About This School
In 2011, Valley Crossing Community School had 17 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Minnesota average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Valley Crossing Community School Reviews
I have to agree with the parents that stated this school lacks structure, leadership, discipline and overall teaching. Our child attended kindergartern here and we transferred to a neighboring school. Our child was behind in reading at the new shcool after being told per the report card, she was grade level. There is extreme lack of communication between staff and parents regarding student issues. Valley Crossing has the open classroom concept, meaning there are not walls that seperate most classrooms from the hallways or other same age classes. Meaning that the k-1 classes are completely open to each other as well as to hallways that are used by all students, staff and visitors. The classes were always loud and children going everywhere whenever we picked our child up or visited on special days. They students do not have desks, they have magazine holders to hold there paperwork that are not stationary, they are in different places almost daily. Very limited to non existant homework. The parent involvement is huge at this school, which is great, but I do not think a fellow parent should be doing the teachers job. The Kids Club (Before and after school program)is exceptional, they are on top of it, they provide age appropriate games, crafts, play areas for all students.
Amazing teachers at this school!!!! The teachers at this school know their students so well both academically and socially. They take care of the whole child ensuring that they are learning at their appropriate academic level as well as getting to know each child and helping them grow as a person. These teachers care about kids. This is evident in their everyday interactions with both students and parents. Communication is top notch. Teachers are implementing the best curriculum along with the newest technology. I would not put my children anywhere else! Blessed to have this school!
Valley Crossing is amazing!!! My children attend VCCS and I am blown away by the education that they are receiving! My daughters are well above grade level in both reading and math. The teachers work very hard to ensure that my children are still being challenged. I am beyond impressed by the social and academic curriculum that my children are receiving. My children have each teacher for two years and they are able to build a great working relationship. The teachers get to know my child as an individual. The communication that comes from the teachers is outstanding. I am well informed of what my children are learning and the progress that they are making. I feel so blessed that my children are getting off to such a great start in their educational journey.
Before enrolling our Kindergartner in this school I did a lot of research into the "type" of school is was. I was optimistic about the opportunity for alternative learning. Unfortunately I was disturbingly disappointed at the lack of structure, teaching, teacher and faculty accountability, MAP test scores and mostly, the lack of communication and attention to individual issues. This school allows parents to come into the classroom for hours and work with their children while disrupting the structure and other students. They have severe special education students that are not properly monitored and run into other classrooms while yelling vulgar words and "posed a danger" to the other classrooms(per a letter from the school) My 6 year old came home upset and scared. I was told once while visitng my child for lunch to "please stay in the lunch room" due to a "violent child" coming through the hallway. This is just the tip of the iceberg in a school whose principal allows failing test scores and absolute lack of proper structure for our future. We pulled our child out in first grade after I noticed all of this plus her inability to compute or even problem solve simple mathematics. She is now is 4th grade and doing extremely well with test scores soaring above state averages. To clarify, she is in a public #834 school, not private. In conclusion this school not only has a gross lack of structure and resources for children who may need them, they have very poor leadership and should not receive funding from the state due to the high failure rate and poor test scores.
I question the test scores and wonder if they take into account neighborhood B. My 6th grader attends VCCS and continually complains that each year is the same and she does not feel challenged at all.
I have a child that has been failing in MAP scores at this school for years. However, for most years I was told not to worry and not to get him in any tutoring as it would interfere with their alternative methods of teaching. My child is not below average intelligence. I know 3 families that have removed their children from this school because of the similar issues. One year later all of these children in their new schools are doing excellent as these district had a plan in place from the beginning. I finally put my child in outside tutoring. My child improved greatly form this. An open classroom is not the right environment for many children. The reading scores posted by the state of MN for VCCS in the neighborhood my child was in last year show nearly 27% of children were only "partially meeting standards" or were "at risk". I thought this school would be great and I was mistaken.
I have 3 children that attend Valley Crossing and they are all doing extremely well. We chose this school because it was different than the traditional classroom setting where every child learns the same thing at the same pace. At Valley my kids have the opportunity to work at the level they are at. The multi-age classrooms and team teaching work very well. My kids are taught very different from how I was taught, but it makes so much more sense.
Our kids attended a different district school last year and they now attend Valley Crossing. We can speak from experience that Valley Crossing is FAR SUPERIOR to the other district school.
Last year at the other district school, even though our kindergartner could read chapter books by December, they still had him learning a new alphabet letter every week, all the way to Spring. His only access and time to read books at his reading level at the district school was one trip a week to the library and at home. Bigger problem at the other district school was that we paid for full day kindergarten and they had our kids watching TV cartoons EVERY DAY for 15-20 minutes a day. When we asked why the kids couldn't simply sit and talk during this time or a parent volunteer could come in and read to them, we were told that the TV watching was how it has always been done so our concern about too much TV was just our problem.
At Valley Crossing, our kids LOVE reading because of the number and variety of books that are in their classroom and they read for more than 15-20 minutes EVERY DAY. Their math isn't limited to shapes and memorizing numbers, but they are taught from the very beginning (even in kindergarten) to THINK CRITICALLY and ASK WHY.
For those of you who have a higher education or want that for your kids, you want Valley Crossing. Valley Crossing's program and teachers need to be replicated.