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Spokane Valley High School

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Coordinates474032N 1171704W / 47.67549N 117.284374W / 47.67549; -117.284374 Coordinates : 474032N 1171704W / 47.67549N 117.284374W / 47.67549; -117.284374
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Color(s)Burgundy Grey
Enrollment98 (2017-18)
Established1982
Grades9-12
NicknamePhoenix
PrincipalLarry Bush
School districtWest Valley School District
Student to teacher ratio12.56
Teaching staff7.80 (on a FTE basis)
TypePublic high school
Websitesvhs .wvsd .org

Now that she is 72 years old, Spokane Valley High School counselor Suzanne Ruth-Scott is finally ready to retire and bring to an end her 50 years working in the West Valley School District. And she mean it this time. My family doesnt believe it because Ive been saying I am going to do it, she say. Ruth-Scott has spent almost her entire life in the District. She attended West Valley schools as a child and graduated from West Valley High School. She got her teaching degree from Central Washington University and taught for year in Enumclaw, Washington. I was visiting my parents and my mom say, Theres opening at West Valley High School, Ruth-Scott say. She applied for a job and got it, going to work at a school she had graduated from only a few years earlier. That was an interesting experience, she say. And there she stayed for 17 years, though that wasnt originally the plan. Ruth-Scott think she might teach for a few years, then move on to something else. I never planned to stay in education that long, she say. But there were always reasons to stay. During her time at High School she taught home economics, math and leadership. She was also a cheerleading adviser and adviser for other clubs and activities. I just kind of do whatever they need me to do, she say. An administrator she knew encouraged her to become a school counselor, so she went back to school and earned a masters degree in counseling from then-Whitworth College 32 years ago. She was counselor at Ness Elementary, Pasadena Park Elementary and Orchard Center. As she work as a counselor, she met fellow counselor Larry Bush, who had a dream of opening an alternative school. In 1998, Bush became principal of brand-new City School, project-base School for grades 5-8, and Ruth-Scott joined his staff as counselor. Project-base schools are common now, but that wasnt case back then. That was really unusual in 1998, she say. I know that I could use some of my skills and it would be support. I love being in situations where we can help kids fall back in love with learning. She watches students who were unhappy in school thrive and be excited again. Some kids are just blatantly kinesthetic learners, she say. They need to be hands-on. It isnt for everybody, but it is for those particular kids. Though she was there at the beginning, Ruth-Scott points to Bush as one who made it happen. Larry is visionary, and Im more what I call worker bee, she say. I just love the creative aspect of it. I love working with kids. In 2003, Bush left City School to lead Spokane Valley High School, also a project-base school, and Ruth-Scott follow. She has been there ever since. I love it, she say. I started in High School, made a circle and am back in High School again.

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STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWEDNUMBER
Administrators3
Instructional Staff8
Support Staff1
Students26
Parents/Community/Business Leaders4
Total42

For over 100 years, Central Valley Schools have been committed to educational excellence in Spokane Valley and region. Since 1890, teachers, administrators, parents, and students have plan, labor, and sacrificed to provide the best possible learning environment now and for future generations. Even though school buildings and teaching methods have changed over time, pioneering spirit that characterizes the Central Valley School District endures, creating endless opportunities for students. Developing several early districts in the late 1800s, the quest to develop a solid educational structure began in the Valley soon after 1881, when the Northern Pacific Railroad laid tracks through the area as part of the transcontinental rail project. Due to the railroad, population rapidly increased during the 1880's, and the Valley community began building schools for its children. In the 1890's, numerous elementary school districts operated in Spokane Valley: Saltese, Quinnamose, Trent, Liberty Lake, Greenacres, Lone Fir, Mica, and Spokane Bridge. School districts contain only one school each, usually framed structure with one or two rooms. Walking to school up hill in snow. By today's standards, conditions in these early schools were harsh. Just getting to school was a chore, especially in winter; students wrap gunnysacks around their feet to keep them dry as they walk several miles to class. When they arrive, older boys are expected to carry in firewood and drinking water. While these elements provide some comfort, room temperatures were still erratic due to inefficient wood stoves, causing students either to perspire or to shiver. In fall, grasshoppers often had to skim from drinking water before children could help themselves to drink with school's only metal dipper. Crude outhouses serve as plumbing, and kerosene lanterns supply light. Children enjoy recess although only playground equipment usually consists of tree swing, built by one of their fathers. Depending on school, academic term could last anywhere from two to seven months per year. Average enrollment was between ten and twelve students of various ages, with sporadic attendance due to weather and transportation problems. Teachers had few educational tools other than blackboard, map, globe, and dictionary. Textbooks were scarce, and children often learn to read from books they bring from home. Memorization and recitation were major learning methods, which teachers reinforced to forgetful students with raps from rulers when necessary. For their efforts, teachers earn an average of fifty dollars per month, and they pay twenty-five cents for membership in the Spokane County Teachers Association. Even with harsh conditions, community supports schools. Although teachers at that time work alone, they receive tremendous support from the community. Each school had a board of directors, whose members were prominent citizens from around the Valley who helped decide policy and curriculum issues. Early schools were not financed by taxes Since these early schools were not financed by taxes, there was seldom enough money for school supplies.

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Evaluative CriteriaReview Team ScoreAdvancED Network Average
Assessment Quality4.003.06
Test Administration4.003.45
Equity of Learning4.002.70
Quality of Learning4.002.92
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Spokane Valley High School Products

Senior year is time to celebrate your time at Spokane Valley High School. Whether you're proud parent or an accomplished senior, Jostens has all you need to commemorate your high school achievements and memories. We partner with your school on your ceremonial cap and gown as well as help announce your graduation to your neighbors, coaches, family and friends with classic graduation announcements or stand-out photo cards. In addition to helping you celebrate, create a personalized tribute to your success with a custom High School class ring. Class ring serves as a memento of your accomplishment, school spirit, your passions in High School and what lies ahead of you. Whether you want to capture the whole year with High School yearbook or show your pride with class jewelry, apparel and keepsakes, Jostens is the graduation destination for all your senior Gear at Spokane Valley High School.

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