Verde Valley School

 
3511 Verde Valley School Road - Sedona, AZ 86351 USA (928) 284-2272 http://www.vvsaz.org
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Verde Valley School is an International Baccalaureate World School

History

Verde Valley School is located at nearly 4,000 feet near Sedona, Arizona, USA. Surrounded by the Red Rocks of Coconino National Forest, Verde Valley School is an International Baccalaureate World (IBO) School and a college preparatory boarding and day school.

VVS is one of a few US boarding schools that is an accredited IB School. Our graduates attend the most selective colleges and universities in the U.S. and throughout the world. All students in grades 11 and 12 take IB classes at VVS.

Founded in 1948 by Hamilton and Barbara Warren, VVS was built on their dream: "If we bring together talented young people from around the world and ask them to build and to study, to work and to learn, we can change the world for the better." VVS continues to live this ideal, today.

The strong IB program at VVS is complemented by a world-class outdoor program (including rock climbing, mountain biking, English and Western horseback riding, hiking and camping) as well as a fine and performing arts program long known to be among the best in U.S. boarding schools.

VVS is home to 125 curious and tenacious adventurers - 48 percent are international students, and the rest come from other U.S. states including Arizona.

Here, inspired by the beauty of Sedona and with a strong faculty (nearly 60% have advanced degrees), students build strong academic skills, discover their individual talents, experience diverse cultures, and form life-long friendships with teachers and peers.

Overview

Region
Phoenix AZ Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
International Baccalaureate
International School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Small Town
Campus Size (Acres) 160
Head of School Graham Frey
Endowment $2,000,000

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.vvsaz.org
Director of Admission Jenifer Gill
Admission Application Apply to Verde Valley School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 Domestic, $75 International
Application Deadline(s) priority given to candidates who apply by March 1
Financial Aid Deadline(s) financial aid is awarded as available, February 15th deadline
Financial Aid Awarded $1,404,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 53%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SLEP; ILTES)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $23,750.00
Boarding Student Tuition $43,000.00
International Student Tuition $43,000.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 108
Boys 55
Girls 53
Boarding Students 91
Day Students 17
International
Australia
Canada
China
El Salvador
Germany
Guatemala
Indonesia
Italy
Korea
Mexico
Russia
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Taiwan
UK
United States
Arizona
California
Colorado
Idaho
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Mexico
New York
Oklahoma
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Wisconsin
Majority of students come from Southwest
% of Students of Color 21%
% of International Students 48%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 24
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 75%
% of Faculty with Doctorate 15%
% of Faculty with Masters 60%
Student/Faculty ratio 7:1
Average Class Size 11
Special Academic Support Programs
ESL
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Anthropology
Art
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Community Service
Creative Writing
Dance
Drama
Earth Science
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
Equestrian Sports
Expository Writing
Fine Arts
French
German
History
Linear Algebra
Mathematics
Music
Music Composition
Music Theory
Other (International Baccalaureate Curriculum for 11th & 12th grades)
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Pre-calculus
Sculpture
Spanish
Studio Art
Study Skills
World History

College Placement Office

Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations American University in Paris, American University in Washington, D.C., Arizona State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Barnard College, Babson College, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Bryn Mawr College, Claremont McKenna College, Clark University, Cornell College, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Cornish College of the Arts, Emory & Henry College, European Business School UK, Grinnell College, Harvey Mudd, Eugene Lang College, New School University, Evergreen State College, Jacobs University in Bremen, Johns-Hopkins, Friends World Program, Southampton College, Long Island University, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Northern Arizona University, Oberlin College, Otis College of Art and Design, Penn State, Pomona College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence, Schiller International University, Smith College, St. John's College, Stanford University, Trinity College, University of Arizona, University of California, Berkeley, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, Johnson Center, Vanderbilt, Vassar College, St. John's College
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100% will attend a 4-year college/university, a small number take a gap year first

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
basketball
cycling
equestrian
fencing
golf
independent competitive sports
soccer
softball
tennis
Recreational Sports
archery
camping
cross-country running
cycling
dance
equestrian
hiking
horseback riding
kayaking
martial arts
mountain biking
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
softball
table tennis
tai chi
weight lifting
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
Astronomy Club
Community Service Program
Dorm Proctors
Gay/Straight Alliance
Model UN
National Honor Society
Newspaper
Peer Tutoring
Science Club
Ski Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes

Verde Valley School is an accredited IB Boarding School located in Sedona, Arizona, named "America's Best Small Town" by USA Today and listed among American's "top ten destinations" by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Students attend from many nations and need-based financial assistance is offered to both U.S. citizen and international students.

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Verde Valley School's financial aid at a glance:

  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): financial aid is awarded as available, February 15th deadline
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $1,404,000
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 53%

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