Vieja Valley Elementary School

8 reviews
434 Nogal Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 967-1239

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We have had an amazing experience at Vieja Valley. The staff, teachers, and principal are all excellent, approachable, and caring. This school is a very special place.
Posted by a parent on 5/31/2017
We love Vieja Valley and have sent all three of our children through this school. There is something to be said about a small school and the intimacy, and sense of community that comes with this. It is set in a charming neighborhood that has big trees, grassy fields and horses meandering by. How many schools get this type of setting? it is charming to say the least. The teachers are committed. My children love their experience at the school, look forward to going and truly happy about their learning. My husband and I both have graduate degrees, and prioritize education. Our children are the top of their class, and my son was recently accepted to the 'Apple Program' at San Marcos High School. (This is an accelerated academic program for leadership and enrichment) It is considered one of the most competitive programs in our county. I thank Vieja Valley teachers for preparing the academic fundamentals, instilling higher level thinking, and creating a lifelong love of learning from the beginning years. The parent community is involved and welcoming. We are sad that this chapter has come to a close.
Posted by a parent on 7/15/2014
As an active and involved parent with two kids at Vieja Valley, I have been very happy with the teachers, the parental involvement, the curriculum, and the diversity. This is in no way a "rich kids" school as one review states but a rather balanced school with a majority of middle class families and an otherwise healthy mix of low and high income families. I spend time in the classrooms weekly and have been very happy with the teachers' class management and attention paid to all students. I've had one interaction with the principal and she was very responsive and helped solve a student problem quickly and efficiently. The school offers computer, music, and art classes, a nice library, and beautiful grounds with large outdoor play areas. Both my kids and I are happy here.
Posted by a parent on 3/16/2014
I am a single mom of 2 at this school. It used to be a top school in Santa Barbara with great teachers and staff. We have been so let down with the academics and now having to supplement with tutors and private art lessons. I hope this school turns around and changes up the divided staff but for now I am sadly choosing to leave schools for my boys. I've heard some of the teachers complain and are unhappy, but are unable to transfer schools. I would look at some other Santa Barbara schools that choose to challenge the above average child instead of focusing all their money and efforts on the ESL kids. The best thing about this school is the location and charm.
Posted by a parent on 3/13/2014
This used to be a great school, but I have had some unsatisfactory educational experiences for my child. I know funding had been cut in all schools but it seems like the teachings is at a grade to two behind. The classrooms are not as respectful or organized as I remember, with children threatening others and back talking to the teacher. Not to mention that many of the supportive PTA families have left, so the PTA after school programs had been eliminated. Also, my child has an incident where the playground equipment fell apart and hit him on the head!
Posted by a parent on 1/3/2013

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Santa Barbara schools - Vieja Valley Elementary School is located at 434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93110. Vieja Valley Elementary School is in the Hope Elementary School District. Vieja Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels K-6.

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