Verde Valley School

5.00 5 1 (12 reviews)
Tel: 928-284-2272
3511 Verde Valley School Road
Sedona, AZ 86351
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Verde Valley School Photo #1 - World class rock climbing and hundreds of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails near our campus keep our afternoon activities program varied and exciting.
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Verde Valley School Photo #1 - World class rock climbing and hundreds of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails near our campus keep our afternoon activities program varied and exciting.
Verde Valley School Photo #2 - Our individualized college counseling program allows students the freedom to find the best fit for them and sends VVS graduates to some of the most recognized colleges and universities in the country, including Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Middlebury College and the University of California system.
Verde Valley School Photo #3 - Nothing beats a Sedona view. Located in the red rocks of Northern Arizona, Verde Valley School is surrounded by national forest land with hiking, biking and horseback riding trails originating from our 170 acre campus. Phoenix, America's 6th largest city, is just 90 miles south.
Verde Valley School Photo #4 - The Equestrian program at Verde Valley School is varied and exciting. Riders can ride both Western and English, on trail rides or in our arena. Our campus herd is 30 strong and riders can also board their horse. The program is open to beginners and experts alike. The horse/rider bond is stressed and riders also assist with important jobs around the barn like giving vaccinations and horse care.
Verde Valley School Photo #5 - Students travel to Malawi, Africa for a month during the summer to distribute over 3,000 pairs of eyeglasses, play with HIV/AID positive children and build schools in villages.
Verde Valley School Photo #6 - Write, score and perform an original musical. Create your own violin in welding class and play it with the VVS rock or jazz band! Our approach to the arts is student-centered, performance-based and quite unique.
  • 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 2017
    5 Stars   8/14/2018
    Chapman University
    Verde Valley School is a very unique day and boarding school in Sedona, AZ. Throughout my four years, 2 of being a day student and 2 of boarding, I fell in love with VVS and. . .

  • 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. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Verde Valley SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19481909
Campus Size175 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment120 students300 students
% Students of Color
12%
20%
% International Students
52%
20%
% Students Boarding
84%
69%
Average SAT Score1700* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score22*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2617
Number of IB Courses Offered29-
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$4 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,800$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,900$30,250
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$41,000$40,300
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant15000$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT80%-
Acceptance Rate
70%
55%
Director of AdmissionsSean Fagan
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah D'Angelo

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2617
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 Offered1315
SportsBasketball, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1324
ExtracurricularsEquestrian Club, Fencing Club, Horseback Riding, Riding

Club or Organization:
Newspaper/Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Club, Co-Ed Soccer, Hiking Club, Mountain Bike Riding, Personal Fitness, 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.
  • Verde Valley 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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