ABOUT THE BLUE VALLEY ACADEMY
The Mission of Blue Valley Academy is to empower every student through personalized learning and meaningful connections.
Our vision is to develop confident leaders to positively impact others and achieve their fullest potential.
- Personalized Learning
BVA staff takes time to know students and advocate on their behalf. Individual success plans, modified schedules, weekly progress checks, etc. are core elements to meeting the current and future needs of students.
- Meaningful Connections
BVA provides relationship building opportunities and collaboration with community partners to guide self- discovery and career exploration. These interactions enhance the learning experience, aligning student interests and skills to future endeavors.
- Authentic Community
BVA strives to create a trustworthy environment that celebrates diversity and recognizes the unique strengths of students. Genuine care for others and providing a place of belonging is top priority.
- Creative Ventures
Students are given the opportunity to showcase their creative abilities through a variety of course offerings and real-world applications. Entrepreneurial thinking and smart risk taking is encouraged to develop an innovative mindset.
- Emerging Leaders
BVA encourages the personal growth of students and is committed to testing assumptions of what young people can do. Instructors seek to instill confidence and self-worth with the understanding all students are capable of exercising leadership.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
Caring people who courageously engage with students and understand their needs.
Flexible classroom space with outfitted lab/studio areas: science lab, culinary lab, fitness center, art studio, music studio.
Tailored Program Design:
- Start of school day pushed back to 9:00 a.m.
- Ample class time given to complete schoolwork…no homework
- Daily class schedule of four class periods
- Small class sizes to allow greater access to teachers
- Multiple supports to meet the academic and social/emotional needs of students
- Personalized Learning
Students interested in attending Blue Valley Academy should meet with their home high school counselor. Counselors can share more detailed information regarding the program and the home high school's process for recommending candidates. Because the success of the Academy depends on low student/teacher ratio, enrollment each semester is limited and each high school has a process in place to prioritize their selected candidates. Each semester the home high school provides a roster of the selected candidates to the Academy.
We then schedule an interview with each candidate and parent to discuss the program, propose an individualized student plan based on the student's needs and to answer any questions. If the student and parents believe the Academy is a good option based on the information provided, the student is invited to attend. Because we are a high school program that supports all five of high schools, students are "concurrently enrolled" at both the Academy and their high school of record. All Academy students continue to be members of their home high school. Students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities, clubs, etc. do so through their high school of record. Additionally, if students elect to remain at the Academy until graduation, they will receive their diploma from their high school of record. There is no transcript or diploma designation to indicate attendance at the Academy.
It is important to understand that students are accepted to the Academy only through home high school recommendation and only at the beginning of each traditional semester.