The faculty and staff of Valley High School recognize that each student who enters the school is an individual with a name, a family, unique abilities, personal desires, and specific needs. Treating each student individually with respect and nourishing their creativity, Valley High School is a haven and non-threatening atmosphere for the learning of nontraditional students.The rules and policies of Valley High School are designed to build student responsibility by making students accountable for their work and actions, ultimately taking charge of their own learning.The focus at Valley High School is on learning and the success of students rather than on extracurricular activities.
Valley High School, as an alternative to regular high school, is not an easy way out, nor is it diluted learning, but rather it is a better way to educate nontraditional students.To the Valley High staff and faculty, fairness is not to provide the same for every student, but to provide equally for each student according to individual needs.In order to foster responsibility, self esteem, and learning, Valley High School works toward these objectives:
- Creating an environment where success is possible and probable for all students.
- Creating a safe, secure and non-threatening environment for learning, especially for those students who are not at grade level.
- Raising student skills to the appropriate grade level or above in each subject.
- Teaching of individuals rather than stereotyped students.
- Knowing students well, building rapport with them, and respecting them as individuals.
- Working as a unified staff for the progress and development of individual students.
- Working to meet individual needs and tailoring the curriculum to the students.
- Providing a variety of different learning methods and applicable, practical, curriculum.
- Having the students develop ideas, skills, and concepts as a foundation for future learning.
- Promoting learning for continual growth, academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.
- Working with the community to be a good neighbor and to provide for the needs of its youth.
- Instilling in students a curiosity for life, a love of learning, and the desire to continue their education, whether formally or informally, throughout their lives.
The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is a collection of computer-adaptive assessments given to Utah students beginning in grade 3. SAGE assessments provide questions that assess students’ ability to apply higher-order thinking skills and better emulate real tasks students may encounter in education and in life.
SAGE assessments were developed through a joint effort on the part of Utah teachers, parents, test development experts, and the Utah State Board of Education. SAGE assessments provide information to assist in determining students’ educational progress towards being ready for college and careers upon completion of secondary school.
American College Test (ACT)
The ACT includes testing in the areas of Math, Science, Reading and English. Scale scores range from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests and for the Composite. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.