My two daughters had an excellent educational experience at West Valley. In recent years West Valley has ramped up their AP and honors classes and both of my daughters acquired enough college credits that by their 2nds quarter at the UW, they already had sophomore status. I noticed that WV received poor reviews from '05 and '06, specifically criticizing the math and AP programs and I want to emphasize that there have been many changes since then.
This is a fantastic school with lots of opportunities. My child has taken the highest courses possible and was very pleased as he finished his education with over a 4.0 gpa. In addition to the academic program, the band and athletic departments are THRIVING. Great well-rounded school with great student involvement.
My daughter is a junior at West Valley High School. We have been very impressed with the quality of the upper level courses they have available. All of these classes might not be officially called "AP" - but rather many of them are termed "CHS" for "College in High School". Students in these classes are eligible for college credit. We have had good interactions with the counselors and teachers at the school.
I'm currently a sophomore going to this school and it's fair to say the experience so far has been very poor. The connection between students and teachers is lacking and unpersonal. I can honestly say I don't look forward to coming to school. Not only are the teachers careless when it comes to the students, but the ASB is also very unactive. The ASB offers very few involving activities and the activities they do plan offten don't fall through. Not impressed and I can't wait to move out of state next to get a better oppurtinity for learning.
I've had two children attend and graduate from the West Valley School System starting in Kindergarten and both graduating. Both attended college and graduated. They were active in sports and academics.I found the past and current administration and teachers to be envolved, accessable, and responsive to concerns and suggestions. My wife and I graduated from public and private schools in Yakima and would rate West Valley equal to those schools. We have found that the degree of parental participation in school and interaction with teachers and administrators will certainly enhance your child's sucess.
This school has great athletic and band programs - but that's about it. If you're interested in strong academics, don't go here because they don't provide them - especially the math program. While there are many great kids who go there, the overall attitude of the students is stuck-up and clichish - which is something they basically encourage in elemntary school. However, there is great parent involvement - just look at their band! There's almost as many parents as band members helping out! So that's a definite good point. However, academics are important to me, and this school just didn't cut it.
This is a nice school, but the problems lie with some of the teachers having class favorites and rating others with their best student in class. I would say that this school overall rates as average. It's no better or worse than any other school in this area.