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.
Meet Head of School, Elizabeth F. Cleary
It is my honor to be the 7th leader of MVS. Even in my first year as Head of School, I feel I have already found my new home. Here, in our supportive community your child will learn and grow. Here, your child will be known, supported, and challenged to be the best version of themselves.
When considering MVS, you will learn that our approach to education is unique. As an independent school that lives by its mission and core values, MVS is supported by a community passionate about supporting those same ideas and philosophies. While we maintain high-academic standards, supported by the top ACT and SAT scores in the area, we recognize that students learn best by doing, experiencing, and creating. Whether your child is in the early childhood school, lower school, middle school or upper school, MVS provides the essential tools for your student to become a self-sustaining learner and compassionate global citizen.
From the teachers in the classrooms to the administrators in the front office, every person who works at The Miami Valley School is committed to the success of the students.
A community with passion
Learn more about our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Every one of our alumni is a valued member of the extended MVS community. Their varied careers, activities and contributions to the world since leaving here are part of the rich and diverse legacy of our school.
Imagining the Future of MVS
At The Miami Valley School, our overarching goal is to give all of our students the tools to become self-sustaining and self-evolving learners, capable of successfully navigating their own future in a time of rapid global change, and confident in challenging themselves to grow personally, ethically, professionally, socially, and emotionally throughout their lives. They exhibit the tenacity and grit of the new American entrepreneur: the desire to face challenges, take advantage of opportunities, understand the nature of positive risk-taking, and manage ambiguity with the knowledge that they have the tools and personal resilience to deal with both success and failure. We intentionally practice design thinking strategies in the classroom and in the process of leading the school to ensure that our pursuit of learning remains constantly open to the possibilities of the next great idea. We acknowledge that every student learns differently, and we aspire to create a program where instruction is differentiated for our students every day.
Our lofty learning goals are achieved through a bold, intentional framework that sets The Miami Valley School apart. 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. 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. Students and teachers will increasingly collaborate as co-learners in a fluid, dynamic learning-centric relationship. We recognize that this kind of learning, for both children and adults, comes at a cost…the cost of being wrong, of taking a risk, of testing new ideas, of failing. We embrace the role of risk and failure in the learning process for both students and adults, and are dedicated to balancing the lessons of success and failure in our life-pursuits.
While academic excellence is best achieved through a balanced exposure to the arts, humanities, science, and physical wellness, we know that the most rapid changes taking place in the world around us are in the areas of science, technology, and engineering. Although we place no greater weight on exposing our students to the applied sciences, we recognize that these disciplines will evolve most rapidly in the next ten years. MVS is dedicated to creating a science, technology, engineering, and math program that leverages partnerships and internships in the Dayton community and beyond to ensure that our students are fully prepared to participate in learning and professional opportunities in these rapidly evolving fields.
Youth is a time to find and grow our roots, our sense of self, a foundation upon which to build a happy and healthy approach to life. By forming strong personal relationships and creating curricular and extracurricular opportunities for students to become active participants and leaders in their school community, students at The Miami Valley School learn to celebrate both their own individuality and the culture of something larger than themselves. Because teachers share a close learning relationship with students ranging in age 3-18, we are able to build a unique progression of learning experiences. We construct that experience and, in fact, the framework of our school, around unifying interdisciplinary themes that transcend traditional boundaries of subject or grade level.
All of us benefit from a balance of fast and slow: the exciting tumult of experiencing, testing, trying, and innovating, along with the time to stop, reflect, and learn about our world and ourselves. The Miami Valley School provides an important daily sanctuary for students and their adult mentors to find this balance, through time, space, and the opportunity for quiet, thoughtful reflection and mindfulness.
We want our students to raise questions and solve problems that are at the intersection of the academic disciplines and the real world; to engage the language, methodology, critical issues, and ethical dilemmas that present existential challenges our students will face in their lifetimes. Our students will work at the front edges of those subjects about which they are passionate, which includes a deep knowledge of essential content that frees them to push forward into new territory, both for their individual growth and for the advancement of humanity. Our graduates are highly qualified to matriculate to a wide range of colleges and universities that value well-rounded, creative, forward-leaning students.
The Miami Valley School’s curriculum fosters in students a deep sense of humanity and a commitment to advancing peace in their community and around the globe. We celebrate the distinction of the Dayton community as the home of peace initiatives that have brought international recognition to our city. We recognize that true empathy comes from a deep understanding of the archeology of one’s ideas and views and how those perspectives are developed in others. The students and adults in our community will seek a deeper basis for finding common ground with people of diverse perspectives, something that offers great value and hope in our world today.
One of the four core values of MVS is rarely stated by other schools: kindness. Learning to practice kindness requires empathetic, compassionate engagement with others in our school, our community, and around the world. We will provide frequent and on-going opportunities for our students to practice kindness—to care, both in spirit and action, about the freedom, dignity, and well-being of others. We are not alone in pursuing this ideal. We will partner with companies, universities, not-for-profits, and service organizations in Dayton and around the world which give our students unique opportunities to acquire the experience and tools to make meaningful contributions in service to others.
Our vision of the future at The Miami Valley School is profound and challenging. It requires the sustaining support and focused resources of the entire MVS community. We hire teachers who embrace the defining ethos of The Miami Valley School Immersion Method; give our faculty the professional development and assessment resources to implement this vision for our students; and support them as they evolve the curriculum to stay current with the changes in our world. Our use and development of physical space and the time we spend at school must amplify our learning goals, not constrain them. Financial resources must be prioritized and a culture of philanthropy advanced to achieve our desired results. Perhaps most importantly, the collegial connections that make our school happy, productive, and forward-looking, will break down what separates us…across grade level, division, subject, student, teacher, parent, community…and build up what unites us: implementation of our collective vision.
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.
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
We are glad you’re interested in job opportunities at MVS. Our mission is to challenge young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. Instructions for applying for specific positions are included. We look forward to reviewing your application.
For more information on the school, follow the embedded links.
Interested candidates should submit a completed MVS Employment application (see below) and a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a philosophy of education to:
For Early Childhood: Julie Patel, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Lower School: Michele Gaudet, email@example.com
For Middle School: Mike Boyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Upper School: Blair Munhofen, email@example.com