Our Approach

Intentional Size

VALE is a “small by design” school built on the bedrock of Belonging and Innovation with the mission of preparing our students to be entrepreneurial change makers who are postsecondary ready.

Hands-On Authentic Learning Experience

While at VALE, students will be immersed in problem-based learning experiences with an outcome of powerful academic learning coupled with innovation and invention. Students will have daily opportunities to apply learning to true work based learning pathways while pursuing mentorships and apprenticeship opportunities in the community. By the time VALE students graduate, they will be published, patented practitioners who see problems as opportunities and are therefore marketable immediately in the workforce or college ready depending on their choice.

University Dual-Enrollment Credit

VALE students will have the opportunity to receive dual enrollment credit for their Leadership and Entrepreneurship pathway from a prestigious university.

Staff/Student Connections

Staff at VALE work collaboratively to design meaningful learning experiences for our students that transcend traditional content areas and ask students to design, create, and test real solutions to the challenges that our planet faces daily. Staff hold relationships at the center while embodying an entrepreneurial spirit of a curios and lifelong learner.

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