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5-8
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Spokane, WA
Students enrolled: 223

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8920 East Valleyway
Spokane, WA 99212

(509) 921-2836
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December 15, 2014
When I first moved to the area, I was told that City School was a school for kids that got in trouble a lot. Please people do your own research. This is far from the truth. In fact if your child is a trouble maker and is not self paced, they will get weeded out of the program. This school is too great to deal with unruly children. We are impressed with the school and staff. Our child feels valued and is now truely able to be creative. We dealt with a lot of hypocrisy at the last school our child attended. Glad we made this leap for the 5th grade year. Our child has already grown tremendously and loves school now! We look forward to our child's growth at City School for the remainder of middle school. Sign your kid up in April of 4th grade for City School if you don't want them to miss out on this great opportunity. Your child will go through a process of filling out an application, getting references as well as your getting an interview. Our child leaped for joy when the acceptance letter came in the mail (priceless moment).

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
We are very impressed with this school. This schools focus is on building long lasting relationships, teaching responsibilities, and setting up kids with tools and knowledge for their everyday future.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
West Valley City School encourages new students to get out of there comfort zone. That's something not a lot of other middle schools focus on. Each student has the chance to make a difference in the community while building relationships with other fellow classmates. City School teachers are easier to talk to than most teachers because they have more bonding time, it's a smaller school, and each student usually gradually gets better and more focused throughout their years. I highly recommend City School for students who want to make a difference and strive to do there best. City School has taught my children how to give perfect presentations and allowed them to be more comfortable in front of a group of people. One of my main concerns was that the students had a little to much freedom. Every teacher learns to trust students depending on their actions in class, and then once the student gets in trouble they aren't punished. Students need to know what's right and what's wrong and the teachers don't want to punish the students, so nothing happens.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
Why would I write this school with 3 stars? The teachers are very nice, but are kind of out of it. The kids are NOT being watched. Not really anyways. Half the time the teachers are out of the classroom, (most of the time) CHILDREN are teaching CHILDREN during the class of what they call "flex" because their excuse is "we don't have enough volunteers or teachers" , the children are running the school. And yes the "children running the school" may build responsibility in the children, but if they are not willing to take the responsibility, then who will? The principal picks on CERTAIN children, he will follow them and watch their every move until they do something wrong. I have read the other reviews and nobody has mention the incidents with the police involved, the biting and stabbings! I gave it more than one star because the concept is great! I love the hands-on projects they do and the field trips they take. The younger children are learning higher concepts because they are in a classroom with older children. If you are considering this school, be concerned of your children's safety. It is a nice school.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2012
Best school in the world!! I love all the teachers. I love the classes and ow they are challenging and fun. I hope your child gets the chance to go here.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2012
The teachers are great; most communicate very well. I've had 2 children graduate from WVCS and in high school they were years above their classmates. Although the kids worked hard, I think City School is part of the reason they were able to maintain grades high enough to keep them on the honor roll. With that said, due to the fact that you don't get "grades" on a regular basis, this school is not for parents who aren't involved. You do need to look at the list of assignments and communicate with your child(ren) about outstanding items. Finally, I will say my one frustration has been with the principal. He did not take immediate actions to address issues such as bullying and racism. The school is founded on the principle that children will do the right thing if they act respectfully therefore the only rule is that students show respect. However, the disrespectful actions were not addressed. I m not sure how much experience the current principal has (there was a different one when we first came to the school) but he either needs to take a firmer stand on inappropriate actions or the district needs to take a stand and replace him.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
The idea of this school is fabulous, if only it could be carried out as such. There is no accountability for students or teachers. When homework is turned in, there are times the teachers don't grade it for a month. On top of that, the principal doesn't know the definition of "bullying," nor does he adhere to parental involvement when it comes to threatening, bullying or invasion of privacy. Instead of contacting the parents when shutting down the student's email because another student sent pornographic images from it, he refuses to call or return calls. The best way to get his attention? Sit in his office until he finally shows up, then slap a restraining order against the offending student on his desk. A beyond poor example! I would never recommend this school based on the principal alone!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 25, 2009
City School is the best! It allows the students to learn about City Governament and to work in teams.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 23, 2009
WV City School is a cutting-edge school! I wish more students had the opportunity to experience this unique educational format. The way in which the school approaches learning is unique and very effective. It allows the children to not only develop a fantastic core education of language, math, science, and history but also allows the students to accrue a font of valuable life skills. The students attain priceless teamwork skills through their many team projects and through their daily team class. Students acquire a priceless work ethic via many means, one of which is the 'city' the school operates within it's daily school day. The students have a wide variety of jobs they can apply for, interview, may or may not get and work daily. The students have the opportunity to be everything from a judge to a barista to owning their own small business! They learn financial responsibility through their paychecks, paying taxes, and 'tuition' with their city money. It's truely an Great School. As amazing as the City School concept is, the teachers are even more fabulous. I have never had the pleasure of or heard of a bunch of more dedicated, hard-working, intelligent, and a truely caring thoughtful group of individual teachers. Each and every one of them are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
The teachers are all about the students! They love kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
West Valley City School is the most amazing jr. high, it teaches the students the value of hard work. They are proud of their accomplishments. The staff cares and creates lasting relationships with the students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I LOVE that my child WANTS to go to school & that he LOVES his school. He is rewarded with awards and special outings (water parks, amusement parks) for the good work that he does which encourages him to perform and exceed expectations. This unique school allows the children much freedom and demands much responsibility. The students learn real-life lessons which will follow them way beyond middle school. The children run the school. They each have jobs that they apply for - it requires a resume, letter of interest, letters of recommendation, etc. and they they interview for the job. Available jobs include working in the cafe, rebuilding old computers, working at a real radio station, growing and selling plants from a nursery, raising trout and releasing into the wild, being a police officer, mayor, attorney, or creating and running their own business to name a few. Not only do the children have jobs, but the curriculum includes hands-on projects. The children don't just sit in classrooms all day. For example, one whole day of the week is spent on science & the children actually go out into nature and learn in the field - hands on. I couldn't be happier with my decision to enroll my son at City School, and would HIGHLY recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
There is such a sense of community at our school! The thing that really blows it out of the water is though is that the teachers and administrators are committed to teaching our children how to 'think' for themselves, therefore becoming 'solution-oriented.' The real-life scenarios are clever and such an investment in my children. More schools should follow our model!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
This school not only teaches your child academics, it also teaches teamwork. I am so pleased that I am fortunate enough to have my children attend such a well rounded school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Great creative teachers...a forward thinking school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
The best school in spokane valley!!!!!!!!! Wonderful teachers that really care. Project based hands on learning. This is my daughters 3rd year and she loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
This project based school incorporates real world experiences with academics. When kids are finished at City School they know how to make a resume, conduct themselves through a job interview, start a small business, balance a checkbook, work in a cafe, and mentor younger students. The project aspect of this school incorporates many facets of leaning into one project; just like in the real world, these kids use math, science, language arts, and history to solve problems and create projects. This is one cutting edge school, and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Innovative and motivating!!!! Not your typical school for children who excel in leadership and teamwork.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
This is the most fantastic student run educational program I have ever seen! My son loves his classes, his teacher and his school community. How great for a 7th grader!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
My daughter loves her school. All of the teachers truely care about the students and the school is a true commiunity. They also have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, which I believe is very important for a middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
City School is a great way to get the kids to be independent and responsible

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
City school is the best. The staff builds into the very core of the students and helps them to find who they are. I have three children and my oldest attended 4 years before going onto to high school, she still loves to run inside the building and give her team leader a hug and tell her what is going on in her life. My youngest just started and loves to go to school every day so different from last year! My other son loves city school too and is very close to all his teachers, how wonderful is that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
City School is teaching my son responsibility and confidence in his abilities. And he comes home every day to say, 'School was excellent today!' I love the outlook City School gave my 5th grader.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I love the freedom students have to express their own viewpoint!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
City School is awesome with great teachers. The school is the best in Washington!! This school sets an example that everyone should follow and offer.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
what a wonderful way our school teaches our children REAL LIFE SKILLS by teaching them responsibility, accountability & citizenship while making their learning environment fun

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
My daughter is excelling learning and she actually looks forward to go to school. the teachers are very easy to communicate with.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This middle school does everything right based on educational research for this age group for the past couple of decades. The school's priority is forming relationships between students/teachers/administration. The learning is project-based and the students develop responsibility for their own education. They run a city, complete with a banking, justice and business system. They are involved in the wider community via service project that have real teeth to them. Come to any school event and you will see former students pining over their outgrowth of the school and wishing their high schools were like City School.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I am amazed at how dedicated the staff are to getting to know each and every student personally and ensuring their success. Every teacher my son has had focuses on their downfalls, but at West Valley City School they encourage each child to reach their potential without focusing on their weaknesses. I could not have picked a better school for my son!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
City School provides hands on, relevant learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Best thing that ever happened academically and socially for both of our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers, great students, great relationships!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
WV City School is a very unique, projected-based school. The last period of the day the students run a city in which all students have filled out job applications, received letters of recommendation from the community and gone on job interviews. The students are shown practical ways that their education helps them in real world situations. Students receive paychecks weekly, based on their job level, and must pay tuition weekly as well. The tuition represents the taxes that would be deducted from a real paycheck. If they fail to pay their tuition, it affects their grade. The are taught how to use a checkbook and balance it. The students are encouraged to think outside of the box on projects, community issues and work on solving problems that affect their communities, city and state. I am very proud at how the faculty instill values and confidence into the students. These students have presented in front of School Officials from all over the state as well as State Representatives. Awesome School!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
City School is an amazing school. Relationships are the foundation of the school. Middle school students (5-8th) love their school. It is a project based school in a multi-age learning environment. The last hour of the day students work their jobs in a city like atmosphere (the basement of the school. Before working in a job, they prepare a professional job packet and are interviewed. Jobs include Judges & Attorneys in the Courthouse, Police Officers, Clerks in the City Hall and Bank, Managers and employees in the Cafe, Managers and employees, in Aquaculture, Greenhouse, along with many more positions. Students learn in much more than students in a traditional learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
September 16, 2009
I love City School because it provides a whole new concept of education for middle school aged children. This concept provides the children of City School with exceptional skills in the following areas: slef- mangement, organization, community involvement, and high academic expectations.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
They have a very good program involving project based learning

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2009
THis school is cool even as student this school is based on trust and self desupline we are able to leaveand the teachers know that we are going to do somthing protuctive and safe. We have our own jobs and our own city light cafe~ we also have our very own market it's one of the jobs but the kids who work in their get to sell you stuff that you might like. They make how much they sell and they usely make the more money then anyone in the school I lovethis school because we have aa tone of feedom

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2008
I look back and I feel like I have come so far. Because when I look back, I see a little girl, and now I look forward and I see a successful woman that knows exactly who she is and what her purpose is in life. And when I say I have come so far, I mean that in every way. Educationally, emotionally, and socially. I hope City School doses the same for you as what it has done for me.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
This school is sink or swim. and they will watch your child drown! Education is in the hands of the children 100% with no direction from the teachers. Good Idea for a school just poorly implemented. It could be good if the teachers were willing to be teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2008
I have been at City School since I was in the 6th grade... and wow.. has it had a great affect on me... At first I really only knew only one other person... but they made me feel right at home.. City School gave me new challenge..that I could not recieve at other schools. now. I am in the 8th grade..and I am in the City Council.. (the schools ASB) . City school is a project based school.yet we have some of the highest 2007 WASL scores in the state of Washington. We go on many feild trips... mainly in Science...where instead of reading something out of a text book...we are actually out in the feild doing it...and that way.we will actually remember it. The students are great.. Teachers and Principals are great..and altogether it is an excellent school. They made me and my friends grow into great trustworthy kids.GREAT SCHOOL!!!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 02, 2007
West Valley city School has been a great experience for my son. It was wonderful teachers and a awesome administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2006
Wow! City school is such an awesome school.They do so many great things. For one thing they have a really devoted staff that works with the students. They also raise money at the beginning of the year at Harvestfest were they raise money to go on tons of feild trips. It is a lot easier to learn if you go on field trips. Science goes on one almost every week. This school is so great, you can't put it into words. West Valley school district is also doing a fabulous job. If your child is looking for a fun school were they can learn a lot and have fun. Than City school is for them. City school is the best in the West!

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
I cannot say enough in 150 words about West Valley City School! They teach the children more real life skills (money management, job seeking, problem solving) and values than any other middle school I've seen. The children learn with understanding, rather than regurgitating data for a test only to never use it again. The teachers look at the whole student, not just the academics, and help them improve in all aspects of their lives. They are some of the finest, most dedicated staff you will find anywhere. Whether your student is Highly Capable or has challenges in the conventional classroom, this school is for them. Not for the student who in unmotivated or disruptive, however. The only downside is the lack of music and athletic programs on campus....they have to bus the kids over to another school and the scheduling doesn't allow for full participation in those activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
I will miss city school alot !! but it is something i have to do.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2005
West Valley City School is excellent. The staff is remarkable. It is a highly motivational school. The students are involved with all aspects. The school also teaches life skills that other schools do not.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
West Valley City School is a wonderful option to the typical middle school environment. Students are taught that respect to self, others, and school are of utmost importance. Students have to sign a contract upon entering the school and are held accountable to the terms of the contract. Flex time allows an opporotunity for many different classes, Spanish, shop, crafts, P.E. and much more. The core classes are in the morning before lunch when the studentts are fresh. After lunch they attend team where they have the same teacher who keeps track of their accademic progress and implements team building activities. The day ends with City Escape where each student has a job where they can utilize the skills they have learned in a real life setting. The students run a cafe, aquaculture center, courthouse, city hall, green house, computer/video productions and much more. Discipline is student based with a police department. I would highly recommend WVCS to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
My daughter attended only for 1 year, but in that year she soared academically! It taught her so much about personal responsibility and being accountable for her actions. The part of the school that was the best was the 'City' the kids ran. They truly did it! They had a court system, a police deptartment, city officers, postal service, a bank, horticulture center, aquaculture center, to name a few of the things the kids can do. They had to apply and interview for their job, and if they couldn't find a job, there was always 'unemployment'! Fabulous school, I would recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
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West Valley City School
8920 East Valleyway, Spokane, WA  99212
(509) 921-2836
Last modified West Valley City School is a Public school that serves grades 5-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Valley City School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top