Welsh Valley Middle School maintains a strong tradition of academic and co-curricular excellence and a nurturing, supportive learning environment for grades 5-8. With the guidance of a highly talented and dedicated staff and the structure of a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, students enjoy an individualized experience that prepares them to advance through their schooling as independent thinkers and compassionate, responsible global citizens.
Curricular areas at Welsh Valley include language arts, math, science, social studies, world languages, music, fine and practical arts, technology, health and physical education. As part of the District's emphasis on interdisciplinary, project-based learning at the middle school level, the school offers interdisciplinary programs in all three grades. An example is "Waterbound," a year-long program for 7th graders that incorporates most subject areas through hands-on exploration of the history, culture and environment of Lower Merion and Colonial America. Welsh Valley provides comprehensive programs and services for students with special needs in an inclusive environment.
An array of after-school and co-curricular activities enable Welsh Valley students to further engage and explore their passions. Opportunities include theatre productions, musical ensembles, subject-area clubs, athletic and academic teams, service organizations, among many other offerings. School staff foster a culture of co-curricular participation by serving as active sponsors, coaches and mentors.
Welsh Valley is noted for its unique architecture, which features individual, one and two-story structures connected by covered walkways and green spaces. An extensive renovation project, completed in 2001, yielded significant enhancements for the 33-acre campus, including an award-winning library and media center. A 12-classroom wing was added in 2015 to accommodate the school's growing enrollment.
The school serves approximately 1000 students from the communities of Belmont Hills, Gladwyne, Penn Valley, Rosemont, Villanova and portions of Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and Narberth. Based on the general enrollment boundaries of the District, Welsh Valley students traditionally continue their secondary education at Harriton High School; some who live in a defined geographic area may choose to attend Lower Merion High School. Students from Penn Valley and Belmont Hills elementary schools generally attend Welsh Valley for middle school.
Welsh Valley has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school, which opened in 1958, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.