Hugh Lorch

Val Vista Lakes Elementary School8

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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February 11, 2015


Our daughter is in 4th grade and has been attending VVL since Kindergarten, and her years at this school have been truly exceptional. Having been raised myself in small town Midwest, VVL has the same feel of a small town school grounded in solid core values. Kids are taught more than just academics, with an equal focus on the 'pillars of character' including honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, and generally becoming a decent citizen of the world. The Principal and Staff are stellar, but it is really the involvement of the parents and sense of community that sets this school apart. The PTSO is a veritable brigade of committed parents who are tirelessly fundraising to maintain the various enrichment programs for the school. There is even a Dads Club that host many fun events throughout the year such as Outdoor Movie Nights, School Dance, Fishing Derby, Lego Derby, Sidewalk Chalk Art, D'backs outings, and more. Overall, and great place to raise a child!

Submitted by a parent

March 30, 2014


VVL has the feel of a small, private school where everyone knows everyone else. Even the crossing guards know all the students. The kids feel safe and protected. Parents and teachers work well together. The fundraising is top notch and brings in the funds needed for music and other programs. My granddaughter loves going to school each day and I am so happy to be helping to raise a second generation of VVL students!

Submitted by a parent

October 8, 2013


When we moved here from Colorado we were nervous about the school systems. VVL made us feel comfortable and the boys are happy with their school! My husband and I feel confident the boys are learning and being challenged.

Submitted by a parent

August 30, 2011


I have had nothing but excellent experiences at this school. Both of my children have done well at VVL; and one is on an IEP. There was a great transition to Junior High. Band and Orchestra are outstanding.

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2010


I love this school. They have helped my son get caught up after falling behind at another school, helped get him an IEP he needed. The staff are great and friendly too.

Submitted by a parent

August 7, 2008


this school is wonderful.. teachers are great. my daughter is new this year and teachers and faculty have made us feel so welcome.

Submitted by a parent

July 22, 2007


I'm going to Junior High now, but I was at Val Vista Lakes for eight whole years and they were all fantastic ones. All of my teachers, my principal, and everyone else were terrific! Thank you all for eight awsome and educational years together!

Submitted by a student

July 15, 2007


My daughter has been at VVL for 3 full years now, the school as a team has been acceptable or slightly above average in regards to general curriculum and learning. I must say in regards to parent involvement it is too obvious that the 'groupie' parents that run around thinking they make all the difference there are in it for their own personal social reasons. It is unfortunate that some of these individuals set set such a poor example for the environment at the school, and for the school at other places in the VVL community. Art and music programs are disappointing, don't get me wrong the kids are fantastic, and incredibly talented but have so much more to offer than the music and visual arts programs can provide. Moving on to Jr High this year and ready for a real challenge.

Submitted by a parent

May 13, 2007


We love VVL. I am very impressed at the amount of learning that happens during the day - I don't know how the teachers are able to fit it all in, but they do! Parent involvement revolves around a core group of women who obviously care a great deal and have bounds of energy! I think the Principal is a fantastic woman ,I would like to see her be more progressive - push the envelope, take a risk and take VVL to a higher level.

Submitted by a parent

June 28, 2006


We love VVL! The entire staff, including the office and all the staff that help in the classrooms and the playground are wonderful. We felt they really cared about our kids, to keep them safe, learn to the best of their ability, and have fun. We always felt welcome and the principal was very accessable and more than willing to go the extra mile. I can't imagine having my children go anywhere else. Thank you Mrs. Apel for creating such a wonderful environment for my kids!!!!!

Submitted by a parent

December 21, 2005


My son went to preschool there and the program and teacher were just wonderful, I have heard good things about the higher grades also. He learned so much and just loved going to school.

Submitted by a parent

August 10, 2005


VVl has a great learning environment. An excellent community with lots of parent involvement assures that students have high standards and achievement. My daughter is involved in the orchestra and loves it. The orchestra instructor seems very qualified and runs a tight ship. My children also participate in chorus and love music. PE has a solid program. I would like to see more done with the visual arts. The Art Masterpiece program seems to be very successful.

Submitted by a parent

July 14, 2005


I was so impressed with VVL. My daughter has several IEP issues and we received assist after assist that went above and beyond the call of duty on the part of her 6th grade teacher, the resource teachers, the principal, the school nurse, the school psychologist, etc. What a stellar staff! VVL has an amazing array of extracurricular activities available as well as an incredible level of parental involvement to implement them. Academics at VVL are thoughtful and interesting and though my child didn't qualify for AP classes due to her other issues she did learn this year. Thank you VVL for your many wonderful staff members and programs.

Submitted by a parent

June 23, 2005


Val Vista Lakes Elementary is a wonderful school. They have a caring, experienced staff that really know what is best for my children. The class sizes are kept fairly small to provide low teacher to student ratios. The academic programs are superior. There is an Accelerated Learning Program teacher on campus who sees our students daily for Math and Language Arts. There are also wonderful special education programs on campus to serve our special needs students. The regular programs are also excellent. The teachers raise the bar to challenge students at whatever level they are achieving. Our Music programs are top notch. We have band and strings instruction for our 5th and 6th graders. We have Art , PE, Library, and Computer Lab as well as two desktop computers in each classroom. The parent involvement is the best. We have a very active PTSO and opportunities to help out all year long.

Submitted by a administrator

April 24, 2005


Being a grandparent of three Val Vista students, 'have nothing but good comments. Their academic achievements are enhanced by competitions which may even focus on geography a neglected subject in many schools. The art program manages to provide a fun but highly informative way for the students to be introduced to artists with time to practice the techniques the artist initiated. After school the children enjoy running, which is fun for families, and jump roping contests are also available to name a few. Parents help not hinder the competent teachers. Their involvement is supportive not critical. As 'said. Positive comments prevail.

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