From our 1:1 Laptop Technology program to our mentor groups, we place emphasis on scholars’ individual journeys toward purposeful, inspired lives.
Beginning in the 6th grade, every scholar receives a laptop, along with personal coaching on how to analyze academic and non-academic growth. The goal is to teach scholars to learn, at a deep level, how to interact with technology successfully, and, ultimately, direct their own growth and learning by the time they are in 11th and 12th grades.
Valor scholars and faculty commit to “working the Compass” as part of their growth while at Valor. Mentor time, Expeditions, and academic courses all incorporate explicit and experiential experiences to help scholars develop sharp minds, big hearts, noble purpose, and aligned actions. Valor scholars develop character strengths such as kindness, determination, curiosity, gratitude, and integrity within a supportive community.
Each Friday, scholars participate in a full day of elective courses, led by trained teachers and/or field experts, based on unique interests and passions (chess, martial arts, guitar, computer coding, etc.). Scholars who struggle academically can use a portion of these Expedition days to get focused remediation assistance in order to continue on a positive, college-ready trajectory. Once scholars reach high school, they will use Expedition time to gain internship experience in career fields of interest.
Our mentor program begins with our 5th grade scholars and is designed to continue through their entire Valor experience. These small, same-sex mentor groups are led by faculty members each day — 15 minutes each morning and for 60 minutes on Wednesdays and Fridays — over the course of eight years. Scholars will develop a personalized learning plan, for both academic and non-academic progress, which will point toward college and career, and keep goals and personal development in check.