School Details

Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School

4221 North Hughes, Fresno, CA 93705
(559) 225-7737
5

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 320 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

53%
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65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
34%
46%
79%
58%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
48%
65%
89%
66%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
45%
60%
52%
56%
65%
48%
37%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
45%
60%
40%
46%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
43%
60%
25%
36%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
50%
50%
45%
42%
57%
50%
37%
52%
71%
53%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fresno Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School is a charter high school in Fresno. The principal of Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School is Shelly Melton and can be contacted at shelly.melton@valleyprep.com. 320 students attend Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School and identify primarily as Unspecified, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 10% of the Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 320 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Valley Preparatory Academy Charter School is 17:1. Phoenix Secondary School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 0.3%
Hispanic 57% 60%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 3% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.7%
Filipino 1% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 74228%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 79%
Limited English proficiency 10% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    This school is a safe place for children. I appreciate that they have full time security person there. He keeps a good eye on things and looks for ways to make the school safer. If there is an issue you can go to anyone on the staff and they will find a way to help. Thank you VPA!

  • (11 months ago)

    This school started out very well we absolutely loved it! We loved the small class sizes the teachers and the fact that behavior was considered important. However the school has started to lose it's original purpose in lieu of worrying about their popluarity and how many more students they can enroll. If they would remember their purpose and try to keep the students and teachers that have been there for a long itme there then this school would go back up to where it once was. There have been too many incidents that have gone overlooked personally and with close friends children at the school. And the fact that their academics are slipping. That is why we're not going to re-enroll our kids this year.

  • (12 months ago)

    Valley Prep is one of the best schools I have had the privilege to teach at throughout California. The administration is supportive to both teachers and students. Curriculum is continually being updated to stay in line with the Common Core objectives. At Valley Prep a culture of "caring" is enhanced through our "Character Counts" program. Valley Prep now includes a Visual Art elective class for every student.

  • (12 months ago)

    So thankful for Valley Prep!! My child has attended since Kindergarten and is currently in Jr. High. This school has been such a blessing! The teachers are some of the most dedicated hard working stay after hours teachers I know. They have always been very approachable and willing to help in anyway. My child has had some struggles along the way but the teachers have been helpful and given great advice and been very honest with us as parents. We've been able to see improvement with our child because of this. I've talked with the staff and administration. They work hard to make improvements each year. The principal takes her job serious and addresses matters quickly when pertaining to her students. Her students come first. It's all about the kids. The staff works hard to communicate with the parents. We love the phone calls. We are looking forward to another great year at Valley Prep!!

  • (12 months ago)

    I think this is a great school. The teachers are great and the classes are small. The students look forward to going to school. I have seen my child progress academically dramatically. I love the fact that they have a security guard and nurse on campus. It would be great if they were full time and on campus at all school hours. If it weren't for them not being there at all times they would have the 5 stars. I think they are both a great addition this school. My mind is at ease with my child's safety and health being taken care of. I recommend this school to all parents.

  • (12 months ago)

    Valley Prep believes a positive attitude empowers learning. Valley Prep believes in connecting students to their passion. Valley Prep believes character is caught more than taught. Valley Prep believes building learning on fundamentals. Valley Prep believes in creating awesome memories in activities. Valley Prep believes the best lessons are learned in service. Valley Prep believes in leadership opportunity for students. Valley prep believes every student is a diamond in the rough.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very disappointed in this school.. I currently have kids attending this school and for the most part it is a good school. However recently a incident took place involving one of my children and another child who that made a VERY inappropriate comments towards my child.. The comment made was a tier 3 (zero tolerance) offence according to the schools student handbook "most tier 3 and some tier 2 offenses are punishable by expulsion." But yet in our case for whatever reason the student wasn't even suspended. After a meeting with the principal seeking some answers as to why this student wasnt at least suspended I was given no answers.. Hours after the meeting I did some researcand that was when I found the schools policy on what had happened. I sent a email to the principal asking why the situation wasn't handled according to their school handbook and to my surprise I received no response.. The comments made would make any Father/parent furious as it did to me.. And I feel that the school didn't take it as serious as I did or as it should have according to their student handbook. Considering a different school for next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    The worst in education. My child consistently makes the honor roll but lacks academic fundamentals. Likewise my child's standardized test scores often fall below the state minimums. My child said that the teacher was reading the answers the state exams aloud to the class during the exams. The faculty is underqualified and more concerned with their own popularity among the students than the classroom instruction. My child says they have events like kool-aid day and are often rewarded with candy. Teacher feedback is limited as they fail to schedule-parent teacher conferences and often "forget" to invite parents. I've witnessed chaos in the classroom with all children out of their seats throwing things pushing each other and yelling. Attendance and discipline policies go unenforced. VPA does not abide by FUSD policies as it should as an institution chartered under the FUSD umbrella. VPA's charter should be heavily scrutinized and probably suspended. The leadership of VPA is more concerned with its reputation as a business than its duty to children. VPA parents have big heads thinking that its a private school when it isn't and the quality of education there is poor.

  • (1 year ago)

    I had heard really good things about this school from a friend so I took my daughter out of public school to send her to vpa. The first year was just okay but this year has been really bad. The curriculum is watered down a lot but it has to be because most of the students are so behind in their in their education. The overall character of most of the students is poor at best. I've had several situations with my daughter and other students this year and when I bring it up to her teacher or staff it is brushed off as nothing. If you're looking for a good school for your child I would definitely recommend you look somewhere else!

  • (1 year ago)

    VPA is the best. I have had three children at the school. They have great teachers including an art teacher a music teacher and a PE teacher. The after school program has improved this year. My kids love it. Now we just need a Winter/Christmas program!

  • (2 years ago)

    We used to have a hard time getting our daughter up for school in the morning. Not anymore. She loves this school especially her teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is the next best thing to homeschool or private school (which we cannot afford) Valley Prep provides the best of both worlds. It has really provided a safe and friendly enviornment which I really appreciate for my kids. Valley Prep teaches and promotes values that we as a family teach at home. Not only do they teach it they really hold the students accoutable for their character. The teachers really go above and beyond for their students. I have experiences this first hand - my son's teacher does everything possible to help my son do his best. They really do care!! We only hope they start a high school soon!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school for so many reasons. I really like the dress code and believe it helps the focus to stay where it needs to be...on academics. I love the teachers and staff who are absolutely wonderful. They really care about the kids and want to see them succeed. I like that music art and character development is part of the curriculum. They have sports and other extra-curricular activities are available as well. The commitment to the whole child by providing healthy well-balanced lunches is another thing to be proud of. VPA is just perfect for our family.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child has been at Valley Prep since the school opened its doors (one of the first kindergarten students). I am thankful that I can send my child to school everyday and know that my child feels safe and is being taught and held to a high level of character accountability. I appreciate Valley Prep and would not enroll my child in any other school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in 7th grade at this school and she loves it. The teachers are great and she is learning a lot. We are so glad they teach character every morning and that our daughter can play volleyball.

  • (3 years ago)

    There was a lot of favoritism shown. If you were related to any of the teachers or staff you managed to get away with alot of bad behavior. Two students can commit the offense and have the same history. One will get a harsher punishment than the other. Their no tolerance for bulling does not really apply. one student in particular bullied and hit other students was given many chances one more chance with little regard to the safety of the other students. I am glad I have moved all my children from that school. I also thought that they encourage children to tattle on Everything.

  • (3 years ago)

    I like that the school is small and personable and has a safe environment. My child feels safe at school. I am happy they have new programs after school. Also my daughter is excited about cheerleading and going to camp.

  • (4 years ago)

    this school is very positive and they really teach us about character i love it.

  • (5 years ago)

    My family is very blessed to have found a school like Valley Prep Academy. Both my children have done very well at this school. The teachers and staff really do care about all the students and do a great job in teaching them about character trustworthy discipline respectfulness caring and other traits. Having my children at this school has been the best decision our family has ever made. Thanks Valley Prep for all of your hard work and dedication. Many blessings to you all!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Valley Prep! There is no other school like it in Fresno. The director staff and teachers really care about their students. They are strict and dont allow foolishness. I love that fact that all students wear uniform and there are no 'clicks'.They have a wonderful character program. My child has learned about honesty trustworthiness respect and citizenship.

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