- Established: in 2009.
- Location: 1 W Campbell Ave B20, Campbell, CA 95008, California, USA
- Educational programs: 9-12 grades (high school)
- Type of studying: mixed
- Total number of students: 430 people.
The Independent College of Valley International Academy is located in the small town of Campbell, near San Jose in California. Here, both American citizens and foreign students are studied, who want to get a quality, practical-oriented education. The college provides not only effective educational programs – here students are taught to live independently in the modern world, to educate socially valuable and developed personalities, the skill of critical thinking, an objective perception of reality, a sense of tolerance and mutual respect. The secret of success lies in a balanced curriculum combining intensive English lessons and academic studies in basic subjects, as well as in the professionalism of teachers. Through studying at the Valley International Academy, a student from anywhere in the world can effectively prepare for an education in the US, enroll in the chosen college and university, get the desired specialty and build a successful international career.
Valley International Academy was founded in 2009 by Susan Xu, a businessman and technology specialist: her small company Silver Computing, founded in 1995, has now grown to the giant WebEx Communications, and Susan’s goal was to enable students from any country in the world to repeat and surpass its success. Also Susan is one of the founders of Dwight School Canada (grades 6-12 in Vancouver, Canada) – this school was taken as a model when creating the high school Dwight School Seoul (K-12, Seoul, Korea).
Small classrooms (up to 10 people in each) make it possible to individually approach each child, taking into account his needs and requirements, academic opportunities and personal talents. Teachers can more closely monitor progress and achievements, adjusting the studying course if necessary. The ratio of teachers to students is 1: 5, each teacher has a profile certificate that gives the right to teach English as a foreign language. All pupils and teachers know each other by name and in person, which provides a comfortable, friendly environment. In addition, each student is assigned a personal curator who helps with the decision of academic issues, with the definition of the further direction of education, the choice of a university or college. The educational programs are flexible enough and can also be tailored to the needs and requirements of a particular student or group.
Foreign students of Valley International Academy have the opportunity to attend ESL supportive English courses (“English as a Second Language”) as a supplement to the core curriculum. The course will help them in a short time to significantly improve the language skills and knowledge, to better understand and accept the material of the educational course, to keep up with their classmates who are native speakers of the language. Effective intensive courses in preparation for the TOEFL exams have been formed.
The school is an active member of several prestigious educational organizations, such as the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honour Society.
According to statistics for 2015, the average score for the SAT exams for the students of Valley International Academy was 1850. For students, 19 subjects of advanced level of study of AP are offered.
Almost all students (90%) are enrolled on a boarding basis and permanently reside on the campus of the Valley International Academy. The total area of the campus is 10 acres – this is one of the most well-groomed, green and infrastructure-equipped areas of the region. The official religion is not accepted here, children of any confession and religion can study at school. The school uniform here is not accepted.