When children enroll at Neskowin Valley School, their families become part of a vital and caring community; an interaction of all ages. Children have a younger or older student who becomes their special “buddy.” A strong bond of friendship develops as they exchange notes and artwork, read with one another, and work together on projects.


Neskowin Valley School is enriched by the daily presence of parents and grandparents who volunteer in the office, classroom and library. Parents and other volunteers read with children, share their skills, organize field trips, help with drama productions, and work on board committees.

Our community strives to...

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

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

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

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

  • Encourage 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.


  • Nurture integrity and ethical conduct.

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

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

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

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

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

Active participation of parents or guardians in their child’s education assures a more successful experience and is essential to the character of the school. All parents are members of the Parent Association. This group supports special projects and raises a portion of the operating budget through a variety of fundraising events.