Verde Valley School

Arizona, USA

Co-ed, no religious affiliation
Boarding School

  1. Founded: 1946
  2. Grades: 9-12
  3. Number of Students: 130
  4. Average Class Size: 8
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: None; IB diploma
  7. Min SLEP/TOEFL: 60/80
  8. ESL: No
  9. SSAT required: No

2 hours from Phoenix, Arizona
Nearest Airport: Phoenix

About Verde Valley School

Verde Valley School cherishes the principles upon which Hamilton and Barbara Warren founded the school by challenging students to fulfill their potential. Verde Valley School educates students for college and for life by encouraging them to become curious, academically accomplished and creative. Verde Valley School is located in beautiful Sedona with four mild seasons, lots of sunshine and clean air. Their red rock valley campus is surrounded on three sides by national forest land and offers perfect surroundings for year-round outdoor activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, soccer, golf, basketball, trail and cross-country running. Verde Valley School was recently featured in 2016 The Best Schools “50 Best Boarding Schools in the U.S.”

College acceptance

American University, Babson College, Bard College, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis, Cornell College, Dartmouth College, Drew University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins, Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Pomona College, Reed College, Rutgers University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smith College, St. John’s College, St Lawrence University, St. Louis University, Stanford University, SUNY, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of York, UK, US Naval Academy, Vassar College, Villanova University.


Students have the opportunity to earn two diplomas – the Verde Valley School diploma and the IB diploma, granted by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Freshmen and sophomores follow Underclassmen Collaboration curriculum and juniors and seniors study the IB curriculum. Students enroll in courses from each of the following groups: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts.

IB CORE: The Extended Essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying; Creativity, Action, Service involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program; Theory of Knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines


ESL/Support programs

  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced

Foreign languages

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


ARTS: Acting, Art, Art History, Ceramics, Drama, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Public Speaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Arts
HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCES: Anthropology, Theory of Knowledge
ENGLISH: Classics, Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry
HISTORY: US History, World History
SCIENCES: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Physics
MATH: Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Honors
MUSIC: Band, Choral Music, History of Music, Individual Instruction, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Voice

Clubs and organizations

Horseback Riding, Adventure Weekends, Climbing, Hiking, Gardening, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Rock Band, Jazz Band, Sustainability Club.



Basketball, Cycling, Dancing, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Softball, Tennis.



Verde Valley School has seven dorms on campus. The majority of dorms are double rooms, with a number of single rooms.

Each dorm has between three and five dorm parents, who are also teachers and coaches. Each dorm offers red rock views, shared common spaces (some with a fireplace) and laundry rooms.

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