Frequently Asked Questions
How much does tuition cost at Valley
There is no tuition charged at Valley Academy.
Charter schools are funded through tax revenue on a
Are Valley Academy teachers highly
Yes. The school meets all Arizona Department of
Education requirements for Highly Qualified
Teachers. Teacher credentials and qualifications are available for public review in the school office.
What are the school hours and school year schedule?
School starts at 8:00 for all students. Half-day kindergarten students are released at 11:05 a.m. First and second grade classes end at 2:15 p.m. All other students are released at 3:15 p.m. There are programs for care before and after school.
The school year generally runs from mid-August to late May. The calendar lists specific dates for the current school year.
Preschool hours and calendar differ from the K-8 schedule.
Does Valley Academy supply busing to and from school?
Valley Academy does not supply transportation. Students from all parts of the valley attend Valley Academy, making busing very difficult. The school is located near city bus routes. Parents unable to arrange transportation at designated times may take advantage of the Before and After School Programs.
Do Valley Academy students wear uniforms?
Yes, uniforms are required at Valley Academy. The uniforms are simple, modest, affordable and available at many local stores. Polo shirts and turtlenecks in green, white, light blue, or navy blue are worn with navy blue or khaki skirts, skorts, shorts, or pants. A detailed uniform policy is available through the school office.
Does Valley Academy have a lunch program?
Yes. Hot, nutritional lunches, complete with a salad bar, are available each day.
Is the school financially stable?
Absolutely. Valley Academy employs professionals to perform financial management services. The Board of Directors reviews financial records each month and hires an independent accountant to audit the financial records each year. Financial information is open to the public and may be viewed in the front office.
Where do parents fit in?
Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their child’s education. Parents may assist in classrooms as in other schools, but unlike other schools, parents have a definite voice in textbook selection, curriculum changes, and many policies and procedures.
Are there programs available before and after school?
Yes. There are three optional extensions to the school day available. For Kindergarten students, we offer All Day Kindergarten for a fee. First and second graders may participate in the Academic Arcade, and all students may join the Coyote Club.
Are extra-curricular activities available?
Yes. Extra curricular activities are available based on student interest and teacher availability. Band, Chorus, sports, and clubs are available before and after the regular school day.
Does Valley Academy have Pep Rallies and pull-out programs?
At times, but these programs are carefully scheduled to avoid interruptions to the school day. Students attend one field trip per year. Classroom interruptions are kept to a minimum, and academic time is treasured.
How can I donate to Valley Academy?
Donations are always greatly appreciated. You may donate directly to the school by mailing a check to the address above, or you may call the school at (623) 516-7747. Some donations may be tax deductible. Call for details.
And – thank you.