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9-12
Private
Beaverton, OR
Students enrolled: 331
 

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4275 Southwest 148th Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97007

(503) 644-3745
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Amount of homework: Too much
July 12, 2015
The expectation at VCS middle school is a minimum of 3 hours a night of homework for a good student. This is not in line with the other private schools in the area nor the private high schools. When kids become freshmen in HS and the workload is significantly less there is a problem. Even at VCHS the freshmen workload is a fraction of that of the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 12, 2015
I have seen too many of the students at this school finish up and never want to step foot on the campus again. They have been demeaned and overworked. They break the students down.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2015
the middle school was a huge disappointment to us. The academics were rigorous but the community of students and families was lacking. Only a handful of the 8th grade students stay for the high school and there have been many years that the freshman class is not even full. There is a disconnect there.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Agree
July 07, 2015
At Valley we actually have a class that teaches us how to develop honesty,integrity and fairness.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2015
There's a stringent assessment for Kindergartners. VCS requires your 4 year old to be able to write his own name before entering their kindergarten program. To be accepted you either have to be a Catholic or an "early starter". Ironically you send your child to school to learn knowledge but apparently they only accept those who already went through unnecessary forced early training.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2015
LOVE this school! We have only experienced the middle school, but it has been such a blessing to our family. They expect the students to work hard, so if your child is serious about school and is organized and willing to put their nose to the grindstone, then they will do well. The music program is AMAZING! The middle school band? WOW! The middle school orchestra? Superb! The glee club and choir are a joy to listen to as well. These kids have PE/health, music and Spanish or French every day. You are going to be hard pressed to find another middle school in Beaverton that offers that. Class sizes? My child has less than 15 students in his math class. Most classes have more than that, but all class sizes are definitely reasonable. It has been worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2015
I am a current student at Valley and have been going there since Kindergarten. There are great academics and very driven students in the community. However, many of my teachers have been extremely verbally abusive to both me and my peers. I have also been severely bullied by said peers, and no action was taken to stop this, despite the school's no bullying policy. I suffer from a mental disorder now because of the emotional trauma this caused me. There is also a limit on the number of times a student can be absent before they have to ask to pass the semester, which is unfair to students who get sick easily. Students are also put under high amounts of stress. There are excessive amounts of homework put on younger children, and these children are also expected to participate in athletics, have good hygiene, have straight As, and get enough sleep. I feel like this should be improved.

- submitted by a student

September 16, 2014
I was a student at Valley Catholic from 6th grade to senior year and I can't even imagine going anywhere else. I thank my parents all the time for sending me there despite money issues, which the school helped with. Valley Catholic has an incredible staff that is more interested in teaching kids to be good people and how to succeed in life than in passing a meaningless test. VC has an amazing math and science program that taught me so much and inspired me to be a science major in college. The athletics are great at VC but the "non-athletes" are just as important to the atmosphere at Valley Catholic as the athletes. I could've been considered a jock, but VC's atmosphere made me want to branch out. I was a football player but I ha friends in drama, in band, in art club, and in computer sciences.VC helped us learn our stuff in academics but also in life. I recommend Valley Catholic completely to anyone with a child looking for a place to grow in all aspects of life. Side note: I even plan to send my future children to VC.

- submitted by a community member

December 05, 2013
Valley Catholic is a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are so supportive of their students. I was going to send my daughter to Jesuit but her 8th grade teacher said to try Valley instead. The staff is so supportive and you don't even have to be the "best athelete". My term for Valley would be compassionate.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2013
Amazing school that prepares kids for college. I highly recommend it. Has a friendly community, great teachers, and amazing sport and club opportunities.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2013
I have a sophmore and a middle schooler and I could not be happier with the education they are receiving. Transferring them there from another, smaller school was the best educational decision my husband and I have made.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2013
I have two children, one in elementary and one in middle school. We transferred here from public school a year ago and my kids were woefully unprepared for the change in academics, especially my middle schooler. My kids are smart but it became very apparent that their education was very lacking coming from the public school. They are smart children and got VERY good grades at their public school, which they didn't have to work very hard for. I very much value the stellar education they are getting now. I also have to mention their arts program, which is top notch.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2011
This school is a great disapointment do not waste your money on it. There is a great deal of nepotism within this school: the principle and the admissions clerk are husband and wife, combine this with their son being a teacher and should you have an issue, it will fall on deft ears. This applies for all issues within the school, and the athletic program is disgusting. If you want whats best for your child do not subject them to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 12, 2010
Both of my grandchildren attend, and they appear to be happy and engaged in all that the school offers. They also are happy!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 12, 2010
I have 2 very happy and healthy grandchildren who attend valley catholic...and the 4 yr old talks about how much she enjoys school. The other one is only 2 1/2 months old, but he appears to be doing great there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 12, 2010
I have 2 very happy kids who attend. My daughter is very social and interacts well..I feel Valley catholic has contributed to this. My sonn is an infant, but he seems to be doing well at the school as well.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2009
Valley High is fabulous! Our children attended another private school for many years and we made the move to Valley Catholic, what a difference a school makes! The faculty & staff are open, engaging, supportive and committed to every student. The sense of community and school spirit is overwhelming! The environment is welcoming and very comfortable; there is no pretense or ego at play. This school is amazing, the mind, body & soul are nourished within each individual student. Thank you Valley, striving for excellence has paid off and it shows on the happy faces of those who roam the hallways and participate fully within each classroom!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2007
I have had my son on the St Mary's campus, from preschool/daycare to now middle school, for over 10 years. Valley Catholic is exceptional. I find my son is far ahead of my friends' kids who are at public schools. My son is respectful, polite, and well behaved. My expections and values are carried into the classroom. Our kids need this structure. The academic programs are outstanding, including math, science, social studies. VC's arts dept, with a focus on music, is fantastic! Our basketball team won state! Parental involvement is phenomenal--if you don't want to get involved, don't come to Valley. Parents are involved in every activity, field trip, concert, game, etc. A religious background doesn't hurt any, either!

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2005
The educational opportunities at VCHS are very scarce. Both my children transfered from public schools to VCHS and were pleading with us to leave within a few months. I went to the teachers to see what was the matter. They were not very helful. I then relized that the discipline and structure at Valley are lax. Although there are some good teachers, the over-all quality of instruction is poor. One thing we did like is parents were always informed about everything that went on at school. Other than that Kids spend far too much time off task in some most classrooms. Over all my family did not like Valley Catholic and we do not recommend it to others. It is truly a waste of money. We ended up transfering our kids back to public high school where they now get a much better education then they did at VCHS.

- submitted by a parent

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Valley Catholic School
4275 Southwest 148th Avenue, Beaverton, OR  97007
(503) 644-3745
Last modified Valley Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Valley Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top