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Art is essential to the human experience.

It is the primary means by which human beings discover and express themselves. It is—quite literally—our most universal artifact, shaping every culture and individual on Earth. It informs our lives on nearly all levels—from the emotion we experience privately when we hear a piece of music that evokes certain memories, to the ways in which creative and intellectual capital drive our economy. The arts infuse our lives with meaning, individually and collectively. 

Valley School believes that nurturing our children necessarily means providing them with a holistic education that includes the arts. Therefore, we prioritize visual and performing arts as integral aspects of our overall curriculum. With the guidance of dedicated and expert faculty, our students explore passions and hone creative expression. The healthy cognitive, social, emotional, and cultural skills our students develop through Valley School Arts transfer to other areas of life, benefitting them not just as students, but as people. In fact, the Arts enhance the Valley School experience for our entire community—students, teachers, families, and friends—by providing us all with proximity to beauty, occasions to gather, and cause to celebrate.

What do children learn by participating in the arts?

  • Creativity
  • Growth mindset
  • Confidence & self-esteem
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Perseverance
  • Empathy
  • Focus
  • Risk-taking
  • Motor skills
  • Self- and cultural understanding 
  • Verbal & non-verbal communication
  • Ability to respond positively to constructive feedback
  • Ability to self-assess
  • Collaboration
  • Dedication
  • Self-direction & accountability 

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Learn about Valley School’s visual, vocal, instrumental, and dramatic arts offerings.

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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