Valley School’s Upper School is designed to help students thrive during the exciting stages of pre and early adolescence. We challenge our students with a rich and balanced academic program and provide many opportunities to explore interests outside the classroom. Beyond our core curriculum, they participate in visual and performing arts, athletics, technology, and a variety of clubs.
Upper School teachers and students place a strong value on community. As a division, Upper School meets each morning to build community, foster self-awareness, develop healthy social, physical, and academic habits, and celebrate our successes and areas of growth. Regular “check-ins” with adults through our Advisory program promote healthy relationships and remind each child that they are valued.
Teachers take great care in adapting the school experience for each developmental phase. As our students transition from the self-contained classrooms of the Lower School to the rigors of a college preparatory curriculum in the higher grades, they are granted more choices and greater independence and responsibility. In the Upper School, we work to meet students wherever they are in their unique learning trajectory, and if supplementary challenges or academic support is needed, our teachers and Learning Specialists are ready to provide tools for success.