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Why AV-W?

EL EDucation

At  AV-W, students and staff reflect on their growth in the following three dimensions.

Mastery of Knowledge & Skills


High-Quality Work

EL Education partners with schools and districts and provides educational resources to teachers across the world in service of an expanded vision of student achievement.  

We are Crew

Not Passengers


A group of students who meet together to support each other and push each other in school, and life.


a way of being. To be "Crew" means to pitch in to help each other, to step up and take responsibility for everyone's well being around you.


  • We can be compassionate by showing others that we care.  We can be kind, helpful and understanding.

  • Muskies will show courage by taking positive risks and overcoming the fear of leaving their comfort zone.

  • I will show integrity by always doing the right thing, even when no one is watching or when the right thing is not popular.

  • I will show craftsmanship by always doing my best and working diligently to produce work I am proud of.

  • We will work to the best of our ability by participating in class, asking questions and studying hard. 

  • We are in control of our future.


Our History

For those new to AV-W (Arbor Vitae - Woodruff School) we haven’t always had a clear vision of education. In 2006, only our middle school was an EL School and in 2009 we failed back-to-back operating referendums, as a result EL was cut from the budget.


For a couple of years, some of our grades used best practice ideas from EL but we never had a direction or commitment. 

Then in 2011/2012 the board agreed to reissue the MOU to EL and we again were back in the network. The goal now was to formulate a vision to become a high functioning EL School, creating solid frameworks, meaningful traditions, and universal importance that could withstand any financial crisis and/or board/administrative change → and so the journey began. 

  • In 2016, we became a credentialed EL School. 

  • In 2017, we became an EL Mentor School. 

  • In 2018, we were selected to host a nationwide site seminar that highlights AV-W and “building a spirit of Crew.”  


Again, the mission has been to create a climate, structure, and framework to withstand the unknown. AV-W has met the mark and continues to constantly improve and reflect. AV-W is an EL School. We no longer have to wonder and question the direction of our school. We have a vision and we have a framework.

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