Verde Valley School

Coordinates: 34°48′19″N 111°48′21″W / 34.805229°N 111.805959°W / 34.805229; -111.805959
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Verde Valley School
3511 Verde Valley School Road


United States
Coordinates34°48′19″N 111°48′21″W / 34.805229°N 111.805959°W / 34.805229; -111.805959
TypePrivate, boarding
Established1948 (76 years ago) (1948)
CEEB code030410
Head of schoolBenjamin Lee
Teaching staff26.9 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment116 [1] (2023-2024)
Student to teacher ratio5.2[1]
Color(s)Green and white

Verde Valley School (VVS) is an international college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. The school is located in Sedona, Arizona, United States.


Founded by Hamilton and Barbara Warren, Verde Valley School opened to its first cohort of students in 1948.[2] Mr. Warren, who had served as liaison officer for the European policy section of the Office of War Information during World War II, was motivated to create a space where people of different cultures and backgrounds could come together to learn.[3] Verde Valley School curriculum was designed with the intention to promote international and intercultural understanding, requiring its 120 students to take courses in anthropology and Spanish and annual field trips to Mexico and nearby Indian reservations.[3][4] Scholars who helped found the school and guide its early years included Harvard anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn (who mentored Hamilton while at Harvard), anthropologist Margaret Mead, and John Collier, Commissioner of Indian Affairs during the Franklin Roosevelt administration.[5] The establishment of the school coincided with a post-war growth in Sedona, including the growth of the arts in the region.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Verde Valley School". Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History of Sedona". City of Sedona. March 15, 2018. p. 5. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Hamilton Warren, Founder Of Prep School in Arizona". The New York Times. March 27, 1972. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Abraham, Willard (1954). "Verde Valley School: Staff of 20, Student Body of 63, and an Educational Idea". The Clearing House. 28 (6): 347–351. doi:10.1080/00098655.1954.11476843. ISSN 0009-8655. JSTOR 30182587.
  5. ^ VVS history Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "James Horner Memorial". Verde Valley School. June 26, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Battlestar's Anne Lockhart relies on talent, not name". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. February 1979. p. 39. Retrieved January 12, 2016 – via Open access icon

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