Table of Contents Welcome from the Principal
Learn About Valley
Academic Pull-Out Programs
Discover Applied Math, Science, & Engineering (Discover AMSE)
Discover Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (Discover BEI)
Welcome from the Principal “We are training our students to become effective, independent learners.”
To accomplish that mission, Elementary Principal Dr. Gabe Guven is grateful to lead a staff of experienced educators: “From harps to hands-on science, we have high-caliber teachers who put together quality classes to help our kids discover their talents and develop their skill sets… Our students have unparalleled opportunities to unlock their passions.” The educational opportunities are just one of the many qualities that make the Valley Christian campus stand apart, with Dr. Guven citing the community as the thing he appreciates the most about VCES both as a principal and a parent of four: “It’s exciting to hear how our parents, students, and teachers appreciate the community here… It touches my heart deeply because it’s a major focus for us. Our effort makes a difference, but I also attribute it to God’s presence. Community, joy, a sense of belonging—that’s God’s presence.”
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.
Learn About Valley Christian Elementary School VCS MISSION 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.
DEMOGRAPHICS 0.5% 34.0% 3.4% 6.9% 0.7% 33.6% 20.9%
American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
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Average Class Size
Teachers with Master’s Degrees
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ACCREDITATION Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
ADMINISTRATION Principal, Dr. Gabe Guven, firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Principal, Mrs. Lauren Maslyar, email@example.com
Faculty & Staff
Year School Founded
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Faculty & Staff
Academic Achievement At VCES, faculty and staff foster a caring learning environment that is patient, encouraging, and tailored to the unique needs of each and every student. Teachers challenge students at their individual levels of learning through differentiated instruction, project-based learning, and the most up-to-date and effective digital learning tools. The core academic program includes Bible, reading, language, writing, math, science, and social studies, and is designed to meet and exceed California state standards in the various academic disciplines. An extensive offering of pull-out classes and after-school programs, created to identify and nurture each studentâ€™s Godgiven potential, enhances the general curriculum.
Elementary Academics NWEA MAP GROWTH ASSESSMENT Each year, VCES students in grades 2-5 score well above the national average for both Mathematics and Language Usage on the NWEA MAP Growth Assessment.
STAR READING Students also score well above the national average for reading comprehension.
IPAD PROGRAM VCS believes in using the most effective digital learning tools, which is why the iPad is used as an interactive, instructional tool in grades K-5.
KINDERGARTEN CURSIVE All students learn cursive beginning in kindergarten using the Slingerland methodology. This approach allows students to become proficient writers as they move through the elementary years.
CHALLENGE SUCCESS Partnering with Challenge Success, a national educational organization, VCSâ€™ mission is to create more balanced workloads, raise student engagement, and actively support the students in their pursuit of the biblical definition of success. Part of the initiative has included revisiting the homework policy to eliminate busy work, allowing for much needed downtime in the evening and resulting in positive overall changes both emotionally and academically for the students and their families.
VCES admits students with a wide range of academic abilities, prioritizing a diverse student body that represents many different talents.
iPad Program Grades K-5
Teachers with Masterâ€™s Degrees
Century Learning Environment
Academic Pull-Out Programs FIFTH-GRADE ELECTIVES
All fifth-grade students may select from multiple course offerings including AMSE, student leadership, study hall/study skills, athletic leadership and performance, band (brass or woodwind), orchestra (strings), or drama/choir.
Spanish is taught weekly to all students in grades 1-4 and bi-weekly for Kindergarten. Instruction in colors, shapes, and numbers begins in Kindergarten. By upper elementary, students are forming short sentences and increasing their vocabulary to include places in the community, months of the year, and days of the week. There is also exposure to the Hispanic culture through various projects.
MATH OLYMPIAD Select fourth- and fifth-graders meet weekly to prep for the world-wide Math Olympiad.
SOAR MATH In lieu of traditional math class, selected fourth- and fifth-grade students meet with a math specialist to learn an accelerated math curriculum and to prepare for various math competitions.
COMPUTER SCIENCE Computer science aims to teach basic computer skills to develop 21st Century learners. With the emergence of countless digital learning tools, students must be able to operate in an increasingly digital world. The curriculum focuses primarily on mastering basic coding.
LIBRARY Students meet with the school librarian twice a month. The focus of Library class is to learn the basics of Library Science and make reading selections based on the studentsâ€™ interests and reading levels.
Students Involved in SOAR Math
Discover AMSE Applied Math, Science, & Engineering DISCOVER AMSE INSTITUTE The Discover AMSE is the elementary branch of the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, which provides Valley Christian students with a K-12 pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experience so that they might become successful innovators and world changers. Designed to enhance the elementary school’s engaging science and math curriculum, Discover AMSE provides a variety of exciting enrichment and after-school offerings. This allows students to pursue their areas of interest and lays the foundation for future success in these disciplines in junior high, high school, and beyond. • Second- and third-grade students discover what lies beneath the ocean deep in our after-school Ocean Discovery program, inspiring scientific understanding of ocean life. • The hands-on Agri-Tech experience introduces fourth-grade students to new farming methods such as hydroponics and vertical growth towers. • Math Team participants learn to tackle problems by working with high school mentors in this after school program. These third- through fifth-grade students earn self-confidence and compete in local Math League competitions. • Pioneering fifth-grade students conduct experiments for analysis on Earth and in space during the International Space Station elective. • RoboQuest Derby encourages third- to fifth-grade students to discover robotics fundamentals after school as they design and build their very own bot.
DISCOVER AMSE SCIENCE Life science, physical science, and earth science units come alive as K-5 students engage in hands-on experiences that reinforce the concepts they learn. This program excites students’ interest in the discipline of science by teaching a more complete understanding of science concepts and reinforcing their knowledge of God’s Truth as revealed in the physical world. All fourth-grade students participate in the newlylaunched Agri-Tech program, and all fifth graders complete International Space Station (ISS) experiments.
DISCOVER AMSE AWARDS • Math Olympiad - Three fourth-grade students individually placed in the top 2% nationally. The team placed in the top 10% nationally. • Continental Mathematics League - Western Regional Top Student Winners: Two Valley Christian Elementary students tied for the top spot in the annual competition. The team placed first regionally for the fifth year in a row. • ACSI Math Olympics - SOAR Math students swept the top spots in grades 3-5 this year.
Discover BEI Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative DISCOVER BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE The Discover BEI cultivates young entrepreneurs with passion for a purpose. Discover BEI is the Bay Area’s only K-5 business program. VCES students learn the ins and outs of starting their own business through Lemonade Day - a nationwide program that is as fun as it is educational. As a part of the BEI K-12 mentorship program, BEI high school students also use this opportunity to mentor and guide our budding entrepreneurs during the after-school program.
PROGRAMS Lemonade Day!® Lemonopolis - Online Entrepreneurship
Artistic Beauty The Kidservatory program introduces elementary students to the exciting world of creative arts, with school-day pull-out classes, after-school offerings, and private lessons. • Integrated curriculum with classes in art, music, and choir for all grade levels • K-12 faculty from some of the finest conservatories in the world including: The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute • All students graduate learning to play an instrument • Multiple performances in theatre, dance, and music throughout the year • Exciting after-school offerings
Kidservatory Programs Artistic exploration is an integral part of the dayto-day school program at VCES. Each class meets with a music teacher for weekly general lessons and, by fourth grade, each student participates in the â€œFourth Grade Wheel.â€? Instrumental instruction is part of the artistic specialized program during the regular school day, and different vocal and instrumental groups perform several times a year at events throughout the community, such as Christmas at the California and the VCS Festival of the Arts.
FOURTH-GRADE WHEEL Students participate in a year-long rotation (every eight weeks) of offerings in music including orchestra, choir, brass, and woodwinds.
FIFTH-GRADE ELECTIVES After a year of exploring instruments/performing arts in their fourth-grade rotation, fifth-grade students select an instrument of their choice. They can choose from orchestra (strings), band (brass or woodwind), piano, or drama/choir.
HAND CHIMES Fourth- and fifth-graders may audition for this special pull-out class. Participants are introduced to techniques unique to hand chimes, receiving instruction in rudimentary music reading and performance concepts while experiencing the joy of making music alongside their friends and classmates.
ART All K-5 students receive a foundation in visual art. Students showcase their work via portfolios and the annual Festival of the Arts show.
K-3 MUSIC All K-3 students meet weekly for vocal/music instruction. Through the Orff method of learning, Valley Christian students learn rhythm, beat, melody, and participate in ensemble play with xylophones, conga drums, and various small, unpitched rhythm instruments.
Kidservatory Specialized Programs
(5th grade) Theatre Performances Each Year
Athletic Distinction We strive to teach wellness concepts and physical skills that will inspire students to embrace a proactive and healthy lifestyle.
Elementary Athletics PHYSICAL EDUCATION Elementary teachers strive to teach wellness concepts and physical skills that will inspire students to embrace an active and healthy lifestyle. Elementary students participate in PE twice a week, with a unique motor lab for kindergartners to further develop their motor skills. Some of the units of study include jump rope, bowling, tennis, foursquare, basketball, volleyball, softball, and physical fitness. All students are encouraged to participate and increase their dexterity.
FITNESS BIKES VCES is committed to creating a classroom environment that speaks to the needs of active young learners – especially the need to move. All classrooms have a kid-sized fitness bike that is in constant use throughout the day. Several teachers use standing desks and core strengthening sitting options. Both students and teachers integrate time to take ‘body breaks’ throughout the day.
MARCH MADNESS One highlight of the school year for many students is the double-elimination March Madness Tournament in the spring. Students learn the value of teamwork, a healthy competitive spirit, and how to maintain a positive attitude.
FIFTH-GRADE BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL Our 5th Grade basketball program runs from Nov. – Jan. and is offered three days a week for both boys and girls. Each team plays approximately 3-5 games during the season and is drilled on the fundamentals of basketball. This is a great opportunity for students to improve on their skills and test them in competition throughout the season.
Athletic After-School Classes
Sports Instruction Units
Spiritual Life Students thrive in a Christ-centered learning environment where they are able to learn from the personal examples of their dedicated teachers.
Elementary Faith SPIRITUAL LIFE • Biblical perspective integrated into every subject • Bible classes focused on teaching stories, thematic concepts, and Bible verse memorization • Weekly chapels with student-led prayer, a time of praise and worship, and inspirational messages • Service opportunities including writing letters to members of our military, participating in the fire department’s toy drive, donating bug nets, and Second Harvest Food Bank • Student participation in character education that teaches children how to prevent and resolve conflict in a constructive and biblically faithful manner
Service Projects Available per Year
Student Life Throughout the year, VCES hosts a number of exciting events to continually bring our community together for fellowship and fun.
Elementary Community Students participate in a variety of group learning experiences throughout the school year, such as field trips and after-school offerings; these provide opportunities for connection with fellow VCES students as well as potential mentor relationships with students from the Skyway Campus. We believe that these experiences are essential in the process of nurturing a strong sense of safety and belonging within our community. Some of our community events include: • New Family Meet and Greet • Pancake Breakfast • High School Sports Nights • Market Day • Family Fun Night • Third-Grade Grandparents’ Day • Knight of Passage/Night to Shine (Junior High Transition Celebration) • Donuts with Dad • Muffins with Mom
Community Building Activities
After-School Opportunities EXTENDED CARE Knowing your child is safe and cared for is of the utmost importance for every parent. At VCES you can rest assured your child is in good hands in our extended care program. Our nurturing extended care staff provide morning and after-school care available on all school days and most holidays (77:45am and 3-6pm).
AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT VCES consistently strives to meet the diverse needs of growing Silicon Valley families through our wide range of after-school programs. Developing young minds have so many interests and at VCES we offer a wide variety of specialized enrichment classes for students to discover and develop their passions in academics, arts, and athletics.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI) Lemonade Day, Chess King, Coding, Homework Hub, LEGO Club, RoboQuest Derby, Schmahl Science
ARTISTIC BEAUTY A Stitch of Mine, Adventures in Art, Dance Express, Fun with Drums, Guitar for Fun, Heavenly Harps, Kids on Keyboards, Kids on Strings, Musical Theatre.
ATHLETIC DISTINCTION Golf, Junior Cheer, Little Warrior Nation, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Fit Bus
Academic After-School Opportunities
205 Students Participating in LWN
Kidservatory After-School Opportunities
LITTLE WARRIOR NATION (LWN) LWN 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 the state of California. For grades K-3, our Elementary Physical Education staff leads all-sports camps throughout the year. The 4th & 5th graders participate in clinics with our high school coaches and athletes. Highlights for both age groups include an “Inside Look” at the students’ high school team of choice and an opportunity to sit on the sidelines at games. Through the LWN, VCES students learn firsthand what it means to be a spirited Valley Christian Warrior.
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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