History & Mission

Valwood School was chartered in 1968 and began classes in September of 1969 in the old Central Elementary School building formerly located on Central Avenue in downtown Valdosta. Classes were offered to students in grades 1-10. In 1970, a kindergarten section and an eleventh-grade section were added. In June 1972, Valwood School conducted its first full graduation exercise, and in the fall of 1973 moved to Gornto Road. The gymnasium/cafeteria complex completed plant construction in 1973. Preschool was added to the program in 1982, and Extended Day began in 1983. Goddard Field, Valwood's football stadium, was named and lighted in 1989.

In the fall of 2000, the school received a gift of 45 acres of land from the Howard Dasher Company for the expressed purpose of relocating the school to that site. Located on Old US Highway 41 North, two miles north of US 41, the state-of-the-art campus welcomed students on August 26, 2002.

Since opening in 2002 the campus has undergone a number of capital improvements including the addition of the Godwin Holmes Arts Center and Rodgers Performance Hall in 2007. The athletic facilities have also expanded with Goddard Field, a weight and conditioning facility, the Hathcock Tennis Center, Hollis Field, Browning Field with a baseball and softball hitting facility, and the Scruggs Track and Field complex.


As an independent, college preparatory school, Valwood School's mission is to instill in its students an enthusiasm for academic excellence, the foundations of strong character, and a commitment to serve others. 

Valwood's academic program offers students a challenging curriculum based on high expectations and a close interaction between teacher and student.  Valwood seeks to develop in its students intellectual curiosity and the ability to read with understanding, think critically, speak fluently, and write effectively.

Valwood strives to build strong character in its students by requiring them to follow a code of honor based on fundamental values of integrity, honesty, and responsibility.  The school also encourages participation in programs outside the classroom designed to build strong character by developing confidence, independence, teamwork, and leadership.

Valwood works to instill in its students an abiding commitment to service by fostering in them respect for others, compassion for those in need, an understanding of civic duty, and a responsibility to serve the communities in which they live.