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West Valley School District is an above average, public school district located in Yakima, WA. It has 5,511 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
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West Valley School District Reviews
I've always loved school and I feel as though West Valley, as I'm sure any school does, has their pros and cons. While I loved it academically, and made plenty of friends, I feel as though the way some teachers and administration treated their students was rude and lacked any sort of empathy or connection. Standing up for some of my friends shouldn't have been something I had to do, especially against adults, but I refuse to sit back and watch unfair racism and disrespect to those who don't deserve it, as well as unacceptable and inaccurate stereotypes, be placed upon some good students who didn't deserve it. However, overall, my experience with school has been great. There are a lot of wonderful administrators and teachers, who truly do invest themselves in their students. Aside from the deplorable lunches and student drama, which was fairly easy to avoid, it was very nice!
West Valley School District is a rapidly growing school district on the west side of the Yakima Valley. It tends to put a focus on STEAM education in early years and has a substantial CTE program in high school. Overall the staff is friendly and helpful, but I personally found that college and career prep programs were constantly changing and were not very helpful to students. Participation in such programs was more so encouraged than required, with only a few portions of the class being required to to receive a diploma. There was very little help in building a portfolio or helping students prepare for higher education. However, the education provided at the various grade level was on par with other schools in the area, and the schools clearly excelled in terms of student test scores and graduation rates.
West Valley High School is a pretty small high school which means the average clique's that are usually seen in high school movies, books, and tv shows are not present. The community is nice but I would like to see some change in my school. I feel there needs to be more diversity, better academic courses, and a stronger staff and administration. The school feels very closed off to new people and quite unwelcoming. The classes we get to choose from are very slim leaving little to no creativity. The staff openly argues and many are not good teachers. Overall, if you are not part of the district you are not going to be welcomed very easily. I feel like there could always be worse high schools out there and worse scenarios but West Valley also needs a lot of working on in my opinion.