Verde Valley School - Review #5

Verde Valley School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled George Washington University
Home Town, State (Country) Newport Beach, CA
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Because VVS is such a small and close community, as a student I had the opportunity to do everything I wanted to do in high school. Over the course of my 3 years there, I was a cheerleader, on stage, back stage, riding horses, on yearbook staff, junior class president, resident assistant, did photography and ceramics, learned Spanish and sign language, aikido, and organized fund-raisers and student events. The great thing about VVS is that if you can dream it and organize it, they'll probably let you do it. (we didn't have a cheer-leading squad when I arrived. Melanie and I found a staff member to be our coach, made up some cheers, and proposed the squad.)

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 set forth by Ham and Babs, VVS fosters this awareness through field trips each spring, cultural activities on campus, and work it into the curriculum. The central location of the school and the dedication of the staff bring the world into the classroom, or rather the classroom out into the world.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
VVS really and truly connected me to my world, and helped form the adult I am today. I think about how lucky I was to go there at least weekly, and still communicate regularly with several classmates.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If you are going to boarding school, first, be excited! Its fantastic and you will have unique and wonderful experiences. Don't worry about leaving your current friends. e-mail is easy enough and you will see them several times a year (and, you'll have lots of new ones to keep you busy).
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Freedom to be who I wanted in an environment that didn't care if I dressed funny or how I cut my hair. I remember My admissions lady said, "all we care is that you get from A to B. If you want to skate, twirl, crawl, crabwalk, we don't care, as long as you're moving forward" and she was right; thats how it was.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
There are great and amazing places you'll need to see as a student at VVS, most of which you'll have to depend on older students to show you.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I never liked school until I got to Verde Valley. VVS classes were much smaller, and respect was genuinely mutual between faculty and students. There was a feeling fostered there that students are humans who want to learn, instead of a crowd to be controlled, or as test scores, that public schools have. the teachers always showed genuine concern for students, and are frequently available after hours.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about sports at VVS was that if you wanted to do hard exercise and be competitive, you could. If you didn't, you could take yoga or horse-back riding. If you want to do a sport not offered, organize it and you could take that too. It's not set up so that everyone does everything, but you sign up for a sports class on a rotating basis.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I wasn't committed to the theatre program, but I did do lighting for productions for a few semesters, and got to do a scene from my favorite movie for a show!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the fact that there are most of the things to do there that you could do at a public school, but it was small enough that it's not all competitive. If you want to do yearbook, ok. If you want to write for the school newspaper, ok. Almost anything is open to anyone who wants to do it.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is what you make it. I loved living in the dorms, almost all rooms have a fantastic natural view and it makes the whole social life thing pretty much automatic. There are plenty of single rooms, but several suites too.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I was there 10 years ago, but I liked the food.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Sedona was a lot farther away then, so we were pretty secluded. Town is a lot bigger now, and there's food and movies and the usual smaller-town life.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
That was among the best social lives of my life. Even college couldn't compare. There is still such a strong bond between all my friends from so log ago! There was such a fantastic mix of eclectic, unique, smart, fascinating people there. Since the school is small, there wasn't really room for cliques or branding. I mean, people will hang with some people more than others, of course, but the groups have no clear definitions, and all people will get to know everyone else because of proximity.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMbreakfast opens
7:45 AMbreakfast closes
8:00 AMclass starts
12:00 AMlunch
1:00 PMclass starts
3:15 PMschool over
3:30 PMsports or work jobs
5:45 PMdinner
7:15 PMstudy hours
10:00 PMin-dorms
Weekend
8:00 AMsleeping
9:00 AMsleeping
10:00 AMsleeping
10:15 AMbreakfast opens
11:15 AMsleeping
12:00 AMwander to friends room, watch movie
3:00 PMgo to twon
5:00 AMdinner
11:00 PMin-dorms
11:15 PMsponsored Denny's run

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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