Valley New School Reviews
Rating 4.56 out of 5 16 reviews
I started at Valley New School in 2014, I was in 7th grade. The school is focused around personalized learning, which allows students to grow as human beings and learn about their passions and things they are interested in. Valley New School has helped me figure my passions and learn about what my strengths and weaknesses are. VNS (Valley New School) has students from grades 7-12, which allows for younger students to be mentored by the elder students. The school helps it’s students enter the real world and prepare them for life. There are not many things that I dislike about VNS, but there is one thing that I would like to change about the school. Even though the school prepares students for life, it doesn’t prepare them for college very well. I have learned note taking skills and time management, but I have not learned about or read traditional things that I would have learned in traditional school.
Success at Valley New School is completely up to each student. They get to decided if they are going to grow, advance, and learn. The problem with this is that some students take advantage of this and become lazy, doing the minimum amount (almost zero) work. This makes this school perfect for motivated and out-of-the-box students, especially with their project based curriculum style.
Valley New School was life-changing for our son. The project-based learning environment teaches students "how" to learn and challenges them to work independently. Students must master classes like Algebra (which our son took online) before moving on, so it's learning that sticks. We are grateful to have this charter school in our community! Extra-curriculars like sports and music are completed at another area high school, which worked well for us.
VNS is an excellent school. Because of the allowance of a nontraditional academic approach, students are able to pursue their passions while learning and developing fundamental life skills. Nobody wants to be treated like their insignificant and just another student in a class. Cookie cutter students from overpopulated public schools usually don't get the chance to explore their true interests. Here, students are encouraged and praised for thinking outside of the box. VNS has been a massive source of unconditional support and academic advancement for me. I highly recommend this style of learning to anyone and everyone. It has proven extremely effective.
Valley New School is a great place for anyone looking for a challenge academically and an easier time socially. The environment is friendly and always accepting of those new to the school, whether it be staff or students. The school is a much closer environment and is run by only four advisers that students are assigned to and kept throughout all their years at VNS. This allows for close-knit relationships with all members of the advisory. In addition, the location of the school is in the City Center in downtown Appleton, which provides all VNS students with the resources they need right next to the bus station, public library, and within walking distance of many different businesses. Everybody at VNS is confident enough in themselves and their environment that they are able to come to school every day and be themselves. That is something I have never ever seen at any other school and it is one of the most essential parts of a successful school community.
My sophomore year of high school was my first year at VNS. I came after graduating a residential program at Northwest Passage and was determined to continue my education but in the best way for me. Unlike public schooling, Valley New School personalizes students learning and I was not only able to challenge myself but also developed skills for not only college but the future. Learning became fun through projects that I picked and worked on along with other projects VNS has for certain grades, like the college and career project. Overall, my outlook on education became more positive and made me want pursue my college career.
Very good school. Different style of learning. This is a project based school so you don't have to deal with classes, or not learning the way you learn. The advisors make school fun! I actually enjoy going to school!
The clubs are amazing. I joined the Improvisation club and it was a blast! The best thing about this school is, if you want to start a club, you just go to the advisors and they will help you start one!
I love being at this school. It is nice to feel safe and welcome. I also really enjoy being able to learn what I am interested in, and not just whatever classes a teacher is teaching that semester.
Valley New School is definitely the safest school in the city. Students are required to swipe in before entering or leaving, as are visitors. The school does not have a formal sex-ed or drug prevention program, but nether is an issue among students.
Valley New School only has a few permanent clubs, but is very open to any student that want to start one. Film clubs, musical groups, reading groups, live action role playing, and naturalist groups are the most common.
Math and English curricula are entirely self-paced. This has been great for me (Took 2-3 math classes every year), but not the best for other students. Science classes are sparse, but you have the option to take them at another school. Scheduling is very flexible.
The teachers at Valley New School genuinely care about student success. They do everything they can to build the school culture and know each student as a person. I loved my time there.