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Globally focused Valor Christian School International opens in Aloha

A new Beaverton-area private school is preparing for its first school year this fall.

Valor Christian School International will open its doors to students on Sept. 6.

The non-denominational Christian school will follow an open model, allowing students to enroll regardless of religious affiliation. The school is located in the Living Hope Fellowship church building at 3350 S.W. 182nd Ave. in Aloha, less than a mile west of Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

With over 130 students enrolled so far and 15 faculty members on staff so far, the K-12 international school will focus on "global competence and 21st century learning," said Head of School Angie Taylor.

?Valor's global focus is modeled on a framework adopted from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where Taylor participated in a think tank during May.

"We didn't have private schools addressing this space, which is essential for students," said Taylor, who has worked in both the public and private education for 20 years.

Her model looks to tackle global educational inequality. The school will sponsor one student in an underprivileged community for every student who enrolls at Valor, said Amber Kenniston, the school's administrator of international exchange.

Continuing that global focus, high school students will have the opportunity to participate in annual mission trips, traveling to countries such as the Philippines and Haiti. In turn, Valor Christian will host international students on its campus.

Although private schools are not required to be licensed, the school will be accredited by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, said Taylor. The goal is to enroll at least 200 students for this school year, with class sizes of around 24 students on average.

For more information, visit valorschool.org.