Verde Valley School

3511 Verde Valley School Road
Sedona, AZ 86351
Tel: 928.284.2272
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 120 students
Verde Valley is an International Baccalaureate World School, with the IB curriculum for all students in grades 11 and 12.
Nestled within the beautiful scenery of Sedona, Arizona, Verde Valley offers a rigorous academic program, inspiration for artistic and musical expression, and exciting outdoor activities including one of the most diverse equestrian programs in the West.
Life at VVS revolves around our five guiding principles: academic excellence, world citizenship, environmental stewardship, physical labor and service to others.

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  • Review #1 - Class of 2007Northern Arizona University I loved going to this school. You really feel connected with the teachers since the class size is around 10-13. . .
  • Review #2 - Class of 2005Stanford University This school is quite possibly located in one of the most scenic places in the country. . .
  • Review #3 - Class of 2002School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University The geographical location of VVS is the most obvious aspect that sets it apart from other schools. When I. . .
  • Review #4 - Class of 2000Reed College Verde Valley School (VVS) is located in the most stunning setting that one could imagine, nested between the Sedona red. . .
  • Review #5 - Class of 1996George Washington University Verde Valley's focus on a person as a global citizen greatly affected me and has stayed with me through today. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Verde Valley School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1948 1910
Campus Size 175 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 120 students 295 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1700 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 26 16
Number of IB Courses Offered 29 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $4 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$43,000 $50,475
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$23,750 $28,200
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$36,000 $37,055
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80 -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSean Fagan
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah D'Angelo

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 26 16
CoursesIB Higher Level Biology, IB Higher Level Ceramics, IB Higher Level Drawing, IB Higher Level English Literature, IB Higher Level French , IB Higher Level German, IB Higher Level History of the Americas, IB Higher Level Mathematics , IB Higher Level Music, IB Higher Level Painting, IB Higher Level Photography, IB Higher Level Social and Cultural Anthropology , IB Higher Level Spanish, IB Higher Level Theatre, IB Standard Level Ceramics, IB Standard Level English Literature, IB Standard Level Environmental Systems and Societies, IB Standard Level French, IB Standard Level German, IB Standard Level History of the Americas, IB Standard Level Mandarin an initio, IB Standard Level Mathematics, IB Standard Level Music, IB Standard Level Painting, IB Standard Level Photography, IB Standard Level Spanish, IB Standard Level Theatre, Theory of Knowledge


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsBasketball, Climbing, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 13 23
ExtracurricularsArchery Club, Co-Ed Soccer, Equestrian Club, Fencing Club, Hiking Club, Horseback Riding, Mountain Bike Riding, Newspaper/Yearbook, Personal Fitness, Riding, Rock Climbing, Strength & Conditioning, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Verde Valley School is situated among the majestic mountains of Sedona, Arizona, providing inspiration for artistic and musical expression. The natural beauty surrounding the campus also serves as a natural classroom for unique field-based learning experiences, including anthropological and geological studies.
  • Verde Valley School is one of the few boarding schools in the U.S. to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum as its sole curriculum to 11th and 12th grade students.
  • We have an exciting and diverse studio and performing arts program. Students participate actively in the official governance of our school, and with faculty, perform much the physical labor maintaining the campus.
  • Graduates of Verde Valley School are individuals who are ethical, possess a strong sense of personal and social responsibility, are skilled in ways that enable them to participate effectively in community building and decision making, appreciative of the dignity of physical work, open to the discovery and enduring satisfactions of artistic creation, knowledgeable about the depth and range of our shared cultural heritage, prepared for entry into the university of their choice, generous in spirit, mindful of the importance of citizenship and ready to practice its privileges and obligations.
  • School accreditations: International Baccalaureate World School, and the North Central Association
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