachers are as well. I've recently won the spelling bee here (yay me!) and I intend to pulverize the competition at the district spelling bee. Okay, I'm not much of a speller, actually, but I'm still quite confident that pine valley shall do pretty well. :D
I am a student here at Pine Valley Middle School. I love to be with my friends, but my teachers can sometimes make me mad. It's as if some of the teachers take personal problems out on on us kids. Go Pumas!!!
My son transferred to Pine Valley from Iron Horse this year. The difference in his middle school experience is like night and day. The support he is getting from the teachers and staff is outstanding. The new principal is phenomenal. I have seen a complete turn around in my son both academically and socially.
My daughter is thriving at Pine Valley. Things should only get better this year as they finish rebuilding the school.
Students with learning disabilities are lost at this school - unless they are of the most severe type. They consider 67 passing and as long as you pass, everything is ok in their book. I expect it to only get worse with the upcoming budget cuts.
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