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Welcome from the Executive Director


Thank you for visiting Spring Valley School’s website. At Spring Valley, we believe in the importance of providing a nurturing environment in which every student is appreciated. We all realize that self-image is the first step to becoming a successful person; therefore, the faculty and administration diligently work to highlight and enhance each individual student’s natural strengths, abilities, learning styles, talents and interests.  


Spring Valley School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school whose mission is to provide excellence in education for bright students with learning differences. Spring Valley School admits students with average to above-average intelligence who have been diagnosed with a language or mathematics-based learning difference such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia. Our mission is accomplished by creating a multi-sensory, whole-child approach to education in a small class setting.

Our curriculum focuses on research-based remedial methods, study strategies and technology that are proven to enable students to accommodate their differences and demonstrate their maximum potential in our school setting and beyond. In addition, we are now utilizing a new approach to student's lagging skills entitled Collaborative and Proactive Solutions created by Dr. Ross Greene. Additional information can be located at www.livesinthebalance. Electives include drama, visual arts, graphic arts, career and college preparation, writing composition, ACT preparation, study skills, science fun, robotics, reading intervention, American Sign Language, Spanish, and Italian. 

As you explore educational opportunities for your child, please contact us with any questions regarding Spring Valley and our admissions process. We encourage you to visit our school.  We would love for you to meet our fabulous students and devoted faculty.  

The following extra-curricular activities, among others, are enjoyed by many students:

Fishing, Bowling, Chess, Leo Club, Student Council, Kindness Club, and Drama.

Dr. Laura Fiveash

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Guiding Values

At Spring Valley we believe…

  • that a successful student sets learning goals and monitors progress in achieving them​

  • that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process

  • that students learn best when our staff maintains high expectations for learning

  • that curriculum needs to incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate differences in student learning

  • that students learn to be good citizens by contributing to their community through leadership and service

  • in diversity

  • in a safe environment

Strategic Plan, 2022-2027

Please find Spring Valley School's 5-year plan, in the format of a virtual flipbook, here.

Who We Serve

Spring Valley School admits students with average to superior intelligence who have been diagnosed with learning differences including Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia. Our community is comprised of students from all surrounding school systems.

Spring Valley School is accredited through Cognia. Spring Valley School is also recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a member of the Learning Differences Independent School Network and the
National Association of Independent Schools.

If you would like to learn more or to discuss the possibility of admission, we invite you to  

submit documentation of your student's

diagnoses of their Learning Differences (Specific Learning Disabilities) for Dr. Fiveash to review prior to setting up a Parent Visit/Tour. After submitted and reviewed, 

our staff will be in contact with you. Please email all inquiries and documentation to Annette Howard,



(205) 423-8660

(205) 423-8662 fax


2701 Sydney Drive

Birmingham, AL 35211

Driving Directions

To enter the Spring Valley School parking lot or carpool line, take the immediate left onto Wenonah Oxmoor Road after turning onto Sydney Drive.  There is no school entrance from Sydney Drive.

From I-65

  • Take exit 255 Lakeshore

  • Head West onto Lakeshore Parkway

  • Turn left onto Sydney Drive

  • Turn left onto Wenonah Oxmoor Road

From Hwy 280

  • Take Homewood Exit

  • Head West onto Lakeshore Drive which becomes Lakeshore Parkway

  • Turn left onto Sydney Drive

  • Turn left onto Wenonah Oxmoor Road

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