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Welcome from the Head of School 

Welcome to the Green Vale School Website; a place where we want you to discover the vibrancy of our school program.  Our motto here is Optima Durant which translates to the best endures.  What this means for us is we are always looking to sharpen the learning through a deep engagement with the community.   We are a school that respects tradition while encouraging innovation. The first time I stepped on campus, I was struck by the students and how they enthusiastically engaged with adults, and I’m happy to say that I experience similar feelings now on a daily basis.

Taking the position as Head of School at Green Vale was an important career choice, but equally significant, it was a decision made thoughtfully as a devoted parent of three school-aged children.  Green Vale was the type of school I could see myself leading, and simultaneously it offered our children an academically accelerated curriculum, excellent facilities on 40 beautiful acres, and a highly accomplished dedicated faculty and staff.  Together these features create a vibrant environment that is deeply nurturing, yet disciplined, where habits of the heart and mind are cultivated.   Green Vale instills in students a lifelong love for learning and a faithfully fostered value system. My family and I are proud to call Green Vale "our school."

I strongly believe the most authentic way to measure any school's success is meet their graduates. With that in mind, Green Vale's graduates are certainly our best ambassadors.  Admissions Directors at premiere boarding schools in the Northeast and local independent and parochial high schools all share the same opinion: our students shine brightly in their next settings. They are confident, competent, well-mannered and inspired to personify the Green Vale mission statement: to excel, to lead, and to care.   

As our literature touts: "Seeing is believing."  I’d like to extend a warm invitation to visit Green Vale to experience our embracing, inclusive and lively community.  Making the choice of a lifetime for your child requires great thought and consideration. Please take your time learning more about us, ask questions of current parents, students, and faculty.  When it's about our children, it's about our future.

Our upcoming Open House Dates are:

April 7, 2016

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Or, if those dates don't work, contact our Admissions Team to schedule a visit on a day that works best for you.  

I hope to see you soon.


Jesse Dougherty, Ed.D.
Head of School


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