Each student at VVS has their behavioral challenges. The school encourages each student to support their peers in their pursuit of their goals. Students are encouraged to support, not judge each other.
VVS has a transparent review process where all staff review all students on a weekly basis. The reviews are used to establish a weekly behavioral honor roll. This is a great tool for positive reinforcement.
My 13 year old son attended VVS after a several week wilderness program. His behavior had reached a level where remaining in our home was no longer an option. In our view and in our son's view Valley View changed his life. The staff were incredibly invested in our son's development and worked hard on helping him understand himself and assisting him in developing the tools he needed to navigate the world successfully. Our entire family is so grateful for VVS. I could never have dreamed that our son could grow so much over a year's time.
I find it impossible to believe that some of the negative comments below come from parents of students at Valley View. Our son has been at Valley View for a year. We tried everything to deal with his oppositional and defiant behavior, including wilderness therapy, before choosing to send him. If you are considering sending your son to a therapeutic boarding school, Valley View is a place where he will not fall behind academically. Our daughter attends an elite private school in Washington DC and our standards for teachers are very high. We had parent-teacher conferences with all of our son's teachers at Valley View and we were impressed. They care deeply about the success of each student and challenge each according to his academic level. Beyond academics the staff has developed a structured system that helps the boys to recognize the consequences of their self-destructive behaviors. I have been to the school multiple times and have spoken with staff every week. I have witnessed their composure and compassion. Their mission is to truly change the direction of a young man's life and they take that role very seriously. Valley View has been helping boys for over 40 years and they really "get" these kinds of kids. We have seen great progress and we believe he will leave Valley View with the skills he needs to have a happy and successful life.
I would thank Dr. Spiva for having the forsite and belief in the potential of boys that the public system turned their backs on . Our public school blamed their own inabilities on our son. They told us he had huge deficits. Dr. Spiva knew that was not true and he has my utmost gratitude.