Is Valley View Adventist Academy accredited?
Where is the school located?
How do I enroll my child?
Do I have to be a member of the church for my child to attend?
What are the uniform requirements for school. What happens if my child does not have a uniform?
What supplies does my child need for class?
What are school hours?
What happens if I cannot pick up my child on time?
Who do I call if my child is sick?
How much is tuition and other fees?
Can payments be made online?
Can I pay tuition and fees online by credit or debit cards?
Why is Valley View so affordable?
Does the school have a lunch program and how much does it cost?
Is there an after school program and how much does it cost?
Please explain the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)
What is the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010?
What is the minimum age for admittance to kindergarten in California?
Who are Adventists?
What does the name “Seventh-day Adventist” refer to?
Does my family have to be Adventist for my child to attend an Adventist school?
Will an Adventist school try to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist?
Yes, Valley View Adventist Academy is accredited by the Council for Private School Accreditation. We also have a Certificate of Evaluation from the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In addition, the church office of education also operates a comprehensive accrediting process to maintain a high standard of excellence in all Adventist schools.
If you’re interested in a particular Adventist school, feel free to contact that school and ask to be put in touch with students and parents who attend that school to get a sense of what the education is like. We think you’ll find, as an ongoing study is finding, that on average Adventist schools are better places to learn than any other.
The school is at 230 Vernon St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 Click here for driving directions.
Please read the Application & Registration page.
No. We encourage all faiths and beliefs to take advantage of our quality educational program.
School uniforms are a requirement at Valley View. Your child must wear a uniform to attend class. Our school standards are to project a positive Christian image of modesty and simplicity.
Shirts: Uniform style polo shirt in any solid color. Logos must be small and inconspicuous.
Pants: Uniform style pant or short in any solid color.
Dresses, Skirts and Skorts may be purchased from any uniform line. They must be solid in color and be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
Sweatshirts and Jackets must be solid in color without pictures or graphics. Logo must be small and inconspicuous.
You will find more details on the Uniforms page.
Click here to see each classroom supplies’ requirements.
Classes begin at 8:00am. School will dismiss at 2:55PM on Monday – Thursday and 1: 55 PM on Friday.
Your child will be placed in After School care on an emergency basis. A $10 fee will be assessed for this service.
Please call the number on the top of this page and let the Office Administrator know that your child is absent and the reason.
Please review our Tuition & Fees page for details.
Absolutely! Go to our Payments page to pay tuition and other fees. donations can be made there too.
Valley View accepts checks only online for tuition and fees. Valley View is a non-profit organization which operates on a lean budget. Consequently, it would rather invest more funds into school programs that would otherwise be used to pay credit or debit card transaction fees.
The cost to attend Valley View may seem high but the value in terms of safety, nurture, academics and other facets which make your child successful is immeasurable. Valley View is a private school operating as a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Therefore, the school strives to make the tuition and fees affordable. Some factors to be mindful of:
The school offers a nutritious lunch with a varied vegetarian menu for $3.50/meal for grades K-4 and grades 5-10. Meal tickets may be purchased from the office. Click here to learn more about the lunch program.
No, Valley View does not have an after school care program.
What type of test is the ITBS?
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (NRT).
What does “nationally standardized” mean?
A nationally standardized test is a test that is administered to each test-taker in the same way across a specified reference population (e.g., age groups, grade groups, etc.). Therefore, the score interpretations are based on a comparison of the test taker’s performance to the performance of other students in the nation.
What is a norm-referenced test (NRT)?
It is an NRT because it compares the results to other students’ abilities rather than to a set criteria. Thus, the ITBS allows educators to get a look at the performance of their students in relation to the rest of the nation. An NRT is designed to highlight achievement differences between and among students.
How valid and reliable is the ITBS?
The ITBS was developed at the University of Iowa and is based on over seventy years of on-going research.
What does the ITBS measure?
The ITBS measures the skills and achievement of students from grade three through grade eight and provides an in-depth measure of important educational objectives. It also yields reliable and comprehensive information both about the development of students’ skills and about their ability to think critically. It measures students against their peers.
Test subjects in the ITBS are reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. At Valley View it is administered during the first quarter of the school year to students in grades three-ten.
What is a national percentile rank (NPR) score?
A national percentile rank score compares the achievement of a student or a group of students to the achievement of a national sample of students who are in the same grade and who were tested at the same time of the year (fall, midyear, or spring). For example, if a student earned a percentile rank of 72 on the science test, it means she scored higher than 72 percent of the students in the group with which she is being compared.
What do the Grade Level Equivalent Scores mean?
Most people believe that a student who is in the third month of third grade (3.3) and scores at the fifth grade, third month (5.3) is two years ahead in his/her work, and capable of doing 5th grade work. What this actually reveals is that if a student at 3.3 and a student at 5.3 sat next to each other and took the same test (the third grade test) the third grader would be doing as well as the fifth grader on that third grade test. It does not mean that a student is two years ahead, but that she is performing extremely well at her grade level.
Are Valley View students working at or above grade level?
Our test scores indicate that very few students are performing below their grade level, some are marginal at grade level, and most are very successful or exceeding grade level expectations.
We interpret the results in the context of our Expected Schoolwide Learning Results(ESLR’s). The most relevant ESLR’s are “becoming complex thinkers” and “becoming effective communicators”. Using this standards-based approach, we use the results to determine how effectively the curriculum is working to achieve the standards we have set for our students.
Click here to learn more about ITBS.
Senate Bill (SB) 1381 (Chapter 705, Statues of 2010) amended California Education Code (Section 46300, 48000, and 48010) to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012–2013 school year.
A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 (EC 48000[a]):
Seventh-day Adventists are a Protestant Christian denomination who accepts the bible as the only source of their beliefs. They believe in salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and follow most of the beliefs of conventional conservative Christianity.
Click here to learn more about Adventists.
The name “Seventh-day Adventist” refers to two core beliefs. Respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, Adventists worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return and take his followers home to heaven. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Adventists at www.adventist.org.
Absolutely not, though you and your child will gain the most benefit from Adventist education if you are a Christian or at least sympathetic with Christian beliefs.
At an Adventist school, students’ freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured, and students are encouraged to learn how to make good moral decisions regardless of their creed or belief system. One key Adventist principle is that no one should be pressured into church membership, but join willingly as they choose. Children of Adventist parents only become baptized members only when they are old enough to make the decision consciously.