Just like any place, there are great teachers and some that aren't so great. The school has recently changed the way they evaluate the teachers so this will help in assuring they are meeting a higher standard.
We started each of our kids in 7th grade & have been a part of the Cole Valley family for 4 years. Our kids immediately thrived at CVCS! They LOVE our kids and although academics are important, it is a school after all, we feel that every teacher and every staff/support person, all the way up to the principal and superintendent, makes an intentional effort to get to know EVERY student and pour out their love for Jesus into each and every one! Small class sizes allow them to actually get to KNOW each student. Cole Valley definitely offers a rigorous schedule for those who need a challenge academically. My oldest, on his current track, should graduate from high school with enough concurrent credit and AP classes to equal nearly two semesters in college. God keeps paying back our investment several times over, in the spiritual, personal and academic development of our kids! Cole Valley families definitely comprise a larger "Cole Valley family" and are always there for each other. We are so blessed to be a part of it!
The positive peer pressure to live right is felt by the students. Thus, they often do not walk into situations where they would need to lie. There is an atmosphere of grace among the staff knowing that kids will sometimes make mistakes. They would rather have them be honest about a mistake and give them the opportunity to make it right than to punish them for the wrong. They know that people make mistakes and need to be prepared to handle them after graduating, so they keep that in mind when deciding the consequences for choices made.
I am grateful for the partnership between staff and parents. It is a gift to have many other adults who love God and care for your student strategizing together to help your kids come out of school prepared not only academically but also relationally, spiritually, and socially. Sometimes another perspective and Godly wisdom can benefit our student more than parental decisions alone because we are so close to our kids rhat we are sometimes clouded by emotions. I am grateful that I have many good people prayerfully guiding my children through their teen years. My kids have told me many times how thankful they are for their teachers and how they feel encouraged by them.
There are a few very good teachers at Cole Valley in grades 7-12. Overall, without exception the entire teaching staff and administration are not qualified teachers. Because of the poor pay, limited resources and support, and very bad rumors about Cole Valley circling around the teaching community, it makes sense why they cannot get any skilled educators. There is such a high turnover rate from one year to the next, that should tell you something. Continuous changes, high turnover, no curriculum is not a help to educate our kids.
It is not the amount of homework, its the quality and the purpose that is lacking truly throughout all grades K-12. There is absolutely no consistent curriculum from one year to the next. The curriculum varies, there is nothing cohesive about it. We really have proved this with our child being tested and the results showing significant gaps in fundamental educational concepts in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. Cole Valley talks so much about how much more advanced in education they are....they are not. They do not compare equally. Their MAP testing is not scored like the rest of Idaho's schools. Cole Valley tests kids as individuals and does not report their testing as a school, so you will never see truly how your child is measuring up. Cole Valley also tests with only MAP testing, which does not give you a clear picture of growth from year to year without using another form of testing.
Cole Valley uses public humiliation as a form of discipline. This is supported by the superintendent and enforced by the VP and bible teacher. To publically humiliate adolescents in this vulnerable time of life in front of their peers is sickening. My child was so upset having seen this done to some boys in her bible class over a mistake a group of them made. To know that it is supported and accepted and that no one is doing anything about it is the sad part because it will continue to occur.