From the Head of School
“In an environment that is safe, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School of Ligonier provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our mission is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking knowledge and understanding, and doing good works for others.”
—Constance Prosser Mellon, 1946
Welcome to Valley School of Ligonier! Seventy-one years after our founding, we remain faithful to our original mission of holistic education through academics, arts, and athletics. As educational advancements occur, we enhance the methodologies by which we prepare our students for the challenges and demands of our dynamic world.
At Valley School, our ambition is to provide an environment of high intellectual achievement, social connectedness, and emotional health, filled with well-balanced and happy children of the highest integrity and character. Our research-based, whole-child philosophy of education serves our students by challenging them to push beyond knowledge and understanding toward critical thinking and creativity. Students take intellectual risks in a safe and supportive environment. When they consistently reach or exceed their own expectations, they learn to love a challenge, and become resilient in the face of adversity. They benefit from a broad and robust curriculum that includes core academics, visual arts, music, technology, athletics, and community service.
Inside and outside the classroom, our students hone their collaboration, public speaking, and social skill-sets through continuous and intentional engagement with faculty and peers. As competent communicators, they develop the skills required for self-expression and advocacy. They learn to approach others with empathy and integrity and they become conscientious citizens who possess the skills required to flourish in a competitive, global world.
At Valley School, our approach to education is based in the belief that children who have supportive guidance from parents, faculty, and peers will learn to view themselves as capable. We are humbled to watch as a growth mindset becomes the bedrock upon which each child can achieve their full potential.
We do our best to convey the Valley School experience here on our website, but the only way to truly appreciate the qualities of our remarkable students, families, faculty, staff, and administration, is to visit us personally. We invite you to reach out and schedule a tour. We hope you will consider the Valley Experience for your family!
Dr. Jonathan P. Strecker
Head of School