Student Testimonials

I have become a stronger student since coming to VIA. I’m a better learner and listener. Learning in a small class has made learning and focusing easier for me. As a person, I have learned to value my ideas and thoughts on subjects because in a small class I feel heard.” – Ryan, Class of 2019

“My favorite memory at VIA was our 2015 Halloween party. It was the biggest party which the school ever held. We held it in a house which was well-decorated and there was plenty of food. We also had a chance to see where some of our students lived. I had a lot of fun.” – Jeffery, Class of 2018

“Coming to the United States and being a student has really helped improve my English. I feel like I have learned a lot and have made some very good friends.” – James, Class of 2018

“Applying for colleges obviously can be a stressful task. Yet, in Valley International Academy (VIA), students don’t have to worry about doing their applications without any useful advice or help. Due to the small population, the graduates can easily approach our resourceful counselor Mrs. Filios. As a senior, I sincerely appreciate her patience and time. She’s informed me many resources regarding my interest and answered my questions. With her support, I successfully submitted my applications and supplemental materials in time. For standardized tests, our experienced math teacher Mr. Porper taught us some techniques that helped us to get higher test scores. In VIA, the preparation for colleges is like crops grown in rich soil with more advantages and possibilities”. – Rachel, Class of 2018

“American teachers have very different teaching styles than my teachers in China. I have had to learn how to handle different expectations from different teachers. In the same way, teachers have allowed me to show my emotions and personality in class so that I am seen as an individual.” – Jim, Class of 2018

“The small class size, the interaction with teachers, and the close-knit community have allowed me to grow as a student and a person. I was shy when I first arrived at the school, but the acceptance I felt from my teachers and classmates allowed me to blossom. I am a much more confident, well-rounded student and person because of my experience at VIA.” – Shirley, Class of 2018