We have been at this school for my child's 2nd 3rd 4th grade years. I also find the staff unfriendly and uncooperative. Teachers and office staff. They are only worried about FCAT scores.NOT the overall well being of the child or if they are struggling and or retaining information and need help . Calls are not returned promptly. Complete lack of compassion for each child's individual needs. You must fit into a perfect square box here. I can not get out of this school fast enough. I have talked to several other moms with the same experience as my self and mentioned below. This school is NOT what it portrays to be AT ALL!
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With my kids coming from a private school setting, I was very concerned about them going to ANY public school. But, I have been very happy and pleased with Valleyview. Everyone there is very helpful. Having children with learning struggles, the administration, the staff and the teachers took a first-hand approach to helping my children succeed. More so than the magnet school did or the private school did. When I have requested meetings, they have been scheduled timely and I've always been invited to attend the follow-ups. Their focus on FCAT is not the school's fault but the fault of the Florida DOE and No Child Left Behind Act. They do everything within their power to ensure that their students get a good education and are well-rounded with Art, Music, Science, PE and extra-curriculars like chorus. I think the school is wonderful and have been very pleased with my experience.
My first impression was that I found the office staff and prinicipal rather cold and uncooperative, I chalked it up to them just having a bad day but a yr later unfortunately the first impression stands. Teacher parent communication is discouraged to the point of being dismissive, the main concern is only FCAT scores not the overall learning experience, Arts are ignored and barely any extracurricular activities. Dissapointing experience.
My initial response to this school was that it puts way too much pressure on parents and students for FCAT (just to keep their A status). I was not impressed by my child's teacher at first but after several meeting with her she has shown she does want what is best for my child, as for the school itself I still feel they are not as friendly as they appear to be, and academics is their only concern. The child in whole should be their priority not their standings! The 'Arts' is not considered and that is very sad to see. I would not recommend this school.
In the aftermath of Katrina we came to Lakeland more than halfway through the school year. We were worried that our son would not adjust well to a new school as he was having some post traumatic stress and seperation issues. It was a tough time for him. When we registered him at Vallyview we let the staff and principal know what was going on. They were amazing ! They took him around and told him about the school and asked him questions. They didn't pity him or let on what they knew. On his first day of school they were ready when we arrived. We called ahead to let them know he was already in tears. They took it from there. He had a great day and made friends quickly. It was all uphill from there. We are eternally grateful and highly recommend this school.
We moved here in the middle of the school year and our first thought was this place it too structured. We read reviews and worried too much emphasis was placed on testing and academics. We have been so pleased with our sons progress. He is challenged and has advanced his reading level by 3 grades in 8 months. His teacher is always prepared and happy to answer any quesions or address any concerns. We are so happy we did not let the few negative reviews affect our decision. This is an amazing school and we feel our son is safe and well cared for.
This school has been wonderful for my children. I thought it would be overwhelming for my son entering kindergarten because of the school's size, but he's adjusted very well. The teachers are tough and caring at the same time which means a lot. I love this school and don't won't my kids going to any other.
Principal, Staff, Teachers, Alpha program...in one word, fantastic! I am amazed that this is a public school and could not have picked better if I had unlimited resources. Safety, progressive education, computer resources, clean, Alpha program, Chess Club, friendly, involved, structured in the most positive manner, and challenging to the average child. I would gladly pay to send our son here. I give Valleyview my highest recommendation!
I have been a Valleyview parent since 2000 and cannot recommend this school more highly. I have volunteered hundreds of hours and have been nothing but impressed by the teachers and staff. The year-round schedule is wonderful and the children thrive with no startup and shutdown problems. The school also feels smaller than it's enrollment count as there is always a chunk of students 'off track' at all times.
I have known about this school for 10 years; the teachers are more worried about FCAT then how they teach their students, they are quick to judge.
My experience at VV was horrific. I encountered nothing but resistance when I wanted to be an 'involved parent'. There is no joy, just high test scores. Academics are important but so is the joy and love of learning. If you'd like a happy well-rounded, well-educated child go somewhere else!
The all-year school year took some getting used to, but now I LOVE it! We are so much more flexible with vacation plans. My daughter never get out of the school mode, and has no problems catching on again when her break is over. Teachers are wonderful!
The focus is very academic, little focus on the 'whole child.' Students only have P.E. twice a week. The year round schedule can get difficult.
Has been a great school for a number of years. New principal has eliminated clubs and is 'all business'. Still a great school with lots of Parent involement
This school has little communication with parents. We've been here for almost a year and we've had very little communication from the school. The staff is very unfriendly and impersonable. We've had nothing but bad vibes from this school. One good thing we've experienced is my daughter's teacher has been great this year.
Though a large school, it has a smaller school feel. The teachers are professionals and very good with the students. The staff are friendly, warm and courteous. Coming from the Northeast I wasn't sure what to expect but this school has far exceeded my expectations.
Educationally this school is exceptional. Although, there is no extra activities for the children which I think is terrible and as for the atmosphere, I feel as though it resembles a prison .Office staff and administration could be a little more friendly and a little more convincing that they actually like their jobs. Teachers we have had have been wonderful but you can tell they are under lots of pressure and stress.
Mrs. Racette teaches Kindergarten at Valleyview Elementary. She is by far the best teacher I have ever seen. My daughter learned so much from her. A teacher-student relationship is very important in getting the education our young ones need. Thank you Mrs. Racette!
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