Verde Valley School

3511 Verde Valley School Rd, Sedona, AZ 86351

Founded and developed by Hamilton and Barbara Warren with the counsel of leading educators and anthropologists here and abroad, VVS opened with 16 students and a small teaching staff. With the assistance of such advisors as noted anthropologist Margaret Mead and John Collier, commissioner of Indian affairs under Franklin Roosevelt, the Warrens sought to promote intercultural and interracial understanding through an experiential program. Still international in scope, the college preparatory program progresses from pre-IB course work in grades 9 and 10 to the two-year International Baccalaureate program in grades 11 and 12. VVS’ field trip program is integral to the curriculum. It enables students to live, work and interact with people of other cultures, while also taking advantage of opportunities for community service work. The student body features a significant percentage of pupils from other countries, which further adds to the school’s international character. During the two years of the IB Diploma Program, students select six courses from the six IB subject groups; three are studied at higher levels (courses representing 240 teaching hours) and three at standard levels (150 teaching hours). Small class sizes allow faculty to provide individualized instruction for boys and girls at all grade levels. VVS’ outdoor program comprises Western horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, martial arts and archery. Competitive athletic options in several sports are available through the athletic department.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, IB Diploma
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address3511 Verde Valley School Rd, Sedona, AZ 86351
Year Established1948
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorGraham D. Frey
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment102
Boarding Students83
Day Students19
International Baccalaureate ProgramsDiploma
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