At Valley School, we believe that children are capable, creative, and courageous. That’s why we aren’t afraid to give them a challenge. We know that growth is fostered by extending beyond our comfort zones, and that the gift of high expectations enables children to reach their maximum potential.
We encourage our students to set ambitious goals—whether intellectual, social, physical, emotional, or moral—devise strategies for achievement, set milestone markers, and stretch themselves toward success. We also teach them to connect with trusted adults and peers, and to advocate for themselves when in need of support. We help students celebrate their achievements, become resilient in the face of disappointment, and view mistakes as opportunities to learn.
Those who work hard, should play hard. So, alongside the rigor of high expectations, Valley School provides time throughout each day for our students to get outside and play. While children may think that recess and other “breaks” are only a matter of fun, we know they are crucial to cognitive growth. We appreciate the fact that play bestows many benefits—stress relief, improved brain function, emotional regulation, positive social development, creative expression, physical fitness, independence, and greater literacy. Additionally, time spent playing helps children to rest, recalibrate, and reenter their classrooms curious and ready to learn.
At Valley School, our students—who they are today, and who they will become tomorrow—are at the heart of everything we do. I invite you to explore this website, visit our social media, call to chat with our Admissions Director, and to schedule a visit to learn more about our people, programs, purpose, and the many wonderful opportunities Valley School can offer for your family.
Dr. Jonathan P. Strecker