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Welcome to Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy, nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2014 National Blue Ribbon School and also an ‘A’ Rated school ranked at the highest level by the Arizona Department of Education. We offer students an accelerated back-to-basics and traditional education that provides them with a traditional foundation for the future.  Valley Academy is a tuition-free public charter school within the Reid Traditional Schools family. Our schools have been consistently ranked among the best schools in Arizona. We offer enrollment to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and we offer a private preschool for four-year-old children.

Our Mission:
To offer back-to-basics, traditional education
by providing a challenging, sequential, teacher-directed,
standards-based, textbook-driven curriculum
supported by individual accountability and
high academic and behavioral standards.


IMPORTANT UPDATES:
Our Pandemic Response Plan and related information may be viewed here.
We are currently operating on Level Two, the Hybrid On-Site/Remote Learning Program.  Families may choose at-home or in-school attendance.

Calendar Notes:
NO SCHOOL November 23-27, Thanksgiving Break


Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy Is a Blue Ribbon School

Reid Tradtional Schools Valley Academy National Blue Ribbon School Award
Reid Traditional Schools was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.  The award was given in honor of Valley Academy being an “exemplary high performing school.”  Only four Arizona schools received the award that year, and Valley Academy was the only charter school to do so.  Mrs. Victoria Wilber, RTS Valley Academy Principal says, “This is one of the most prestigious awards a school can attain, and I am so proud of our dedicated, talented teachers and smart, hard-working students.”  Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy was one of the first charter schools founded in Arizona. Since 1995, the school has consistently received the top available rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Mrs. Wilber explains, “We attribute this 20-plus-year record of academic success to our unwavering dedication to traditional education and our team’s commitment to continuous improvement.”


Teacher Compensation Information

At Reid Traditional Schools, we treasure our teachers.  We offer premium benefits to our staff, including Arizona State Retirement and almost free PPO health coverage.  In addition to fully stocking paper and supplies, the Board of Directors reimburses teachers $100 per year for anything they spend on their classrooms, thus minimizing any out-of-pocket costs for teacher extras. We offer every teacher up to $100 for approved Professional Development costs. We also maintain staffing to ensure that teachers do not have lunchroom or recess duties during the school day, so they have productive time during the work day for planning and other tasks.

Unlike most district and charter schools, we maintain transparency in the faculty pay scale, and we continue to use a fair and easy to understand pay grid.  Since this scale was put in place prior to 2000, we have consistently honored our commitment to providing teachers raises as promised and expected. During the recession, we were forced to freeze the pay scale only one time, while many schools froze salaries for almost a decade.

AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES AT RTS VALLEY ACADEMY
The average base salary of all teachers employed in the budget year 2021 is $55,834.
The average base salary of all teachers employed in the prior year 2020 was $53,322.
The increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2020 was $2,512, which is a 4.7% increase.
The average salary of all teachers employed in FY2018 was $48,140, for a total percentage increase since FY2018 of 16.0%.

These average salaries are affected by changes in personnel.  All returning teachers have received a 20% increase between FY2018 and FY2021.  The average salary does not include retirement, insurance, and other benefits.

Our attention to the well-being and satisfaction of our faculty has resulted in a very high teacher retention rate.  We honor and protect our teachers; they are our most important asset.


Public Meeting Notices:
To view our Public Meeting Notice statement, Meeting Notices, and Agendas, click here.


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Then & Now: School and Parents Work Together

For Reid Traditional, it’s always been about the parents and teachers working together. Since 1995, when parents and teachers started our flagship school, Valley Academy, we’ve stayed true to this partnership. And in this unique year, Reid Traditional’s parents have really stepped up. Thank you. School/home teamwork has never been stronger, or more vital. Together, […]

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A Warm Farewell for Mr. Hayo

A teacher so special deserves a farewell present that is equally memorable. Bill Hayo retired this year after teaching 53 years, much of it at RTS Valley Academy. As the 7/8 Math teacher, he developed a special bond with the students as they went off to high school.  To honor and remember them, he hung […]

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