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The Valley Charter School

The Valley School of Southern Oregon is a tuition- free public school for middle school students. The unique, hand-on, engaging learning model focuses on the S.T.E.A.M subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Guided by a Montessori's philosophy, the school values and nurtures unique strengths, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, inquisitiveness, and individuality.

The Mission

The Valley School, along with our community partners, provides an enriching, inspiring, supportive, inclusive learning environment where middle schoolers gain confidence, independence, compassion and leadership skills. We fulfill this mission by providing an equitable, engaging learning experience for all students.

Community Connections "It takes a village..."

We are looking to build partnerships with local community members and businesses who share the mission to inspire the social, emotional, academic, physical and personal growth of our children so that we can prepare them to be future leaders in their communities. Please contact us if you can sponsor one of our programs from Robotics and Engineering to Music and Drama.

Expectations for Family Volunteer Hours

We can't do this without you! The Valley School is a free, non-profit, public charter school funded at 80% of other non-chartered middle schools. We still provide the highest quality public education. We depend on close connections with our families.

The way we sustain our operations is that all families commit 2 hours a month or 20 hours a year to service to the school. Service to the school comes in many different ways from classroom volunteers to building and repair projects. Thank you to all our incredible volunteers!

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Why Montessori Education has Stood the Test of Time - Montessori Teacher Training and Parent Resources

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Valley School summer newsletter

New School Phone Number

By admin | September 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

We have a new school & attendance line:  541-842-3914. Please use our new landline phone number for all urgent school business, messages after hours and attendance calls. Our mobile number 541-613-3306 is still live and accept text messages.   However, please note that the mobile phone is used for all field studies and off-campus excursions, so […]

Water Testing Update: Valley School Passes EPA Tests

By admin | August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

As you may have seen in the recent news, Medford School District began a comprehensive test cycle for lead in the water in several public schools this summer.  The Valley School is please to announce that the fixtures tested fell below EPA action limits for lead. No further action is required at this time.

Current News for Students and Parents

By admin | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reminders: School starts August 29th for all new students. All students report on August 30th. Watch this space for more updates about the new principal, new staff members and the overnight field study on August 30-Sept 1st.  

What makes us different?

Core Curriculum

The Valley School's curriculum is thoughtfully designed to meet the developmental needs of students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

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STEAM Focused

At the Valley School, we know that strong skills in math and science could be critical to our children's future career options.

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Teaching with a Montessori-based philosophy means honoring student's choice and giving them ownership over their learning.

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Areas Services

Our Vision

Our Vision is that together, we hope to empower our next generation with fearless, compassionate leaders equipped with a strong academic foundation, effective communication skills, a passion for learning, and the confidence gained through a positive middle-school experience.

Meet the team

Ms. Amy Maukonen

Executive Director

Ms. Kate Alftine

Science Teacher

Ms. Karen Blaettler

Project Lead The Way Coach

Ms. Angela Crum


Ms. Lily Hammers

Humanities Teacher

Ms. Stefanie Fleck

Wellness Teacher

Ms. Andrea Partsafas

Technology Integration Coach