Moreno Valley High School strives to provide a world-class public education for students of all abilities and backgrounds.  To achieve this, MVHS imposes challenging academic standards, thereby providing young people with the skills necessary not just to survive but to thrive in a rapidly changing world.  Students must analyze and solve complex problems, communicate clearly, synthesize information, apply knowledge, and generalize learning to other settings.  MVHS will prepare each graduate to be a lifelong learner and a responsible, productive citizen.

The primary means for implementing our mission is through the Paideia Program, a curriculum that embodies three approaches to teaching:  Socratic Seminar, Academic Coaching and Didactic Instruction.  MVHS supports innovation, critical thinking and active student participation.

The curriculum aligns with the New Mexico State Standards and Benchmarks, the National Core Curriculum and is designed to meet or exceed State requirements for graduation.

We believe that parental involvement is essential to maximize student potential.  Therefore, our mission includes a vision of community among parents, teachers, students, the Cimarron School District, and interested individuals who support, value and actively participate in the learning process.  We will foster an environment dedicated to open collaborative communication imbued with mutual respect.

What is Paideia? 

PAIDEIA (py-dee-a) from Greek pais, paidos:  the upbringing of child.  (Related to pedagogy and pediatrics.)  In an extended sense, the equivalent of Latin humanitas (from which “the humanities”), signifying the general learning that should be the possession of all human beings.

The Paideia movement is inspired by the following principles, calling for high-quality education for all children.

The 12 principles of Paideia philosophy

We, the members of the Paideia Group, hold these truths to be the principles of the Paideia Program:

• that all children can learn;

• that, therefore, they all deserve the same quality of schooling, not just the same quantity;

• that the quality of schooling to which they are entitled is what the wisest parents would wish for their own children, the best education for the best being the best education for all;

• that schooling at its best is preparation for becoming generally educated in the course of a whole lifetime, and that schools should be judged on how well they provide such preparation;

• that the three callings for which schooling should prepare all Americans are, (a) to earn a decent livelihood, (b) to be a good citizen of the nation and the world, and (c) to make a good life for one’s self;

• that the primary cause of genuine learning is the activity of the learner’s own mind, sometimes with the help of a teacher functioning as a secondary and cooperative cause;

• that the three types of teaching that should occur in our schools are didactic teaching of subject matter, coaching that produces the skills of learning, and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion;

• that the results of these three types of teaching should be (a) the acquisition of organized knowledge, (b) the formation of habits of skill in the use of language and mathematics, and (c) the growth of the mind’s understanding of basic ideas and issues;

• that each student’s achievement of these results would be evaluated in terms of that student’s competencies, and not solely related to the achievements of other students;

• that the principal of the school should never be a mere administrator, but always a leading teacher who should be cooperatively engaged with the school’s teaching staff in planning, reforming, and reorganizing the school as an educational community;

• that the principal and faculty of a school should themselves be actively engaged in learning;

• that the desire to continue their own learning should be the prime motivation of those who dedicate their lives to the profession of teaching.

—The Paideia Group  for more information

*All information on this page comes from The National Paideia Center,