Valley Charter High School opened in 1999 to serve students in 9th through 12th grades with a curriculum different from traditional schools with a focus on technology. The curriculum offers college prep programs, which is project-based along with flexible programs to ensure the needs of each student are met. The school also provides vocational training in ROP and computer programming.
Along with core subjects, the school offers sports, which are cross-country and track. Students stated they would like to be able to participate in different sports such as football and cheerleading. Extra curricular activities offered are chorus, dance, and technical design & production. Student clubs offered are academic decathlon, robotics club, skills USA, and student council.
The majority of parents and students are not as happy with the school as they were a few years ago. Parents explained that office staff seems to be in control and discriminate against students, picking and choosing their favorites to participate in activities. Other stated that since the new administration took over the school has gone down hill. Most expressed the amount of homework is overwhelming and very few teachers have the time to spend with students. Some parents explained they like the strict military style school but do believe that there are a few issues recently.
The Academic Performance Index declined 30 points to 743. The statewide goal is 800. The majority of parents blame the drop on the new administration.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was mainly below average across all grade levels and all subjects. Parents once again are not happy with these percentages and are voicing their opinion to administration.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. 90% of students passed the English exam with the state average at 83% and 85% passed the math exam with the average at 84%.
With the diverse comments of students and parents, it would be in your best interest to take a tour of the school and talk with teachers prior to enrolling your child.
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Valley Charter High School
108 Campus Way
Modesto, CA 95350