SVMS is one of the best middle school in Union County. The administration staff does a wonderful job attending to their students. Any concerns and inquires are addressed with a sense of urgency. A great school to be a part of.
A pleasant surprise after hearing negative reviews. There is a security system in place and yes, you do need to be buzzed in to enter the school. The building is old but with the spotlight on them, Union County Public Schools was forced to update and maintain the facilities as they should. Any issues with the system in place today is the fault of the Board of Education who cares very little about students or families.
My boys love SVMS. I think the teaching staff is supportive and well rounded. They are flexible with the students but tough when needed. They communicate well with the parents and welcome input. They are easy to talk to and approachable. My boys enjoy middle school and have adjusted well. Whenever there is a problem it is dealt with immediately. The parents are very involved and helpful within the community. I love the administration they are the main reason why the school is successful. Despite the things you may hear about this school I am so grateful that my boys are learning and they are happy.
My child was redistricted from Weddington Middle School. It is a story of the 'haves' and 'have nots'. Weddington - new school, well maintained, clean, nice facilities. Sun Valley - Neglected, dark, gloomy, dilapidated. Proper maintenance and upgrades can make an 'old' school look nice. This school is clearly neglected. Walk right in, no locking front doors/no buzzer to get in...walk around! Is the security of the 'have nots' not as important as the 'haves'? It is a shame for Union County to have such differences in schools and funding. Go to google maps for an aerial view. Compare the roof to surrounding buildings. We are looking into alternatives. Our kids deserve better.
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.