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.
"Striving for excellence!"= TFB. 1# That quote is cheesy as h ll. The interpretation and judgement of excellence is a totally subjective statement. What is excellence you might say? Jimmy says," straight As." Bobby says," all Fs." Who is right? Neither. They're also too busy sucking each other's d cks to realize that they're idea of excellence means total failure of some of their students. The athletic wing and the academic wing poorly communicate too. One night I have a paper due, on that same night I have to go to practice, if I don't my coach makes me run a marathon. Knowledge is power not a shiny trophy you won from the championship. 2# They also force their kids to attend mass and religion class even though, in my case, I was and still am an agnostic person. They also give detentions way too sparingly. 3x late = detention. Many of the teachers have archaic beliefs about modern popular culture and are a chore to deal with in class. They force a speech tourney down your throat in 7th and 8th grade. Look if your kid is really ready for the boot camp of the greater portland area, then go for it. Otherwise stay away from it, as far as you can.
Amazing school that prepares kids for college. I highly recommend it. Has a friendly community, great teachers, and amazing sport and club opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Both of my grandchildren attend, and they appear to be happy and engaged in all that the school offers. They also are happy!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Valley Catholic School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Valley Catholic School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.