Verde Valley School - Review #2

Verde Valley School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Stanford University
Home Town, State (Country) Flagstaff, AZ
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School While at VVS I sat on the school's disciplinary committee, helped create the yearbook my senior year, tutored one of my peers weekly in calculus, and was senior class treasurer. I found that VVS provided me with a substantial amount of opportunity to get involved with the institution, and in retrospect, am very glad that they so strongly promoted leadership. Outside of attending VVS, during my high school years, I was a nationally competitive baton twirler. Seeing that I had been a full time athlete and twirling for eight years before attending high school, I had no intentions of giving up my hobby to attend private school. It was wonderful to find that VVS was so understanding as an institution, and could provide me with a great education, as well as a flexible schedule that allowed me to continue attending practice almost daily.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
This school is quite possibly located in one of the most scenic places in the country, and the outdoor activities available to the students of VVS make it an incredible place to experience but nature and nurturing. The campus provides amazing access to hiking, climbing, kayaking, and horseback riding - and is less than two hours away from both areas that experience snow in the winter and 100+ degree weather in the summer.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
VVS not only helped me to grow as a person, but they helped me gain acceptance to my first choice college and had amazing one-on-one college counseling services.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If you are going off somewhere new - anywhere - try not to have too many preconceptions. The people that you meet at VVS are going to be different than you are, VERY DIFFERENT. But different can be beautiful if you can do your best to reserve judgment and have an open mind - besides, if you can learn to do that in high school then you'll be one step ahead for the rest of your life.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
VVS is BEAUTIFUL - probably the most beautiful place I will ever have lived in my entire life!
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you visit/attend this school be sure to take time to hike to the top of Cathedral rock - especially if you do it at sunset - it could change your perspective on life!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite part of VVS academically was that classes were so small. It was wonderful to be in a community that was so strongly connected, and where no one fell under the radar. I also found it comforting that the students were expected to address their teachers by their first names, and felt that this policy really allowed students to feel comfortable within their learning environment and openly communicate.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics program at this school offers something for everyone. If you love the outdoors, there's hiking, biking, kayaking, rick climbing, and soccer and if you don't there's always the local gym. It is a perfect opportunity to experience new things and find new hobbies.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I thought that the art facilities were particularly impressive - I really love that the art studio is always open, and that there is a potter's wheel for every kid in the class.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really liked that VVS had mandatory campus clean-up sessions. I felt that this program, which ran twice about a cumulative of 3 hours/week, really instilled a sense of personal pride and commitment to the school and really helped me to understand the value physical labor.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Not applicable - I was a day student.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining facilities in this school are limited, and I found that food would often become repetitive over the course of the year. However, there is a small student store, packing one's lunch was always an option, and the dining hall does have a great atmosphere - looking out over the quad with a huge window and a great loft. Also, the weather is wonderful most of the time and eating outside on the grass is always an option. Lunch is extremely casual and a great time to rest, relax and just be yourself.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Sedona if BEAUTIFUL but it is relatively small (population under 50000) and there is very limited entertainment. Flagstaff, a town only 45 minutes north, does offer a bit more variety however, and is visited weekly on weekend trips provided for the students to shop, see movies, go to the mall, etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really liked the small school atmosphere. It was nice to know everyone and always feel safe leaving your stuff around or your room unlocked. VVS traditions are also amazing, and the traditional school ceremonies really unite the different classes. However, VVS is limited socially - seeing that its student population is rather small and its surrounding area is incredibly rural - so if you are a big city person, this may not be the place for you.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:30 AMArrive at School
8:00 AMClasses
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMClasses
3:30 PMCampus Clean-Up Jobs
4:30 PMCommute to Baton Practice
7:00 PMCommute Back from Baton Practice
9:00 PMAP Spanish
10:00 PMDrive Home
Weekend
1:00 AMn/a - was a day student

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Verde Valley School Alumni #1
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   10/30/2007
    Northern Arizona University
    I loved going to this school. You really feel connected with the teachers since the class size is around 10-13. The faculty also ends up being your coaches and even your dorm parents. While I. . .
  • Verde Valley School Alumni #2
    Class of 2005
    5 Stars   10/30/2007
    Stanford University
    This school is quite possibly located in one of the most scenic places in the country, and the outdoor activities available to the students of VVS make it an incredible place. . .
  • Verde Valley School Alumni #3
    Class of 2002
    5 Stars   10/30/2007
    School 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 first visited it, all of my mental images of what boarding schools are like were. . .
  • Verde Valley School Alumni #4
    Class of 2000
    5 Stars   10/30/2007
    Reed College
    Verde Valley School (VVS) is located in the most stunning setting that one could imagine, nested between the Sedona red rocks, juniper trees, and amazing varieties of cacti. The buildings are simple yet functional in. . .
  • Verde Valley School Alumni #5
    Class of 1996
    5 Stars   1/17/2007
    George Washington University
    Verde Valley's focus on a person as a global citizen greatly affected me and has stayed with me through today, both in my college degree and my profession. Through reaching to attain the vision. . .
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