This school, despite its seemingly awful reputation, is mediocre. Not great as some here are claiming, nor nearly as bad as others seem to think. Theft and drugs are not issues more than any other typical high school. While my student was an AP/Honors student, he greatly enjoyed the staff and felt that they were of the highest quality. His counselor was very good, and would address any concerns he had. I am not a huge fan of the principal, however the other administrative staff was top tier. There have been complaints about a few of the staff, and the non-AP teachers may or may not be as high quality, I cannot say for sure. Overall the school is 4/5 in my opinion.
Absolutely NO school pride by teachers or the students! Teachers & administrators seem to do only the bare minimum and have no interest to push the students to do more than is required ( including extra curricular activities). Hart district needs to move in new administrative blood that is going to expect more and get results like other schools in the district do (esp. like VHS with their staff). School only seems to care about ESL & not the traditional student. Disappointed with the lack of school spirited high school experience my kids got there.
This School caters to the lowest common denominator and dumbs down the curriculum. Students are bused in from Val Verde. Leadership focuses more on ESL and resources are allocated with that as a priority. The AP students excel DESPITE the poor management. The less said about the Russian Math the better - avoid at all costs. Good teachers have left due to the principle and wrong direction. Please teach to the standard of the brightest and not the slowest students. If students aren't motivated... have them all be in a remedial class suited for their skill level without hamstringing the motivated students. AP students also go to private schools like Elite Prep.. so it's not all GVHS folks. The district has done a poor job managing this school.
This school has really turned it around since it opened. The educational opportunities have been excellent for my daughter, the teachers and her counselor are very involved and responsive. My daughter is very involved in her education as well . The sports are improving here, girls basketball, cross country, and track. The fine arts department, including the Choir department is excellent. There are some seriously talented kids at this school! The leadership shown by the teachers and the principle have been a great influence on my daughter. But, with that said, It's the kids that really make the school, not the other way around! We are very happy with Golden Valley.
This school lacks leadership in all areas. This school has the lowest test scores of all the schools in the District. The athletic programs have improved in the areas of cross country and track but all the others are in terrible shape including the major sports such as football, basketball, soccer, softball, and baseball. The majority of staff members do not like working for the principal. Discipline is also a major concern at this school as bullying, drugs, and theft are issues. Besides a few bright students at this school, the majority of students have behavoral and academic issues. This school is rather new and looks nice but the people who run this school are far from it.
If you look at the ratings, the lowest rating is attributed to parental involvement. By the time these kids reach high school, teachers only see these kids 35-45 minutes a day. Realistically, is that enough time to handle ALL of the problems listed? Get real. Most of the teachers work hard and are asked to do a lot for these kids, i.e. IP, after-school activities, etc. Parents need to be involved early on in their child's education...quit blaming others for a child's lack of achievement. Take some ownership and accept that you as a parent need to be more involved. Furthermore, Athletics are EXTRA-curricular. Quite ruining football, basketball, and other games by yelling, screaming, and blaming refs or coaches for a childs poor performance. Not all of these kids area getting full-ride scholarships so quit acting like these kids are pros. Atheltics is EXTRA- curricular.
The most diverse school in the Valley! This school started off in rough water, as conflicts arose in its first few years, but since than a lot has changed. There is no fear on campus. The students feel safe, they cannot remember the last time they have seen a fight. The parents in this valley just want to believe that this is a bad school, because of what happened when it first opened, but if they were to open their eyes and compare it to every other school in the valley, they would realize that it is the best school there. This school shows the most respect to other schools, and has the most class, this school has worked hard to get ride of its "ghetto valley" image and has succeeded above all expectations. and to anyone who says that drugs are a problem at GVHS, they need to get their facts right. Drugs are a major issue at many schools, not Golden Valley, ask students if they know anyone thats been expelled for drugs, than go to Canyon High and ask a student the same question...