Welcome! “Because of our amazing faculty, we’re able to identify the God-given talents of our students, and help them figure out how can they use those gifts to better the world.” “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.” Principal Mark Lodewyk sees VCHS as more than just an educational institution, but a place for young people to become world changers. “Because of our amazing faculty, we’re able to identify the God-given talents of our students, and help them figure out how can they use those gifts to better the world.”
CONTENTS Mission Faith & Community Academic Achievement Artistic Beauty Athletic Distinction
DEMOGRAPHICS VCHS admits students with a wide range of academic abilities, prioritizing a diverse student body that represents many different talents.
SAT REASONING SCORES
National Merit Scholars
Year School Founded
Valley Christian Schoolsâ€™ 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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African American Asian Caucasian Hispanic Other (including no response, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Blended Backgrounds)
25 1514 15:1 168:1 100%
Average Class Size Enrollment Student/Faculty Ratio Student Counselor Ratio College Bound Seniors
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Principal, Mark Lodewyk, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2425 Vice Principal of Academics, Jennifer Griffin, email@example.com (408) 513-2492 Head Academic Counselor, Diana Fairchild, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2411 Dean of Students, Mike Machado, email@example.com (408) 513-2458 Critical Reading
Represents all 4-year college matriculants that took the SAT
WARRIORS ADVANCING THE LORDâ€™S KINGDOM
VCHS offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of God and demonstrate His love through the WALK program. Through action and love, students seek to advance the Lordâ€™s Kingdom and transform their lives, their communities, and the world. Whether in Bible classes, weekly chapels, or on missions trips, students are challenged and encouraged to grow spiritually and graduate with invaluable experiences that spur them on in their Quest for Excellence.
Students are equipped and encouraged to turn classroom instruction into action—using their time and talent to share God’s love in their neighborhoods. Students are required to complete 25 hours of community service each year, though many students serve above and beyond that. In our Bible classes, our students lead on-campus and Bay Area-focused service projects during the school day through the Junior University Program, tutoring students at local public elementary schools and building relationships with them.
As a key component of our college-preparatory curriculum, we seek to prepare future world changers by giving them the opportunity to experience the world and spread God’s love to all people. Every year, teams of VCS students and faculty travel the world on short-term missions trips, with some of our past service projects including trips to Africa, Thailand, Brazil, and Chile. Following Jesus’ call to love by serving those in need, WALK connects our students with outside communities to help grow their vision for what God is doing in the world and what He can do through their lives.
Through exposure to Christian mentors, biblical teachings, and meaningful life experiences, VCHS graduates are able to define and live out their own faith beyond our campus, transformed by God’s love. We all seek to be transformed into Christ’s likeness (Romans 12:2), allowing us to reflect His love and grace through the Gospel to others around the world (Matthew 5:14-16, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Acts 1:8). Here are just some of the ways VCHS fosters this transformation: - Weekly chapels with a time of music, teaching, Scripture reading, and prayer
325k 68k Raised for Missions
Individual Service Hours
- Bi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week, which gives students teaching from world renowned Christian speakers - Bible classes for every grade level, designed as part of our 4-year Spiritual Plan
Student Life We’re proud to boast not only high academic, artistic, and athletic achievement, but also a thriving student body. Whether they’re cheering on their fellow Warriors in the “Blue Crew” section at volleyball games, dressing up in crazy costumes for Spirit Week, or giving it their all in class competitions during rallies (our annual Warrior Warz competition), it’s easy to see that our students are excited and proud to be Warriors.
Academic Achievement Through a rich combination of core classes and electives, VCHS students are given a chance to discover their passion and develop their talents in a comprehensive, college-preparatory environment. We believe that Christian education is more than a careerâ€”itâ€™s a calling. With 57% of our teachers being experts in their fields and holding masterâ€™s degrees, our faculty is passionate about building up students to become men and women of God.
RECENT 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 Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • 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 (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) • 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 • San Diego State University • University of San Diego • San Francisco State University • University of San Francisco • San Jose State University • 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
*Highly selective colleges are bolded.
100% 323 Attend College
Senior Class Size
319 Highly Ranked College Acceptances
ACADEMIC & COLLEGE COUNSELING 100% Attending College 18%
California Public Universities
The Academic and College Counseling Department’s goal is to partner with students, parents, and teachers to prayerfully identify the needs, aptitudes, and goals of each student. The counseling team provides strategic, individual, and personal academic and college planning in a number of ways, including: • Annual class presentations covering strategies for academic success, course selection, college preparation, and a healthy life balance • Individual Counselor meetings to review academic performance and discuss college goals • College tours led by VCHS counselors - past trips include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, the Pacific Northwest, the Southern States, and Southern California • Over 200 college admissions representatives scheduled throughout the year to meet with students, in addition to our annual Christian College Fair • Guest speakers on college essay writing, tips, and applying for financial aid and scholarships • College/Career Day with breakout sessions tailored for all grade levels to explore future career options • Individual college counseling appointments to assist in the NCAA and NAIA athletic recruitment process for student-athletes
The Dual Credit Program provides students with the opportunity to take collegelevel courses on campus and graduate with over 100 college units. Taught by VCHS faculty, over 30 courses are offered through three different colleges and universities (West Hills Community College, William Jessup University, and Colorado Christian University) that give students a jump-start on college requirements. Applied Ethics Philosophy of Religion World Religions Speech Debate American Literature Contemporary Authors/ Dramatic Literature Early British Literature Late British Literature AP English Literature Trigonometry /Pre-Calculus AB Honors Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus BC Calculus
Dual Credit Courses
Honors & AP Courses
AP Statistics AP Calculus AB Multivariable Calculus Honors Biology Honors Anatomy/Physiology AP Biology AP Environmental Science Astronomy Honors Chemistry AP Chemistry AP US History AP US Government Ceramics I AP Studio Art Spanish III Honors AP Spanish Language French IV Honors
AP & HONORS
We are committed to offering our students academically challenging courses in order to prepare them for any college environment. VCHS offers 20 Honors classes in addition to AP programs, which prepare students for 22 AP exams including: AP Computer Science A AP English Language AP English Literature AP Chinese Language and Culture AP Latin AP Spanish Language AP Statistics AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Music Theory AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Environmental Science AP Physics: Mechanics AP Physics: Electricity and Magnetism AP Physics I: Algebra Based
AP US History AP Microeconomics AP US Government and Politics AP Human Geography AP Studio Art: Drawing AP Studio Art: 2D Design Dance Technique III Honors English 9 Honors* English 10 Honors* Geometry Honors* Algebra II Honors* Trig/Pre-Calculus BC Honors Multivariable Calculus Honors* Jazz Ensemble Honors Biology Honors*
Chemistry Honors Physics Honors* Anatomy & Physiology Honors Ancient World History Honors* Modern World History Honors* Theatre II Honors Technical Theatre II Honors French IV Honors Latin IV Honors Mandarin IV Honors Spanish III Honors
*Though internal honors credit is given, the UC does not calculate an honors grade point for this course. Other colleges may assign honors credit. Class availability in any given year is based on student interest. Complete class list in our Course Catalog at: vcs.net/highschoolacademics
ACADEMIC COURSES OFFERED Applied Technology Intro to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Aerospace Engineering Digital Electronics Intro to Computer Programming AP Computer Science A iPad Technical Support Internship Bible Christianity in Our Culture Old Testament Literature New Testament History New Testament Literature Philosophy of Religion World Religions Applied Ethics Spiritual Disciplines Introduction to Life Calling Life Calling in the Workplace Biblical Literature The Truth Project (online) Biblical Government (ASB) Biblical Leadership Advanced Biblical Leadership Community Outreach Advanced Community Outreach Arts Outreach Advanced Arts Outreach Christian Athletic Leadership Missions Advanced Missions New Media Studies Art of Filmmaking Applied Filmmaking 3D Film Animation Advanced 3D Film Animation TV Broadcast Journalism Advanced TV Broadcast Journalism Radio Programming Communications Journalism I, II Yearbook Speech Debate Dance Hip Hop I, II, III Dance Technique I, II, III Dance Technique III (H) Dance Technique III - Color Guard Ballet II Tap I, II, III Electives Student Government (ASB) Aides: Office, Teacher, Library Study Hall Language Skills for International Students Introduction to Entrepreneurship
English College Preparatory English 9 English 9 (H) College Preparatory English 10 English 10 (H) American Literature Sports Literature and Writing Early British Literature/Late British Literature Contemporary Authors/Dramatic Literature AP English Literature & Composition AP English Language & Composition Human Performance Lifetime Fitness/Health and Wellness Foundations of Baseball Foundations of Water Polo Football Training & Development Outdoor Athletic Performance Indoor Athletic Performance Mathematics Algebra IA & IB Algebra I Geometry IA & IB Geometry Geometry (H) Algebra IIA & IIB Algebra II Algebra II (H) Consumer Math (online) Finite Math Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus BC (H) Statistics AP Statistics Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Multivariable Calculus Music Symphonic Band Percussion Ensemble Chamber Ensemble Jazz Lab Jazz Ensemble (H) Piano I, II, III Vocal Jazz Ensemble Womenâ€™s Vocal Ensemble AP Music Theory Wind Ensemble Strings Ensemble Worship Band Conservatory Chorus Introduction to Guitar and Electric Bass Guitar II, III Symphony Orchestra Songwriting Music Technology
Science Physical Science Biology I Biology I (H) Marine Biology Chemistry Chemistry (H) Astronomy Physics Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology (H) Scientific Research AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics 1 AP Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism AP Environmental Science Social Science Origins of Global Issues Modern World History Modern World History (H) AP Human Geography US History AP US History US Government/Economics AP Microeconomics AP US Government & Politics History and Music Theatre Theatre I Theatre II Theatre II (H) Musical Theatre Technical Theatre I, II Technical Theatre II (H) Improvisation Theatre Production Internship Advanced Design and Stage Visual Arts Art I, II, III AP Studio Art: Drawing AP Studio Art: 2D Design Photographic Design I, II Photographic Design Studio Ceramics I Ceramics II World Language American Sign Language I, II, III French I, II, III, IV (H) Latin I, II, III, IV (H) AP Latin Spanish I, II, III, III (H), IV AP Spanish Language Chinese (Mandarin) I, II, III, IV (H) AP Chinese Language and Culture
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE Our students are world changers, and with the Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI), weâ€™re giving them the resources and training to launch their innovative ideas to create business opportunities. Through the BEI, students not only learn core business concepts through school-day courses, but are also given the chance to apply what they learn through numerous business programs. These unique opportunities expose students to successful Silicon Valley business leaders who exemplify Christian principles as they mentor and spark innovation in the young entrepreneurs. The BEI is on the cutting edge of creating future leaders of industry in the business world, giving Warriors another avenue to lead, serve, and impact as they follow their Quest for Excellence. With a specialized business curriculum plan and co-curricular program opportunities, students have the ability to integrate real-life business experiences into their academic school-day curriculum. A sample of current courses include:
-Intro to Entrepreneurship -Life Calling in the Workplace (Biblical Financial Literacy) -Economics & AP Economics -Statistics & AP Statistics -AP Computer Science -Speech -Debate
PROGRAMS & CLUBS PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS CHALLENGE
The students in the President’s Business Challenge form teams and learn the entrepreneurial process of creating a startup through hand-on experience while competing for the opportunity to pitch a business plan to Silicon Valley venture capitalists. • Students learn to collaborate, problem solve, and design creative solutions into a business opportunity • Top venture capitalists serve as mentors and judges, working with and providing feedback for students as they develop their business model. • Students develop communication skills as they interface with mentors, venture capitalists, and industry experts through consulting sessions and multiple rounds of business pitches.
PBC INCUBATOR PROGRAM
Taking what they learned through the President’s Business Challenge (PBC), student teams in the PBC Incubator Program work closely with a network of mentors to launch their startup from conception, organization, planning, and launch. Every phase of the startup process is explored and students learn hands on through the experience of launching a real business.
DECA is an internationally-recognized business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in four fields: marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. In addition to learning business concepts through classroom instruction and real-world business application, DECA students attend competitions and leadership conferences.
TED Ed CLUB
TED Ed VCS aims to spread “ideas worth sharing,” embracing the Silicon Valley culture. As a student-led initiative, students find speakers, organize activities, and curate events, sparking conversations and creating opportunities where ideas from every discipline and culture inspires their fellow students to make a positive impact in their community.
Stocks Club is a student-led organization where students come together to share investing strategies and learn to analyze stock investments in order to make informed investment decisions for growth.
MICROFINANCE INVESTMENT CLUB
The Microfinance Investment Club provides low-interest loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries while teaching applicative micro-lending practices and procedures.
SPORTS ANALYTICS CLUB MIT LAUNCH & DIAMOND CHALLENGE
215 Students Participating in BEI
PBC Start-up Teams
Sports Analytics is a fast growing industry in the world of sports. In the VC Sports Analytics Club, students evaluate how sports organizations use data, analytics, and statics to optimize their rosters, finding an interactive way to connect sports and mathematics. Students have the opportunity to participate in and receive mentoring for entrepreneurship competitions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “MIT Launch” program and the University of Delaware Horn’s “Diamond Challenge.” Both competitions provide students from around the world with an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and compete headto-head for prizes and prestige.
BEI Mentors & Speakers
AMSE Institute Our STEM education program, The Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, aims to develop Christian scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are equipped to become global leaders in the most advanced fields. This program offers unique training with professionals to aid AMSE students in developing a competitive project portfolio of work during high school.
APPLIED MATH, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING (AMSE) INSTITUTE MAJORS & MINORS
VCHS students have the opportunity to specialize in applied math, science, or engineering. This program offers unique training with experienced professionals to aid our students in developing a competitive portfolio of work throughout high school. The curriculum for the AMSE program is designed to advance the unique interests and abilities of the individual, thus VCHS faculty members tailor each AMSE student’s schedule based on which courses and activities will best assist the student in meeting his/her personal goals.
• Opportunities to enter elite competitions with coaching from Learning Innovation Network (LINK) members • Monthly AMSE Professional Seminars • Personalized post-high school education plan • Leadership opportunities for students to mentor other AMSE students • After-school offerings in robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics for additional hands-on experiences • Opportunity to participate in the International Space Station (ISS) project • Access to our world-class facilities, including our state-of-the-art Bio Safety Lab, NanoTechnology/Microscopy Lab, and Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope
Science Experiments Aboard ISS
400+ Students Involved in AMSE
ASTRONOMY RESEARCH PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) PROGRAM SATELLITE TRACKING PROGRAM SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ROBOTICS PROGRAM
The Astronomy Research Program provides practical, hands-on opportunities to learn about the exciting world of astronomy. With the equipment in VCHSâ€™s Observatory, students have access to professional-grade hardware and software such as the Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope. ISS provides students with the opportunity to conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify computer-controlled science experiments that are then sent into space. Students gain experience developing projects, collaborating internationally, designing printed circuit boards and mechanical hardware, and more. Students work with industry professionals as a team to research various design techniques used in the construction of a satellite. Some of these include the application of Software Defined Radios, GPS technology, Telemetry, Digital Modulation, Antenna Design and Construction. Our program gives students the opportunity to track satellites from around the world (including Valley Christianâ€™s own satellite), and offers three levels of Satellite Tracking for students to learn and gain experience in all aspects of satellite tracking. Students will also be prepared for FCC Radio Exams, earning their certification in various areas and levels of tracking. The Robotics Program promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as teamwork and leadership in an exciting, hands-on, and practical environment. This is an excellent opportunity in which students can build vital foundational skills for advanced education and future careers.
The program provides students with the opportunity to design, build, and test rockets that will be launched to altitudes of up to 100,000 feet. Students work in teams to design various elements of the rocket and will learn about thrust, propulsion, aerodynamics, and develop skills on modern-day CAD and simulator programs.
ROCKETRY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
After-School Programs & Clubs
3D Printing 2 Change, Chemistry Club, Environmental Club, Forensics Club, Future of Science Association (FOSA), Future Surgeons of America (FSA) Club, Green Energy Solutions Club, Makers Club, Marine Biology Club, Medical Club, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Physics Club, Pre-Veterinary Club, Programming Club, Quiz Bowl, St. Jude Cancer Club
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
• Students in the International Space Station (ISS) program launched student-built science experiments to the ISS in 2016, becoming the first high schoolers to do so. • Our ISS students became the first high school students to design a tool to be 3D-printed and used by astronauts aboard the ISS. • Our math honors society, Mu Alpha Theta, has some of the best high school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their 9th and 8th place finishes in the 2015 Ciphering Time Trials and 2016 Four-by-Four Competition national mathematics contests.
3D Printed Tool Aboard ISS
Artistic Beauty The Conservatory of the Arts provides students with the opportunity to further refine their artistic talents with individualized, advanced training in a professional and inspiring environment. Our mission is to discover and develop the extraordinary God-given talent of young artists, proclaiming the arts as an expression of God’s love among the varied cultures of the world.
INFO POINTS • Strategic partnerships with internationally recognized art institutions such as the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Steinway Corporation. • Opportunities to travel for performances, competitions, and outreach events, with past trips to Europe, China, Disney World, Indonesia, and Thailand. • Faculty from some of the best conservatories in the world; including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Institute.
MAJORS & MINORS Conservatory students have the opportunity to major or minor in one of eight disciplines: Music, Visual Arts, Musical Theatre, Dance Arts, New Media Studies, Theatre Arts, Integrated Arts, and Theatrical Design and Technology. Four years of concentrated involvement in a specialized program helps students stand out to college and admissions committees and prepares them to pursue their creative endeavors after high school.
FACILITIES Scene Shop Recital Hall Dance Studio Specially-designed music classrooms Piano Lab Practice Suites Rehearsal Hall Student Life Center Black Box Theatre Film Studio and Green Room Ceramics Room Kiln Room Theatre Recording Facilities
AWARDS & ACCOLADES • The Conservatory’s Theatre Department was designated as one of the six top theatre programs in the nation by Stage Directions Magazine and earned six nominations for California High School Musical Honors in 2015. Past theatre shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Les Miserables, Anything Goes, and The Importance of Being Earnest. • Our nationally acclaimed Jazz Ensemble has taken home top honors at a multitude of music festivals, including winning Sweepstakes at the Folsom Jazz Festival, being chosen for showcase at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, and being chosen as the top high school jazz ensemble in the nation in the 2016 edition of Downbeat Magazine. • Six students were named to the California All-State Honor Bands and Orchestra in 2016. • Premiere dance group Vivid took home top awards in Florida at the “Contest of Champions” in several categories, including hip-hop, ensemble, and soloists. • Winter Winds Marching Ensemble named Western Regional Champions by Winter Guard International.
Training in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop with each style offered at developmentally appropriate abilty levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
This specialty program allows students to explore their own cross-disciplinary interests and choose from the Conservatoryâ€™s vast menu of course offerings.
The Music Department offers distinctive opportunities with exceptional instruction, private lessons, world travel, and high-caliber performance venues.
NEW MEDIA STUDIES
This program gives students access to up-to-date industry standard software, equipment, and facilities while gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of film production.
The Theatre Arts Program aims to offer in-depth training in acting, directing, movement, and technical theatre, both for students who wish to experience theatre for enjoyment and for students who choose to pursue theatre as a career. The program presents all Valley Christian students with opportunities to participate in multiple performing arts events.
MUSICAL THEATRE THEATRICAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY VISUAL ARTS
The Musical Theatre program provides students with the opportunity to discover and develop their artistic talents through performance-focused training, cultivating skills in the areas of acting, voice, and dance. Utilizing specifically-designed computer software, students learn the craft of theatrical set designs and builds. The Visual Arts Department nurtures students to discover and grow their artistic creativity in a wide variety of mediums including photography, ceramics, pencil, ink, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, collage, and digital design.
Music Performance Groups
Athletic Distinction “Pursing victory with honor,” our Athletic Department’s goal is to teach life lessons through disciplined training and true competition: how to handle adversity, how to work as a team, and how to display sportsmanship on and off the field. Our Athletics program continues to grow beyond our extensive offerings of championship-caliber Warrior teams to come alongside our student-athletes in all aspects of their training and competing. • With 48 competitive teams in 20 different sports, VCHS provides numerous opportunities for our athletes to develop in their sport. • Our student-athletes regularly compete with distinction at the local, state, and national level. • On-campus specialists are available to assist with the college recruitment process, with 73 Warriors currently competing at the collegiate level.
WARRIORS IN COLLEGE
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
• 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. • Two of our student-athletes brought home state titles in Track and Field, and led VCHS to a second place finish in the team standings. • The Boys Cross Country Team finished second in CCS and qualified for the California State Meet for the first time in school history during the 2015 season. • Our Football program’s perennial success can be highlighted by their sweep of WCAL championships at all three levels (Varsity, JV, and Freshman) in 2014. Additionally, they have won five CCS championships in 15 seasons, qualifying for the elite Open Division playoffs nine times in its 11 year existence. FALL
Men’s: Football, Water polo Women’s: Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Water polo Co-Ed: Cross Country
Men’s: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling Women’s: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling
100+ Alumni Collegiate Athletes
Men’s: Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball Women’s: Softball, Swimming Co-Ed: Badminton, Track & Field
HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER The Human Performance Center (HPC) provides year-round, sports-specific training to maximize strength, power, speed, and athletic performance for all Valley Christian High School athletes. Our trainers come from both collegiate and professional sports backgrounds and offer sports-specific athlete development classes during and after school every day.
Student-Athletes Trained Each Day
Classes in a Day
VCS Board of Directors Ms. Vera Shantz
Mr. Michael Sprauve
Mr. Daniel Burford
Mrs. Susan Bagley
Mr. Jerry Merza
Dr. Eric Phelps
Mr. Robert Rubino
Dr. Rick Watson
Executive Team Dr. Clifford Daugherty
Mr. John Cooley
Chief Legal Counsel
Dr. Stephen McMinn
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Kenneth Shilling
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Leadership Team Mr. Gabe Guven
Elementary School Principal
Mrs. Lisa Arnett
Junior High School Principal
Mr. Mark Lodewyk
High School Principal
Mr. Michael Annab
Mrs. Kimberly Ellefsen
Marketing & Publications K-12
Mr. Troy Gunter
Conservatory of the Arts K-12
Miss Shirley Hitchcock
Accreditation & Curriculum K-12
Mr. Mike LaBarbera
Extend the Gift Development Chair
Mr. Eric Scharrenberg
Physical Education & Athletics K-12
Mr. Werner Vavken
Applied Math, Science, & Engineering K-12
Chaplains Rev. Ed Silvoso
VCS Board Chaplain
Mr. (Rev.) Werner Vavken
VCS Faculty/Staff Chaplain
Mr. Nathan Smith
Mr. Brian Clemons
Valley Christian Schoolsâ€™ 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. To support VCS, please call the Extend the Gift Development Office at 408-362-7642.