- Students come from all three public school districts in the county: Davidson County Schools, Lexington City Schools, and Thomasville City Schools.
- The student body is diverse in ethnicity, socio-economics, and abilities. Some students are academically gifted and others are on the autism spectrum or have other learning differences. Many of our students say they felt like they didn’t belong in regular high school, but they feel right at home at Valley.
- Most Valley students are first-generation college students.
- Valley Academy opened in Fall 2012 with 46 9th graders in the old Davis-Townsend School building, originally built in the 1930s. Today, we have over 200 students in all four high school grades, plus our fifth-year super seniors.
- In just six years, Valley Academy grew into one of the top STEM high schools in the state. In 2018, Valley passed the rigorous requirements to be awarded a STEM School of Distinction accreditation by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
- Valley Academy students are dual enrolled in high school and Davidson County Community College (DCCC). This means they have the unique opportunity to receive a high school diploma enhanced with professional job skill certifications, college diplomas, and even a two-year associate’s degree for students opting to stay for a fifth year as a super senior at Valley.
- After graduating from Valley and DCCC, many students will be ready to transition directly into well-paying, high skilled jobs with professional certifications. Others will continue on to four-year colleges.
- Valley students gain exposure to authentic “real world” workplace learning through job shadowing, mentorships, internships, and, upon graduation, certified apprenticeships. These connections and partnerships with business and community professionals are essential to Valley’s approach to education.
- Our early college career pathways meet today’s job needs, but more importantly, our unique school environment instills a passion for continuous learning that enables graduates to grow and take advantage of future career opportunities.
- Our school’s culture focuses on growing “soft skills” for professional communication, which in turn promotes flexibility in working with diverse teams to solve problems and improve processes. Students occasionally wear business casual clothing to school and learn how to present their work to business professionals and the community through two public exhibitions each year.
Valley has been a school that has helped me grow not only as a student, but as a person. The hands on learning has been the best part of this school. It allows me to learn the way that I’m comfortable with. This school is amazing and I wouldn’t give it up for anything!
Valley Academy is a great experience because students are able to solve problems using their own creativity. This leads to a deeper understanding of content and it provides valuable career-based skills and strategies.
Valley was an opportunity that needed to not be missed. We get sent off into the real world prepared.
Not only are we getting a jumpstart on a college education, but we also get to experience a family atmosphere every day when coming to school.
Going to Valley is a lot like going to a new country. It may seem strange and confusing at first, but once you get used to it you realize it’s an amazing place! With such a friendly, neighborly atmosphere and accepting culture, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.
I chose Valley because this school is very professional and everyone here is like family. This school has helped me overcome many things that I would not have done in a traditional high school. If you work hard enough and be respectful, amazing things will happen.
At Valley, everyone is accepted for who they are. It is not just a school, but a place where everyone belongs. Students work with one another on many assignments, so they learn about each other on a personal level. The teachers are willing to work one-on-one with students, which allows them to succeed.