Academically my son did well and we had no problems. The teachers were all very nice. The issue I have is at this age range theres need to be a lot of communication between the school and the parents. If there is a trend that is alarming among the student body I feel the school has the responsibility to inform the parents. I approached the school about a cutting situation that I knew several students were involved in. They told me they were aware but not much they could do. This is an issue that should have been alerted to the parents. I never heard of this as a teenager and never would have thought. It is an issue that is not being addressed.
I am being very kind when I say, I am already looking at private school for my son who is only in the 4th grade. While I love the K6 and 9-12 programs, the middle school leaves a lot to be desired. My 9th grader went to SVMS after Weddington Middle - it's like leaving the Hilton and going to the emergency shelter. The stories that she came home with every day sounded like made for TV movies. There is very little enforcement of the rules, and it seems like a dumping ground for the last, the least and the left out. While she did well academically, she struggled in other areas which spilled over into our home. We sent her there well rounded and she came home with and attitude that made our home very tense. My son will NOT go there if we can help it. If he does - I WILL BE THERE EVERY CHANCE I GET TO MAKE SURE HE STAYS ON TRACK!!!!!
I am an educator and had the choice of a few schools to send my children. I am consistently pleased that I sent my children to SVMS. One child is entering the 8th grade and has been provided with many opportunities to develop as a person and a scholar. The drama and music department alone make SVMS stand out. My son will be attending this year and cannot wait to begin. I am a firm believer that the school is only as good as the parents and their involvement. The PTO has become increasingly involved, and that has also brought a very positive atmosphere to the school. Overall, I love SVMS and am thankful my children attend this school!
Sun Valley Middle School is a wonderful school. The focus is on student success, academics, and instruction. The principal has done an incredible job making it a learner-centered school. School spirit and pride is at an all-time high.
My daughter is just about to complete 8th grade, she has attended SVMS for 3 years and loved it. I have been very happy with her experience both academically and socially. She is in BETA club and is taking advanced classes. There are lots of opportunities for the kids to get involved and there is a lot of school spirit.
i think sun valley middle school is the worst school my child ever attended its horrible. there have been numurous fights and horrible test scores!!!!! My child is now attending roy romer middle school it is wonderful!!!!1
We have had two children attend school at SVMS. The average rating I gave it was generous at best. Both of my children have had issues with theft at this school. Like all schools, there are some students here that are well behaved and all around nice students but the majority are not. If you have a choice of schools or are thinking of moving into an area where this school serves your family, my suggestion would be to reconsider. If your child is above average academic wise, he/she will not be challenged at this school. Also, as a side note...this school does have a dress code that is strictly enforced, but not by the principal (visible tattoos, short skirts...).
The school spirit at SVMS is unbelievable! The principal is involved with the students and the teachers are there to help when you need them!
My son attends SVMS and loves it. The Administration and teachers are wonderful. The basketball team has really improved from last year. It's all info the coaching. SVMS strives to help the student acheive what their goals, and to get them ready for SVHS.
I am not sure what I am missing at this school. My daughter does do well there. However, there seems to be a disconnect in policy and enforcing written policy. Every day my child comes home, there is a new story about how unruly the 8th grade is. Behavior starts in the home and the attitude is brought to the school. The administration is wonderful, the teachers are great - they take way too much from the kids. Follow your written policy and send the problems back home to their parents or require the parents to come in with their kid
My granddaughter loves this school. She thought she was going to Weddington, which is higher, but I am very well pleased with Sun Valley. She is an AIG student, A/B honor roll or A honor roll since small. and in band.. very bright and mature for her age. She enjoys most of her teachers. The teachers need to know the biggest failure in a child's life is NOT trying to be likable to them. They need structure and guidance, but they also need to like their teachers, the people they spend, the majority of the time of day with. Linda Williams, grandmother
Sun Valley Middle School is an excellent school. The principal has worked dilligently to make it a learner-centered school. The teachers and staff are caring and have the best interest of students at heart. The physical campus is over 34 years old, but is being updated by expansion and upgrades.
The educational staff at the school is very focused on preparing the children for the future by including globalization and technology in the curriculum. The administrative staff is very effective in communicating with the parents their goals for the future of our students. We as parents, also want to participate in the helping the staff make our childrens learning a success by voting Sun Valley Middle School a Great School!
My son is very happy at Sun Valley Middle. He is involved with sports, music and all the great programs the school has to offer. Both Teachers & Administration work together to keep parents well informed.
Great educational program. Administrators and teachers communicate effectively with the parents to make sure the educational needs of the students are being met. Expectations are set high and my educational goals for my children and reinforced at school.
Faculty seems to be working towards a common goal and our son enjoys his teachers and is doing well
Sun Valley Middle has been a great school. The teachers have been informative by keeping the parents informed of what is going on. Any concerns I have had, have been addressed right away in a professional manner. Conflicts between students have been kept at a minimum and the teachers make themselves accessible for tutoring when needed.
Sun Valley Middle School teachers & staff are great. My son likes going to school - what more can I ask for?
the teachers are very caring and interact well with the students from what I've seen. Haven't dealt much with the principal. The school is older and does need some updates to compare with Porter Ridge and Weddington. They are building a new addition as well as expanding the cafeteria/auditorium area. As always, we have to stand in line to get any of the budget while some of the other schools seems to get whatever is needed.
I also think that the school needs alot of work. Why can't they paint the lockers?? Give the kids a little bit of something nice. I agree teachers are good, but the principal could use some help. Not responsive to a lot of things. Of all the schools around this school needs an update to compare to porter ridge and even monroe.
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