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Valley New School

Updated May 6, 2015
10 College Avenue - Suite 228 - Appleton WI - 54911
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In

2004

Grades

7 through 12

Environment

Urban

Type

District - Instrumentality Charter
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
De jure teacher authority is written in to the governing board bylaws for curriculum and program management only and clarifies areas of district authority. De facto teachers set the budget, but the board has authority.

About the Learning Program

The curricular focus of the Valley New School model is rooted in the concept that each person is his/her own best teacher. Instead of formal, subject-oriented classes, students develop their own learning experiences based on their interests and passions.