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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Valley School is a public school located in HAZELTON, ID. It has 586 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 26% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.
Address
882 VALLEY ROAD SOUTH
HAZELTON, ID 83335
Telephone
(208) 829-5353
Website

Valley School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
26%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1130
12 responses
Average ACT
27
6 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$46,421
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Median Home Value
$144,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • Homecoming
    57%
  • Cross country dinners
    29%
  • Band camp
    14%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
586
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,711
Teachers in First/Second Year
5%
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,032/ year
National
$12,239
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Sports: Football (B), Volleyball (G), Cross Country (BG), Basketball (B and G), Track. Sometimes wrestling and golf.

Clubs: FCCLA, BPA.

Other: Band, Art.

This sums up all extracurricular offered at the school.

For the most part, sports are considered "big" at Valley. Sometimes, more value is placed on sports than schoolwork. The two clubs offer levels of commitment according to what you want; some students spend all the time they can for the club, others are once or twice a month.

Art tends to change teachers yearly, but is consistent.

The band program is new, and the school isn't willing to let it grow into anything. The teacher gives it his all; but the administration seems to do their best to keep students from being in it, and often seem like they are trying to kill the program. Currently, there is a 6th grade beginners band and a 7-12th band; sorted by grade not ability.

I'm a huge fan of the Band and the Cross Country programs. The Booster club (a community organization of parents) is a great help and sponsor of both of these, as is the Viking Foundation.
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There are great teachers(some), okay teachers(a few) and bad teachers (40%). The great teachers are involved in the community, help the students, and know their topics. They love the students and the subjects. These are the really good teachers.

The okay teachers teach, are consistent in grading, but don't ever stand out as exceptional. Many of these are young teachers who are only around for a few years.

Then there's the large portion of bad teachers; who have been teaching at Valley for many years, and are more likely to grade according to the sports you play than your actions in class. Some are knowledgeable, but most of them simply were when hired, but seem to have forgotten much of their subject. They lecture out of a book rather than teach.

Those that are good are really good; those that are bad teachers are bad in almost every way.
The teachers from the are care a lot about the school, and are very supportive and friendly to the students. Not all the teachers care about teaching as much as having fun, and students and the school put more weight on sports than education. The programs that are growing, namely band and cross country, are very good, and the people in charge care a lot about the students as people.

The school is small, underfunded, and has very few options beyond basic graduation requirements and the support classes to make them happen. There are few clubs and the variety of student interest is limited.

The students are able and willing to physically work hard, and can do anything if they are determined to do so.