What Is An Independent School?

A Common Question

People often ask: What is an independent private school?

Below are some definitions and characteristics that help to explain what sets independent private education apart from other school options.


Functioning as an independent private school means that Valor does not receive any funding from the federal, state or local government. And, although our school is firmly established in Christian principles, Valor is not affiliated with, nor does it receive financial support from any particular church denomination.


Unlike public institutions governed by a public school board, Valor’s primary leadership is held by a President and CEO who works in close partnership with the Board of Education and Board of Trustees which speak to every area of our school and assure our pursuit of excellence.

Valor employs an entrepreneurial and performance-based model of leadership and governance. In Valor's model, the President and CEO calls on educational, athletic and co-curricular experts to lead and direct in specific areas, including four pillars — Academics, Arts+Media, Athletics and Discovery — and key operational departments. Pillar and operational leaders comprise the leadership cabinet and maintain accountability for excellence across all facets of the school.

Through this model of leadership, Valor captures the best practices of business and education to ensure a focused and sound operating institution.

Engaged Parents

At Valor, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. It is the school's mission and aim to partner with them in that effort. To that end Valor's parent community is active in the life of the school, helping to foster alignment between home and school in the educational pursuits of every student.