School Details

Valley Elementary School

310 Opportunity Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 682-5550

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-2 733 students 13 students/teacher (AL avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pelham. The principal of Valley Elementary School is Dr Deborah Allen Scarbrough. 733 students go to Valley Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 48% of the 733 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Valley Elementary School is 13:1. Valley Intermediate School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 50% 73%
Hispanic 35% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Asian 3% %
Multiracial 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    We have loved Valley so far. My daughter had a small issue at the beginning of her kindergarten year with another child on the bus (who was at the intermediate school) but it was handled and we haven't had any issues since. She has had great teachers and loves school! I love the diversity of the school and the great teachers. Her kindergarten teacher Mrs. Traynham actually taught one of my friends in kindergarten! She clearly loves the children and made the first year of my daughter's school experience wonderful. Her first grade teacher Mrs. Burns was equally as wonderful. The art teacher pe teachers music teacher and other ancillary staff are also awesome. I love that when we walk into the school and multiple staff members call my child by name and even know my name even though I work and am hardly at the school. Valley is very personal and caring. We moved to Pelham from Cahaba Heights (Vestavia) and could not have been happier with our school experience so far.

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers are fantastic. My grandchildren very happy. We are all looking forward to a wonderful school year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Will not allow parents to escort kids inside. Even on day 1 of kindergarten children must be "dropped off" in the parking lot. Once inside there is not adequate coverage by adults to be sure kids make it to class. My child has been deemed "tardy" several times because although I dropped him off in plenty of time my five year old was allowed to roam the halls and sit for long periods in the cafeteria without being re-directed. Attempted to discuss with now former principle and I was immediately turfed out to the Vice Principle and the guidance counselor. Discussion with Vice principle regarding this issue and my concern of why school personnel were allowed to sign my child in at the office ended with unsatisfactory responses. As a matter of fact I received a truancy notice citing my child's tardies when in fact my child was not tardy but effectively was lost after I brought the child to school. With a respected professional entering the position of new principle this year I am hopeful things might improve. However we are trying to sell our home to get out of this school zone. This new principle has quite a job ahead of her.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was told by my teacher Mrs. Goggins in first grade that I was owned by the state and my teacher was my mother between the hours of 8am and 3pm Mon - Fri.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am very upset with Valley! Everyday it just seems like my child is the devil and he is not he is a good kid he does talk alot I am not sure of a child that does not. After all of the phone call's I asked my son if he felt like he was being treated unfair and he clearly told me yes they are mean to him and I asked if other students were treated the same way he is being treated and he told me NO! I am tired of my child picked on not just by students but also the teachers and office staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    These are questions. What percentage of the Special Ed students have ADHD? How can I find out more about what their process is. If a child has great Math skills but is behind in reading how is that ameliorated?

  • (4 years ago)

    My son attended Valley Elementary K-2 and he has had a wonderful experience. The music PE and Art programs are great as well as the library. The teachers at Valley really care about their students. Parents are encouraged to be involved. Every time I visited Valley Elementary I saw happy smiling faces on the students and the faculty. Great job Valley Elementary!

  • (6 years ago)

    It is a great school. Staff and teachers care kids. I like them. Thanks!

  • (6 years ago)

    Well-rounded school. Teachers and administrators seem to be on top of it.

  • (7 years ago)

    Valley is a really good school. My daughter loves going to school and the teachers are really outstanding. She is in the first grade this year and she is reading and writing above grade level. They have a wonderful PE art music teachers and the parents are encouraged to get involved. I would recommend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a very good school. All of the employees are very positive. As a child I moved often and attended many kinds of schools including a private school but Valley is better than any of them. My daughter went to kindergarten in Hoover at a wonderful public school and she has enjoyed the same quality at Valley during first grade last year and again in second grade. Her teachers Mrs. Towles and Mrs. Appling are excellent.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son attended Valley in K and he was reading on a 3rd grade level by the first day of first grade.He is now going into the 3rd grade(at another school because of move) He reads on a 5th grade level and made all A's in second grade. Thank You Valley and many thanks to Jody Dickens.

  • (11 years ago)

    I struggled with whether to start my son in Kindergarten in Public school vs. private school considering our economic woes. I gave Valley Elementary a try and could not be happier! Valley Elementary's teachers are wonderful loving caring dedicated professionals. My son was lucky to be placed in Jody Dickens' class - she was a fabulous teacher! (All of them at Valley are...) Ms. Dickens really brought my son out of his shell and he will return to Valley in first grade in the fall independent confident and eager to learn. The teachers at Valley really strive to teach our children as we want them to be taught; with the ability to compete with the best of the best. Thanks Ms. Dickens and Thanks all at Valley Elementary! I look forward to the years to come... C.Poynter

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