Academics

Valwood challenges each student to strive for academic excellence through a program founded on a rigorous, traditional college-preparatory curriculum. The curriculum is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and to enable each student to read with understanding, think critically and creatively, and write effectively. In an effort to educate the whole student, Valwood supports and encourages participation in the arts, athletics, and experiences in the natural world. In choosing Valwood, parents can be confident that their child will receive an exceptional college-preparatory education grounded in tenants that will carry them successfully through graduation and beyond.

Development of strong character, the values of integrity, honesty, and fair play and a desire to serve others are important attributes stressed daily at Valwood. The Valwood experience prepares its students to face the challenges of college, career, and life with maturity, intelligence, skill, courage, grace, humor, and dignity. Valwood teachers encourage each student to strive for his or her own personal best. Small classes at every level facilitate one-on-one instruction that ensures the teacher’s unencumbered interest in each student’s success.

Lower School

Valwood’s Lower School is where a love of learning begins. It is a community where children develop a life-long love of learning as they build their self-esteem and cultivate their talents; a place where students are provided an atmosphere conducive to learning in a stimulating and nurturing environment. The lower school includes Pre-K through fifth grades.

Middle School

Valwood’s Middle School offers a three-year program, including grades six, seven, and eight, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, as well as the intellectual and moral development of students. The middle school years represent a bridge between the security of a teacher-centered Lower School and the rigors of a subject-centered Upper School. Teachers work together to address social, emotional, and academic challenges faced by students during early adolescence.

Upper School

Upper School begins an exciting period in a student’s life. To be sure, grades begin to count for college admission, but perhaps more importantly, students are being prepared to succeed in college. In addition, the Upper School offers many opportunities for challenge, service, and competition in which students discover who they are, and who they want to be. We are proud to offer 15 AP courses, 7 college classes taught on Valwood’s campus and 16 varsity, no-cut athletic teams.

Remote Learning

This model is for families who may not feel comfortable having their student on the physical campus during the 2020/21 school year due to the inherent risk of possible exposure. 

The Remote Learning model provides improved delivery based on what worked well and what was challenging last year. To ensure students are receiving a well-balanced, developmentally appropriate program for academic continuity and progress using Valwood School’s Remote Learning, the best practices are as follows:

  • Balance academics and free time
  • Continue socialization with friends and family 
  • Have a daily structure or schedule in place 
  • Provide personalized support 

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    Tuition. Whether our students are on campus or learning remotely, Valwood School has a financial responsibility to our employees and to the upkeep of our campus. Our faculty is currently in professional development to ensure our students are getting a quality education. For this reason, there is no discount for the remote learning option.  

    Libraries

    The students and faculty at Valwood are served by two libraries. The Corker Giles Library is located in Crane Hall and the Lower School library, Turner Library, is located in Foy Anderson Hall. The libraries have a combined total of 11,828 volumes and 51 periodical subscriptions.

    Each library provides additional resources for learning and a quiet environment for study and reading. Computers are available to students and faculty and are networked to all other computers on campus.

    See for Yourself

    We invite you to explore Valwood through our website, but the best way to learn more about our school’s mission and approach is to visit us. We hold admissions coffee-and-tour sessions monthly where you will learn about our curriculum and extracurricular programs, and you will also be able to see first-hand our beautifully designed, state-of-the-art facilities.

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