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Mission / Philosophy / Schoolwide Learner Outcomes of the Academy


The North Valley Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (NVMI) develops leaders of character by providing a rigorous seven-year college preparatory program to promote excellence in the four pillars of academics, leadership, citizenship, and athletics.


NVMI’s four pillars are ACADEMICS, LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, and ATHLETICS.  Using a military framework, the goal of NVMI is to graduate cadets who are capable of meeting the admissions requirements for any college in the nation and who are prepared for their roles as future leaders of character.

The demanding ACADEMIC program consists of language arts, math, science and history, as well as world languages, fine arts, leadership, and physical fitness training.  NVMI supports students who have ambition and wish to take responsibility for their own learning. NVMI also offers honors, advanced placement, and college level courses.  We also understand that many of our cadets enter NVMI performing below grade level; and we require these students to accelerate learning through before school, after school, Saturday, and summer academic support programs. We also have a robust Special Education program that supports students with disabilities to achieve the same academic standards as all NVMI cadets. Through explicit Executive Function training and protocols, hard work, determination, and a positive attitude all students are expected to do whatever it takes to meet NVMI’s rigorous academic standards and achieve proficiency on the Common Core State Standards.  We partner with parents to communicate about student progress and help all students succeed to the best of their abilities.  Parents have a set of duties to fulfill their role as the primary educators of their children.

The military framework of the school develops LEADERSHIP and promotes a sense of pride and community as it requires cadets to wear a proper complete uniform each school day and begin each day with a formation that includes patriotic exercises.  All cadets are assigned to units within a military chain of command (squads, platoons, companies, and battalions, within the Corps of NVMI Cadets).  Cadets assume increased responsibility through various positions of leadership during their tenure at NVMI.  Each academic classroom uses military protocols and cadet leadership structures to promote good order and discipline.  Cadets also learn military customs and courtesies and achieve promotions and awards for their accomplishments.  The military dimension of the school promotes patriotic spirit and respect for the democratic ideals of our society.

Cadets learn what is expected of them at the Entrance Camp prior to their enrollment at NVMI, a camp which thoroughly introduces new students to the CITIZENSHIP expectations of the school. The disciplinary system, patterned after the military model, is fair, consistent, and predictable.  It uses a merit and demerit system that provides both positive and negative consequences. All cadets share a common set of duties they are expected to fulfill as well as a code of honor requiring absolute integrity.  Cadets also participate in a variety of school and community service activities that attempt to make our school and world a better place. Cadets who do not meet our expectations for conduct, integrity, and/or who do not fulfill their duties are given extensive supports and multiple opportunities to modify behaviors and attitudes, but may forfeit their opportunity to attend NVMI if they do not take advantage of those opportunities and supports.

ATHLETICS is an integral part of the total educational experience here at NVMI that strives to promote all of the dimensions of personal fitness and wellness.  NVMI cadets are provided frequent opportunities to participate in interscholastic/intramural team athletic development activities and competition.  A standards-based physical education program all years of a cadet’s enrollment focuses on helping each cadet maximize their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the areas of health, fitness, and wellness.  In addition to fulfilling physical fitness goals, being involved in athletics provides cadets with opportunities to develop leadership skills and to learn the ideals of fair play and ethical behavior necessary for competition and cooperation in our society.  It also provides our students with unique opportunities for self-discipline and self-sacrifice, as well as loyalty to the community, the school, and the team.

Through the four pillars of ACADEMICS, LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, AND ATHLETICS, NVMI prepares students for successful admission to college, completion of college, and entry into the adult world as leaders of character who make our world a better place, do the right thing, and treat others the way they want to be treated.


At North Valley Military Institute, cadets learn and behave by a code of conduct that will serve them well during their time at the academy and long after they have graduated.  It is simple, and should govern everything cadets do both on and off campus. Violating the cadet code will lead to disciplinary action and disciplinary consequences which may include suspension or expulsion  from the North Valley Military Institute.


To be respectful is to honor the fundamental infinite dignity and worth of each individual. It means to treat oneself, others, and the property of others the way we would like to be treated. Respect is at the heart of the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Cadets do not engage in physical, verbal, or emotional abuse of others. This includes peers, school staff, and members of the community. They do not bully, harass, or intimidate others. They keep their environment clean and free from vandalism.

To lie is to make an untrue statement, intending to deceive or produce a false impression. The statement can be oral, written or implied by action. Making a statement that is only half-true, or attempting to give a false impression by leaving out pertinent information is lying.

To cheat is to attempt or to aid in an attempt to gain unfair advantage over others. For instance, using the work of another person as one’s own is cheating.  Likewise, allowing someone else to claim one’s work as theirs is another form of cheating.

To steal is to knowingly take a property or service, temporarily or permanently, without consent. Taking or borrowing without permission is stealing.

To tolerate is to ignore the dishonorable actions of other cadets. A cadet who knows that another cadet violated the Honor Code has an obligation to report it. A cadet who sees another cadet be disrespectful, lie, cheat, or steal and does not report the incident has also violated the honor code.


«  I am a North Valley Military Institute Cadet.  I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, academy, and corps of cadets.

«  I am loyal and patriotic. 

«  I am the future of the United States of America.

«  I do not lie, cheat, or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.

«  I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.

«  I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.


  1. Learn and strive for academic excellence
  2. Set goals and work hard to achieve them
  3. Respect oneself and others
  4. Demonstrate integrity and good character
  5. Accept responsibility and the mantle of leadership
  6. Follow instructions
  7. Wear the uniform properly and with pride
  8. Use military courtesy
  9. Care for the NVMI campus
  10. Work well as a member of teams
  11. Serve the school and community
  12. Prepare for success in college
  13. Celebrate and take pride in success
  14. Be physically fit and active
  15. Get involved in school activities


  1. Ensure your child wears the correct and complete uniform daily and complies with all grooming and appearance standards.
  2. Require your child to adhere to the cadet code of honor at all times.
  3. Promote daily, proper use of the school planner and check homework daily for completeness.
  4. Read the entire planner and act upon the weekly parent bulletin. Refer to the school calendar and website often in order to be up-to-date on important NVMI events.
  5. Be aware of the status of your child’s demerits, attendance, and grades by regularly checking the online parent portal and the planner page with permanent demerit entries.
  6. Ensure your child attends school every day on time and only misses class for very serious reasons.
  7. Participate in Parent Advisory Council activities and complete voluntary  parent service hours, including attending student led conferences, general parent meetings, and other family activities.
  8. Praise your child’s achievements and celebrate triumphs.
  9. Communicate with teachers when you have questions and respond to contacts from the school.
  10. Encourage your child to do always the right thing, treat others with respect, and make NVMI a better place.
  11. Ensure your child attends and participates fully in academic support classes when assigned and takes those classes seriously.
  12. Help your child believe that attending a four year college/university and postsecondary education is desirable and achievable.
  13. Communicate through your child’s TAC team any concerns or questions you may have.
  14. Ensure your child participates in athletics and other extra-curricular programs, and attend events your child is involved in (athletics, etc).
  15. Ensure your child eats the healthy meals/snacks from the school’s food service provider or has healthy food when at school.



  1. think critically and creatively
  1. by solving a variety of algorithmic and complex mathematical problems with real world applications
  2. by designing and performing experiments to inquire through application of the scientific method
  3. by analyzing complex symbols and themes in literature
  4. by developing and exploring a variety of techniques to create modes of expression in the arts
  5. by utilizing logic, research and data to solve real world problems
  1. demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  1. by serving as a cadet leader
  2. by employing academic language in effective oral communication
  3. by learning a language other than English
  4. by write coherent, organized, and grammatically correct compositions in a variety of genres and for different audiences and purposes
  1. read, analyze, and comprehend a wide variety of written materials
  1. by acquiring reading proficiency in discipline-centered texts, literature genres, and media genres as evidenced by a Lexile level of at least 1300 upon high school graduation 
  2. by developing the academic language demanded by each discipline
  3. by evaluating and synthesizing information from a variety of text
  1. possess sufficient content knowledge to succeed in post-secondary education
  1. by achieving content knowledge needed for State of California “SBAC” tests
  2. by acquiring vocabulary and other content knowledge necessary for College entrance exams
  3. by meeting the University of California A-G requirements
  1. use a variety of technology resources successfully in academic and real-world settings
  1. by acquiring fundamental knowledge and skills of computer software and hardware
  2. by evaluating and analyzing internet information and sources


  1. work successfully for a greater purpose as both a follower and as a  leader
  1. by exhibiting leadership traits and principles
  2. by sacrificing self-interest for the overall success of the team when needed
  3. by ensuring the individual success of each team member
  4. by practicing organizational, planning, and leadership skills at the squad, platoon, company, and battalion levels
  5. by serving as a role model in thought, word and deed
  1. envision and set goals
  1. by establishing and adjusting goals and objectives as appropriate
  2. by organizing and prioritizing tasks to achieve goals
  1. display confidence and poise
  1. by speaking effectively in front of peers and adults
  2. by embracing leadership roles within the school and community
  3. by responding with grit and resilience in times of challenge or stress
  4. by demonstrating military courtesy


  1. be an honorable person
  1. by examining and having the courage to live by one's values
  2. by making and keeping commitments
  3. by fulfilling the fifteen duties of an NVMI cadet
  1. respect yourself and others
  1. by honoring and engendering diversity in the global community
  2. by being courteous to others
  3. by using the appropriate language for school, social, and work environments
  4. by ensuring one's lifelong physical well-being, health, and fitness.
  1. support the local and greater community of humankind
  1. by developing awareness of the needs of a global society
  2. by participating in community service projects
  3. by taking action for positive change in the school
  1. respect the environment in which we all live
  1. by maintaining a safe and clean school campus
  2. by environmental consciousness and action


  1. work successfully for a greater purpose as a member of an NVMI interscholastic sports team
  2. work successfully for a greater purpose as a member of NVMI intramural sports teams
  3. set individual and team fitness goals
  4. meet fitness standards
  1. by being in the Healthy Fitness Zone on all elements of the Fitnessgram
  2. by successfully completing the Indoor Obstacle Course Test in under five minutes
  3. by completing grade level fitness challenges