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Spokane Valley High School, West Valley School District

Larry Bush, Principal
http://svhs.wvsd.org

Grade level: 9–12
Free and Reduced Meals: 44.1%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2006


Spokane Valley High School offers four non-traditional programs:

  • Full Day - Project-based, active-inquiry, in-depth learning with performance based assessments.
  • Transition School - An individualized contract-based school.
  • General Educational Diploma (GED) - Small group, weekly preparation to take the GED.
  • Co-op Evening Educational Program (CEEP) - Contract-based school for students who have received long-term suspention or expelled.

The cornerstone of Spokane Valley’s approach is integrating relationships with relevant and rigorous curriculum. Special features of the school include:

  • Active inquiry, in-depth discovery, and performance assessment.
  • Project-based, hands-on learning communities.
  • Opportunities for students to be actively involved in real world activities such as working in the greenhouse or with the Farm to Fork class, working in the Phoenix Café managing a catering and espresso business, and creating websites for local businesses in bizMpower class.
  • A reward system where students can earn experiences when they earn credits, exhibit good attendance, complete service learning projects and earn a good grade point average.

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