This school is a terrible school. It is kindergarten to 12 grade and they all call their teachers by their first names. Most of the teachers are rude and don't really care for their the lunch area is very small, students. They don't have a gym, PE lockers or an auditorium. The students have to do PE in their regular clothes, sweat, then go to class with those sweaty clothes. There is no gym, so rainy days weren't fun. Also there is no auditorium but they have a farm which is behind the cafeteria. They have no sports teams or bands or anything fun like that but they have a farm (what?). The staff doesn't take bullying, fights, or dress code seriously. There were students who came to school pracitcally naked and there were fights happening in and out of class and nothing was done to stop them. Overall, the school needs to be rebuilt with a better administration and staff along with the gym, PE lockers, etc. Regular hall lockers are really tiny and have to be shared because there arent enough. They don't have a class set of books and they have to carry all the books back and forth. If your are a parent thinking about taking your child there, reconsider it.
(continued) Also, at this school I have the advantage of my teachers really caring about me, my future, and guiding me towards success. So regardless of the lack of sports, or the cafeteria food, or other irrelevant nonsense, when it comes down to what really matters, which is the education, the genuine care teachers have for their students, and preparation for college and the real world, VAS is where you should want to send your child. To wrap it up, the people who wrote all the negative and unimportant comments are probably the ones who did not put any effort into their education or in the parents' cases, their children's educations. As cheesy as it may sound, at VAS we really are a family. Although no family is perfect, we still are pretty great and we overcome our challenges just fine without a large faculty or a lot of money, because like I said that is not what really matters.
Hi my name is Meri and I will soon be a sophomore at VAS. I have been attending this school since sixth grade, and without a doubt it is great! Some might argue that we lack AP classes and sports teams, but sports are always available at any given time outside of school. But when can you go to a community college 8 hours a week during school time and get credits for highschool and college at the same time? At VAS. That is definitely more beneficial than an AP class, because your child has the opportunity to go straight into university with a lot of college units already completed, specifically the IGETC.
This school is good at a certain level, but some of the students that go here can be very immature and disrespectful to peers and faculty. What's good about this school is LAVC and job site, that's about it. In my opinion, they really should get rid of the farm, it only brings flies into the classrooms, which gets really annoying. Some teachers' grading systems are ridiculous and should be altered to become more reasonable for students that are having a hard time in the class. And it is somewhat true that teachers only focus on kids who are already doing well.
This is a AWESOME school and I love going to school every day because the teachers know how to make learning fun and interesting. I do agree that the coffee cake is disgusting but, who cares about the food, school is for learning not eating. The teachers know their stuff and are smart but a few teachers rise above the rest (Jennelle Stewart, Albert Estrada, and David Santamaria). I give my school five stars because I like it .
This school is great in academics but when a person is failing ,zero help is brought to them. The teachers only focus on students that are already doing good and don't help the other students at all the teat hers are very rude for example the bio teacher , although he know what he is teaching and does a good job at it ,he insults you and embarrass you if you make a little mistake. The school does not have extra curricular activities to entertain them and a lot of students are focused in drugs you may not see it but as a student that interacts with other secrecy i have seen that many students are under the influence. This school cares of nothing except how good a person's grade can be. The school money is very poor due to the farm animals they need to spend the little money we have on the food and other animal needs so they are not capable of spending money on educational programs for the students. The schools lunches are dreadful and its the reason many students starve themselves the breakfast is nothing but cold bread and disgusting coffee cake EVERY SINGLE DAY. I personally DO NOT recommend this school.
There is a lot of bullying at this school and the administration doesn't do anything about it. Do not send your child here. If I could, I would give it zero stars.
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
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