“Valley Schools” refers to two public schools sharing a common campus in south central West Virginia in the “Upper Kanawha Valley” located on the Kanawha River on the border of Fayette and Kanawha Counties.
The Valley Campus is on the Fayette- Kanawha County border along the Kanawha River in Smithers. This campus hosts the high-middle school and also the adjacent elementary school by the same name but under different leadership. Across the river lies Montgomery, the traditional shopping and medical center for the area. Montgomery General Hospital has long met health needs to the entire (UKV) Upper Kanawha Valley. Smithers and Gauley Bridge are other communities and shopping areas in the VHS zone. Students here come to us from Montgomery, Smithers, Boomer, Alloy, Charleton Hgts, Falls View, Gauley Bridge, Powellton, Deepwater, Adena Village, & Robson. These are a few of the communities in Fayette County served by VHS. Valley has the “Greyhound” as their mascot, and it decorates both sporting – athletic events in the area.
The Upper Kanawha Valley has long been a strong industrial center, with a silicon alloy plant at Alloy, and coal mines have long existed on the hills surrounded the valley. The WV State Prison is on the mountain nearby. Commuters have long came to the UKV for these job opportunities. Montgomery is home to BridgeValley Community & Technical College and was the former main campus of West Virginia University Institute of Technology. In years past the VHS football team and other sports shared the football facilities, Martin Field, with WVU Tech. The school is now has its own facilities for outdoor athletics.
Industry and academics are the hallmark of this valley. The school is on the eastern edge of West Virginia’s largest metropolitan area and is 23 miles east of the state capitol complex in Charleston, West Virginia. The area is the most accessible school in the district to public transportation, and the Amtrak Station offers rail service nationwide and KRT commuter buses link to Charleston. The largest airport in the state, Yeager Field, is easily accessible in nearby Charleston. Proximity to the Capital City allows students at Valley access to cultural and social events regularly.
Valley Elementary is a Pre K- 5 school located on the Valley campus in Fayette County. This campus is shared with the adjacent high school. The enrollment is 343. When VES opened in the mid-70s they were built in an innovative open classroom POD system. Over the years the school has moved with the times and now incorporates a variety methods going beyond the POD system to best meet learner needs. During this school term the campus will undergo changes as the high school students are sent to other larger schools and and the elementary changes into a PK-8 for next year.
Valley High School is a combined middle and high school, serving grades 6 through 12, located in Smithers, West Virginia. It is one of five high schools operated by Fayette County Schools, serving roughly the northwest portion of the county along the Kanawha River. The school population is about 500 students in 6-12th grades. Students have the opportunity to take AP classes and college course through a special connection to BridgeValley Community & Technical College and the former campus of WVUTech across the river from the Valley Campus. Also, the nearness to the state capital city offers opportunities that other Fayette County Schools lack.