To The Valley Day School Community:
On behalf of our Board of Directors, our personnel, and our students welcome to our website. Thanks for taking an interest in Valley Day School. We hope that you enjoy the online views of VDS as you browse this site, that you find this website to be user-friendly, and that the site will help convey the many programs and services that we offer students and their families through our day program.
The Valley Day School is a Pennsylvania APS (Approved Private School) licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the State Board of Private Academic Schools. As a non-profit organization and a resource, we are dedicated to the education and welfare of students (ages 4 through 21, in grades k-12+) who have a history of acute learning, adjustment, behavioral, and/or emotional needs that are presented as obstacles to achieving success in less restrictive school settings.
VDS is a school of choice where, in conjunction with their school district, families and students make the choice to attend. As Executive Director, it is my responsibility to create and support an organization that earns the trust of both the families we serve and our partnering school districts. We do that by applying advanced training in Trauma-Informed Care, an understanding of the working of the human brain, with cutting edge technology. Our efforts have made VDS and regional leader in alternative education.
The mission of the Valley Day School is to teach students the tools they will need to lead a healthy life. We realize that the students entrusted to our care, need more than just the academic tools for reading, writing, and mathematics. Success in today’s world is calling for students to effectively interact with people, establish and meet short and long term goals, and manage their body and brain to make healthy choices. Mastery of these tools is as critical for success as the academic tools.
We are confident in our ability to provide our students with high quality, engaging, and positive educational programming and related services. We are confident in our students’ ability to learn, experience successes within and outside school, appropriately regulate their emotions, set and achieve age-appropriate goals, come to trust themselves and others, and in so doing to take charge of their lives. We believe that in order for students to do so, they must be taught the social, emotional, academic, and survival skills needed to live independently and productively in their families, in communities, and in society. We believe that providing small, safe, structured, supportive, and caring environments, where adults model and guide healthy emotional management, is the best way to encourage and achieve the growth and changes we seek from our students.
We are grateful for a devoted local Board, and for well-trained, talented and caring personnel. Most of all, however, we are grateful for the trust of Valley Day School’s students (as well as that of their families and/or care providers). Whether you are a student, a parent, or a helping professional, we hope that you find the information available on this website to be helpful. We invite you to contact us for more information or to schedule a visit to tour our campus in order to develop a more insightful understanding of our students, staff, facilities, and best practices. Like our students, we are always improving --- always a work in progress.
Ron Hall, Ed.D