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Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy

          Welcome to Valley Academy!

                                OUR MISSION 
To offer back-to-basics, traditional education by providing a challenging, sequential, teacher-directed, standards-based, textbook-driven curriculum supported by individual accountability and high academic and behavioral standards. 
.                                OUR MOTTO
Providing a Traditional Foundation for the Future


Valley Academy is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on September 30, 2014 that Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Only four Arizona schools received the award this year, and RTS Valley Academy was the only charter school to do so. The award recognizes RTS Valley Academy as an exemplary high performing school. View the  2014 National Blue Ribbon School Profile.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 337 schools from across the nation at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10th and 11th in Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Victoria Wilber, RTS Valley Academy Principal, says, “This is one of the most prestigious awards a school can attain, and I am so proud of our dedicated, talented teachers and smart, hard-working students.”

In the history of Arizona charter schools, only eight other charter schools have ever been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy was one of the first charter schools founded in Arizona. Since 1995, the school has consistently received the top available rating from the Arizona Department of Education. Mrs. Wilber explains, “We attribute this 20-year record of academic success to our unwavering dedication to traditional education and our team’s commitment to continuous improvement.”

Mrs. Wilber will travel to Washington D.C. in November with Mrs. Mettes, a 3rd grade teacher chosen by her peers to represent the faculty at the awards ceremony. Ms. Heidi Mitchell, CEO of Reid Traditional Schools says, “This is truly an honor, and it is a wonderful way to commemorate Valley Academy’s 20th year of excellence in education.”

UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Mrs. Mettes writes:  “Just heard the 2014 Teacher of the Year speak. Amazing and so inspiring. He spoke of making the classroom an “oasis of grace”. I love it. The truth is that we don’t know and can’t control what happens to children outside the walls of our school, but we can make the time they are with us a bright spot in their lives and spark curiosity and give them courage and confidence, along with a belief that they can do anything! I may not be a genius, but I can be a genius maker!”


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“A” Awarded to Both Reid Traditional Schools – Again!

The report card on our schools is in, and we earned A’s – again! The Arizona Department of Education letter grades for the 2013-14 school year have been announced, and, as always, Reid Traditional Schools’ Valley Academy and Reid Traditional Schools’ Painted Rock Academy both received an “A” letter grade. In our organization’s 20-year history, our schools have never received less than the highest possible ranking.

While we are unashamedly proud of this rating, it is more important to know that an “A” represents public recognition of our success at our true mission: preparing your children for success in college, career, and life. Our teachers and administration are committed and passionate about inspiring students on a daily basis, not just on test day. Our intellectually challenging and balanced curriculum has proven to be effective in educating students for future success. So as we celebrate our “A” rating, we also celebrate our genuine commitment to our children, our schools, and our future.

Congratulations to our students, our parents, and our faculty and staff. Your effort and teamwork have been recognized once again with another “A.”


Valley Academy: AZ Charter Schools Association’s “2011 School of the Year”

In the video below, Cuyler Reid, school founder and board member, and Heidi Mitchell, C.E.O., share some of Valley Academy’s history and philosophy.  Administration, teachers, and parents discuss what makes Valley Academy an award-winning school.


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