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.

Our Mission

To challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens.


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.

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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.

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My 13 years at MVS are 13 years with family. I feel that the spirit of MVS is its students, but the heart is its faculty. At no other school do the teachers have such a personal interest in your success. They are the promoters of the immersive method, showing us the knowledge gained from discovering and experiencing something versus memorizing it. Outside of class they are there too, supporting students at sporting events and meeting outside of school to finish projects.”

Satya Morar, Class of 2019

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.

Adopted by the MVS Diversity Task Force in 2013.

Inspired by listening sessions with students, parents, faculty, staff and board members.

As the MVS Diversity Task Force continues the conversation about being inclusive on campus and in our community, the school has accomplished these initiatives in the last two years:

– Hosting and producing a Symposium on Civil Discourse that included a diverse panel to consider diversity and the value of civil dialogue

– Welcoming a transgender speaker to MVS to speak with faculty, middle and upper school students, and families

– Hosting Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education at the University of Dayton, and author Debbie Iriving to campus to discuss Irving’s book Waking Up White with the faculty

– Suggesting summer reading for faculty and staff of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Anthony G. Greenwald and Mahzarin R. Banaji

– Hosting a Diversity Film Festival

– Holding a community forum in response to the recent events of racism and scheduling a community meeting for an open discussion

Our History

Founded in 1964, we have educated students that have gone on to be everything from CEOs to Oscar-winning actors. Explore our decades-long journey of immersion and discovery.


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