Minnesota Valley School

Minnesota Valley School (MVS) provides a specialized class and school setting for children identified as needing more structure, support, and modifications than is available at the traditional school level.

Our Vision

To create a safe environment where all students can attain higher levels of social, emotional and behavioral skills, and academic functioning.

Our Services

Minnesota Valley School (MVS) is a K-12 setting IV special education program of the Minnesota Valley Education District (MVED) that has classrooms for elementary, middle school, and high school students on the MVED campus. We staff our classrooms with a special education teacher and a paraprofessional. Additional staff members provide mental health related services and social skills support. 

MVS provides a range of social, emotional, and behavioral services individualized to meet the unique needs of each learner. Mental health related services are available on a continuum of needs ranging from group to individual social skills instruction provided by a range of mental health staff. In addition, each classroom will implement consistent behavioral planning, data collection, and provide individualized positive behavior support plans for each student to address their unique needs.

MVS academic programming is based upon Minnesota’s Core Academic Standards in the areas of English language arts, math, science, and social studies as well as incorporating physical and arts education, social skills instruction, and vocational training and education (grades 9-12). The learning environment at MVS tailors instruction to be at each student’s individual academic level. Special education teachers create and provide small group and individualized instruction using multi-model means to ensure quality learning takes place for all types of learner.

Our Expectations

MVS is committed to maintaining high behavioral and academic expectations for all learners while maintaining flexibility in programming so that all students can find behavioral and academic success in school. Designed specifically for students with disabilities, MVS centers on their unique social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. The program features classrooms that meet the needs of students with Emotional Behavior Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder in ways that are unique to their needs. This is not a program designed to meet the needs of learners with serious cognitive delays or profound physical disabilities.

Our Goal

Our goal is to provide all learners with the skills necessary to reduce their need for setting IV services and to encourage and support them to return to a less restrictive educational setting. For some students, this may include full re-integration back into their home school or returning on a part-time basis for specific instructional opportunities. For students who are unable to function in a less restrictive setting, MVS is committed to providing them with a quality education to prepare them for their individual post-secondary life.

Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on student's learning and development. MVS believes the partnership between parents and school is crucial for students to progress and achieve success in managing their behaviors and mental health needs.