to Valley Christian Schools
We are a vibrant community of students, parents, staff, faculty, and coaches. Valley Christian Schools provides an educational environment where students can reach their highest academic potential, grow into their passions, and pursue God’s calling for their lives. Our students are more than their test scores, each uniquely blessed with God-given abilities and talents. In the following pages, you will see not only what our school has to offer, but what our students have to offer—fulﬁlling the Warrior’s call to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world.
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Lead. Serve. Impact. The story of Valley Christian Schools
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Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment offering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world.
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our founders went to be with the Lord in recent years, we remain steadfast to our founding purpose at Valley Christian Schools. Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students Valley Christian Schools admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Who We Are What We Believe
While much has changed since VCS’ founding in 1960, our mission remains the same: to offer young people a quality education built on strong Christian values. Challenging students to strive for excellence in all areas of their life, VCS provides educational avenues for success in a supportive and nurturing community. Here, students can thrive as VCS equips them to lead, serve, and impact the world. Scan the photo on the left to learn more about our Philosophy of Christian Education.
A Snapshot of Life at VCS • Weekly chapel with notable speakers from across the country • Prayer incorporated in every class • 79,000 volunteer hours by junior high and high school students • Over $23,000 raised by our K-12 students for Grace Public Schools in India, allowing all of our students to make an impact for Christ across the globe
The faculty and staff see their jobs in education in broader terms than just a speciﬁc subject. They lead students into probing the nature of truth and its application to daily living.
“I love seeing God raise up the students who are quiet leaders—the ones who come alongside other students when they’re having a hard time. It’s something the teachers here model, and how I know God is using us.” — Amy Smith, VCHS Bible and Leadership Teacher
Impact. Weekly chapels give students an opportunity to hear more about God and participate in prayer and worship, making a lasting impact on their spiritual lives.
“I love, love, love chapel because Mr. Guven tells us stories about living your life with Christ, and one day after chapel I asked Jesus into my heart! I also love that in chapel we get to go up on stage and sing worship songs.” — Jordyn, ﬁrst grader
Serve. Every year, teams of VCS students and faculty use their vacation breaks to travel the world, serving those in need through our WALK (Warriors Advancing the Lord’s Kingdom) program. Some of our past service projects include trips to Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and Chile.
“Serving and caring for people in other countries, and living for Jesus are important to me. I hope to continue being a light for Christ and sharing the love and joy that was so real in Africa.” — Bret Hausmann ('13)
“It’s exciting to hear how our parents, students, faculty, and staff appreciate the community here. It touches my heart deeply because it’s a major focus for us. Community, joy, a sense of belonging—that’s God’s presence.” — Gabe Guven, Elementary Principal
The Skyway and Leigh campuses not only provide a safe learning environment, but they are also home to some of the ﬁnest state-of-the-art facilities in the Bay Area. Students use and enjoy a bio-safety lab, satellite tracking station, piano lab, black box theatre, green-screen room, two athletic stadiums, recording studio, observatory, Student Life Center, two gyms, kiln and ceramics rooms, nanotechnology/microscopy lab, and an olympic-sized swimming pool.
Our Faculty and Staff
Our God is a global God, and we aim to reďŹ‚ect that. With 2,750 students at Valley Christian Schools, our student body is a blend of various cultures and experiences, creating a welcoming and engaging educational environment.
We believe that Christian education is more than a career; itâ€™s a calling. Fifty-six percent of our faculty have a master's and/or doctoral degree, and our amazing staff is passionate about building up students to become men and women of God. We also boast a large number of faculty and staff alumni employees, with 44 VCS graduates serving in positions on all three campuses.
Our International Student Program brings students from across the globe to our campus, including such countries as Brazil, China, Korea, and Vietnam. Many students who graduate from this program have moved on to attend excellent universities, including Johns Hopkins, Pepperdine, Cornell, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.
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Valley Christian Elementary
Hannah might look like a typical first grader who loves to play Star Wars on the playground with her friends, but her heart to serve those around her and even across the world is anything but ordinary. A few weeks before her sixth birthday, Hannah told her parents she wanted to donate her birthday presents to Grace Public Schools in India. “I looked in my room and I had so many toys, so I wanted to give my presents to other kids who didn’t have any.” It was in chapel at Valley Christian Elementary School that Hannah learned about Grace Public Schools and decided to do what she could to help. “The people in India were trying to raise money to make a great school for kids, and I gave them my toys so they could have fun things to play with.”
Hannah loves school and wants the kids in India to go to one just like hers. “This school is great because the teachers here are really nice and they help us learn.” Hannah has learned lessons in math and science, but she also demonstrates how to serve her global community by giving. “At Christmas we had a toy drive with the firemen, and they even came with their fire truck! It was so cool.” Principal Gabe Guven hopes all VCES students develop Hannah's spirit of service and experience the joy of giving. “When I turned six, I was happy because I saw all those happy faces of the kids I gave my birthday toys to, so I did the same thing when I turned seven. It feels good to make other people smile.”
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At Valley Christian Elementary School, faculty and staff foster a caring learning environment that is tailored to the unique needs of each and every student, to help them discover their God-given talents and abilities.
â€œWe have high caliber teachers who put together quality classes from harps to hands-on science, helping kids discover their talent and develop their skill set. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to unlock their passions.â€? â€” Gabe Guven, Principal
Highlights • 13 Power Electives (specialized school-day electives) including computer science and world language • Interactive instruction through our iPad program, providing our 2nd-5th grade students with 1:1 iPads • Service opportunities including writing letters to members of our military, participating in the Fire Department’s Toy Drive, and fundraising for Grace Public Schools in New Delhi
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Valley Christian Junior High
Volleyball player, concert pianist, space explorer—there’s not much Micah Kim hasn’t been involved in during his time at Valley Christian Junior High. “It’s been great to experience all of the possibilities at Valley. I’ve had so much fun with everything I’m involved in—I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it.” Possibilities in the International Space Station (ISS) program caught his eye early. “I was looking at course descriptions for classes at the end of sixth grade, and it looked really cool. It’s something you don’t normally see, especially at a junior high.”
Micah has had some amazing experiences at VCJH, including taking a trip with the ISS class to Seattle to meet with the engineers of the Microsoft Corporation and even speaking at the keynote for the Microsoft World Conference. He thinks future students will thrive as the school continues to lead the way for schools across the United States. “We have great sports facilities and coaches who support you; our music program is really accomplished; and the AMSE program continues to grow. It makes me excited at the thought of coming back one day and seeing where it's gone from here."
By eighth grade, Micah was leading the software team responsible for creating platforms for science experiments aboard the ISS. “Being a team leader gave me the opportunity not only to learn, but also to lead others in the process. We were able to work as a team to make something together.”
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Valley Christian Junior High School is an academically challenging yet nurturing educational environment where junior high students learn through a comprehensive approach to all subjects, preparing them for the extensive college-preparatory program at Valley Christian High School.
Class Offerings • Core: Bible, English, Math, Physical Education, Science, and History • Honors: eight courses offered, with almost half of the students enrolling in multiple Honors courses during their time here • Electives: 3D Animation, Cadet Strings, Color Guard, Spanish, Speech and Debate, Photography, Art Fundamentals, Quest Band, Clay Projects, Alpha Drums, Dance Workshop, Yearbook, Drama, Investigative Science, Spanish 1 Honors, VCJH Space Program, The Sporting Life, Online Journalism, Project Lead the Way
“We don’t want our teachers to be faucets of information, but rather facilitators so that students can take ownership of their learning. I love junior highers, and their moldability and enthusiasm as they are developing their own sense of self.” — Lisa Arnett, Principal
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Lyndi Becoming a nurse was never part of Lyndi Hausmann’s plan, and while the 2008 graduate might not have seen it coming, her teachers at Valley Christian High School did.
This is a ministry Lyndi hopes to make global as overseas missions are her passion; she is thrilled VCHS students can experience this opportunity.
“My teachers recognized something in me before I saw it in myself, and they gave me leadership opportunities to develop my gifts. Helping people feel loved, listened to, and cared for—those were skills I strengthened at VCHS and ones I use every day as a nurse.”
“The students today are so lucky—I wish VCHS had the WALK program when I was in high school! I went to India on a missions trip in college, and it changed my life.”
Prepared for the academic rigors of nursing school and secure in her giftings, Lyndi is now living out her calling as a nurse in Dallas. “I can literally use my hands to help people and make a significant impact on their lives. It’s the most fulfilling job; it’s become more of a ministry than a career for me.”
It was while working in India as a nurse that God gave Lyndi a new dream. “I want my life to have an impact on those who are uncared for; it’s why I became a nurse and why I’m back in school getting my doctorate. Seeing God’s faithfulness and provision in my nursing career is what has given me confidence to pursue opening a clinic overseas. It all comes back to the foundation I built at Valley Christian, and my teachers being an example of what it looks like to follow God.”
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With a rich combination of core classes and electives, VCHS students are given a chance to develop their talents in a comprehensive, college-preparatory environment that inspires them to live lives of character and guides them through the college admissions process.
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Our Dual Credit Program gives students the opportunity to take college-level courses on campus and graduate with up to 110 college units. 487 students took 1,101 AP exams last year.
“At Valley Christian High School, we believe in the double-edged sword of Christian education: strengthening students for Christ and preparing them academically for college. Because of our amazing faculty, we’re able to identify the God-given talents of our students, and help them figure out how they can use those gifts to better the world.”— Mark Lodewyk, Principal
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College Acceptances The University of Alabama American University The American University of Paris Arizona State University The University of Arizona Auburn University Azusa Paciﬁc University Babson College Barnard College Bates College Baylor University Belmont University Beloit College Bentley University Berklee College of Music Bethel College-IN Bethel University-MN Bethune-Cookman University Binghamton University Biola University Boise State University Boston College Boston Conservatory Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brown University Bucknell University Butler University California Baptist University California College of the Arts (San Francisco) California Lutheran University California State Universities—23 campuses University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz Calvin College Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Chaminade University of Honolulu Chapman University University of Chicago The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina Claremont McKenna College Clark University Clemson University Colgate University University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Denver Colorado Christian University Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University Columbia University University of Connecticut Corban University Cornell University Creighton University The Culinary Institute of America Dartmouth College University of Denver DePaul University Dordt College Drexel University Duke University Eastern University Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Emerson College Emmanuel College Emory University Fairﬁeld University Florida Memorial University University of Florida Fordham University Franklin & Marshall College Freed-Hardeman University George Fox University George Mason University The George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology University of Georgia Gonzaga University Gordon College Goshen College Grand Canyon University Harding University Harvey Mudd College University of Hawaii Haverford College High Point University Hillsdale College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Hong Kong Baptist University Hope College University of Idaho University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois Institute of Technology Indiana University Bloomington Istituto Marangoni, London Johns Hopkins University Johnson & Wales University Juniata College University of Kansas Kentucky Christian University University of Kentucky Kenyon College
Keuka College The King's College University of La Verne Lewis & Clark College Liberty University Linﬁeld College Lipscomb University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago University of Maine Marquette University University of Maryland, College Park Marymount Manhattan College Maryville University Massachusetts College of Art and Design MCPHS-Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Massachusetts Amherst The Master's College and Seminary McNally Smith College of Music University of Memphis Miami University, Oxford University of Miami Michigan State University University of Michigan Milwaukee School of Engineering University of Minnesota Mississippi State University University of Mississippi University of Missouri Columbia Montana State University, Bozeman Montana Tech of The University of Montana The University of Montana Morehouse College Mount Holyoke College University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Nevada, Reno University of New Hampshire at Durham University of New Mexico New York University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina State University North Central University University of North Texas Northeastern University Northern Arizona University University of Northern Colorado Northwest Christian University Northwest University Northwestern University Occidental College Oklahoma Christian University University of Oklahoma Olivet Nazarene University Oregon State University University of Oregon Pace University, New York City Paciﬁc Lutheran University
University of the Paciﬁc Pennsylvania State University University of Pennsylvania Pepperdine University University of Pittsburgh Point Loma Nazarene University Pomona College Portland State University University of Portland Pratt Institute Princeton University University of Puget Sound Purdue University Quincy University Quinnipiac University University of Redlands Reed College Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design University of Rhode Island Rice University Robert Morris University University of Rochester Roosevelt University Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Rutgers University Saint Louis University Saint Mary's College of California Samford University San Diego Christian College University of San Diego University of San Francisco Santa Clara University Santa Fe University of Art and Design Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of the Museum of Fine Arts Scripps College Seattle Paciﬁc University Seattle University Seton Hall University Sewanee: The University of the South Simmons College University of South Carolina University of Southern California Southern Methodist University St. Ambrose University St. Edward's University St. Mary's College of Maryland Stanford University Stevens Institute of Technology Stonehill College Stony Brook University Suffolk University Swarthmore College Syracuse University
Taylor University Temple University University of Tennessee Texas A&M University Texas Christian University The University of Texas at Austin The Ohio State University The University of Toronto Trinity Western University Tufts University Tulane University United States Military Academy West Point University of the Incarnate Word Utah State University University of Utah Vanderbilt University University of Vermont Villanova University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Tech University of Virginia Wake Forest University Washington College Washington State University Washington University in St. Louis University of Washington University of Waterloo Wesleyan University West Virginia University Westmont College Wheaton College, IL Whitman College Whittier College Whitworth University Willamette University William Jessup University Williams College University of Wisconsin-Madison The College of Wooster Worcester Polytechnic Institute University of Wyoming Yale University
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Academic Achievement Artistic Beauty Athletic Distinction Students are gifted in so many different ways—that’s why Valley Christian Schools provides a variety of K-12 programs to grow our students’ unique God-given talents. Incorporated through after-school offerings and classroom curriculum, our A3 approach allows students to explore all that VCS has to offer and gives them endless avenues to lead, serve, and impact the world.
“As much as we help students excel in athletics and in the arts, the faculty doesn’t hold back on academic rigor; I know my teachers didn't," explains English teacher Ryan Eshoff, a 2008 VCHS graduate, as well as a graduate of UCLA and Stanford. "The students here today leave Valley prepared for college emotionally, spiritually, and academically.”
Many of our unique academic specialities at VCS are offered through our STEM education program, the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute. AMSE provides students with a K-12 pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experience so that they might become successful innovators and world changers.
Monica For most students, doing scientiﬁc research on cancer cells wouldn’t be their favorite memory from high school; then again, 2014 graduate Monica Bodd isn’t most students. “My teachers helped me fall in love with science, and I just couldn’t get enough of it. Even now in college, I’m working on the same research!” Starting at Valley Christian High School in AMSE’s inaugural year, Monica was part of the ﬁrst scientiﬁc research class, a class that changed her life. “I never thought of myself as a scientist, but the class opened my eyes to a passion I never knew I had.
I would spend all afternoon in the lab running tests and feel such a sense of excitement. It also helps that we have some of the most amazing research facilities of any high school in the world.” Though the top-notch facilities and world-class faculty were integral in the success of her research project, Monica’s motivation for her research was much more personal. “In high school, my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and I saw ﬁrsthand how the disease affected people. I always wanted to help people, but watching my family go through that loss motivated me to use my research to lead the way in making a difference in patients’ lives.”
Now a pre-med student at Rice University, Monica says her time in AMSE not only shaped her future goals, but provided her with amazing experiences. “I loved the monthly seminars because they gave me a glimpse into different scientiﬁc and engineering careers, and they allowed me to make connections with the speakers—one that even led to an internship with NASA.” In the end, what Monica is most grateful for is the impact that AMSE, the faculty, and the staff had on her life. “My time at Valley shaped who I am. I learned what my passions were and how to follow them.”
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Discover AMSE is the elementary branch of the AMSE Institute and introduces young learners to the world of math, science, and engineering.
Highlights • Engaging K-5th grade hands-on science curriculum with experiments on sound waves, anatomy, and molecules • Students Optimizing Academic Results (SOAR) Mathematics is a unique, accelerated math course for qualifying fourth and ﬁfth grade students preparing them to compete in the Math Olympiad • Individualized web-based math programs for all grades • 7 specialized academic programs • Exciting award-winning offerings such as coding class and robotics
“Our program is designed to foster a love of science and learning.” Cara Galleher, the elementary AMSE and hands-on science teacher, is still passionate about instilling that love in her students after almost 20 years of teaching. “I get to create these fantastic lessons with presentations and videos, and apply the material with labbased learning. Students love it because it’s fun, diverse, and gives them a taste for all of the different disciplines of science.” But Cara sees her job as more than just teaching kindergarteners about atom and molecule interaction. “We teach from a biblical perspective, and don’t have to have science stand isolated from the Bible. It allows me to make lessons worth teaching and gives students a spiritual application.”
Junior AMSE provides students with incredible facilities, outstanding curriculum, and unique opportunities to inspire future mathematicians, scientists, doctors, and engineers all while preparing them for our high school AMSE program. In addition to ten after-school offerings ranging from robotics to agriculture, the program also offers opportunities to enter elite competitions, participate in an International Space Station (ISS) project, and complete advanced work in our nanotechnology/microscopy lab.
Accomplishments Partnering with the high school, junior high students in our ISS program designed a 3D-printed game for astronauts to play aboard the ISS.
• From making it to the semi-ﬁnals in the “Math Madness” competition to having six students place at the ACSI Math Olympics, our mathematics department has much to be proud of. • Our Junior High Robotics team took the overall championship at FIRST LEGO League’s NorCal Silicon Valley District Championship and placed 1st in Strategy and Innovation at the FIRST LEGO League’s state-level competition.
“I’m not only teaching students how to keep an aquarium, but stirring in them an interest in the ocean.” “So much has changed since I went here,” Brian Clemons, VCS “lifer” and current Vice Principal, observes of his alma mater. “It’s a privilege to share with students the things that God has developed in my life.” Brian has a great deal to share. In addition to founding the marine biology program, Brian also serves as the junior high chaplain.
High School AMSE students receive unique training from industry professionals, helping them gain real world experience in the areas of applied mathematics, science, and engineering and giving them the tools to become future leaders in their industry.
Highlights â€˘ 25 clubs and programs, including after-school opportunities in astronomy, robotics, satellite tracking and development, rocketry, and marine biology â€˘ AMSE majors and minors access more in-depth training and focused course work, enabling students to develop a competitive portfolio of work throughout high school
â€˘ Students access all of our equipment and facilities, including our nanotechnology/ microscopy lab, bio-safety lab, one-of-akind observatory with a SchmidtCassegrain telescope, satellite tracking station, multiple 3D printers, laser cutter, 1,000-gallon aquarium, clean room, and electronics laboratory
Accomplishments • Launched in the spring of 2016, our 17 foot student-built rocket reached an altitude of 7,800 feet before returning to earth • Launched student-built experiments to the ISS for the sixth year in a row
• First high school-designed 3D tool to be printed aboard the ISS • Students and staff mentor teachers and students from around the world teaching them how to prepare science experiments for the ISS
“The AMSE faculty all come from amazing professional backgrounds and bring so much to the table.” The faculty has teachers like Howell Ivy, whose résumé includes over seven years in the Air Force and president of Sega Enterprises, USA. Still, Howell thinks the faculty’s biggest contribution isn’t their expertise, but their heart for the students. “We’re all here because it’s our passion—we have a desire to help these kids do incredible things.” One of these accomplishments includes being the ﬁrst high school to launch student-built science experiments to the ISS. “I want to give students the ability to think outside the box. Or, I guess in this case, think inside the box,” Howell chuckles, referencing the ISS team’s cube-shaped experiments. “What’s important to me is that they gain the skill set for problem solving, which they can apply to any major in college and their future careers.”
Reflecting the creativity of the Creator, the Conservatory of the Arts program spans kindergarten through twelfth grade and provides students with the resources and training to develop their passion and talent in every form of creative expression. Our outstanding faculty studied at some of the finest conservatories in the world, including The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute. Our teachers are able to work with the same students year after year which allows for unmatched continuity in teaching.
Duke never thought he’d be spending his high school days playing in jazz festivals or traveling to China with the band; though looking back, it’s been a long time coming.
“Growing up, my mom used to show me videos of her performing with the marching band. I always thought, 'Cool, I want to do that!' " Playing in the concert band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and marching band, Duke found all kinds of different ways to serve the department and his fellow band mates before deciding to apply to be drum major. “The past drum majors have been good friends of mine, and it was great to watch them serve the band and be there for everyone when they needed it.
Even though I’m not usually the main leader, I like to lead by example and thought I could do that here.” The example he hopes to set is based on how he’s seen his instructors in the Conservatory program lead. “My teachers have shown me that if you are passionate and love what you are doing, then students will have a better time playing.” All of these experiences have helped to shape Duke, not only affecting his music career, but also his future. “I came into Valley thinking of music as a hobby. But this past year I’ve realized I want to study music education in college and become a music teacher. I can't give this up—I love it too much.”
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The Kidservatory program introduces our students to the exciting world of creative arts, with specialized school-day classes, after-school offerings, and private lessons.
Highlights • Integrated curriculum with visual and performing arts classes in art, music, and choir for each grade level • All students learn to play an instrument before graduating • Exciting after-school offerings such as Fun with Drums, Adventures in Art, Heavenly Harps, and Dance Express • Two theatre productions each year, with past shows including Aladdin Jr., The Lion King Jr., and Jungle Book
“Everyday I feel so blessed to be at such a wonderful school; while other schools are cutting arts programs, Valley really encourages them.” As both a mom to two VCES students and the Visual Arts Chair for the Conservatory program, Jill Carlson says being a K-12 school is one of the biggest advantages the program has to offer. “Sharing teachers with different campuses ensures continuity and is part of the reason we have such an awesome program.” Being a teacher on both campuses, Jill doesn’t play favorites, but admits there are plenty of perks to working at the elementary school. “The kids get so excited to see their art hanging and to show it to their families. It’s really cool.” That’s what it’s all about for Jill, getting students excited about art and providing outlets to explore their God-given talents. “We want to make art accessible to as many students as want it; that’s the Consevatory’s philosophy, and mine as well.”
Our Junior Conservatory offers young artists the opportunity to further develop their God-given talents, with a full range of classes in dance arts, music, theatre arts and visual arts.
Highlights • 597 junior high students participate in at least one of our 23 course offerings • Unique performance opportunities in outstanding venues, including the professional stages of the California Theatre in downtown San Jose and Disney’s Main Street USA • Past theatre shows include The Sound of Music, High School Musical Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Women, and Bye Bye Birdie
“Everyday is an audition.” That’s what Michelle McLaughlin tells her students as they warm up for her advanced dance class in the Conservatory program. “I teach them that it’s not just about how they dance; [it’s about] how important humility and hard work are.” Michelle knows that importance ﬁrst hand, receiving her MFA in dance and choreography from Sarah Lawrence College and having spent years as a professional dancer in New York. She is just one of many faculty who have come to Valley Christian from a professional background, and she understands the rigor of the professional performing world. “Our program has a lot of working student-artists. We're really supportive of outside endeavors creating an environment where they can get out there and make a name for Christian artists." Michelle is passionate about this impact, explaining, "The most important thing we can do is shine our light and be noticed for having something different about us.”
The Conservatory of the Arts provides high school students with the opportunity to further refine their artistic talents with individualized, advanced training in a professional and inspiring environment taught by accomplished artists.
• Majors and minors offered in eight disciplines: Dance Arts, Integrated Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, New Media Studies, Theatre Arts, Theatrical Design and Technology, and Visual Arts
• The Conservatory’s Theatre Department was designated as one of the top six theatre programs in the nation by Stage Directions Magazine and earned six nominations for California High School Musical Honors
• High-caliber facilities accessible to students, including a black box theatre, recording facilities, photo studio, piano labs, sound-proof practice suites, dance studio, green room, scene shop, ﬁlm studio, rehearsal hall, and kiln and ceramics rooms
• Our nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensemble has taken home top honors at a multitude of competitions last year, including winning Sweepstakes at the Folsom Jazz Festival, being chosen for showcase at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, and winning ﬁrst place in two categories from Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards • Premiere dance group, Vivid, took home top awards in Florida at the “Contest of Champions” in several categories, including hip-hop, ensemble, and soloists
“At the end of the day, we play pretend. But you have to take it seriously to have fun.” Brooke Novak knows just how much hard work it takes to have fun in theatre, completing her MFA at the University of San Diego and spending time in New York as an actor and director before coming back to VCHS. “When I was a student here, Valley taught me how theatre and faith go together. It was an enormously valuable lesson for me, and one that I am passionate about passing on to my students.” The 2003 VCHS alumna says it’s one of the things she loves most about teaching. “We’re preparing the next generation of Christian artists, encouraging them to go out and redefine what that looks like…to figuring out how the art we create can be used to bless others.”
The Athletic Department strives not only to build up teams and players, but also to teach life lessons through disciplined training at the highest level of competition. Giving student-athletes of all ages a chance to participate and develop a love for sports, our Athletics program also has on-campus specialists to assist with the college recruitment process.
Daniel Courage, discipline, integrity are written on the walls of the baseball club house. Daniel Hall, JV coach and VCHS alumnus, knows these words well, especially since he’s the one who put them there. “Every year the baseball team focuses on a different theme, and a few years ago we started putting them up on the walls. It’s really cool to stand here and see them all,” the 2007 graduate says. “I learned a lot about living out these principles as a player, and now as a coach I’m learning even more.” During his time here in the Athletics program, he learned more than just playing catch, but also preparation for life. “I learned how to be competitive and strive for perfection. Not only that, I learned how to deal with failure.”
Going on to play outfield and third base in college, Daniel also majored in criminal justice and set out to pursue a career in law enforcement. “Of course I had dreams of playing pro baseball,” Daniel laughs, “but even in high school, it was always my plan to become a police officer and make a positive impact on the community.” The sense of community between the players and coaches at Valley is just one of the many reasons Daniel thinks the Athletics program boasts so many alumni coaches and volunteers, coming back to the school to make an impact. “I think all of the former players who come back do so because of the impact VCHS athletics had on their lives. We want to give back that same experience to today's students."
Lead. Serve v . Impact.
Elementary School Elementary students participate in physical education twice a week, with a special lab for kindergarteners to further develop their motor skills. With ten different instructional units, students are able to grasp the fundamentals of a variety of sports, preparing them for junior high. “We change units every three weeks, but the kids’ excitement is always the same. Whether it‘s jump rope, kickball, soccer, or basketball, they can’t wait for PE class.” Starting as the elementary PE teacher two years ago, Chelsea Shears ('00) loves watching her students develop a passion for sports and gain the life-long beneﬁts of participating. “PE motivates students to stay active and have confidence in their abilities. They also learn so many great life lessons.” Learning those same lessons herself at VCS, Chelsea is thankful for the support she received from the Athletics department. “My coaches helped me not only excel in my sport, but also taught me about leadership, communication, team work, and a good work ethic. That’s what we really hope the kids take away from sports here.”
Little Warrior Nation Little Warrior Nation is an exciting extracurricular opportunity for VCES students to learn the fundamentals of a wide variety of sports from some of the best coaches and high school athletes in California.
VCJH participates at the highest level of competition in Santa Clara County. Offering a balanced program consisting of 22 teams competing in 12 different sports, our commitment is to hire coaches who model Christian values both on and off the athletic ﬁeld and prepare our emerging student-athletes to be leaders in the community.
Human Performance Center Many of our student-athletes take advantage of the sport-speciﬁc workouts offered after school to receive training from our highly experienced coaching staff in the Human Performance Center (HPC).
Accomplishments • The seventh grade boys’ basketball team capped off an undefeated season (16-0) by winning the Santa Clara County Section Championship • Our six-time girls’ soccer champions have won league titles in ‘07, ‘08, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14, and ’15
45 B OYS T E A M S Flag Football, Baseball Training, Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Volleyball
“Playing sports, you learn lessons like responsibility, follow through, and teamwork.” VCJH Athletic Director Adam Gill has been part of the Athletics team here for over 13 years, with a passion for coaching and a desire to make an impact on students’ lives. “We want to train kids not just to be competent in a particular sport, but confident in their overall athletic abilities. Ultimately, we want them to be active and involved in some type of sport for the rest of their lives.” Something else Adam hopes students will take with them is their sense of school pride, something he says he loves to see. “What brings me the most excitement is the look on the students’ faces when we’re passing out the team uniforms—they get so excited! Whether we win or lose, I know they’re proud to be wearing our colors and to be a Warrior.”
GIRLS TEAMS Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer
CO-ED TEAMS Cross Country, Track & Field, Tennis, Golf, Water Polo
MEN Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
Our Athletic Department's goal of, "Pursuing victory with honor," teaches life lessons through disciplined training and competition. With 49 competitive teams in 16 different sports, our student-athletes regularly compete with distinction at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, the Human Performance Center (HPC) provides year-round, sport-speciﬁc training to maximize strength, speed, and athletic performance for all VCHS student-athletes.
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Accomplishments • Our women’s Volleyball team won their fourth consecutive CCS Championship in 2015 and was crowned state champions for the second time in three years
Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Softball, Swimming
• Two student-athletes brought home state titles in Track & Field, and they led VCHS to a second place ﬁnish in the team standings • Our 2015 men’s Cross Country team advanced to the state meet for the ﬁrst time in school history
CO - E D T E A M S Cross Country, Badminton, Track & Field, Diving, Ice Hockey (Club)
“The HPC has helped me in numerous ways, whether it’s through training for a specific sport or just in general, developing my body into the best condition it can be in physically. On top of that, the support that you get from the coaches at HPC is amazing; they’re always pushing you to be your best.” —Elena Brucker Cal-High Sports' "Athlete of the Year" Gatorade's "California Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year" 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials competitor
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“It’s not just about winning on the ﬁeld; it’s about helping our kids win off the ﬁeld.” Whether coaching the all-star defensive line on the football team or shepherding state champions in Track & Field, Arpedge Rolle has dedicated his time at VCHS to helping students grow. “My calling is to help these students rehearse trust and faith in God with sports, and then show them how to apply it to their lives. That’s why I started Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) my ﬁrst year here. I was involved in FCA in college, and it was huge for me. I always tell people Jesus saved my life, but good coaches helped change it.” Playing football at the University of Florida, Arpedge knows the pressures of collegiate athletics ﬁrst hand, and thinks Valley does a great job preparing kids. “The league we’re in is one of the most competitive leagues in the country, and VCHS has a great history of being successful here. We have great support from the school to get what we need to train our kids to be the best they can be.”
Alumni — Aneesh Chaganty (‘09) University of Southern California graduate Former ﬁlmmaker for Google
— Michelle Akavuti (‘01) Moody Bible Institute graduate Missionary in Slovakia for Global Outreach International
Before co-founding two photography and video production companies, John Pottenger got his start at Valley Christian. “President Cliff Daugherty identiﬁed me as someone who loved video and gave me opportunities to develop my skill and passion for it. My time at Valley really impacted me in what would become my career.”
“Teachers and staff at Valley were my mentors and my role models. They poured into my life beyond academics: helping to develop my faith, to make sense of the world, and by demonstrating a genuine love for others. Now I get the opportunity to pour into the lives of children and their families each day. I have much to give, because so much was given to me.”
—John Pottenger ('96) Cornerstone University graduate President of Coastline Studios and Co-founder of Match Frame Creative
—Diana (Cadalbert) Espinoza ('01) Wheaton College and University of Illinois, Chicago graduate Elementary teacher in inner city Chicago
— Chase Hughes (‘05) California Polytechnic University and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences graduate United States Navy Doctor
“My teachers encouraged and equipped me to succeed both in college at UC Berkeley and in graduate school at Columbia. The educational experience I had at Valley really set me up to do anything.”
— Ben Moreno (‘07) California Polytechnic University and Pepperdine University School of Law graduate Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office
— Dmarte Araﬁles (‘15) Wheaton College student Pictured above serving on a college mission’s trip
—Adrian Rapazzini (‘09) UC Berkeley and Columbia University graduate Administrative Business Partner at Google
“I live in England now, but I’ve spent a lot of time in Romania and Swaziland doing medical missions work. Even though I’m far away, I still feel an amazing sense of community with my Valley classmates, and I’m incredibly grateful for that.”
— Dave Honda (‘84) San Jose State University graduate Chief of Police for Watsonville, California
— Iulia (Mignea) Hammond (‘97) Point Loma Nazarene University University of Sheffield graduate Family Practice Doctor
Have you ever wondered who takes the pictures in our VCS publications? Meet three of our amazing alumni photographers. — Nathan Ngo (‘14) Westmont College student — Katie McGowan (‘16) NYU student — Drew Osumi (‘12) Syracuse University graduate
MISSION STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment offering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world. VISION STATEMENT A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence™.
FOUNDING STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Valley Christian Schools is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence. Valley Christian Schools
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