Global Understanding

A curriculum that stirs appreciation for various cultures has never been more important than it is now.  Our teachers work to foster respect for individual and cultural differences, believing that an understanding of our common humanity will help students assume their responsibility as Americans and citizens of the world. Through classroom work, field trips, cultural events, and technology capable of linking our classrooms to others across the globe, we help prepare our students for the increasingly complex, global community they will inhabit.

The study of global languages (English, French, and Spanish) is a cornerstone of this philosophy, and for each of our students it is a core academic subject. Not only are students exposed to the language itself, but they learn about the history and culture of the people and countries they study.  This serves to impress upon the children how interconnected our world truly is, and better prepares them to live in such a world.

Valley Preparatory School is gradually implementing the International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Program (IB-PYP), a holistic, inquiry-based, cross-curricular approach to teaching & learning that promotes cultural sensitivity and international-mindedness.  The program uses six transdisciplinary themes to organize traditional curricular content.

At Valley Prep, two of these themes are STEAM-related, encouraging students to work collaboratively to complete units of study that emphasize math, science, and technology, while still appreciating the importance of the Arts.  For more information about the IB-PYP, please visit www.ibo.org.

Please note that Valley Preparatory School will apply for IB Candidate Status in the Spring of 2017.  This is the first step in becoming an IB World School.