Real Life Learning
At Diablo Valley School…
- Real life is the curriculum. Students learn life’s most valuable skills: self confidence, concentration, problem-solving, decision-making, academics, personal responsibility and respect for others. By making choices and learning to live with the consequences, students experience the challenges, responsibilities and freedoms of real life while in a caring and supportive environment.
- Each person is responsible for deciding how to use their time all day, every day. Students are free to concentrate on what they choose for as long as they desire. All types of activities are equally valued. Activities vary with the natural flow of the curiosity that inspires them.
- We believe that everyone, regardless of age, is capable of forming opinions and making responsible decisions. Individual creativity and self-expression are appreciated. Mutual respect develops in an atmosphere where each person is valued for who they are.
- Individual students and staff members each have an equal vote in how the school functions, and run the school together through school meetings. As a result of participation, students discover that being a valued part of the community is a satisfying experience. By practicing democracy on a regular basis, students learn to be articulate, persuasive, considerate and fair.