I am so happy that my daughter was able to attend the Valley School. As far as criticism in the other review about curriculum and writing, I'm not sure if they have the wrong school or this parent was disgruntled after refusing to support their child at the school. My child, and her buddies from Valley, are extremely successful. I hear from their middle school teachers that they appreciate their strong academic skills, and love how well they include other children. My child struggled in reading and writing at first. Throughout the years at Valley I saw great writing from my child, and it's due to the dedicated work of the wonderful teachers at the Valley School.
The "emergent curriculum" of this school sounds good in theory but in practice it means that the instruction and curriculum is not well organized and consistent throughout the grades. You only have to compare the writing samples of the upper school children of this school against those of other private schools to clearly see the evidence. Use your discernment and look deeply before accepting the administration s sales pitch. This school understandably takes pride in its beautiful campus and quality teachers. The children are engaged in wholesome activities such as gathering chicken eggs or digging mud puddles. However, on the other side of the coin this school is not invested in modern technology. At other private and public schools, your child will have the opportunity to learn to use technology in creative and comprehensive ways that will clearly benefit them in today's society. The former leadership of this school was awful and the school suffered for it. Perhaps under the steady hand the new director, this school can become the school it claims to be. Overall though, this school does not make the grade when compared to other private schools in the area.
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