Mission, Vision, Beliefs
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School is a Christ-centered learning community that fosters academic excellence, positive moral development, and community service. We encourage students to reach their full potential in a creative and nurturing environment that promotes Gospel values.
Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School community will provide an environment in which God's children become self-directed, life-long learners. Students will become contributing members of society empowered by a personal value system based upon the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Our School Believes
- Promoting faith in God through Catholic values creates an atmosphere that encourages students to develop positive moral relationships and respect for themselves and others.
- A structured and safe environment provides a positive atmosphere that promotes student learning.
- Parents are the primary educators of children and school-family partnerships are essential for the total development of a child.
- The education of a child is a shared responsibility among the student, family, school, church, and community.
- Promoting an acceptance of diversity and individuality encourages students to become moral and independent thinkers.
- Teaching a curriculum that includes problem solving, critical thinking, and cooperative learning, while fostering moral development, prepares students to become productive members of society.
- Focusing on shared mission, vision, goals, and actions improves student performance.
- School leaders engage in best practices that support the ongoing improvement of teaching and student achievement.
- A learning environment with high expectations infused with the Gospel message of Jesus inspires students to reach their potential.
- Students have the opportunity to learn and succeed when provided with a strong academic program that recognizes the spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child.
- The total development of a child includes activities that promote physical, social, and emotional well being.
- Exposure to the arts contributes to the development of a well-rounded individual.
- A variety of extracurricular activities enables students to explore their interests and abilities.
- Students learn best when they are engaged in the learning process and provided with instructional methods and activities that accommodate various learning styles.
- Motivation to learn is influenced by a student’s emotional state, beliefs, interests, and goals when supported by teacher advocates.
- A successful student sets learning goals and monitors progress in achieving them.
- A variety of assessments offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements.
- A successful student links new information with existing knowledge in a meaningful way.
- Use of technology allows students to research, collaborate, create, present, and network in meaningful ways.
- Collaboration with students and adults enriches education.
- Participation in service to family, parish, and community allows students to live their faith and develop an awareness of their responsibility for justice and equality.