At Tualatin Valley Academy we believe in hands-on learning, and research shows that students retain information better when they can see how the concepts they learn in the classroom play out in the real world. Because of this, we offer a variety of trips and elective classes to expand students' learning beyond the classroom. 

2016-2017 Electives

Communications Technology
Work Study
Handbell Choir
Applied Science



















2016-2017 Trips

Quarter 1

Marine Biology Trip - Newport (September), $75 - Three days exploring the Oregon coast including hands-on labs at Hatfield Marine Science Center and Marine Discovery Tours. Fossil collecting, tide pooling, handling marine invertebrates and whale watching are just a few of the educational adventures we have planned. Camping will be at South Beach State Park. 

Fall Bible Camp - Washington Family Ranch (September 29 - October 2), $175 - This four day retreat includes all 9-12th grade students in the Oregon Conference. The purpose of Fall Bible Camp is to create opportunities in an interactive atmosphere where young people will experience God and invite Him to shape and mold their lives and lifestyles. The focus of Fall Bible Camp is to inspire discipleship - what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and how this impacts daily decisions and choices. 

Quarter 2

Project-focused trip (to be determined)

Quarter 3

Ski Trip, Mt. Bachelor (February) ~$140

Quarter 4

Class Trip (to be determined) Possible options include Washington DC and the Amazon depending on interest and fundraising. 

Washington DC Trip - Christian Discoveries (WorldStrides), mapped out in an incredible 5-day experience for our students in years past that included national monuments, buildings, museums and historical sites. Our tour guide was an enthusiastic, Christian role model who gave thought-provoking presentations on how Christianity helped shape the thoughts and lives of our nation's founding fathers. Our students were kept safe, happy and fully engaged in learning. 

Amazon Rainforest Adventure - Through field experiences at four rainforest lodge facilities in the Amazon basin of Northern Peru, students are engaged in an immersion experience. This expedition is an eye-opening introduction to the environmental and cultural aspects of the Amazon rainforest and river system. The program is a third world experience that is safe, comfortable and accessible, offering students a life changing adventure. One of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet, Mr. Kahler has visited this global treasure twice and has developed working friendships with program leaders.