Learning is rooted in direct experience

The Miami Valley School’s academic program is guided by the school’s signature pedagogy, the MVS Immersion Method. The Immersion Method is grounded in our shared belief that learning is rooted in direct experience, which leads to engagement and the discovery of passion by each individual student. At MVS, teachers serve as guides and collaborators rather than lecturers, and deep knowledge of concepts is privileged over rote memorization.

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 faculty and staff collaborate with students to help them pursue the information they are curious about.

MVS teachers create dynamic opportunities for real-world learning and academic achievement in a one-of-a-kind school environment. At MVS, our advanced courses are designed to replicate the experience and small-group dynamic of a college-level seminar, favoring depth over breadth in course content.

Students learn more thoroughly through actual experiences

While immersive learning has been a key part of an MVS education since the school’s founding, the Immersion Method was formally defined by the MVS faculty through a rigorous design thinking process, leading to a 2018 national webinar through the Independent Curriculum Group. When you visit MVS, you will see a graphic illustrating the key tenets of the Immersion Method in every classroom, inspiring teachers and students and reminding them of the importance of experiential learning at the school.

Learn more about the Immersion Method by watching our webinar.

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The national buzz is out there that The Miami Valley School is up to good things: taking a new approach to education based on what we now know about how kids’ brains actually learn. At MVS teachers are designing a curriculum that is not only focused on understanding but also on making things stick. Through the Immersion Method, they are connecting classroom experiences to real-world challenges and opportunities that matter to kids. The learning is serious.

Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Group

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