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Number of Students

120 (59% international)

SAT Average


Accepting Students in Grades


Verde Valley School

Private Day School – Sedona , Arizona

Verde Valley School (VVS) is an international college preparatory boarding and day school offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB Programme) as its sole curriculum. The school is dedicated to the highest ethical and academic standards while teaching languages and cross-cultural communication, anthropology and responsibility, biology and environmentalism, and the arts through self expression. VVS was founded in 1948 by two Harvard-trained anthropologists. Today, about half of the student body is comprised of international students from 17 countries. Verde Valley School offers a truly global educational experience. The beautiful and temperate environment allows a year-round outdoor sports program that includes horse-back riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, cross-country running, soccer, golf, and more.

Verde Valley School’s facilities include 12 classrooms, two science labs, computer labs, a performance center, a studio, and a library. Verde Valley School also has a great fitness center, including a climbing wall, equestrian field, basketball court, tennis court, and football field.

Sports and Arts
The beautiful and temperate environment allows a year-round outdoor sports program that includes horse-back riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, cross-country running, soccer, and golf. Verde Valley School also offers a variety of art classes to students. Underclassmen explore photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, music and theater in their freshman and sophomore years.

Dormitories and Student Residences
VVS works very hard to make student living spaces their home away from home. Each dorm has between 3 and 5 dorm parents, who are also teachers and coaches at VVS. There is also a full-time security officer available on campus from 10 pm to 5 am, seven days a week. Each dorm offers red rock views, shared common spaces (some with a fireplace) and laundry facilities. While the dorms are divided by gender, student members of all grades are integrated into each dorm. Each room is equipped with a bed, dresser, desk and closet for each student.

Community Information
Sedona has been called the most beautiful tourist destination in the US and is one of the six most romantic locales in the world. Its towering Red Rocks are truly unique. Its full-time population of 11,000 triples during peak spring and fall tourist seasons. Sedona is 4,200 feet above sea level and 90 minutes by car north of Phoenix, a major metropolitan area.

Area Population: 10,111
City Website: City of Sedona

Starting Dates
Estimated Start Date: Mid-August
Estimated End Date: Early June

Note: VVS operates on a trimester system and can accommodate admission at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters and also at the mid-year point (starting after Winter Break).
International students should arrive at Phoenix International Airport per schedule where VVS will pick them up and transport them to campus.

School Facts

Year Founded


Student Population


Number of Students

120 (59% international)

Accepting Students in Grades


Teacher/Student Ratio


Average Class Size


ESL Programs


IB Programs


Offer Diploma


School Uniform


Campus Size

160 Acres

Religious Affiliation


SAT Average


Foreign Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

University Acceptance Rate



  • Ceramics
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Photography
  • Sound Engineering
  • Studio Art
  • Theater
  • Theater Production
  • World Music

AP Courses: No AP Courses


  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Yoga

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • A Cappella
  • Acting
  • Aikido
  • Animation
  • Garden
  • Art
  • Creative Welding in Recycled Metal
  • Culinary Club
  • Film
  • Geocaching
  • Photography
  • Recording Studio
  • Silk Screening

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Babson College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Cornell College, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, Mount Holyoke College, Pomona College, Rutgers University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, State University of New York (SUNY), United States Naval Academy, University of Arizona, University of California, University of Vermont, Vassar College, Villanova University, Wesleyan University

Closest International and Local Airports:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
For Details Visit Website: Verde Valley School

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