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At Alpine Valley Academy, students learn to think for themselves, and learn to use Information Age tools to unearth the knowledge they need from multiple sources. They develop the ability to make clear logical arguments, learn that there are absolute truths, and deal with complex ethical issues. Through self-initiated activities, they pick up the basics; as they direct their lives, they take responsibility for outcomes, set priorities, allocate resources, and work with others in a vibrant community.
Children ages 5-18 explore the world freely, at their own pace, and in their own unique ways. They learn how to set their own goals and then work to achieve them. Progress will be documented in a personal journal.
Trust and respect are keys to the school’s success. Students enjoy total intellectual freedom, and unfettered interactions with other students and adults. Age mixing allows students to learn from others, and how to interact with individuals of all ages. Through being responsible for themselves and for the school’s operation, they gain the internal resources needed to lead effective lives. In our model, 42% of graduates are likely to start their own businesses or create their own jobs. Whereas, only 3% of public education students accomplish this.
The School Council is the governing body of the school. In the School Council, students and staff each have one vote to elect officers, setup committees to run the school, vote on their constitution and rules, and hear appeals from the Judicial Council. Students are held accountable for how they obey the school rules and treat others.
- The purpose of education is to help children to reach their full potential, to become all their Creator intends for them
- Self Directed Learning is the key to true, long-lasting learning, based on real choice and not compulsion
- Parents have the sovereign and sacred stewardship to guide their children’s educational journey
- Learning shall be individualized to allow children to identify and develop their gifts and talents and discover their life’s mission
- Play is an essential part of the learning experience
- The school follows a Constitutional Republic model of governance
- A holistic education that helps develop an internal moral compass as one fosters a recognition and love of truth
- Age mixing improves the learning process and prepares students for real life
- Though the founders are members of the LDS Church, and the school environment will reflect LDS standards, students are not required to attend any religious classes or activities.
Alpine Valley Academy does not discriminate against any employee, student, employee applicant, or student applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical and/or mental disability. Alpine Valley Academy adheres to this non-discrimination policy with respect to all of its policies and programs, including educational programs, employment and admission programs, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. In keeping with the school’s religious orientation and purpose, as well as with the school’s desire to respect the dignity and diversity of individuals, the school affords equal opportunity in employment and admission on the basis of sexual orientation, but not on the basis of conduct. All members of the school community are required to comply with the Alpine Valley Academy Rule Book. The school prefers faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in employment. Alpine Valley Academy also affirms that all people are equally beloved children of God and deserve to be treated with love and respect, and we recognize the critical importance of a safe campus environment for all students and employees.