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About This School

Valley View Elementary School is a public elementary school in El Sobrante. The principal of Valley View Elementary School is April Scott, who can be contacted at ascott@wccusd.net. 387 students attend Valley View Elementary School and identify as Filipino; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 11% of the Valley View Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 387 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Valley View Elementary School is 20:1. Murphy Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 11%
Unspecified 22% 5%
Asian 20% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 23%
Multiracial 16% %
Hispanic 16% 46%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 29755%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 64%
Limited English proficiency 11% 33%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This year we have chosen to send our daughter to a private school rather than Valley View where she has attended since 2009. The primary reason for this is that the test scores for Valley View are atrocious and getting worse. There are intellectually disabled students in other public schools that have higher test scores than Valley View's overall scores. We have continued to hope for improvement but don't want our child to continue to fall further behind academically. There is a new principal this year which will hopefully help but it will take much more than one staffing change to make the kinds of changes needed in a school that clearly lacks the desire to set high academic standards.

  • (7 months ago)

    To compare our school to another school outside of California is unfair if not hurtful. Valley View has dedicated teachers and a new principal that brings new life into Valley View. This school has been through some rough times in the past 3 years but between teacher and a supportive community this is the best nieghborhood school. Schools could always use a little improvement and nothing in this world is perfect. I'm dedicated to this school and I am very glad to be a part of this community.

  • (8 months ago)

    Valley View is a great elementary school with a diverse student body and an active parents' club. The teaching staff is superb working effectively with the parents and administration to create a supportive learning environment for the students. As with all West Contra Costa County schools Valley View struggles to make up for school budget cuts but the parents' club supplements many programs such as music.

  • (8 months ago)

    Unfortunately this school seems to have suffered from the repercussions of poor decisions by the WCCUSD board. We were very disappointed in the terrible administration the lack of support the misinformation given etc. Our child was assigned to a very good and caring teacher one of several who had to change grade levels last year (after almost being laid off). Our child was in a class of 28 children with 22 boys. We ended up becoming yet another family who opted to transfer out to a fantastic private school in the area. We were sad to have to take this step as we enjoyed supporting our own community. Many parents tried to help but resources were very limited. We both volunteered weekly in our child's class. I would recommend parents look at all their options before enrolling at Valley View. Unfortunately it is rather difficult to get a transfer to another school as this school is relatively "highly rated " at least for the time being (we've noticed the rating already slip from 7 to 6). NCLB prioritizes transfer requests from students assigned to "failing schools" in the district.

  • (9 months ago)

    We have been very happy at Valley View - we've been there 3 years. The teachers are what sets Valley View apart from other schools - we have fabulous committed and caring teachers. The last principal had his strengths though some didn't find him strong enough on discipline. The best thing he did for Valley View was to get rid of the few bad teachers that no previous principal would do. Amazing! We should be rocking this year! We are supposed to start a fabulous music program this fall. There are a core group of parents very involved at Valley View - it would be great to see an increase in involvement. But otherwise we have been very happy here and look forward to many more years of quality education (younger child to attend also).

  • (9 months ago)

    We just completed our first year at Valley View (1st & 2nd grades). We LOVE it! I'm not here to bash the other parents who left negative reviews - I feel very sorry that they have had such terrible experiences. I am simply here to report that our family has had a WONDERFUL experience at Valley View and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. For the most part the teachers are incredible! Talk about dedication! They are trapped in a dysfunctional educational system but they do their very best to help support our children in their educational growth and personal maturation. Children at Valley View are loved and cared for by everyone from the custodial staff to the principal. There is a much higher level of parental involvement at Valley View than what I see and here of at other schools. The coming year promises to be even better than the last and I can honestly say that Valley View is regaining is footing as one of the best schools in the WCCUSD. (On a side note the principal has resigned so much of those criticisms are moot now.) Go Mustangs!!

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter has been at Valley View for 5 years and my son has been at Valley View for 2 years. I have been well aware of many of the problems at the school. Some of them stemming from a bad principal...who drove out good families.. He also tried controlling the teachers by switching them to grades they were not used to teaching. In addition he did not deal with bullying until it reached a critical level. Thank god he left the school! That said my kids love the school! They have great friends and receive a very good education in spite of the fact that class sizes have increased dramatically in the last couple of years. They are also amongst a very diverse population both racially and socio-economically. If you want your child to be surrounded by kids from all different types of backgrounds keep them at Valley View! My husband and I both have higher degrees from esteemed universities and work in the high tech industry. We are quite happy that our children are not surrounded by only privileged kids. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we get a good principal next year!

  • (10 months ago)

    My school is Valley View. After reading the following few negative remarks I am in disagreement with a lot of them. The teachers have no choice but to have over 25 children in each class. Not their choice. But I also read where there are certain extra-curriculum activities. I believe parents need to be more involved in their children's education whether it's helping one day a week one hour. No teacher will ever turn the help away. Parents are such an integral part of their children's education at home and at school. If you have kept up with the news education has taken such a hit but yet the teachers do their very best to teach our children and they're doing a great job under less than desirable conditions. I am surrpirsed at the lack of parent involvement. It can make all the difference in the world. . Despite all the cuts the school has many resources that address any child in need of help.others society and TV for

  • (12 months ago)

    Wow I've been reading past reviews and yes our school was great once. But no longer! Mediocrity runs amok! Thank goodness that most of our same great teachers are still around however the new principal has changed all the teachers around so this has been a year of transition as our teachers acclimate to new grade levels. The principal is weak on discipline so as a result behavior has declined to the point of disruption in the class rooms and bullying on the playground. Parents are so disgusted with the principal's lack of experience and lack of support for the teachers that participation level has dropped to next to nil! No parents no money honey!!! As of this year we no longer have an after school program a computer program or a reading program. What once set us apart from the rest of the district is no longer! Welcome to mediocrity!

  • (12 months ago)

    We have been a Valley View family for 5 years. I am currently so gravely concerned about the quality of education at Valley View that I am looking into taking my children elsewhere. Since the arrival of our new principle (2 years now) there has been a steady drop in academic achievement and parent participation. Additionally there has been a sharp increase in bad behavior. So much so that I fear for the safety of some students and for the well being of the entire student body. Although Valley View remains one of the higher scoring (API) elementary schools in this district I would keep my eyes open see who the current principal is and ask what plans are being implemented to lessen the bullying and bad behavior at the school. Additionally i would check into the level of parent participation since this has historically been a key reason why Valley View has been so successful. Good Luck!

  • (12 months ago)

    My children have attended this school now for 5 years. They have received a good education early on but beginning last year I began to notice that the overall quality of their education had suffered from overcrowded classrooms and lack of supervision. The situation at present seems unsafe and several recent incidents at the school have caused parents great concern over the leadership skills of the principle. I question whether the district enforces any checks and balances to hold accountability for overall performance of the school. My children will be transferred out of this school due to the principles lack of concern and regard for the quality of the student's education and safety. Look into other options before your child is troubled by the lack of leadership at this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    You'll notice that there are no reviews here after May of 2010. That's for a reason. We started at this school when it was still great back in 2005. Now the school is awful. Terrible deceitful manipulative administration. Turmoil. They care nothing about the children nor the neighborhood. The school has gone so downhill that we left. Ask around and see what's really going on at this school. The people who really care about their children's education have left - and for good reason. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Ask the district about all of the problems this school has had in the last few years. The current principal will not keep your children safe nor will he take their education seriously. Safety is an issue at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent devoted teachers and active parents. High quality neighborhood school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Valley View has great teachers and an awesome parent group always looking for ways to enrich the students education however the school is old and in need of TLC. Money is a huge issue we are desperately seeking ways to squeeze more out of what we don't have and being rather successful too!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the parent participation school activities and natural setting.

  • (4 years ago)

    I really like the school and staff. Principal is great. Little to no traffic because 2 people always there to speed things along. Best of all lots of parent involvement. I wish the after school programs were free like at my kids previous schools but if that was the trade I wouldn't change them because the education is much better here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I currently have three children at this school and I wouldn't change that for anything. The teachers are great the principal Mrs Cotton is the best ever! I plan on my children continuing in this school until they go to middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son started kindergarten this year & really enjoys this school. I am impressed by the high level of parent/teacher/principal involvement here. Great school! Valley View walks its talk and believes it takes a village to raise/educate a child well. They actively embrace a concept of partnering with parents and not against them. It's also in a great neighborhood setting. As public schools go class size is small 20 - 30 students. My son is a very active typical 'all boy' type child so he would probably do better in an even smaller class -- or where the teacher had an assistant so young children could receive more attention. However Mrs. Farrell the K1-am teacher does a terrific job on her own and I can't imagine anyone handling the challenge of 20+ 5 year olds all alone any better. A solid/friendly teacher - a little tough on obeying 'rules' but understandable.

  • (5 years ago)

    When we were looking for a good school for our four children we did our homework and found a little gem right here in Richmond. We had to work very hard to get them all in here because Valley View is not our neighborhood school. The staff is welcoming of parent volunteers thorough in their work with the children and promote a happy learning environment. The school principal Ms. Cotton is very accessible friendly and easy to approach. The campus is older that is a good thing and also a not so much good thing. I appreciate the grounds being older. They have really big well established trees and a lot of open space. These newly developed or rebuilt schools are all cut up and black topped and sterile. But the facilities are older. But not in need of major repair. We have a whole community supporting this school. It's Great!

  • (5 years ago)

    Valley View is a school facing many transitions (which they seem to handle fairly well) The teaching staff is good this year. The Special Ed department needs a huge makeover in my opinion. The school is in a beautiful setting the children seem happy (although I personally know of families that are not doing well and it seems that school is the only place for these kids where they are paid attention to.) I feel the Principal shows great leadership while facing the reality of this State's cutbacks and shortages. It is sad actually - when I went to school the school was a building. Now there are Modules for classrooms. Schools now have a sense of impermanance about them - which on the positive side encourages the value of flexibility. I believe Valley View creates a sense of foundational permanency in an ever increasing impermanent world.

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