Introduction

Dear current and prospective Valley Prep parents:

Valley Preparatory School was founded in 1957 as an independent, nonprofit coeducational day school.  The school was established by a group of parents interested in providing a challenging academic program to area students who were willing and able to take advantage of this kind of experience.  In 1982, the school became a fully accredited independent school and a member of the California Association of Independent Schools

As the Head of School, I am delighted to serve within such a distinguished academic institution that offers a challenging curriculum through dynamic and creative instructional strategies that afford students an opportunity to reach their highest learning potential. 

The school is currently in the midst of a three-year implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.  First established in Geneva Switzerland in the late 1960s, the program uses a thematic approach to teaching and learning to organize curricular content and create “connections” across the curriculum.  These connections help students to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Within the framework of the IB-PYP, we are also implementing a STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).  An extension of STEM-education, STEAM also highlights the importance of the “arts” in helping students to develop their creativity and self-expression.

The school climate fosters character development by encouraging honesty, integrity, self-esteem, respect for others, as well as responsibility and service to the community. Our student body is comprised of young people from broadly diverse cultures and backgrounds. We believe that our students are the center of our educational community and must be encouraged to develop a world-view which extends well beyond their immediate surroundings.  

Let the Valley Prep classroom be your child’s window to the world!

Respectfully,

John Black

A Message From The Head of School