At Verde Valley School, what happens beyond the classroom is as important as the learning that takes place within.
Since its inception, Verde Valley School's guiding principles have not only shaped its academic program but each student’s life beyond the classroom as well. Students are guided by adults who are their teachers, dorm parents, coaches, and advisors. These adults understand adolescents and are there to help each child develop personally, socially, and academically. A group of select older students serve as resident assistants to mentor younger students, and work with the dorm parents in leadership positions in the dorms.
Beyond the classroom, VVS has several programs that are long-standing traditions: field trips, project period, and independent study. Each of these not only give students practical experiential learning, they also complement our rigorous academic offerings and give our students a chance to learn about the value of service to others, physical labor, world citizenship, and environmental stewardship.
Our programs are designed to complement each other, and to give students the opportunity to grow, to learn and to find their unique voice. Our alumni tell us time and again that while they valued their academic experience at VVS, it is the relationships they created with adults and other students that have enriched their lives. What they learned beyond the classroom gave them the tools to become better adults, to see beyond the norm, to follow their path in live.
"Because of this trip I have realized to appreciate everything I have, not just that I get to go to an amazing boarding school that offers so much. I mean what other boarding school do you get two weeks off to go on a climbing trip or get the experience to leave the country? I wish every kid could one day have the experience to go to Verde Valley or at least look at the world from a different perspective and appreciate what they have. You don’t have to be the richest person in the world to have a good life; you just have to look at what life gives you, and make something positive out of it.” - Lena Saiz '14