About NVS

Our mission is to inspire joyful learning and to model intellectual curiosity, ethical conduct, and responsibility for each other and the natural world.

Neskowin Valley School provides an invigorating education in small class groupings. Children from diverse backgrounds learn in a beautiful environment on the Oregon coast. As adults, our alumni lead accomplished, effective, thoughtful, and principled lives.

To achieve this mission, the school:

  • Instills the desire for life-long learning, and the enthusiasm, confidence, and imagination to sustain it.

  • Provides the foundation for life skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the performing and visual arts.

  • Places high value on integrated learning through an interdisciplinary approach to subjects and by the focused attention derived from collaborative peer groups.

  • Promotes openness, generosity, and a conscientious respect for self and for others, while instilling an appreciation of the vitality of difference.

  • Encourages students to be independent thinkers; to be curious, accept challenges, take risks, benefit from mistakes and delight in both the thrill of discovery and the pride gained from meaningful work.


  • Nurtures integrity and ethical conduct.

  • Inspires individual creativity through approaches to the various types of intelligence.

  • Celebrates the wonder of childhood through song, dance, narrative, artwork, physical contact with nature, and play

  • Fosters a sense of responsibility for one’s neighborhood, and stewardship of natural resources both local and global.

  • Maintains an active community of teachers, students, parents, alumni, administrators, and friends who together strive to fulfill the school’s mission.

  • Keeps parents informed about their child’s progress through conferences and formal evaluations.