I could not disagree more with the parent's post from April 27 2014. I am a middle school teacher at Marble Valley Academy and I am not Mormon. Yes the owner is Mormon and yes of course she had a stake in creating a school that she felt was academically challenging MINUS the behaviors and drill-and-kill high-stakes testing mentality of the public school system today. The owner created the school but the teachers make it work and I DO NOT nor have I EVER provided preferential treatment for the owner's family members! My job is to prepare my students - regardless of religion or relationships - for high school and beyond. My students are BEYOND prepared for high school English when they leave my classroom. I make a fraction of the salary I could earn teaching in public school and I am not provided with insurance through my employer; however I would not return to public school for anything after having worked at Marble Valley. I am respected and admired there and having taught there for the past ten years I can honestly say that no one receives preferential treatment and religion is not taught there nor i it an issue. Period.
Marble Valley School is a private middle school in El Dorado Hills. The principal of Marble Valley School is Ms. Gwen Andrus, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 105 children attend Marble Valley School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. Rolling Hills Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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This is just an extended homeschool for the owner's family (affiliated with a religion encouraging large families...). They don't even try to hide the preferential treatment of "their" kids.
Marble Valley School has provided a great education and great experience for my kids. They actually look forward to school. They have gained in academic profiency and confidence but they love their relationships with the teachers and other students. They are treated like they are significant. I feel like my children could not be in better hands. My children also have had a chance to participate in school sports drama music and art in a way my older children who went to public and other private schools could not. I could not recommend it more enthusiastically. Alan El Dorado Hills
Marble Valley School has gotten a bad reputation in the area for not being academically focused. This could not be farther from the truth. The school is highly academic and focuses on writing science and math. The spiral curriculum allows an amazing retention ability for students as they are using their classroom information in real situations and areas of their life. With group collaboration and high academic focus the kids come out loving to learn and processing information on so many levels. If you are looking for a high academic school that caters to the individual then look no further! Try it for one day and you will no doubt be confident that your child is in the best environment possible.
I'm just another parent who tries to provide the very best for my three sons and with MVS I've found a place where I really feel like my boy's academic athletic and extracurricular needs are met. Gwen the head educator there knows each of my sons personally and has found a way to keep them engaged every day in learning. As a result?... My boys LOVE school and are testing better than they ever have in every subject - what more can I say.