By harnessing the power of diversity, we teach our scholars, and learn from each other, about the value of perspective, regardless of background.
A hallmark of critical thinking is being able to deeply understand multiple perspectives, and diverse environments are the ideal way to develop this skill. In order for students of all backgrounds to thrive in the multi-cultural 21st Century they need to experience a diverse community that is commonly focused on academic and personal excellence.
Currently, Valor scholars are 8% Asian/Other, 15% Hispanic/Latino, 17% African American, 20% MENA (Middle Eastern / North African), and 40% white. Additionally, 50% of our scholars qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
Together, our inaugural class of 5th graders grew, on average 194% more than a typical 5th grader in the United States. Valor was the only school in MNPS to achieve “5 out of 5” in Achievement and Growth in all Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) subjects, and in math and science, our scholars received the highest scores among all schools in the state with more than 40% of students qualifying for Free or Reduced Lunch.