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About This School

The Valley School is a private elementary school in Seattle. The principal of The Valley School is Barry Wright. 102 students go to The Valley School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at The Valley School is 10:1. Epiphany School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Languages Taught

    • French

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 68%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16%
Black, non-Hispanic 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Oh my!! The parent that posted yesterday is spot on. Would love to have coffee and share stories!! Interesting to hear the "Director" is leaving. He is not part of the solution and the culture that Valley speaks of.

  • (6 months ago)

    Valley is an interesting place. Some of the teachers are great some are not. The kids adore it & the playground is fantastic for PK-2nd grade. The teachers are like high school gossips and if you cross them expect to be talked about. The head of school is leaving at the end of the year & that will be a welcomed change. If you have a middle of the road kid that gets picked up by the nanny this is a great place for you -- but as soon as you get involved in the school or start asking questions about your kid you aren't keeping with "the valley way". If you need attention as a parent or a warm fuzzy greeting in PK I would strongly recommend looking at other schools.

  • (11 months ago)

    The Valley School teaches children to love learning. Their child-directed program allows teachers to use the strengths and interests of the students to explore all kinds of topics and to integrate math science language arts and history into the study of those topics. My children have blossomed there. We were afraid my eldest child would never have the nerve to raise his hand and offer an answer that could possibly be wrong. In this highly supportive and nurturing environment the students learn to collaborate inquire respond and share. The teachers are so creative intelligent and totally devoted. It is a wonderful school and the students move to not only get into the schools of their choice but to thrive there as well. Worth EVERY PENNY! The school also has be best playground around for younger students. 3rd 4th and 5th grade playground is adequate but they have plenty of space to run around and usually organize inclusive soccer or tag games.

  • (1 year ago)

    Correction to the previous post-the school has been board-run for nearly a decade. As is the case for the great majority of independent schools the board is responsible for the long-term health of the school and the head of school is responsible for day to day operations. The current head is the second since the founder retired.

  • (2 years ago)

    Reportedly this school is moving from a founder-run private school to a board-run school. The upshot of this change has meant the release of a key administrator and many questions regarding the board and the new administration's ability to work together sincerely as a team for the sake of the children and families at Valley. Frankly I'd rather see Valley work harder on increasing its academic expectations for the children rather than focus on administrative policy changes.

  • (3 years ago)

    Wow! Based on the this year's graduates and this year's preschool children this is an absolutely fantastic school. As we looked at middle schools this past year we repeatedly heard that they loved Valley kids. They're bring everyone together and the administrators see them as academic leaders. I feel so lucky to be a parent in this great school. Our kids love learning. The teachers are outstanding.

  • (3 years ago)

    The "emergent curriculum" of this school sounds good in theory but in practice it means that the instruction and curriculum is not well organized and consistent throughout the grades. You only have to compare the writing samples of the upper school children of this school against those of other private schools to clearly see the evidence. Use your discernment and look deeply before accepting the administration s sales pitch. This school understandably takes pride in its beautiful campus and quality teachers. The children are engaged in wholesome activities such as gathering chicken eggs or digging mud puddles. However on the other side of the coin this school is not invested in modern technology. At other private and public schools your child will have the opportunity to learn to use technology in creative and comprehensive ways that will clearly benefit them in today's society. The former leadership of this school was awful and the school suffered for it. Perhaps under the steady hand the new director this school can become the school it claims to be. Overall though this school does not make the grade when compared to other private schools in the area.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my children attended The Valley School from Kindergarten through 5th grade. They were excited to go to school every single day. Not only did Valley provide a nurturing environment for them to develop confidence and interpersonal skills it also provided an academic foundation that is allowing them to perform at high levels in a college prep school. Thank you Valley School!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is a couple months into his third year at the Valley School and we are really happy with how things are going. Our older child went through Valley School too and loved his experience too. The new director is doing a great job - he's providing strong leadership for the teachers and parents is always visible and accessible is building great relationships with the kids and is bringing some good new energy to the school. Outstanding academic program delightful kids excellent teachers unique campus and a day full of engaging learning for the students. Lots of hands-on experiential learning balanced with research-based academic techniques. We love this school! Only downside - if you don't get in at pre-k it can be hard to get in later.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is quite unorganized and does not communicate well at all. They do a reasonable job in the lower school but the upper school is not engaging for the kids and they get bored with the small classes and poorly organized curriculum. Hopefully the new director will turn things around.

  • (4 years ago)

    Everyday I am amazed by the teachers at The Valley School. They are talented and dedicated. It is a wonderful school and a delightful parent community.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have one child at the Valley School and one child who went through the Valley School and is now in middle school. This school strikes a perfect balance between rigorous academics and creating a joyful atmosphere. Both of my children learned to love school and have developed wonderful relationships with peers and teachers. Probably the best measure of academic rigor for us was that all the children in our older son's class have been admitted to and successful in selective private schools or the public schools' hi-cap program. The school has recently hired a new director who will be on board next year and he looks terrific - very promising.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Valley School is the best thing that happened to our children. It was a reasonably priced private school and it offers pure enlightenment. Our kids are very well-adjusted and have a profound desire to learn and to contribute to their world due to their education at Valley. With a final daughter graduating in May we will miss it greatly! Were they also to offer a Middle School we would be sending our kids there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our 2 children have thrived at The Valley School. They love learning and love school. Both of them are working above grade level and they get the challenge they crave in an environment that is both energizing and nurturing. Smart creative and committed staff. Happy kids happy families.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Valley School has been the perfect fit for my son since day one. It offers a terrific learning environment with caring and involved teachers. It is a place that builds self-confidence and a healthy attitude towards learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    They seem to have a high teacher turnover and are very selective in the information to share.

  • (4 years ago)

    There is a high teacher turnover and a great deal of secrecy. It went from a gentle school to one of underlying hostility and backbiting. So sad to happen to such a charming school. Two of my children went there; my third is attending a different one.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son loves school and learning at the Valley School. He comes home buzzing with new information from their units of study gets the challenge he needs and feels like a contributing member of the small community. As parents we have easy access to the teachers and staff and really enjoy the interesting group of families.

  • (6 years ago)

    The Valley School has been the life changer for our daughter. We moved her to this wonderful little school in the middle of 3rd grade and absolutely made the right choice. Academics have been great teachers are consistently excellent and the children 'graduate' from 5th grade in a very strong position to take on middle school.

  • (6 years ago)

    What an amazing small school. This school is really a bastion of sanity in a world of pressurized schools. My child just loves coming to school each day. The teachers are smart and caring the school grounds are beautiful and green and the parent body is laid-back and inclusive. I couldn't say enough good things about Valley.

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