Sean Fagan, Director of Admissions
Verde Valley School recently welcomed 19 educational consultants to our campus. These consultants work primarily with international families looking for a US or Canadian boarding school placement for their children. The group was touring VVS and a number of other west coast boarding schools. The consultants, representing some 12 countries, paid close attention to our student panel as they described their reasons for choosing VVS and their experiences here to date. When asked to describe VVS in three words, a senior answered, “Mesmerizing, challenging, and loving.” This seemed a particularly gratifying description of all that we try to accomplish here.
According to The National Association of Independent Schools, the average percentage of international students enrolled in their member schools is 17.1%. At VVS, the number is over 50%. This is intentional and aligned with the original vision of our founders, Ham and Babs Warren, when they started the school in 1948. The value of world citizenship always has been, and remains, an essential ingredient of the VVS experience!
In other news, re-enrollment contracts for next year were sent out in late January. VVS typically retains over 93% of students offered re-enrollment.
And on a final note, 40 eighth grade students from Mountain View Prep in nearby Cottonwood, AZ recently spent a few hours at VVS — meeting our students, touring the school, enjoying lunch and attending Community Meeting. MVP (grades K-8) offers the IB curriculum and we are working closely with leadership there to better position VVS as a logical next step for their families.