Our journey to becoming the premier school in the Dayton region
The Miami Valley School, as we know it on Denise Drive, started in 1964 after nearly a decade on Munger Road, then known as the “Marti School.” MVS’ history is rich with teachers and programs that empower passionately inquisitive students to make a difference in the world. Political leaders, Broadway performers, nationally-recognized comedians, award-winning actors, entrepreneurs, global thinkers, CEOs, scientists, industry leaders…just to name a few.
Here, they become.
The Miami Valley School, a registered non-profit organization, is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States and is chartered as a college preparatory school by the State of Ohio. It is a member of both the Ohio Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Membership is also held in the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling.
Mission And Vision
As an independent, college preparatory day school for students from early childhood through upper school, The Miami Valley School challenges young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens.
The Immersion Method
The Miami Valley School Immersion Method is based on the knowledge that learning is rooted in direct experience, which leads to engagement and the discovery of passion by each individual student. Learning is more than just what occurs in the classroom through books and lessons. Education is something that happens everywhere, and The Miami Valley School ensures that our students learn that lesson.
Everything we do at The Miami Valley School is carefully sculpted to create a community of student and adult learners who are supported in pursuit of their individual passions. Our staff and faculty collaborate with the students to help them pursue the information they are curious about. There is always the risk of failure when exploring a new subject. Not all ventures are successful, and that is a lesson for the students as well. This is part of the immersion process – learning to deal with the successes and failures as we go through life and moving on with the lessons they give us.
Diversity is who we are.
We believe an appreciation for diversity is essential for developing compassionate global citizens. Our standard is inclusion of diversity in all of its forms. It encompasses, but is not limited to gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, political affiliation, family composition, socioeconomic status, and learning differences.
We believe that all of our lives are enriched by the diversity of our community. We aspire to grow diversity among our students, faculty, staff, and board in order to prepare us to engage in a pluralistic world.
We believe in creating an MVS community that will promote the success of every student by appreciating the unique presence and contributions they bring. We encourage thoughtful conversations and reflection about issues pertaining to equity and justice.
Diversity is who we are. It is woven into the daily life of our community.
Submitted by the MVS Diversity Task Force
Inspired by listening sessions with students, parents, faculty, staff and board members
Riya Annamraju, 11th grade
Yifan Ping, 12th grade
Samuel Todd, 10th grade
Avery Woodruff, 11th grade
Yujie Xiao, 11th grade*
Annesa Cheek, parent
Kim Jarvis, parent
Yasmeen Soin, parent*
Dan Cummings, US director*
Jon Graetz, US math teacher
Tekeia Howard, Director of community purpose*
Janice Krochmal, 1st grade teacher
Jacob McGlaun, Performing arts teacher
Elizabeth F. Cleary, Head of School
Susan Strong, Assistant head of School for External Affairs
Diane Hirakawa, Past board president & ex officio member of the task force
Priya Jain, Board secretary and parent
Sandy McConnel, Previous board president