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Endorsement Programs

Our endorsement programs offer a cross-discipline course of study that enables select students to organize their graduation requirements around their core interests.

The speed of learning is accelerating faster than ever before. In response, a growing number of top colleges are prioritizing applicants with real-world experience who have a clear idea of the questions they want to answer and the problems they want to solve.

Valor’s endorsement programs are designed to matriculate students who have combined rigorous academic coursework with hands-on experience. These students know what they want to study in college and post-graduate programs and are eager to use their knowledge and experience to transform the world for Christ.

Valor Endorsement Programs

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How Do Endorsement Programs Work?

Our endorsement programs offer a cross-discipline course of study that enables select students to organize their graduation requirements around their core interests.

In addition to core academic coursework, endorsement programs require meaningful investment in co-curricular activities and service projects. Students can work toward a major or a minor, and upon graduation, receive special recognition and a unique diploma. A commencement cord is bestowed upon those achieving a major.

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Institute for Applied STEM

The Valor Institute for Applied STEM is a gateway to industry, preparing high school students to make a global impact in the fields of science, math, engineering, medicine and technology.

Our students learn from experienced educators, business leaders, bench scientists, medical practitioners, engineers, technology innovators, ethicists, and policy makers dedicated to helping them forge and refine their knowledge in real-world settings.

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Program Overview

Students self-direct their Applied STEM program around four competencies, and participate in a variety of co-curricular clubs and affinity groups:

Academic Achievement

Students choose from an extensive catalog of Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit (DC) courses across all STEM fields, as well as forensics, human anatomy and physiology.

Experiential Engagement

Students complement their academic studies with hands-on learning, including club participation, national and international competitions, internships and independent research projects.

Impactful Service

Students apply their STEM-related skills and passions to serve others through international projects, community-based initiatives and on-campus technical and tutoring support.

Capstone Presentation

A capstone project is a research-oriented or design-oriented experience that culminates in an academic and intellectual presentation before a panel of Valor teachers and industry experts. Presentations focus on an Applied STEM discipline that synthesizes and applies classroom content to the practical or career-based application.

Clubs & Affinity Groups

  • Makers Club
  • Pre-Health Science Club
  • Math Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Marine Biology Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • PROBS Club
  • TSA
  • Girls Who Code
  • Society of Women
  • Engineers (SWE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers, Junior Chapter (NSBE Jr.)
 

Learn more about the Institute for Applied STEM by contacting Rick Russon.

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Rhetoric

The Valor Rhetoric endorsement offers students an intellectually rigorous course of study and praxis that weaves together traditional humanities subject areas, including English, history, theology, and classical languages, into an integrated, multi-year program.

Students develop 21st-century skills applicable to a variety of post-secondary pursuits, including the ability to think critically, communicate persuasively and synthesize and apply knowledge from disparate academic and professional fields.

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Rhetoric Program Overview

Students work toward a major or minor endorsement comprised of five competencies:

Academic Achievement

Along with Honors, AP and advanced coursework in areas including English, History, Bible, and World Languages, students also participate in an integrated humanities course in 9th and 10th grade, as well as advanced courses in formal logic and classical rhetoric.

Honors Humanities Coursework

The Honors Humanities coursework integrates English, History, and the Bible into a single, cohesive class beginning with earliest history and extending to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Students will read closely a variety of ancient texts—poetry, history, philosophy and theology—as well as more contemporary interpretive texts.

Impactful Service

Since service is a vital piece of the mission of Valor, students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge in service to others. This includes tutoring or mentorship programs with younger students in the community, school support functions and service-learning opportunities in Europe and Israel.

Experiential Engagement

Students will have ample opportunity to learn outside the classroom through various means of practice, application and further intellectual engagement. This primarily takes the form of clubs, internships, lecture seminars, competitions and other elective coursework in Latin, Greek, Bible, Fine Arts and History.

Capstone Project

Students will spend their senior year in a specially designed senior thesis course. Their work will culminate in a written thesis and formal oral defense before a panel of Valor faculty and community members with relevant expertise.