The Miami Valley School

The Miami Valley School Photo #1 - Founded in 1964, The Miami Valley School is the Dayton area's premier Pre-K through 12th grade school, ranking #1 in the Dayton area for Private High School, Overall High School, STEM Programs, Best Teachers, and College Preparation.
The Miami Valley School Photo #1 - Founded in 1964, The Miami Valley School is the Dayton area's premier Pre-K through 12th grade school, ranking #1 in the Dayton area for Private High School, Overall High School, STEM Programs, Best Teachers, and College Preparation.
The Miami Valley School Photo #2 - The Zorniger Environmental Laboratory (Z-Lab) provides hands-on learning opportunities for all grades. This thriving space is maintained by a full-time Director of Environmental Sustainability and a full-time Z-Lab Horticulturalist.
The Miami Valley School Photo #3 - Science teacher Mr. Bouchard poses with graduates. At MVS, students are known by their teachers and forge invaluable bonds in the classroom. This is facilitated by MVS' 6:1 student-faculty ratio, robust advisory program, and commitment to immersive learning.
The Miami Valley School Photo #4 - The Miami Valley School`s academic program is guided by the school`s signature pedagogy, the MVS Immersion Method, which affirms that learning is rooted in hands-on experience, which empowers students to discover and deepen their passions. MVS teachers create dynamic opportunities for real-world learning and academic achievement in a one-of-a-kind school environment.
The Miami Valley School Photo #5 - Since 1974, Immersion Term has been a signature component of the MVS academic calendar. Students in all four divisions of the school participate in Immersion Term, which allows them to explore one area of academic interest in-depth. In its nearly 50-year existence, Immersion has earned national attention and made MVS a recognized leader in experiential education.
The Miami Valley School Photo #6 - The MVS Early Childhood School (EC) is a space designed with PreK learners in mind (ages 3-4). The MVS early childhood school curriculum incorporates the best of various educational philosophies, including Responsive Classroom, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori. Experienced faculty adhere to developmentally appropriate practices to support self-guided, investigative, immersive learning.
The Miami Valley School Photo #7 - During your campus tour, don't miss the Zorniger Environmental Laboratory (Z-Lab), comprised of the school greenhouse and gardens.
The Miami Valley School Photo #8 - MVS offers a variety of sports for boys and girls in the lower, middle, and upper schools. Athletic offerings include tennis, soccer, cross country, golf, basketball, swimming, track & field, and girls' lacrosse.
The Miami Valley School Photo #9 - Performing arts are an integral part of student life at MVS. Students can participate in a variety of plays and musicals in the lower, middle, and upper schools. The school also offers Jazz Band, A Cappella Choir, and other performing arts electives in the middle and upper schools.
The Miami Valley School Photo #10 - The MVS Makerspace & Computer Science curriculum is one of the most comprehensive in the state of Ohio. MVS` campus is home to one of the area`s premier Makerspaces, where students can use 3D printers, laser cutters, Sphero robots, and more.
Over fifty years ago, a few passionate families envisioned an education that had yet to exist in Dayton.
The Miami Valley School was born out of the desire to provide experiential learning in an intimate environment where the educational focus was directed to the individual needs of the student.
That vision became the MVS culture and personality.When you walk onto the MVS campus today, you`ll experience our joyful personality.
You`ll see that our culture celebrates everyone for what they bring to the table.
We believe in scholarship.  Our accomplished teachers take their job seriously and have high expectations of their students.
We have a diverse student body we embrace and respect different heritages and learn from one another.
And transformation happens.  In our safe environment, students learn from their mistakes and become empowered to take chances again and again.Come visit and have your child spend the day in class.
There is no better way to experience MVS than through our students` and teachers` stories.
We welcome you to the MVS admission process and we will guide you every step of the way with personal attention.
We`ll unfold the many reasons why this is the best educational opportunity for your child.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked OH School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 470 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,900
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Miami Valley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Ohio for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
470 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
The Miami Valley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
73 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Topics in Biology (Bio II), Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Chem II), Algebra II Honors, American Authors - Embedded Honors, American History Honors, Art of the Essay - Embedded Honors, Europe in a Global Context - Advanced Seminar, French V, Geometry Honors, Mandarin V, Multivariate Calculus (Calc III), Spanish V, Topics in Senior English - Embedded Honors, World Literature - Embedded Honors
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition ranges from $9,800 to $24,900. Financial aid is available K-12.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Anne Dettmer
Admissions Associate
Caitlin Lewis
Endowment Size
$8 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
34 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Assorted, Black Student Union, Chess Club, Chinese National Honor Society, Diversity Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Film Club, French Honor Society, Games Club, GSA, International Student Organization, Junior State of America, MathCounts, Music Club, Muslim Student Association, Newspaper, Power of the Pen, Prom Committee, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Team, Ski and Snowboard Club, Spanish Honor Society, Speech and Debate, Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Student Service Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Choir, Improv, Jazz Ensemble, Strings Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Assorted, Basketball clinic, Soccer Clinic

School Notes

  • Since 1964, The Miami Valley School has challenged young people of promise to become self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens. The school`s nationally-recognized Immersion Method is a signature pedagogy affirming the shared belief that students learn best through direct experience. At MVS, students discover their true passions in an empowering learning community that encourages young people to express themselves.
  • The Miami Valley School student body represents the diversity of the greater Dayton area, drawing students from 51 local ZIP codes and 15 countries. 49% of MVS students identify as students of color, and 49% of students receive financial aid.
  • MVS` alumni base is rich with political leaders, Broadway performers, entrepreneurs, global thinkers, CEOs, scientists, and industry leaders, all of whom were helped along the way by passionate faculty and staff.
  • MVS is Dayton`s only independent, non-sectarian college prep school for students in grades Pre-K through 12. The school has earned numerous accolades from national and regional ranking organizations, with MVS being recognized as the Dayton region`s #1 high school, #1 PreK-12 school, #1 school for STEM programs, and #1 school for College Preparation in 2023.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Allison Janney '77 - Award-winning actress
    • Cameron Porter '11 - MLS soccer player (Montreal Impact, Sporting KC)
    • Stefan Cleveland '12 - MLS Soccer player (Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire)
    • Talvin Wilks '80 - Award-winning playwright, director, and dramaturge.
    • Bruce Heyman '75 - Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
    • Ken Williford '94 - Director of NASA’s Astrobiogeochemistry Laboratory and Deputy Project Scientist for Mars 2020 Mission
    • Jenell Ross '88 - Automotive pioneer and philanthropist
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Miami Valley School cost?
The Miami Valley School's tuition is approximately $24,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Miami Valley School?
The acceptance rate of The Miami Valley School is 60%, which is lower than the national average of 89%. The Miami Valley School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Ohio with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from The Miami Valley School?
The Miami Valley School famous alumni include: Allison Janney '77, Cameron Porter '11, Stefan Cleveland '12, Talvin Wilks '80, Bruce Heyman '75, Ken Williford '94 and Jenell Ross '88.
What sports does The Miami Valley School offer?
The Miami Valley School offers 9 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is The Miami Valley School's ranking?
The Miami Valley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Ohio for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for The Miami Valley School?
The application deadline for The Miami Valley School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
MVS prepared me for college and life in numerous ways, not least because of the opportunities I had during Immersion. Teachers care about their students and go out of their way to help, and they have such interesting lives and backstories. MVS gave me the ability to be self-sufficient, advocate for myself with professors in college, and feel comfortable speaking and writing at the college level. Truly a unique school environment.
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We are delighted to have discovered VMS as an option to start our son in kindergarten. What a unique community! This school practices what they preach-they have core sets of values like celebration and integrity, which they bake into their schedule and activities. My son, even in kindergarten, feels seen and included with the entire school. They have weekly assemblies and immersion programming that combines grade levels. These give ample opportunities to celebrate individuals in a big way and cater to each student's strengths. The teachers and administrators all appear to care deeply and sincerely for the students.
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked OH School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 470 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,900
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Dayton, OH is $7,643 for elementary schools and $12,337 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Dayton, OH is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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