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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Preparing for College and Beyond

At The Miami Valley School we believe that every one of our graduates will be prepared for the rigors of a competitive 4-year college upon graduation. However, we don’t believe that one-size-fits-all. Our unique blend of experiential education combined with challenging core academics makes our students ready for the challenges of college and beyond. However, we also believe that personalized attention to the process rather than just the product of finding the most selective college is integral to students success.

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MVS Library

Library Mission: To guide inquiry and support free, open access to information and ideas that enrich an MVS education.

This happens through:

Space: providing a welcoming library environment that supports the immersion method, through spaces where students feel safe to explore, connect, share, and reflect.

Resources: meeting the community’s ever-changing information needs through developing the library collection

Teaching: working with classroom teachers to provide effective research instruction

Communicating: promoting library resources and services across the community

Inspiring: encouraging self-driven exploration of ideas and reading for pleasure

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Environmental Lab

Green Thumbs Make for Great Minds

The Zorniger Environmental Lab is the heart of our campus, a learning space which celebrates the vital relationship between humans and the environment. Students in every division explore through this space, cultivating their minds and sharing the fruits of their harvest across the Miami Valley community.

Z Lab Vision Statement

The Zorniger Environmental Laboratory serves as a setting for multidisciplinary, experiential, learning opportunities where our community can explore, dream, share, reflect, connect, and grow ideas for a more sustainable future.

Anne Griffith

MVS Director of Environmental Sustainability

Anne Griffith has taught biology and environmental science for over two decades at The Miami Valley School, and in 2021 she assumed the full-time role of Director of Environmental Sustainability. Anne comes to her work in the Z-Lab with a deep background as a scientist and an extraordinary gift for inviting students into the work of sustainability through both immersive observation and the scientific method. Her passionate support of proposals for Green Initiatives at MVS and partnerships with local organizations and colleges bring great energy and commitment to our environmental science program. Anne holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia.

Admissions at MVS

We are thrilled with your interest in The Miami Valley School and look forward to discussing how we foster a lifetime love of learning that ignites students’ curiosity and empowers them to make an impact. Our Admissions Office is dedicated to guiding you through the process, making it an individualized and personal experience.

International Admissions

The Miami Valley School invites students from all over the world to attend. Applicants are evaluated thoroughly to ensure that they have the greatest potential for success in the English speaking environment of a rigorous American academic institution.

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