We offer students everything they can get in comparable schools, but more of it, and better!
Besides the courses you’d expect (reading, writing, math, history, science, art) we provide enhanced learning opportunities with advantages like these:
Computer Lab Upgrades
Completely upgraded computer lab, with flat screen monitors and more powerful systems. Many curricular improvements have been implemented as well. Keyboarding is introduced in the third grade; computer literacy in fourth grade, and by eighth grade students will have learned how to design their own web pages!
Assignments Available Online!
Parents like to know what their children are doing in school, and students ill at home want to keep up with classwork and assignments. We set up MyStudentProgress.com so teachers can update that information daily. Just click on the site to see what your child is doing (or should be doing!) that day in class. Another benefit: it’s like a window into the teacher’s gradebook. In addition to knowing what the assignments are, you can track your child’s progress and receive alerts when achievement falls below expectation.
Regularly Updated Texts Make a Big Difference
Stale study materials promote stale thinking, and burden students with outmoded information. That’s why we take the process of assessment and updating of textbooks very seriously. Textbooks and supplemental resources are updated annually.
We designed TK for children who are ready to spend time in a structured environment. Modeled after the 5 year old class, it’s a full day program. The children are immersed in various mentally stimulating activities, presented in a non-intimidating way. Mornings are spent with Language Arts and Math. The afternoon is for Social Studies and Science (with afternoon rest time for those who need it). Specialty teachers introduce students to Computers, Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education and Spanish. Since we believe in exposing even the very young to enrichment beyond the campus, we arrange field trips throughout the school year.
At the end of the school year, we evaluate each youngster to determine his or her appropriate placement for the following term.
The Valley Schools believes that the use of technology can enhance teaching and learning to improve student achievement as well as provide access to valuable, educational resources. Technology in the classrooms can help more students come closer to meeting the goal of higher academic standards while preparing students with skills and knowledge that we believe are the essential foundations for life-long learning. Technology offers educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means. When technology is effectively integrated into subject areas, teachers grow into roles of adviser, content expert, and coach. Technology helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.
Here are some of the technologies The Valley Schools utilizes:
- Updated Computer lab and computers in the classrooms/library
- Wireless Internet Access throughout the campus
- DLP Projectors in all classrooms
- Tablet Computers-more information below
For the 2016-2017 school year, every middle school student will utilize a tablet computer that will enhance students’ learning and overall educational experience. Traditional textbooks will be replaced with electronic texts. The use of eTexts allows students to carry all of his/her school books on one device and allows the student to access additional electronic resources including animated maps, videos, language labs, demonstrations, practice problems, quizzes and tests. This also provides students with access to their books from anywhere. In time, students will submit homework, receive teachers’ notes and even have their classwork monitored and checked electronically by their instructors. Students should purchase a computer tablet of their choice by the first day of school. Please note that The Valley Schools will not have these in stock for purchase
Music-The Essence of Civilization
It’s never too early to become civilized! Educational studies reveal a strong correlation between music and academic achievement. Further, many outstanding musicians attribute a large measure of their talent to active exposure to music in early childhood. Hence our elementary music program. Students K-5th Grade get music training twice a week, including basic theory and hands-on experience playing various instruments. Complementing that work is our ongoing relationship with a local music school, which provides our students with dancing and instrumental lessons. Our music program also includes guest speakers and field trips.
Language Training, the Sooner the Better
Linguistic scientists agree that the earlier children are exposed to new languages, the more completely and easily their neural pathways will process language learning throughout their lives. That’s why The Valley Schools provide Spanish classes twice a week, from Kindergarten through 5th Grade and our Middle School students receive spanish instruction daily. All classes are taught by our middle school Spanish Master, Sr. Gomez.
Award Winning Character Education Program
It’s never too early to become a good citizen! Manners matter in life. Our Proper Behavior curriculum consists of twenty two?week units that instill the values of honesty, self-respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, honor, respect and forgiveness. In recent years we have extended this program into the community, working with local civic organizations to schedule roughly one outreach event per month. This introduces well-mannered youngsters to a broad variety of community activities.
For more information on our Elementary School, please click here
For more information on our Middle School, please click here
For more information on our Specialty Classes, please click here