Evidence of High Quality Education

How Do Tualatin Valley Academy's Test Scores Rank When Compared Nationally?

Standardized testing may not be the perfect way to measure individual student success, but it allows us to do something very important. It allows us to benchmark ourselves against other schools across the nation to ensure that we are giving a high-quality education overall to our students. Tualatin Valley Academy has consistently scored above average in nationally standardized tests in past years, and this year was no exception! 

This year our test scores were 13 points above the national average. 

This result confirms that TVA continues to provide a high quality education for our students.

In September, our students in grades 3-9 took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).  This is the one nationally standardized test we administer each year.  This test assesses Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.  Scores will of course vary from class to class and by individual students, but our school averages are outstanding.

If you're wondering how your student did specifically, individual student reports are available and your student’s teacher will provide them to you.  Teachers are able to discuss the details of your student’s report and how they are doing in each subject area tested.  Language Arts and Mathematics both have subtopic areas that show a little more detail.  Teachers can use these details to focus on areas where each student can improve.

Does Adventist Education Matter?

Test scores are all good and well, but some may ask, does Adventist Education really matter? Does it provide an education to my student that is truly higher in quality than what they would receive in public school or another private school? From 2006-2009 a research project called CognitiveGenesis studied how more than 50,000 students in more than 800 Adventist schools performed academically compared to students across the United States. The study had some compelling results. 

Adventist school students in the United States scored half a grade level higher than their predicted ability in all subjects.

Students who transferred into an Adventist school saw a significant improvement in their test scores. 

Also, the more years a student attended an Adventist school the more their average achievement increased compared to the national norm. 

Our ITBS results confirm this research and show that we have a high quality program here at TVA.

First Quarter Recap

We have now completed our first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. The kids have been working hard and learning new things. Soccer season has come to an end, as many kids have improved and mastered their skills. Way to go Eagles! The quarter ended on a high note with a wonderful Week of Prayer. The kids were blessed by messages every day from Pastor Marco. On Friday, all the kids took part in serving each other in a special Agape Feast. What a blessing!

First and Second graders have been studying farming. With Fall pumpkin season well underway, it was the ideal time for a field trip to the Baggenstos Pumpkin Patch. Preschool and Kindergarten also visited other pumpkin patches with their classes. All the kids came back with pumpkins and smiles (and maybe a little mud too).

The Annual Fall Festival was a big event. Each class raised money for their classroom by running a booth with different, fun activities and games. A new and exciting addition was a mad scientist booth where the kids got to do science experiments. There were prizes and candy to be had by all.

Please continue to keep Tualatin Valley Academy in your prayers. Pray for the students, the teachers, the staff, and all the families involved. 

Featured Teacher: Alice Boyer, Music

This year TVA was fortunate to hire Alice Boyer to lead our music program! Mrs. Boyer covered for our music teacher last year, and she produced a phenomenal Spring Concert that was energetic, relaxed and just plain fun! The highlight was an all-school praise and worship song, with both vocals and accompaniment done entirely by students. 

Each month we are going to feature different teachers and staff at TVA to help our TVA family get acquainted with each other even better. This month we are featuring Mrs. Boyer. Let's get to know who she is!

About Mrs. Boyer

Mrs. Boyer has 35 years of experience in music and music education. She studied Opera Performance at Penn State University and Music Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her career began in performance and she pursued that for many years, but eventually she decided that she preferred teaching as it was much more rewarding!

Teaching is not new to Mrs. Boyer. She has directed Douglas County Children's Chorus in Denver, CO, taught music at Scappoose Adventist Academy, co-founded the Scappoose High School Jazz Choir, and she is an adjudicator for Oregon State Solo and Ensemble. 

When asked what she loves about her job now, she talks about the diversity. Teaching both band and choir is exciting! 

What is Mrs. Boyer most excited about doing this year with her class? Developing young worship leaders and helping students to grow outside the box.

We are excited to see the amazing things that Mrs. Boyer will accomplish this year, both in teaching students about music and teaching them to lead and grow outside of that box!

Fun facts about Mrs. Boyer: 

Bucket list item: Travel to Australia
Biggest fear: I have Jesus, so I don't fear
Who I most want to meet: Eric Whitacre - an amazing composer!
Proudest accomplishment: Raising 4 children to serve the Lord
Snack of choice: BBQ potato chips
What inspires me: Scripture, creating music, starting to learn a new instrument
Least favorite household chore: Vacuuming
One thing I hope to achieve in my lifetime: Sing in Carnegie Hall
Three words to describe myself: Purposeful, dependable, unconventional
In my free time I like to: Bead, watch movies, hang out with my husband and my children
Sport I love: Curling
My at bat song would be: Don't Stop Believin'
If calories didn't count I would eat: Indian food and chai tea every day!
Favorite color: Aqua or lime green are tied for first place!

A New Beginning

After a very busy and productive summer, we are excited for the beginning of a new school year! A brand new 50 year roof protects our school from windy and rainy weather.  Our front parking lot has been completely repaved with new curbs and striping.  A big thank you goes to our Home & School organization and all the students, parents, & friends who supported our Walk-a-thons the last two years! Their efforts have resulted in a parking lot that is safer and of which we can all be proud. 

Our teachers have been working to prepare their classrooms and are very excited to welcome students back for a new school year!  Our enrollment is strong with over two hundred students enrolled. We have two third grade classrooms this year and our ninth grade begins with eight students enrolled. 

We are very thankful for all the blessings and success we have enjoyed over the past year.  With faith and hope in God's continued blessing, we welcome our students and parents to a new school year!