The Mission of Valley Life Charter School is to provide a rigorous educational program emphasizing academics, leadership and visual and performing arts. VLCS will provide authentic opportunities for students to apply the academics, leadership principals and life skills taught, for making good decisions. Students will encounter research-based academics, along with leadership opportunities in the classroom, in the school, and in the community.
Leadership and character building are vital to the instructional philosophy at VLCS. In order to create an environment in which students feel respected and are willing to take risks, our instructional philosophy is to create a school in which students are well-mannered leaders with exceptional listening skills and the ability to follow rules. Character development and leadership building strategies will enhance the learning environment by allowing both the student and teacher to focus on curriculum. This approach will be used to create a positive atmosphere and allow students to focus on educational goals and to develop the skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21st Century.
Valley Life Charter School was created with a vision to “develop community leaders, one student at a time” by building and developing character in youth; which supports the core values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. These core values will be interwoven throughout the curriculum at Valley Life Charter School. We believe that every student has strengths and we will identify and build on the strengths of our students to better reach their potential. VLCS takes seriously its commitment to educate the whole person and will include social skills and character development with its program of academics, leadership and visual and performing arts training. We further believe that students learn best when they are placed in a loving and nurturing environment. Students excel when they are able to actively participate in their education through situations that allow for "hands on" activities.
Valley Life Charter Schools will have a tradition of caring. The nurturing environment will give the students the tools to live life with compassion, insight and understanding of others. The staff will have an ubiquitous approach to integrating Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People throughout the school environment.
The following is a breakdown of the 7 habits, and how it applies to students:
1. Be Proactive: Students learn to be responsible, take initiative, choose their own actions, attitudes and moods. They do not blame others for wrong actions. They do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
2. Begin with the End in Mind: Plan ahead and set goals. Do the things that have meaning and make a difference. All students are an important part of the classroom and contribute to their school’s mission and vision. Students will look for ways to be a good citizen.
3. Put First Things First: Students spend time on things that are most important. They learn to say no to thinks they should not do. Students learn to set priorities, make a schedule and follow their plans. They learn discipline and organization.
4. Think Win-Win: Students balance courage for getting what they want with consideration for what others want. Students learn to make deposits in other’s emotional bank accounts. When conflicts arise, they look for third alternatives.
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. Try to see things from their viewpoints. Listen to others without interrupting. Students learn to be confident in voicing ideas. Look people in the eyes when talking.
6. Synergize: Value other people’s strengths and learn from them. Get along well with others, even people who are different. Work well in groups. Seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because by teams can create better solutions than anyone alone. Be humble.
7. Sharpen the Saw: Student’s learn to take care of their body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep, spending time with family and friends. Students will learn in a lot of ways and a lot of places, not just at school. Taking time to find meaningful ways to help others.
The spirit of the classroom will be one that reflects our combined efforts to build leadership, instill character, wisdom, and inspire our students to succeed in academics and beyond. Students coming out of this school will be equipped with an understanding and awareness of their strengths, unique abilities and "primary greatness", along with the skills they will need not only to survive, but also to thrive in the twenty-first century
Valley Life Charter Schools will work closely with parents and primary caregivers to build a strong support system for our students. Teachers, parents (caregivers), and students will each contribute to the success of the student by working as a team. VLCS’s believe very strongly that parents are the primary instructors of their children. The teachers will play a vital but secondary role. The spirit of the classroom will be a reflection of the parents and teachers combined efforts to give the students leadership skills that are essential for students to be successful in the future. VLCS’s will also instill character, impart wisdom and inspire children to academic success. Parents will be required to be educational partners, collaborating with teachers on the development of life and study skills. Parents and teachers will support the student by providing a positive and productive learning environment. The passion and commitment of VLCS’s to working together with the parents will be the cornerstone of excellence in the education and futures of our students. Parents that do not have the skills necessary to assist their children will be given many opportunities to be involved in parenting seminars that will allow them to grow as parents. Parenting seminars will be offered on a routine basis, such as “Helping Children with Homework”, “Family Finances”, “Raising kids”, “Gang Awareness”, “Nutrition”, “Positive Discipline” and others. By assisting parents in their parenting skills, VLCS will better enable students to become leaders of tomorrow.Click here for a complete copy of the charter as presented to TCOE in January 2011
 The Leader In Me, Steven Covey, Discovering what Parents, Business Leaders and Teachers Want from a School pg 41.