Valwood enrolls students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our academic program has always been based on the teaching and mastery of the foundational skills necessary for academic and personal success in college. Our Upper School offers 8 honors courses, 15 AP courses, 7 on-campus dual enrollment courses and Valwood graduates earn admission to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.
The best way to decide if Valwood School is the right fit for your child is by scheduling a tour of our campus. Please complete an inquiry by clicking here, and our Admission Coordinator will contact you, or you can contact our Admissions office by phone at 229-242-8491 ext. 7103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Valwood School education requires an investment. When researching costs of independent schools, please note that Valwood’s tuition and fees are one sum- this includes the cost of books, technology fees, athletic fees, a travel program credit, and other various costs. Because Valwood’s tuition and fees are calculated into one total, this number varies per grade level. Please click here view the Valwood Tuition Table.
Additional fees may be incurred. These costs would include a meal plan, dining room charges, spirit store charges, student ID replacement fees, additional travel program fees, basic school supplies, athletic equipment, and dining expenses during away game trips.
Yes, we offer two merit-based scholarships per grade level for grades 6-12 (click HERE for more information). The scholarships cover 50% of the student’s tuition. In accordance with the rules of our governing association, Valwood does not award any athletic scholarships.
Yes, filing a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online with School and Student Services (SSS) is required. Once the PFS is received, financial assistance is awarded to qualified families. All need based assistance awards are for one year. Families will reapply through SSS each year during enrollment. Please click the link for information on affording a Valwood education.
Yes, we do offer a 20% military tuition discount for active duty families. Additionally many of our military families qualify for need based financial assistance.
Yes, we do offer a discount for multiple children. The multiple children discounts begins with the third child’s enrollment in Kindergarten. The third child’s tuition is discounted 25% (and any future children) for the duration that the family has three or more children enrolled at Valwood.
These discounts are applied to an applicant’s record prior to consideration for need based financial assistance. If the applicant is awarded need based financial assistance or a merit based scholarship the total award will not exceed the amount awarded in the absence of the discounts. Does not apply to Pre-Kindergarten.
Each family is always responsible for a portion of Valwood’s tuition. The family portion is determined by the School and Student Services (SSS) through your completion of the Parents’ Financial Statement. Valwood uses the dollar amount that a family can contribute to define the amount of aid necessary. Each award is individualized, based upon the financial need of each family and the availability of funds within the school’s budget.
Please review the Important Dates webpage. If your application is submitted on a date that falls within the admission season timeframe, then you will receive an email on a date specified on that page. If your application is submitted on a date that falls out of admission season, then you will receive email notification once you have completed a visit or tour (if possible), a PFS (if necessary), and Valwood has received records requested from the previous school.
For our Lower and Middle Schools, we have two classes per grade level. Lower School classrooms average between 15-18 students and Middle School classrooms average between 18-20 students. Upper School classes vary. Some higher level AP classes are more individualized and only have 4 students, while some classes are taught in a lecture setting and accommodate 25 or more students.
Because Middle and Upper School students dismiss at 3:25pm each day, all Middle/Upper School teachers are in their classrooms until 4:00pm to provide additional help to their students. Middle School teachers are also available during the 6th period Study Hall. Lower School teachers may choose to hold a student back from special areas (ex. Art or PE) to assist a student struggling with their academics.
Each coach is responsible for implementing team rules during their season, if these rules are not followed, then a coach has the discretion to cut an athlete from the roster. Based on the number of athletes that sign up for a particular sport, creating a sub-varsity level team may be necessary. Varsity and Sub-Varsity teams will be selected based on the ability to perform skills related to the sport, work ethic, attitude, and athleticism. The coaching staff is responsible for decisions regarding his/her team.
Yes. Through the Georgia Student Finance Commission's Move On When Readyprogram, dual enrollment with Valdosta State University and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College are free of charge. There are a number of senior-level courses that are taught on Valwood's campus by VSU and WGTC faculty, but students may also enroll independently in courses of their choice.
Students may also elect to enroll in online courses through the Georgia Virtual School. If a student wishes to enroll in an online class that we do not offer at Valwood or cannot fit in their daily schedule, the class shouldn’t be an additional cost above tuition. If a class is offered at Valwood and could be accommodated in a student’s schedule, but they choose to enroll in an online course, then an additional expense will be occurred.
Applicants should be 4 years old when entering our Pre-Kindergarten program. If your child is of the appropriate age, then we will reserve a place in our Pre-K program on a first come first serve basis. If geographically possible, we ask for all Pre-K applicants to spend an hour in one of our classrooms the spring prior to the academic school year in which they applied. This gives our Lower School Dean an opportunity to evaluate each child for classroom placement and Pre-K readiness prior to enrollment.
No, Valwood traditionally does not accept applications for local senior applicants or local senior transfers. Valwood School has specific graduation requirements and we often find it difficult for applicants to meet those standards. Valwood does consider applications for 12th grade students moving to South Georgia, but a request must be made to open a 12th grade application.