Peace Valley is dedicated to recognizing each child's unique spirit.
Children will learn reading and writing, mathematics, history, geography, and the sciences while learning to sing, play a musical instrument, draw, paint, work with wood, act in plays, and garden. They will learn fiber arts (such as knitting and sewing), speak a foreign language, and spend large amounts of time in nature. Peace Valley wants students to think critically and independently and to work harmoniously and respectfully with others.
Peace Valley's curriculum delivers the content and competencies outlined in the Idaho Content Standards with the progression from Kindergarten through Grade 8. We provide an environment that nurtures a child's emerging capacities at each age and has a holistic focus on the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our community of students, staff, and parents.
Peace Valley aims to bring forth healthy, confident, free-thinking, and self-directed children who are passionately engaged with education and empower them to contribute responsibly to the world and to appreciate the importance of peace, respect, and compassion.
Why Peace Valley?
For the Native American tribes that lived in Idaho before the mid-1800s, the Boise Valley, or Peace Valley as it was then called, was a place of gathering for feasting and trade. There were four main tribes that met here: the Shoshoni, the Paiute, the Bannock and the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce).
School founders named the school Peace Valley to honor the tradition that our valley is a place for people from different origins to gather, exchange ideas and create community. The name matches our commitment to peace locally, nationally and globally.
Peace Valley's Vision
A school which provides an innovative, student-centered, developmentally appropriate education to a community desiring a whole child educational option.
Through the use of Waldorf methods, Peace Valley nourishes a child’s natural curiosity and passion for learning by respecting the unique developmental stages each child experiences.
All facets of the school are structured around a comprehensive understanding of human development-an understanding that nurtures a community of self-awareness, respect, and dignity.
Storytelling is used to awaken imagination, build vocabulary and oral language, retain attention and teach subjects such as math, history, geography, social studies, writing and reading.
The natural world and environmental stewardship are integral and expressed through an edible schoolyard gardening program, integrated “natural world” curriculum, and eco-conscious schoolwide and classroom practices.
Children learn real-life tasks such as housekeeping, cooking, knitting, crocheting, wood carving and gardening.
Technology is de-emphasized in the early years at school and at home. Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to greatly limit their children’s exposure to computers, TV, and video games.
Spanish immersion may begin for students in Kindergarten and Spanish instruction continues through eighth grade.
Teachers follow their students from 1st - 5th and 6th - 8th grade. This allows teachers to develop a stronger relationship with their students and develop a curriculum based on their students’ needs and strengths.
Every child sings daily with their class teacher, and you may often find a class playing flutes or dancing. Starting in first grade, they learn to play the flute, then in fourth grade the violin, viola or cello. In sixth grade, students have the option to stay with their string instrument or begin learning an orchestral wind instrument.
Main lessons include all traditional subjects and are typically taught in 3 to 6 week blocks, thereby allowing children to gain a deep and personal relationship with the material and therefore retain it longer.
Seasonal studies and festivals are taught and celebrated throughout the year. For example, Martinmas and the Lantern Walk at the end of Autumn and a Mayfaire to celebrate Spring.
Peace Valley Charter School is organized as an Idaho nonprofit corporation and is authorized by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
A Governing Council provides school oversight. The Council meets on a monthly basis throughout the year and is a public meeting.