Creating a life-long love of learning
A Montessori-Based school is appropriate for all children. Our full-inclusion school offers all children opportunities to succeed, highlight their unique strengths, and help each child develop a sense of creativity, confidence, inquisitiveness, and individuality.
As a community, we strive to create a meaningful, whole-child learning environment that has the power transforms middle schoolers into confident, self-directed, compassionate leaders for our future. We fulfill our mission by setting rigorous annual fundraising goals.
As a charter school, The Valley School receive significantly lower funding than other local public schools.
We prepare students to tackle real world problems and compete in a global economy. We fundraise to offer these uniquely valuable programs:
Students engage in solving real-world problem that mimic real-life. Through inquiry and observation, student investigate, research and develop solutions to share with their peers. Children learn best through active learning environments that are hands on rather than sitting passively to teacher-given lessons. Field studies and place-based education builds a connection between our students and the community in which they live.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This is the acronym we use to refer to how we integrate the sciences and 21st century learning skills with the arts. All students have exposure to computer science, 3-D printing, robotics, engineering and practical arts such as web design, architecture and videography.
Integrating music, drama and visual arts into our curriculum is an essential part of students achieving success. We believe the arts are vital to a well-rounded education. Yet, funding for art instruction and activities are poor. Fundraising every year sustains fine arts instruction.
Wellness and Mindfulness
Mindfulness and holistic wellness is slowly making its way back into school. Educators recognize the influence health has on the developing brain and body. The idea of mindfulness is to assist students with self-awareness and empathy. Concentration and awareness of self and others is a component of the Montessori education.
Through generous grants from the Arthur A. Dubbs Foundation and Lightmann Maxey Foundation, our students grow year-round herbs and vegetables through vertical hydroponic grow systems. Students create and test recipes in culinary classes and develop small-business development plans for food carts.