I am a teacher at this school. Would I want my child to attend this school among the nice, sweet students I see every day? Yes! (But since I would be providing learning and enrichment at home, I would request that my child be placed in an advanced class. I would also enroll my child in arts classes outside of school because our arts program is limited.) We have a hard-working staff that teaches the same content and standards as any other school. Same curriculum, textbooks, and pedagogy. We want the best for our students. [What is the difference between our Title 1 school and schools in more affluent neighborhoods? Fundraising. Schools in upper-middle class areas raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year (from parents) that they can spend however they d like. They use the money for full-time art (music, visual) teachers, a P.E. teacher, and for overnight field trips. Their (educated) parents volunteer their skills gardening, professional videotaping of school events, and set-design for school plays. We Title 1 schools receive federal funds, but we re more restricted as to how the money is spent. It has to be spent on improving student achievement.]
Valerio Elementary has familed the students and their parents with the lack of leadership and horrible CST scores. LAUSD has failed the school by allowing it to get this over populated. Nearly 1,100 students in K-5 is ridiculous and it's no wonder this school struggles to make improvements. Half the teachers give best effort, the other half could care less and just do whatever the heck they want...and their classroom shows. Parents are not involved in this school and there isn't any parent volunteer program such as a PTA or anything.
I am a fifth grade student at valerio and yes I think it is a great school.if you are thinking of putting your child in this school you should because you will learn alot and the teachers are very suportive the principal is great too .I think if you get mr. spagnolia and mrs. martinez for a teacher you are a very lucky person.And who cares about what the perents at the are doing what matters is what the schoo is doing so dont complain about what the parents are doing.
The school is not so bad but it has to work harder to implement their security policy. They don't ask for ID's when picking up your Kids and they don't police what kids go in or out. It should only be one main entrance to pick and drop off Kids only. And please all the stroller moms need to stop having gatherings at the main entrance and stop conducting business that is not relating to the school such us selling catalog merchandise or just hanging around to kill some time once their kids have been dropped off.
There is a reason that there are so few reviews for this school--the majority of the parents do not speak English and are minimally involved. This is also the reason that the students' test scores are so intolerably low. The principal is a good leader and I admire the teachers for rising to the occasion, but unfortunately it is the parents who make this school fail. I do like the weekly music class and appreciate the cleanliness of the campus. I don't like the unchallenging curriculum and how uninvolved the parents are with the school and with their child's education.
I culminated from this school June 18 Class of 2010 this school is great and it has a great staff with smiling faces everywhere except in the office because it's full of older people but yeah.If you are a parent looking for a dependable school please I want you to enroll you youngster here everyone there is very supportive of all the kids there.All the T.As are very helpful they explain very well.All as well as the teachers are very good in encouraging the children from any troubles they are going through.I HOPE YOU AND YOUR CHILD WILL GET EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT AT THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You! Let's Go VALERIO Eagles!!!!!!!!!!
I am a student who graduated 2 months ago. This school is great. It has great teachers and staff. There are two fantastic teachers and they are Mrs. Greene and Mr. Spagnolia. If you get them, well you will enjoy them because I did.
My daughter attended kindergarten here with Ms. Burgess and Ms. Cicuto. They were wonderful teachers, and I was amazed how well the teachers overcame difficulties (crowding, lack of English speakers in the class, etc.) They were incredibly committed, hardworking teachers. They also worked hard to help my child fit in although she was the only one of her ethnic group in the class. The school seemed to me to have to compete against huge obstacles and I was impressed with how well run it was.