FAQs from School Tours

  • When is priority registration for 2023-2024?

    Priority registration is January 9, 2023 to February 26, 2023.  You may go to https://www.petalumacityschools.org/Page/4787 to register for enrollment using SchoolMint.  We will get a hold of you soon after.

    Are there tours?

    Yes. This year's tours are in person with Jaime Buschman. She LOVES sharing our amazing campus with prospective parents. Check out our beautiful garden, pop into classrooms, and see the learning first-hand. Don't see a date that works for you? Call the office at (707)778-4762 to set a better time. We are happy to accommodate your schedule. 

    January 12, 2023, at 9:00

    January 19, 2023, at 9:00

    January 26, 2023, at 10:30

    February 2, 2023, at 9:00

    February 23, 2023 at 10:30

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    What grades attend Valley Vista?

    TK through 6th grade

    What is the window for Transitional Kindergarten?

    TK is for students who turn 5 between September 2 and April 2, 2023, but we are also accepting applications for students whose birthday falls between April 3-May 2nd. 

    What time does school start?

    8:25am is our daily start time.

    What's NBCC?

    NBCC is North Bay Children's Center.  It's a preschool located on our campus that runs year-round.  We partner with our NBCC classroom in the garden and include them in our buddy program.  They eat lunch every day with our TK and Kinder classes in the multi.  For more information, call (707) 789-9379

    Do the big kids and little kids play together?

    We have four separate playground areas for our TK/K students, 1st-3rd grades, 4th-6th grades, and NBCC Preschool.  Students do come together during buddy time and at childcare.

    Is there language instruction at Valley Vista?

    Yes. We provide Spanish language instruction for all students at Valley Vista (TK-2nd once a week, 3rd-6th twice a week).  We are proud to offer an additional language to our English speakers and support our Spanish speakers to attain full multilingualism.  

    What is the class size?

    In TK through 3rd grade, classrooms can hold a maximum of 28 students.  In 4th-6th grade, classrooms can increase to 32 students.  We maintain maximum averages between TK-3rd and 4th-6th as well.

    Does Valley Vista offer child care?

    Yes! We have two before and after-school programs. Our first is the Valley Vista TK/K Child Care program. It is open at 7:00 am and closes in the evening at 5:00 pm.

    Have an older child? Need longer ours? Champions may be right for you. Champions is a national before and after-school enrichment program with a space on our campus. Champions is open to students aged 4.9 months through 6th grade. Before school hours are 7:00-8:25 am. Their after-school hours are dismissal to 6:00.  

    Who needs a transfer to attend Valley Vista?

    If you live in the attendance area of another PCS Elementary School, and you are a new family submitting an application for the 2023-24 school year via SchoolMint, you will not need to complete an intra-district transfer. The intra-district transfer form is embedded in the SchoolMint application. If you are transferring to Valley Vista during the current school year (2022-23) and live in the attendance area of another PCS Elementary School, please complete the intra-district transfer form.  If you live in the residential area of another school district, you need an inter-district transfer.  Both can be found on the PCS Website or in our school office.

    How do I register?

    Go to SchoolMint https://petalumacityschools.schoolmint.net/signup to register your child.  You can prioritize your school choices within your application and we hope you'll make Valley Vista #1! We will send you an offer as soon as possible, likely close to the end of the priority registration window.  Reply to our offer with an "accept" in a timely manner to claim your spot and complete registration (immunization records, copy of birth certificate, proof of residency, etc).