Verde Valley School

5.00 5 1 (10 reviews)
Tel: 928.284.2272
3511 Verde Valley School Road
Sedona, AZ 86351
  • 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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  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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. . .

  • 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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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 105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 120 students 298 students
% Students of Color
12%
20%
% International Students
52%
20%
% Students Boarding
84%
67%
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
75%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $4 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$43,000 $52,450
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$23,750 $28,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$36,000 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 80% -
Acceptance Rate
70%
56%
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

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

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
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • David Calley '81 - is the co-founder of Southwest Windpower of Flagstaff, a company designed to produce energy at a reasonable cost and to make the knowledge and the equipment available globally.
    • Celia Lowenstein ’71 - is an awarding-winning producer/director whose films are regularly shown at international film festivals and screened on television channels around the world. She has lectured in film studies at Oxford University.
    • Jean Strouse '63 - is the author of Morgan, American Financier (1999) and Alice James, A Biography (1980), which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy.
    • Rick Ridder '71 - is the co-founder of RBI Strategies & Research, consultant to national presidential campaigns.
    • Ramona Sakiestewa '66 - is one of Native America's most influential artists
    • Chris Horner '71 - is a film-maker, writer, photographer and designer
    • Benson K. Whitney '74 - served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway under Presidents Bush and Obama
    • Carol Tantau '63 - is a leader in domestic violence prevention.
    • Phil Noyes '84 - is a documentary filmmaker and producer at PBS.
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