I'm a former student at Valley Alternative Magnet School, i would like to say that this school is amazing. The staff, teachers, and students will try their best to make you feel comfortably. The teachers don't have favorites which is good because most schools do. If the a teacher see's that you are falling behind or failing a class he/she will try to help in any way they can to bring your grades up.We might not have sports but, when you hit the tenth grade you are able to go to Valley College for free or Job Site. Those 2 thing make up for not having sporst because that will help you get in to a better college. I recommend this school if you want your child to be successful in life.
VAS is a warm, friendly environment and a nice place for kids to learn and make friends.
My son was at this school for one semester of 7th grade. It was an awful experience for both us. He got bullied relentlessly. The administration was open about communicating but nothing really got resolved. It is unfortunate that bullies get to stay there while our kids have to be removed for their own safety. My son is now doing great at his current school. I wish I would've moved him sooner.
This school is not for students who are struggling in academics. The teachers only care and give attention to the students who are already doing good. They don't want to bother to give help to those who really need it. The teachers are rude to the students during class. I have been there long enough to know that what I am telling you is the whole truth. Oh, I almost forgot they are constantly asking for money all the time, they say to pay for field trips, which they hardly ever go on, and when they do they still ask for you pay.
My school expirience in this school was depressing so far I'm a seventh grader. I dont like the seventh grade math class. Sixth grade was horrible I was bullied with words and it took a while to get the problem resolved I enjoy the english and history class with Steve also Stephany's pe class most kids are mean at point but sometimes kind it was very confusing. I want to switch for high school because there aren' any sports and I want to play football. I think it's fine to send your student here but it isn't always a friendly enviorment.
I like the school, but find that some teachers are better than others are. I can say that because I have twins. Overall, I love the school, the teachers, and staff. I know that my children are safe when they are in school. I find that younger teachers tend to be more aggressive with their teaching technics then the veteran ones, who seam burned out.
This school is not what it used to be I do not recommend you enroll your child in this school some of the students are mean. The teachers are kind but you do not learn anything. Problems do not get solved. The budget is extremely horrible there are no sports.
I have had all three of my children attend this school. VAS provides a warm, caring atmosphere in the whole school community. Students are taught to think, and reflect about their own decisions. VAS has unique experiences like the annual Peace Day event. Students learn to be engaged and look towards their future. The high school students have an opportunity to work at a job site, or attend community college. It provides life experiences, and prepares them for when they graduate. VAS has a limited sports education program. Electives are varied also. The small school environment is wonderful!
Horribe school. Teachers don't care much about the student/parent relationship. Teacher's assistants are rude and don't give a good example to the children. If I could go back in time I would NEVER enroll my child in this school.
I love Valley Alt magnet school, my child has been there since kindergarten & is now graduating 8th grade... the one on one the kids get is amazing, the teachers really care & I could not think of a better school, with all the LAUSD mess, Valley ALT magnet school is the only high School I can see my child at where he will succeed in the real world when he graduates!
Many people think this school is great, it isn't. This school doesn't provide a good program for high school students. It has no extracurricular activities like sports or clubs, and pathetically only has one A.P. Class. Have your child here for elemntary studies but take them out as soon as they hit middle school.
It's great because its so small, with a very careing staff, and I mean the entire staff. We have a farm, no auditorium or gym but we are able to pull off everything at the site. Oh I would love to be in a brand new state of the art facility but I am sure the atmosphere would be difference so we opt for the small environmnet and also did I mention its a no trasition school its a k-12, how beatiful is that. Like a country school,. We just love it.
The teachers don't teach much they don't explain enough for my kid to get the math
My son is just starting first grade and loving it! VAS is a school where all the teachers interact with the kids, the kids feel safe, happy and proud! VAS has an enrichment program taught by professionals who volunteer their time. The PTA and all the parents are very involved. Plus they just scored 802! That's school wide! Compare that to other high schools.
As a former teacher at Valley Alternative Magnet I often communicate with adults who graduated from the school. One thing they always mention is that the school taught them how to think. As a small school, students are allowed to make decisions about appropriate actions and to express their opinions. These are important life skills because as an adult you need to decide your own course of action and be willing to accept the consequences of your decisions. VAS is a small family-oriented school. I loved working at VAS! Retired Educator
I love this school. The principal, staff, teachers, students and parents are great. They have set a warm and open door policy in practice not just 'words'. Most of the staff even know most of the students by first name, if not all of them. They do stress a family atmosphere. They also have what I believe is a higher standard for academics then most schools. I also believe the teachers as a whole take an active role when there is some sort of problem. I have 2 children here and hope my 3rd gets in...we haven't even considered another school yet for this September. The parent involvement has brought about many extra curriculum activities...such as chess,arts & crafts,museum trips, dance, music just to name some.
My daughter just started attending this school and is in kindergarten. We are delighted with it so far. The teachers are wonderful and the curriculum is excellent.
i am a current student at VAS and i will recomend Valley Alternative to any parent who wants thier child to be succsesful and achive great things in the future. Vally Alt. is a great school with wonderful staff and students. We are like a big family! mary gasparyan,9th grade
The quality of academic programs is fairly high. Because we are K-12 many of the students are here for 8 or more years! Besides the high test scores, the students work with a very involved and caring faculty. Starting in the 10th grade all students have access to classes at Valley College. Our senior class college placement is always around 95%. Many of our seniors graduate with their Freshman college class requirements finished. There is a very strong sense of family between all of the campus stakeholders. The graduations are very personal and emotionally heartfelt. They have the kick of a wedding watching cherished sons and daughters move on to bigger and better things. The faculty has long had the ability to make a lasting impression on their students. Visitors from past graduating classes are a common occurrence on campus. The school is also spectacularly safe.
Our child and our neighbor's children all enjoy this school because of its hands on approach to learning. The staff and teachers are very warm, caring and love their jobs. It shows on the faces of the kids and in the test scores, which seem to get better every year.
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