Education Philosophy

At Tualatin Valley Academy, we place great value on providing high quality education. To provide this kind of high-caliber teaching, we use several different techniques. 

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning, or PBL, is a teaching method that encourages students to solve real-life problems in a project format using a variety of teaching tools. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills from a young age. 

Experiential Education

Our small class size allows us to take our students out into the community often to continue their education outside of the classroom. From exploring a farm firsthand to searching out the perfect site to shoot a video for their technology class to the high school marine biology trip, students taking these carefully planned trips enhance their education in ways that would not be possible inside the classroom. 

STEAM

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Tualatin Valley Academy incorporates STEAM into as many aspects of your child’s education as possible. Beginning in Preschool, students have use of our computer lab. First and second graders have a special Wacky Science class that they participate in weekly. Art Smart teaches students about forms of art from around the world. Middle School and High School students take specialized STEAM classes that allow them to explore the world through technology, focusing on the student’s area(s) of interest. A fully equipped science lab is available to all Middle School and High School students. 

Mentorship

We believe in teaching students to mentor others as much as they themselves are mentored by our staff. Several classrooms have buddies in another classroom that they read with or do projects with. High school students help coach and mentor younger students in sports programs. Additionally, every student is part of a family group. Family groups include students from a variety of grades that do special projects and events like our Agape Feast or Christmas Decoration Day together throughout the year. By teaching our older students to mentor our younger students, we are teaching them to build leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.

School and Classroom Size

We have about 200 students attending Tualatin Valley Academy. Average classroom size is 18 students.

Teacher/Student Ratio

On average, our ratio is 1:9 in Preschool, 1:16 in Kindergarten, 1:18 in 1st-6th grade, 1:20 in Middle School and 1:8 in High School.

Test Scores Compared Nationally

Tualatin Valley Academy has consistently scored above average in nationally standardized tests. In the 2016-2017 school year our test scores were 13 points above the national average. 

Teacher Education and Certifications

Eleven of our staff hold Masters' degrees, nine hold Bachelors' degrees and two staff members hold associates degrees. Ten of our teachers hold Professional Level Certification and two are at the Standard Level. Ongoing teacher and staff education is provided each year at Tualatin Valley Academy to keep our staff current in the latest teaching techniques and research. 

Accreditation

Tualatin Valley Academy is accredited by the Northwest Association of accredited schools, recognized by all Northwest schools, colleges, and universities. We are also accredited by the North Pacific Union Conference Board of Education and the North American Division Commission on Accreditation.