Frequently Asked Questions
Does Valley Leadership Academy require a statement of faith or have a religious affiliation?
While VLA meets at a church, we do not require a statement of faith and do not have a religious affiliation. We strive to build the character of our students by teaching moral principles through leadership training. These principles are common to many faiths, and we welcome students from all religious and ideological backgrounds.
Does Valley Leadership Academy require a speciﬁc curriculum?
No, we do not require the use of any particular curriculum. Many families choose to take advantage of the core classes we offer (math, science, language arts, social studies, Spanish), which use a specific curriculum chosen by each instructor. Families are also welcome to use the curriculum of their choice. We are happy to help families choose curriculum that is right for them.
What standards do you use to assess student progress?
We use a holistic approach to gauge student progress and overall development. Our primary goal is to provide a peaceful and engaging learning environment in which students work towards meeting personalized goals and standards. Students who take our core classes for high school credit are assessed on participation, mastery of the subject, objective quizzes, and tests. These classes will be recorded on each student’s high school transcript. Standardized testing is offered for those who wish to participate.
What makes Valley Leadership Academy different from other schools and homeschool communities?
So many things! Our primary focus is on school culture and leadership/character development. Academics are important, but are taught in the context of personal growth rather than the traditional competition-driven model found in many school environments. We strive to provide the ﬂexibility and personalization of homeschooling with the structure and community of “going to school.”