When will the first Valor school open?
Valor received charter approval in June of 2017 and will open its first campus in August of 2018. Valor plans to begin accepting enrollment applications in the fall of 2017. Families on our interest list will receive ongoing information about this and other updates.
Where will your schools be located?
We hope to announce the location of the first school by early fall of 2017. We are planning to locate schools in both North and South Austin. Our first school will be placed in one of these two areas.
Does Valor charge tuition?
No. Valor will be a tuition-free public charter school.
How does Valor fund its schools?
As a public charter school, Valor will receive state funding on a per pupil basis. Unlike traditional independent school districts, charters do not receive facilities funding from the state. In order to supplement state funding, Valor will also raise additional funds from foundations and individuals.
What grades will you offer?
We plan to open our first school with K-8 or K-9 beginning in August of 2018. An additional grade will be added each year in the high school until we are K-12.
How do I enroll my child?
Valor Public Schools is an open-enrollment charter school with no admissions requirements. The online application for enrollment will be available on our website beginning the fall of 2017. There will be an designated open enrollment period in which applications are accepted. All applications received within this period will have equal priority regardless of when they are submitted within the period. After the close of open enrollment, we anticipate that there will be more applications than available spots in certain grades. If this is the case, we will conduct a lottery to determine which applicants receive enrollment offers and to establish a waitlist. Applications received after the open enrollment period will not be included in the lottery and will be added to the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which they are received. Prior to the beginning of open enrollment, we strongly encourage you to join the Valor interest list to receive notifications about the application process.
Will you offer "sibling priority"?
Yes, sibling applicants of enrolled students will receive priority in our enrollment process. More information about this will be announced as we approach open enrollment.
What athletics or extracurriculars will Valor offer?
Valor will provide students with a range of competitive athletic opportunities, including both team and individual sports, in grades 6-12. Sports may include volleyball, basketball, soccer, football, cross country, track and field, baseball, and softball. Our sports program will encourage healthy athletic competition while developing virtues such as courage, sportsmanship, and perseverance. We will offer financial assistance for athletic participation fees to families in need. In addition, we will offer a diverse array of clubs from Kindergarten through 12th grade, so that all students have engaging opportunities for further growth. Clubs may include art, drama, robotics, chess, Latin, science, gardening, and personal fitness.
Will Valor provide special education services?
Yes. As a public charter school, Valor Public Schools will provide services for students with special needs, ensuring that all students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. Valor will provide special education services to all eligible students in the least restrictive environment, and will fully meet the provisions of each student’s individualized education plan (IEP). Valor will employ an inclusion model of Special Education whenever possible, seeking to provide services to the extent possible within the general education setting.
Will the school have uniforms?
Yes, Valor students will be required to wear uniforms. We believe that uniforms foster a sense of unity, help to eliminate distractions, and set an appropriate tone for the learning environment. It is likely that certain uniform elements will need to be purchased from specific providers (e.g. shirts with logo, plaid skirt, etc.). Financial assistance for uniform costs will also be provided for families in need.
Will Valor help students with the college admissions process?
Yes, Valor will have a four-year college counseling program for all high school students beginning in 9th grade. We’ll have a dedicated college counselor and give students a broad exposure to the colleges and universities that are available. The college counselor will work with each family to find the best college or university fit by knowing the personality, abilities, interests, and aspirations of each student. Our college counselors will accompany each family throughout their high school experience, providing relevant tools, resources, and information. Some of the key services will include: information sessions, individualized meetings, PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation workshops, financial aid sessions, essay writing workshops, and frequent on-campus visits from colleges and universities throughout Texas and the nation. Overall, we are very excited to help all our students get admitted to and succeed in the colleges of their choice.