Welcome! “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.” “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 Pre-2015 Test Change
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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Post-2015 Test Change
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Student/Counselor Ratio College Bound Seniors
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SAT mean college bound VCHS Class of 2017 50th Percentile range
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Principal, Mark Lodewyk, email@example.com (408) 513-2425 Vice Principal of Academics, Jennifer Griffin, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2492 Head Academic Counselor, Diana Fairchild, email@example.com (408) 513-2411 Dean of Students, Mike Machado, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 513-2458
2016 CA Average
National Merit Scholars
Average Class Size
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
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23 1629 15:1 148:1 100%
ACT mean college bound VCHS Class of 2017
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, Chile, Haiti, India, and Thailand. 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 The Student Activities Department engages students in campus life with fun activities such as Homecoming Spirit Week, dress-up days, Friday “Fun-at-lunch,” and our annual class competition “Warrior Warz.” Building community through school spirit, VCHS offers a balanced high school experience for students to create life-long memories and a connection to the campus, starting freshman year with our Freshman Mentoring Program. With over 80 student-led clubs, spirit rallies, and more, it’s easy to see why 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 career—it’s a calling. Many of our faculty come to VCHS as experts in their field—with 70% of core academic teachers holding master’s degrees—and all of the faculty and staff are 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 • Amherst College • 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 UniversityMN • 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 Institute of Technology • 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 Delaware • University of Denver • DePaul University • Dordt College • Drexel University • Duke University • Eastern University • Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester • Eckerd College • Elon University • EmbryRiddle 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 • Furman 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 • Harvard 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 • Howard University • 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 • The Juilliard School • 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 • New England Conservatory of Music • 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 • Olin College of Engineering • 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
100% 361 Attend College
Senior Class Size
369 Highly Ranked College Acceptances
*Highly ranked/selective colleges are bolded.
ACADEMIC & COLLEGE COUNSELING 100% Attending College
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 270 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 four different colleges and universities (West Hills Community College, William Jessup University, Colorado Christian University, and Ohio Christian University) that give students a jump-start on college requirements. Applied Ethics Introduction to Life Calling Philosophy of Religion World Religions Speech Debate American Literature Early British Literature Late British Literature AP English Literature Trigonometry /Pre-Calculus AB Honors Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus BC Calculus AP Statistics
Dual Credit Courses
Honors & AP Courses
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 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 19 Honors classes in addition to AP programs, which prepare students for 23 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 C: Mechanics AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics I: Algebra Based AP US History AP Microeconomics AP US Government and Politics AP Human Geography AP Art History 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* Advanced Data Analysis Jazz Ensemble Honors Biology Honors* Chemistry Honors Anatomy & Physiology 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 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 Christian Athletic Leadership Missions Dance Hip Hop I, II, III Dance Technique I, II, III Dance Technique III (H) Color Guard I, II, III Tap I, II, III 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 AP English Literature & Composition AP English Language & Composition 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 AB Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus BC (H) Statistics AP Statistics Advanced Data Analysis Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Multivariable Calculus
Miscellaneous Electives Student Government (ASB) Aides: Office, Teacher, Library Study Hall Language Skills for International Students Yearbook 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 String Ensemble Worship Band Conservatory Chorus Introduction to Guitar and Electric Bass Guitar II, III Symphony Orchestra Songwriting Music Technology New Media Studies Art of Filmmaking Applied Filmmaking Advanced Applied Filmmaking 3D Film Animation Advanced 3D Film Animation TV Broadcast Journalism Advanced TV Broadcast Journalism Digital Journalism I, II Physical Education Lifetime Fitness Foundations of Baseball Foundations of Hockey Foundations of Water Polo Football Performance Outdoor Athletic Performance Indoor Athletic Performance Science Integrated 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 Physics C: Mechanics 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 Technology & Business Introduction to Computer Programming AP Computer Science A iPad Technical Support Internship Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Digital Electronics (DE) Aerospace Engineering (AE) Introduction to Entrepreneurship Advanced Business Speech Debate Theatre Theatre I Theatre II Theatre II (H) Musical Theatre Theatre Theory Technical Theatre I, II Technical Theatre II (H) Improvisation Theatre Production Internship Advanced Design and Stage Production Internship Visual Arts Art I, II, III AP Studio Art: Drawing AP Studio Art: 2D Design Photographic Design I, II Photographic Design Studio Ceramics I, II World Language American Sign Language I, II, III, IV 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 Valley Christian High Schoolâ€™s Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI) provides students with the resources and training to launch their innovative ideas and create business opportunities. Students learn firsthand how to build a company, identify problems, and create solutions through an entrepreneurial lens. These unique opportunities expose students to successful Silicon Valley business leaders as they mentor and spark innovation in young entrepreneurs. On a variety of projects, students are paired with industry experts who mentor them to think through their business strategy and serve as sounding boards and role models. BEI is on the cutting edge of creating future leaders of industry in the business world, giving students another avenue to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world. With specialized courses in business, technology, engineering, and communications, students learn the foundational content that allows them to further their business and entrepreneurial pursuits. Courses include: Intro to Entrepreneurship, Advanced Business, Life Calling in the Workplace: Biblical Stewardship, Economics, AP Economics, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Intro to Engineering Design, PLTW: Principles of Engineering, PLTW: Digital Electronics, PLTW: Aerospace Engineering, Speech, Debate
PROGRAMS & CLUBS PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS CHALLENGE
PBC INCUBATOR PROGRAM
INVESTMENT CLUB SPORTS ANALYTICS CLUB ELEMENTS MARKETING & GRAPHIC DESIGN CLUB
250+ Students Participating in BEI
Teams of students learn to create a startup while addressing all the different areas of business development, competing for the opportunity to present their business plan to Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Through this experience, students learn to: • Collaborate as a team, problem solve, and design creative solutions • Think critically as they develop a business model • Communicate effectively as they interface with businesses, mentors, and industry experts • Present their business idea in front of industry experts in a series of pitches PBC Incubator is a year-long program that provides students an opportunity to work directly with a network of mentors to launch their startup or to participate in the Quest Institute Internship Program. Through these experiences, students are fully immersed in the entire entrepreneurship cycle, working through realworld challenges and gaining valuable experience. DECA is an international association that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, management, and hospitality. DECA students engage in competitive events and community activities, professional development, and leadership opportunities, attending regional, state, and international competitions and conferences. Students come together to share investing strategies and learn to analyze stock investments in order to make informed investment decisions for growth. In the Sports Analytics Club, students evaluate how organizations use data, analytics, and statistics to optimize their rosters, finding an interactive way to connect sports and mathematics. In addition to promoting graphic design through a variety of student-led workshops and a speaker series, students “learn by doing” by designing flyers, posters, mockups, and social media kits for marketing.
MIT LAUNCH & DIAMOND CHALLENGE
BEI students participate in entrepreneurship competitions through Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Launch program and the University of Delaware Horn’s Diamond Challenge. Students network with other entrepreneurial-minded high school students and compete worldwide among top students.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
• Twelve VCS students placed at the DECA State Competition and qualified for the international round at the International Career Development Conference, where three students finished in the top 10. • DECA Inc. awarded three VCHS students with college scholarships ranging from $2000-$5000 for their DECA achievements. • VCHS team “Knowledge Dojo” was selected as a finalist at the MIT Launch among 450 teams worldwide and is among the first cohort of students provided with the opportunity to seek seed-funding to launch their business. • VCHS team “Prism” was selected as semi-finalists for University of Delaware’s Diamond Challenge. • VCHS team MED8 won the First Model Entrepreneurship Competition hosted by Columbia University.
PBC Start-up Teams
BEI Mentors & Speakers
AMSE Institute Our STEM program, the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, provides students with a pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experiences to help them become successful innovators and world changers. Students receive unique training from industry professionals, helping them to gain real world experience and become future leaders in their field.
APPLIED MATH, SCIENCE, AND ENGINEERING (AMSE) INSTITUTE MAJORS & MINORS
VCHS students have the opportunity to earn Major or Minor credits throughout their high school career. The courses for the AMSE program are integrated with the VCHS curriculum and student’s programs are designed to advance their unique interests, abilities, and goals. • • • • • • • • •
122 500+ Science Experiments Aboard ISS
Students Involved in AMSE
Opportunities to enter elite STEM competitions Access to our world-class facilities including our bio-safety lab, SchmidtCassegrain Telescope, satellite tracking station, multiple 3D printers, laser cutter, 1,000 gallon aquarium, clean room, and electronics laboratory Opportunity to send science experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) Student-leadership opportunities through AMSE clubs Participation in after-school programs including robotics, rocketry, astronomy research, and satellite tracking Integrated STEM learning opportunities in preparation for college, career, and life Development of STEM literacy practically applied to the technological world Mentored by industry professionals College and Career Prep (improved chances for STEM scholarships)
ASTRONOMY RESEARCH PROGRAM
The Astronomy Research Program provides members with practical, hands-on opportunities to learn more about the exciting world of astronomy. Students will have access to the VCS observatory, including the professional grade hardware and the 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain EdgeHD telescope.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) PROGRAM
Students conceive, design, build, test, integrate, and qualify computer controlled science experiments that are sent into space. Partner schools work with VCS, allowing our students to interface with students from around the world. Each team has the opportunity to present their flight test results at space-sponsored conferences.
HONORS MATH PROGRAM
The Honors Math Program provides students with the opportunity to compete in local, national, and international competitions, attend seminars, and receive assessment testing. Qualifying students can participate in Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society.
Currently in development, the Ocean Discovery Program, in partnership with The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), will allow students to design, build, and manipulate science experiments on the deep ocean floor. VCHS will be the first high school in the world to launch and manage this STEM-driven ocean research platform.
Our award-winning Robotics Program promotes STEM learning as well as teamwork and leadership skills in an exciting, hands-on environment. Students design, create, analyze, and use embodied computational systems that interact with the human environment.
SATELLITE TRACKING PROGRAM
The Satellite Tracking Program provides students with hands-on opportunities to learn fundamental techniques for tracking satellites. Students will earn a Federal Communications Commissions Technician Class license and engage in hands-on training at the Skyway Campus satellite tracking station.
The Rocketry Program is an achievement program for students interested in the science, technology, and flight of high-powered model rockets. Students design, build, and test rockets that will be launched to altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, learning about aerodynamics and propulsion.
ROCKETRY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
After-School Programs & Clubs
3D Design Club, Chemistry Club, Environmental Club, Forensics Club, Future Surgeons of America Club, Honors Math Club, Investment Club, Makers Club, Marine Biology Club, Medical Club, Physics Club, Programming Club, Quiz Bowl Club, SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Partnership) Club, Sports Analytics, St. Jude Cancer Club
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
• The ISS program has launched 122 experiments aboard the ISS, working with 30 partner organizations from around the world. • In 2016, the Rocketry Development Program launched a 17-foot, student-built rocket that reached an altitude of 7,800 feet before returning to earth. • Our students created the first student-designed 3D tool to be printed and used aboard the ISS. • WarriorBorgs Robotics team won the 2016 Silicon Valley District Championship Programming Award and the FIRST Chairman Award in the 2017 Idaho Regional Competition. • VCHS’ math team, Mu Alpha Theta, placed 4th in the 2017 California State High School championships, with six students advancing to the national championships. • The AMSE XPRIZE Team is the first-ever junior high and high school team to make it to the semi-final round of the global competition, XPRIZE. This year, the team continues to compete in the next round as they are challenged to push the boundaries of ocean technologies by creating solutions that advance the autonomy, scale, speed, depths, and resolution of ocean exploration.
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 Proscenium Arch Theatre Concert/Recital Hall Dance Studio Piano Lab Practice Suites Ceramics Room Scene Shop Recording Facilities Film Studio & Green Room Specially-designed music classrooms Black Box Theatre
AWARDS & ACCOLADES • The Theatre Department was designated as one of the six top programs in the nation by “Stage Directions Magazine,” and the 2017 production of “Oklahoma!” earned four musical honors nominations, with two students selected for the Jimmy Awards in New York. Past theatre shows include Much Ado About Nothing, Les Miserables, Anything Goes, and The Importance of Being Earnest. • The VCHS Performing Indoor Ensemble gained global recognition winning the First Place Gold Medal at the 2017 Winter Guard International World Championship Finals. • Our nationally acclaimed VCHS Jazz ensemble has taken home top honors at a multitude of music festivals, including winning Sweepstakes at the 2016 Folsom Jazz Festival, placing First at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2017, being invited to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and being chosen as the top high school jazz ensemble in the nation in the 2016 edition of Downbeat Magazine. • Premiere dance group Vivid was named National Champions for their division in Florida at the “Contest of Champions,” and gained recognition in both ensemble and soloist categories. • Three visual art students’ ceramic work was chosen to be displayed at NUMU Museum of Los Gatos, chosen from over 1,000 submissions. • Four Conservatory pianists received national recognition in various competitions in 2017, including the National YoungArts Competition, US Open Music Competition, Aarhus International Piano Competition, and US Presidential Scholar candidate. • Students from the New Media Department had the chance to work with the broadcasting team from the San Francisco 49ers, with the students’ footage featured on the 49ers’ media site.
DANCE ARTS INTEGRATED ARTS MUSIC NEW MEDIA STUDIES
The Dance Department offers training in tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop, with each style offered at developmentally appropriate abilty levels ranging from beginner to advanced. This inter-disciplinary 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. This program gives students access to up-to-date industry standard software, equipment, and facilities while gaining hands-on experience in multiple aspects of film production.
The Theatre Department 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, an integral part of the Theatre Department, provides students with the opportunity to develop their vocal talents through performance-focused training.
THEATRICAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY VISUAL ARTS
Using specifically-designed computer software, this program provides students with diverse opportunites to learn the craft of theatrical set design and set building. 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 80 Warriors currently competing at the collegiate level.
WARRIORS IN COLLEGE
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
• Our women’s volleyball team won their fifth consecutive Central Coast Section (CCS) championship and third NorCal title in four years. • Our varsity football team won the championship of the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), CCS, and NorCal. • Our varsity baseball team won WCAL and CCS Open Division championships. • WCAL championships were earned in women’s varsity golf, JV women’s track & field, badminton, and freshman football. • Thirteen different Valley Christian students won individual WCAL championships in track & field; and our men’s track & field placed third in CCS. 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, speed, and power for all Valley Christian High School student-athletes. HPCâ€™s goal is to not only enhance a studentâ€™s athletic performance, but also to give them the tools to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in a supportive, Christ-centered environment.
The HPC trains over 300 student-athletes every day, and is quickly becoming a leader as an academically-sound sport and health program for high schools across the country.
Student-Athletes Trained Each Day
Classes in a Day
Our team of trainers come from both collegiate and professional athletic backgrounds, and are able to offer the best in sport-specific movement training both during and after school.
Students are surrounded by a community of fit, sports-loving individuals working together to pursue athletic excellence and an overall higher-quality of life through physical activity, fitness, and health.
VCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ms. Vera Shantz
Mr. Michael Sprauve
Mr. Daniel Burford
Mrs. Susan Bagley
Dr. Eric Phelps
Mr. Robert Rubino
Dr. Rick Watson
EXECUTIVE TEAM Dr. Clifford Daugherty
Mr. Jerry Merza
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
Mr. Brian Clemons
Junior High School Principal 2017-18
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. Danny Kim
Applied Math, Science, & Engineering K-12
Mr. Mike LaBarbera
Extend the Gift Development Chair
Mr. Eric Scharrenberg
Physical Education & Athletics K-12
CHAPLAINS Rev. Ed Silvoso
VCS Board Chaplain
Mr. Nathan Smith
Mr. C.J. Clark
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.