VVS and the IB Learner Profile
(Left: Andy Gill on "Learning beyond the classroom.")
The International Baccalaureate mission closely mirrors that of Verde Valley School. Both strive to create a better world through inquiry, knowledge, intercultural understanding and creative expression. Our teachers consider this with every lesson taught. Teachers employ group-work activities allowing students to work effectively as teams, create experiences for students to be genuine inquirers, and model respect in the classroom and beyond.
Students strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Faculty often look to this IB learner profile to structure their courses.
(Left: Jeff Perkins on "Why I love to teach at VVS.")
There are 24 faculty members at VVS, 75 percent of whom hold advanced degrees. The IB faculty members are fully trained through ongoing IB teacher-training workshops.
Our faculty are committed to teaching, to creating the spark of intellectual curiosity that will help students become life-long learners. They understand that sometimes the best learning can happen beyond classroom walls. Our science teachers use nearby Oak Creek for microenvironment studies, and head to the soccer field to fire potato guns to help students better understand velocity. Other teachers take class trips to local universities, museums and other sites where student gain a broader knowledge of their subject. Our music teachers encourage students to perform at local venues and in Brady Hall, and they bring in numerous professional musicians from all genres to share their passion for music.