Award Year: 2020
Hidden Valley High School provides a safe, nurturing, and engaging environment in which students are empowered by knowledge, skills, and experiences to thrive as tomorrow's leaders, workforce, and citizens.
- Black/African American: 5%
- White: 77%
- Hispanic: 5%
- Asian: 7%
- Two or more races: 6%
Since Hidden Valley High School (HVHS) opened in 2002, it has become and continues to be a leader in the Roanoke Valley through innovative, deeper learning experiences that incorporate content knowledge, communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship. For the past several years, HVHS has received national recognition in US News & World Reports for being one of the top high schools in the Roanoke Valley, in Virginia, and in the nation. The Virginia Board of Education has also recognized Hidden Valley's accomplishments with the Continuous Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award for consecutive years.
Hidden Valley attributes much of its recent success in the classroom and beyond to its implementation of Project Based Learning (PBL), where the focus has moved from traditional teacher-centered methods to instructional strategies that feature 21st Century skills. Students engage actively in the lessons by working independently as well as collaboratively with their classmates, across disciplines, and with experts in their respective fields. Students present these projects at Titan 21 Events, semiannually to members of the community, and exhibit the knowledge they have gained.
Hidden Valley has become the flagship for Project Based Learning in the Roanoke Valley. Its staff has led countywide secondary in-services on PBL, and Education Week showcased Hidden Valley in 2017 for its success with PBL and student exhibition nights. The Hidden Valley faculty remains committed to providing students the skills necessary to be contributing members of society, and students develop those skills through their educational experiences at Hidden Valley.