The Valley Counseling Department has six full-time guidance counselors. The students are assigned to a counselor based on the first letters of the student’s last name. The information to the right indicates how the students are assigned.

Counseling Message Board


2017-2018 Juniors and Families

Starting Thursday, January 25, applications will be available in the Counseling Center for the National Council on Youth Leadership. NCYL is a national leadership recognition program that fosters high ideals of leadership and integrity among American youth. Among other things, NCYL encourages leadership potential, gives young leaders opportunities to refine and strengthen their skills, and lets students share ideas with peers from other area schools.

Eligible nominees are juniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have held a leadership position during high school. The leadership position(s) may be held in any area of a student’s life including extra-curricular activities, volunteering, church, or other organizations. Once a student has met the GPA requirement, GPA is not a selection criterion.

After selections are made, Valley’s nominees will then electronically submit their essay and application form to NCYL to finalize their nomination. All selected students will be photographed by a local photographer (at no cost or obligation to the student) and composite photo boards and biographical sketches will be exhibited throughout the community. Students will also participate in the NCYL Youth Salute, leadership training seminar, presented at Drake University on Monday, September 10, 2018, culminating in a recognition ceremony honoring these youth leaders.

There is no cost to any student for any part of this program.

Applications must be returned to Polly Maly, Counseling Secretary, by Thursday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. For questions regarding NCYL, please contact Mrs. Maly at  or 633-4210, or visit

Students will use the following links in their Advisories January 2nd and 23rd.

 Junior Presentations

Juniors met with counselors in December 2017 to cover information relevant to every student during their junior year. Follow the link below to view the information presented to students.

Junior Counseling Presentation link

Senior Presentations

Seniors met with counselors in September 2017 to cover important information for students who will graduate in 2018. Follow the link below to view the information presented to students.

Senior Counseling Presentation Link

Request for Recommendation Form (pdf)

 What is an “RAI score“?

Students from Iowa high schools must have a Regents Admission Index, or RAI, score of at least 245, and take the minimum number of required high school courses to qualify for automatic admission to ISU, UNI, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the U of I. The index combines factors that strongly predict success at Iowa’s Regent universities. An Alternative RAI Formula is offered for students whose high school does not provide class rank, such as Valley. Follow this link to calculate your student’s RAI Score: Regent Admission Index Calculator for high schools who do NOT provide rank

Valley High School RAI Core Course List (pdf)

 New Student Cheat Sheet

Is your family new to Valley? Wonder who to call if your student will be absent? Not sure how to get access to Infinite Campus? We’ve put together the answers to many frequently asked questions in one easy spot. Just click on the link to view our 2017-2018 New Family Cheat Sheet