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Academics

Curriculum

Shenandoah Valley Academy aims to provide an academic experience that teaches our students to become motivated students and independent thinkers – not just mere reflectors of other person’s thoughts.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge for college, critical and analytical skills, and academic challenges to enhance intellectual self-confidence.

The academic program at Shenandoah Valley Academy is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and study skills.  SVA offers a college preparatory curriculum with broad and diverse course selections. Small class sizes help teachers engage every student.  Ninety percent of our teachers have a masters’ degree.  Our academics operate at high standards and students are pushed into critical analysis and thinking with the goal of enhancing intellectual self-confidence.

We offer 29 semester hours of college credit through our Dual Credit program with Washington Adventist University and an additional two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  We recognize that not all students have the academic background to pursue an advanced diploma, including Dual Credits, and/or AP Exams.  For these students we offer a college preparatorl course of studies that will meet minimum course requirements required for admission to most colleges and universities. A standard diploma is also offered for those students who do not wish to attend college after graduation.

 

Career and College Counseling

 

In addition to the career and college selection materials located in the library, the Career and College Counselor is available throughout the school day.  Each year the Counselor compiles test results and other information available for each student into their personal portfolio.  These materials include aptitude test scores, personal interest test results, major projects and written reports for other classes, and evaluations from teachers and work supervisors.  During the senior year, the Counselor reviews the student’s portfolio with them and their parents to make recommendations on possible careers and colleges to attend.