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Portrait of a Graduate

Valley View Local Schools leads the way in making 21st-century education a reality for all students 

Valley View Local Schools announced today the release of their Portrait of a Graduate, a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all of its students. Valley View recruited a group of community members—students, teachers, parents, families, and business leaders—to join their Portrait Design Team that worked to co-design a Portrait of a Graduate that is locally developed, but globally positioned.  

The community came together to ask: what are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our community has for our children? 

Now that Valley View has a Portrait of a Graduate, the district will use this aspirational vision as a North Star to guide its strategic planning process. Valley View will continue to engage with community members to make their Portrait of a Graduate come to life in classrooms.  

Tap the link below to download our Portrait of a Graduate as a PDF



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Portrait of a Graduate Competencies Detail


1. Demonstrate perseverance by embracing the idea that failure is a part of success and efficiently pivot to keep moving forward.

2. Demonstrate flexibility and creativity when acclimating to various roles and situations.

3. Respond respectfully and productively to criticism to understand, negotiate, and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions.


1. Seek diverse perspectives and contribute with integrity.

2. Respond to other views and ideas concerning achieving collective commitment and action.

3. Work together in an attempt to create knowledge and achieve shared learning goals. 


1. Confidently articulate clear thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts.

2. Actively listen to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions.

3. Embrace curiosity with the desire to learn, unlearn, and relearn through open dialogue. 


1. Demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect to connect with others' feelings, opinions, experiences, and culture.  

2. Experience the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of others and consider those to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

3. Demonstrate care for the interests of the larger community and the greater good. 

Critical Thinking

1. Consistently improve the quality of one's thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing.  

2. Implement reflective thinking that is open-minded, evaluates, and uses objective information.

3. Propose solutions to complex situations.