FAQ – Domestic


Do I have to be an international student to attend Valley International Academy?

No, the school is designed to accommodate both domestic and international students.  We are a great “fit” for local students looking for a multi-cultural experience, one-on-one curriculum and small group instruction.

What do you look for when accepting students to Valley International Academy?

First and foremost, we want students who are greatly interested in attending our school.  We will look at grades, any standardized tests, and teacher recommendations.  We want it to be the right fit for both the student and the school.

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes, we do.  The process for applying as a transfer student is the same as applying for freshman admissions.

Do you offer Financial Aid?

We do not offer financial; however, we do offer merit scholarships. These merit scholarships may cover partial to full tuition. To learn more about our scholarship application process, go to our Admissions tab.

Do you offer Advanced Placement and Honors courses?

Yes, we do.  We currently offer about 21 AP and Honors  courses and hope to add additional courses in the future.  You can find a complete list of our course offerings on the Department Courses page.

How much homework should I expect?

Depending on the classes a student is taking, a student can expect one – two hours of homework each evening.

What support do you offer if I am struggling in a class?  

All teachers offer tutorial times for extra help.  Currently we offer tutoring after school from 3:15 – 4 pm Mondays and Tuesdays.  Most importantly, our classes are quite small providing our teachers the opportunity give students individual attention during the class period.  The Head of School also meets with students periodically to review the student’s academic progress.

If I go to your school, will I be able to apply to four year colleges and universities?

Our graduation requirements meet if not exceed the requirements to apply to  University of California, the California State University, private, and public universities and colleges throughout the United States.  Students will have to do their part by earning high grades, taking required standardized tests, and completing applications.

Is there someone who can help me with the college admissions process?

We have a four-year academic and college-planning process to ensure students have the  necessary information to make informed decisions about college applications.  Students will meet with the college counselor on a regular basis but they make request an appointment at any time if a need arises.  The college counselor will work with students from the introduction of college topics through the actual applications and financial aid paperwork.

If I am interested in pursuing academic programs during the summer, can the school help me with this?

The school has a list of summer opportunities posted on our website.  Additionally, students can meet with the Head of School about classes and programs which may be appropriate for the student.

Is there a community service requirement at the school?

Students are required to complete ten hours of community service for each year of attendance at our school.  The school plans group activities to help students complete these hours.  Students are always welcome to find their own community service options as well based on their own personal interests.

What types of social activities are there at the school?

The school provides social activities and/or field trips each month.  As a small school community, it is important that our students know and are comfortable with one another.  We have holiday and cultural celebrations.  As the school continues to grow, we will had more clubs and events for our students.

Is your school associated with any religious groups?

No, we are not a religious school.

What are the graduation requirements for your school?

Our graduation requirements can be found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Does the school have a specific focus?

Our school does not have a specific academic focus.  We are college preparatory; our goal is to send 100% of our students to a college or university.

Even though we are a small school, we strive to provide our students with a well-rounded high school experience.  In addition to classes, our students participate in community service activities, monthly social activities, birthday celebrations and more.

What are your tuition and boarding fees?

International student tuition fee $ 23,500 (per year)

Domestic student tuition fee $ 20,500 (per year)

Boarding fee $20,000 (per year)

When is the application deadline for admission for Spring and/or Fall semester?

Valley International Academy has rolling admissions which means our school can process applications at any point during the year. The criteria the Admissions Committee uses for the basis of acceptance are your transcripts, essays, past scholastic and community achievement.

However,we would suggest that you submit your application and other documents no later than April 15 for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.

Does you require students to submit standardized test scores (such as SLEP, TOEFL, SSAT, SLATE Plus etc.)?

VIA does not currently require students submit standardized test scores (such as SLEP, TOEFL, SSAT, SLATE Plus etc.) with their application.

Which grades do I need to submit for admissions purposes?

If a student is applying for grade 9, the student should submit his/her transcript showing 7th and 8th grade grades.  If a student is applying for grades 10, 11 and 12, the student should submit his/her transcript starting in 9th grade.

 Do you require a minimum GPA to apply?

No. The GPA will be a reference for our Head of School, but it is not a main consideration for admission.

Do you need an essay to apply?

VIA does not currently require students to submit an essay with their application.

How difficult is it to get into your school?

If students meet our admissions requirements, it is not difficult.