We have three kids that attend Valencia. All of their teachers to date have been very caring, and committed to helping their students excel. There is significant parent involvement and the PTA helps fill the gaps left by a continually shrinking state budget. We feel that our Principal is very dedicated to making Valencia the absolute best that it can be and always has the childrens best interest at heart.
This school has a "high score" because its student body comes from a wealthy-ish community where the parents supplement their children's learning. The curriculum is not rigorous (way too many worksheets) and there is little to no differentiation (especially for high-achieving students). The principal is unresponsive to parental concerns. I'm not at all satisfied with the education my children receives. I have seen far better INSTRUCTION and more rigorous curriculum in high-needs schools. As for parental involvement: They just want parents who will raise money and not question what it is that they are actually doing with kids. But, there are a lot of these parents....the rah-rah crowd.
This school is definitely high performing and it can be difficult for new students to catch up. There isn't much support for the average student UNLESS he/she has a learning disability. If your child has an IEP this school in incredible. They generously offer all services and have great resource teachers. Regular ed teachers are either great or terrible. There isn't much in between. This year my child had one of the incredible teachers but last year he had the worst teacher I've known (and I'm a teacher myself!). Be careful in this school if your child struggles. Also, do something about it right away if your child is placed with a teacher who is unsuitable. There are some teachers to watch out for!!!
I went to Valencia for 6th grade! I was in the special ed class, and the teacher I had was great, but it's too bad she is no longer teaching there. I think the special ed dept in Upland Unified is a lot better than the dept at the previous district I was enrolled in before.
Great PTA! All together , the staff is excelent. I am proud to have my children go there!
Very average school. Some teachers are very good. Others are average or below. Constantly moving teachers around. Many good teachers retired or were forced out last year. Very disorganized staff. At this school you either keep up or are left behind,. The 30-60 minutes of homework is easily 2-3 hours and the teachers don't care. Don't let the location fool you
My son has been attending Valencia Elementary for 2 years now and I am highly pleased with the school's performance. Both teachers he's had, have been great and with the Construction Project (during the summer), it has enhanced my son's learning ability & made the classroom a fun-filled learning environment. Unfortunately, there is all different kinds of negativity at all schools - from the parents to the lack of discipline with the students; however, as an overall - I am very pleased with Valencia Elementary & commend all for continuing to be supportive parents! I am grateful...there are many other schools that are less fortunate than where our children attend.
Although my child has done very well here academically, the school is average.The kids are not supervised very well. Only 1-2 duty aides vs 100's of kids on a very large playing field. Some very good teachers and some very poor teachers. The children here lack discipline and morals. The parents are very immature and act like high school kids. I would not recommend this school if you can afford to send your kids to private school. The increase in class sizes is also a negative.
Again my son has been fortunate with another awsome teacher. I cant just say we are lucky. Valencia is saturated with great staff and supportive parents.
Amazing Teachers and Staff with genuine hearts and infinite teaching power!
Most of the kids I know are not well discipline...is an average school
It is generally a good school with caring teachers.Unfortunately I did not get as much support from the Principal as another write when I stated my child was not being sufficiently challenged.
The GATE Teaching is fabulous! The students are challenged and the principal really cares! My two children have excelled at Valencia Elem. - Great job teachers.
Although the facility is not very appealing, the dedication of the teachers and parent involvement create a supportive atmosphere for learning.
I am impressed with this school. Not enough physical education, and very little music and art. However, I find the teachers caring and helpful.
My daughter is in the Special Education classroom. It's unfortunate because they don't learn much to move them ahead in life. They are not expected to do well in life. Please monitor you children's school work. Talk to your kids often and, as the parent, you stay on top of the teacher. An administrator who works for the Upland District told me that a lot of kids graduate from high school and 'get by'. If I wasn't rooted in the Word of God who is the only one who knows what's ahead of life for my daughter, I would have just thrown my hands up. The other teachers in the regular day class apparently do well, but if your child needs require any type of Special Education find another schools district, because the administrator will never put the needs of the child first, only the school district.
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