Spokane Valley High School

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School Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 A.M. - 2:15 P.M. -- Office Hours: 7:00 A.M - 3:30 P.M.

SVHS - About Us


Essential question

What is my personal impact as a citizen?


Top Achieving Washington High School

Washington State Innovative School

U.S. News and World Report Best High School Bronze Award, 2014 and 2015



Think Hard, Play Hard



The Phoenix is a legendary symbol of re-birth, which takes many shapes. One common element is a plumage blended of all colors.  It rises from its own ashes and is reborn, symbolizing man’s undying spirit for life.  The many shape of the Phoenix represent the students who come to us bringing with them diverse backgrounds.  Like this mythical bird who starts its own fire to end the old and begin anew, the students at Spokane Valley High work to develop habits and characteristics leading to success.


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Spokane Valley High is a small Project-Based, Award Winning School of Choice in West Valley School District, Spokane Washington. Students enrolling at Spokane Valley HS need to go through an interview process to determine if this academic setting is the best choice for them.

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Spokane Valley High first opened its doors in the early 1980’s. At that time it was known as Spokane Valley Alternative High School. Like its mascot “the Phoenix,” the school emerged from its beginnings to become one of the Top 10 Choice Schools in Washington State.



Ranked in the top 5% of schools in Washington State

Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence (2015)

U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools, Bronze Award (2014, 2015, 2016)

Washington Innovate Schools Award

Top 10 Washington Choice Schools 

Mission Statement

Spokane Valley High is an enterprising small school, founded on relationships and driven to actively challenge students. 


Think Hard, Play Hard 


Keying into Success 

School Colors

Burgundy and Gray


Essential Question – “What is my personal impact as a citizen?” The fundamental driving force behind thinking and learning experiences for all students and staff are essential questions. They are carefully crafted questions that cut to the core concept of study. These questions are generally open-ended concept-based, big picture and over-arching. Their answers require explanation, justification, and often can’t be evaluated in terms of simple right or wrong. Essential questions can be answered at many different levels of sophistication. Our hope is to increase the level of responses when comparing the beginning of the learning experience to the end.



SVH is an accredited school!

Accreditation is a process that subscribes to a formula of self-regulation that is an ongoing, constructive experience designed to improve the quality of education. Our school met rigorous quantitative and qualitative standards set forth by Northwest Accreditation Committee (NWAC). This process recognized SVH as a high-performing school.


First Six Days

Students entering Spokane Valley High at the beginning of each school year go through an orientation program. In First Six Days participants acquire a practical understanding of SVH and review the guidelines for operation. They will experience performance-based education while developing strategies of fieldwork, learning to use data collection and research to create a quality project from concept to completion.


Culture and Climate

The most important thing for the staff at SVH is to ensure the safety of our students. We know that parents depend upon our staff to keep their children safe; this is our first responsibility. A safe and secure environment ensures that all students have the opportunity to learn and succeed.


What is True Colors?

True Colors™ is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue, and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors. Each of us has a combination of these True Colors that make up our personality spectrum, usually with one of the styles being dominate. Identifying your personality and the personalities of others using True Colors provides you with insights into different motivations, actions, and communication approaches.

True Colors works because it is based on true principles and easy to remember and use – in all kinds of circumstances – from personal relationships to professional success.

Brief History of True Colors

The theory behind True Colors can be traced back to when Hippocrates (460BC) identified four different temperaments of humans: Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, and the Melancholic…and in Plato’s (428BC) ideas about character and personality.

Many great thinkers around the world have expounded upon this theory throughout the ages from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations to modern psychologists with relative consistency of these various interpretations. (Adickes, Jung, Spranger, Kreschmar, Fromm,Keirsey)

In 1978 founder Don Lowry, further developed the personality concepts he had studied and was the first to apply the color metaphors of Blue, Gold, Green, and Orange to the four temperaments, coining this methodology: True Colors.


Exploratory Advisory (REACH)

This is an interest-based class where you have a choice of what topic to investigate aligned with your personal interests. Class members have an opportunity to know each other better and build a relationship with their instructor in a more informal way. It is also a time to monitor your academic progress.


What is the Traveling Trophy?

This is a treasure coveted by all SVH students and staff. Throughout the school year, REACH (advisory) classes have opportunities to win this popular treasure. Winning the trophy signifies an accomplishment that required teamwork, creativity, and a little friendly competitive spirit. The winner retains bragging rights until the next opportunity offers the chance for new ownership.



What are Project-based Learning (PBL) Communities?

This is an approach to curriculum that integrates subject matter and emphasizes connections with our community while preparing students for college, careers, and citizenship. Project-based learning is an integrated, multi-subject class that features a team of teachers working collaboratively. Each team develops an extended process of inquiry that fits their particular passion and expertise, while giving students many avenues to develop knowledge and skills.


Base groups – what exactly are they?

These are structured student groups whose purpose is to support, help, and encourage other members of the group; compiled to maximize acceptance, interaction, and productivity. Base groups serve as an on-going support that students touch base in every day. The gained familiarity with one another enables the members to troubleshoot challenges that arise, hold each other accountable, and celebrate successes that are accomplished. Base groups are often carefully composed with varying skills and learning styles that add perspective and support a culture where acceptance is valued and leveraged.


What are Thinking Routines?

Our approach to curriculum emphasizes the importance of student thinking over memorization and content coverage. We have worked as a staff to build our repertoire of strategies that encourage such thinking. Ideally, thinking strategies build habits of mind that students will take with them into the world outside the classroom.


Workshop Model – what does it mean?

It is a generalized model for shifting classroom instruction from one dominated by teacher up-front, to one featuring cycles of mini-lessons, exploration, application, one-on-one conferencing, and reflection. Being a Project-Based school requires a shift in teaching strategy. Shifting to a Workshop Model suggests that teachers’ up-front-time should be minimized to allow more student practice, thinking, collaboration, and communication. These student-centered activities allow knowledge to be constructed in the learner, as oppose to simply memorize.



SVH Demographics

Project-based Program

Average number of students


Student/teacher ratio