Valley Christian Junior High Viewbook

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Table of Contents Welcome from the Principal


Learn About Valley


Academic Achievement


Junior High Academics


Junior Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (Junior AMSE)


Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI)


Artistic Beauty


Junior Conservatory


Athletic Distinction


Junior High Athletics


Spiritual Life


Junior High Faith


Student Life


Extra Curricular Clubs



Welcome from the Principal “Partnering with parents, we strive to develop well-rounded students who are passionate in their learning and devoted to serving God and others.”

The Valley Christian Junior High Principal, Brian Clemons, has been a member of the VCS community for over 30 years—as a student (class of 1987), parent, teacher, chaplain, and Vice Principal. Even after all of this time, Brian is still impressed with what he sees from the students. “Junior highers are so readily engaged and eager to grab ahold of key concepts—it’s a great stage of learning in their life in which the faculty and I are privileged to participate.” VCJH earned exemplary accreditation status from ACSI in 2020 and continues to push the boundaries of innovation; Mr. Clemons believes the school provides an environment that’s built to help encourage students to think outside the box and then equips them to succeed. “VCJH has all of the resources students need to ‘dream the impossible dream…’ all we need to do is ignite the spark within them and turn them loose to discover God’s place for them in the world.”

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 Junior High 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 0.3% 46.5% 3.0% 5.6% 0.1% 23.5% 21%

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ACCREDITATION Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Mr. Brian Clemons,, (408) 513-2463 Vice Principal, Miss Lauren Chaplin,, (408) 513-2462 Dean of Students, Mr. Steve Parmenter,, (408) 513-2482

708 1960 Students Enrolled


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Academic Achievement VCJH is an academically-challenging yet nurturing learning environment where sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students learn through a comprehensive approach to all subjects. Emphasis is placed on developing effective study skills and discipline for more advanced academic work. Additionally, co-curricular programs through the Conservatory of the Arts, AMSE (the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering Institute), and BEI (Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative) enrich students’ God-given talents with extraordinary opportunities, preparing them for the extensive college preparatory program at Valley Christian High School.

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Intel Schools of Distinction Award for Mathematics


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% of students above grade level norm VCJH admits students with a wide range of academic abilities, prioritizing a diverse student body that represents many different talents.


Junior High Academics CORE CLASSES

Junior Conservatory of the Arts

Bible, English, Math, Physical Education, Science, and History

HONORS CLASS OFFERINGS Many students take multiple Honors courses during their time in junior high. A majority of the VCJH graduates continue to Valley Christian High School and enter classes as high as English Honors and Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus Honors.

ELECTIVES In addition to strong core subjects, students at VCJH select from a wide range of exciting electives.

Junior AMSE (Applied Math, Science, and Engineering) Applied Technology Intro Technology (required course) 3D Animation 3D Animation II 3D Design + Print 3D Game Design App Development Web Development Engineering Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way: Robotics ISS Space Program

Medical Technology Design & Robotics Environmental Science Space & Electricity

Other AMSE Electives Intro to Logic & Reasoning Investigative Science Ocean Discovery

Introductory BEI (Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative) Start a Business: DIY


Dance Arts Dance Technique I, II, III Hip Hop I, II

Music Arts Intro to Band Band I, II Intro to Choir Choir I Intro to Piano Piano I, II Intro to Strings Strings I, II Intro to Drums Drums I, II Intro to Video Game Music Theatre Arts Intro to Drama Drama I, II Visual Arts Art Foundations Intro to Clay Foundations Intro to Clay Projects Clay Projects II Intro to Photo

Additional Electives

Intro to Global Missions Intro to Christian Leadership Campus Leadership Community Outreach Leadership Beginning Spanish Spanish I Honors Speech & Debate The Sporting Life Yearbook Teacher Aide (TA) Math Workshop Study Hall Video Fun


Junior AMSE Applied Math, Science, & Engineering JUNIOR AMSE PROGRAMS Our junior high STEM program, the Junior Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, provides students with incredible facilities and unique opportunities to inspire future mathematicians, scientists, and engineers, while preparing them for high school. Designed to enhance and expand on the comprehensive math, science and STEM electives, VCJH offers many opportunities for students to participate in Junior AMSE, from the WarriorBots competitive robotics team to a variety of innovative hands-on science and engineering programs. Math The junior high Math Department provides a comprehensive math program that encompasses all levels of ability from grades six through eight. We are pleased to offer advanced-level courses at every grade level, with all math courses emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical concepts/applications, and preparation for high school mathematics. Science VCJH science curriculum reaches all levels of students, from those just beginning to explore the field to those with exceptionally advanced scientific minds. Students have the opportunity to analyze DNA, participate in the national competition eCybermission, and identify solutions to erosion problems on campus. Classroom Electives We offer several exciting and challenging electives, including Investigative Science, Logic and Reasoning, International Space Station, Ocean Discovery, Project Lead the Way (engineering), and Robotics.

200+ Participating in Jr. AMSE


JUNIOR AMSE EXTRACURRICULARS The AMSE Institute offers a variety of after-school Junior AMSE programs to provide students with innovative opportunities in the world of STEM. This year’s programs include: Applied Data Science Program Students learn how to build and design a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and collect and process this data using data science techniques on Azure Cloud. Game Development Students explore video game development processes while learning the basics of game design and theory. Math Team Students further their math skills, as well as meet other people who share the same love and interest in math, and compete in local competitions. Students will develop skills in collaboration and teamwork, improve their critical thinking, and expand their problem-solving strategies. Ocean Discovery Program The Ocean Discovery Program exposes students to the fields of marine biology and ocean engineering. Students will discover the ocean through hands-on activities and experiences. Robotics Programs RoboQuest Derby introduces robotics fundamentals focusing on construction, programming, and problem-solving skills. Students build their very own bot and compete in derby challenge competitions. The WarriorBots robotics team represents VCJH in the First Lego League where students experience the exciting world of competitive robotics.


Explore BEI Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative The Explore Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI) allows students to consider how they can impact society through entrepreneurship. Students learn through handson learning developing their entrepreneurial mindset grounded in biblical principles

BEI offers two after-school programs and an elective: • Explore Entrepreneurship 1 (EE1) - a hands-on program that introduces students to the startup process of empathizing, brainstorming, ideation, prototyping, and creating MVP. • Explore Entrepreneurship 2 (EE2) - an experiential program that encourages students to use the design thinking process to rapidly prototype and test the market for their unique hand-made products to sell at VCS after-school markets. • Start a Business: DIY elective - More than 100 junior high students each year are now learning about entrepreneurship and social impact projects in BEI programs and classes. This elective is offered during the school day.


Participating in Junior High BEI classes and programs



Artistic Beauty Our Junior Conservatory gives young artists the opportunity to further develop their God-given talents, with a full range of visual and performing arts offerings. In a program of unmatched quality and breadth, the Junior Conservatory provides the foundational training required for a successful and seamless transition to the high school Conservatory of the Arts.




Junior Conservatory Programs JUNIOR CONSERVATORY HIGHLIGHTS • Private lessons with instructors that have extensive training and years of experience • School-day courses in music, art, theatre, and dance in an environment that delivers unmatched quality and breadth • Unique performance opportunities in outstanding venues, including the professional stages of the California Theatre in downtown San Jose, and Disneyland • An abundance of exceptional facilities including a dance studio, piano lab, rehearsal hall, Learning Commons, main stage theatre, Black Box Theatre, and ceramics studio, in addition to practice suites, recording facilities, and specially designed music classrooms

DANCE ARTS The Dance Arts Department was designed to serve students with wide-ranging abilities, offering dance classes for beginning through advanced students, to expand students’ knowledge and mastery of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, partnering, world dance, lyrical, and contemporary. Students will have the opportunity to perform in multiple production opportunities annually.

MEDIA ARTS The Media Arts department offers courses in both Animated and Live-action filmmaking. Students get hands-on experience with professional-grade equipment as they are guided through industrystandard practices for the creation of visual stories.

THEATRE ARTS Junior Conservatory Theatre Arts consists of classes designed to introduce students to all aspects of theatre, including performance and technical theatre, with studies in acting, directing, voice and movement, history of theatre, technical design and production. Past Shows Disney’s The Lion King, The Sound of Music, High School Musical Jr., The Bully Plays, The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Outrageous Fortunes, Little Women, Bye Bye Birdie, Legally Blonde Jr., The Good Doctor, Fractured Fairytales, Willy Wonka, Jr.

VISUAL ARTS Junior Conservatory Visual Arts teachers provide inspiration and instruction in painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography in state-of-the-art facilities.

MUSIC ARTS The Junior Conservatory Music Department provides beginner through advanced-level instruction in strings, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and choir. Students are introduced to opportunities for overnight travel with their fellow performers as they represent VCJH in music competitions and statewide festivals. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in high-caliber concert venues.


Jr. Conservatory Productions Each Year



Conservatory Course Offerings

Participating in Jr. Conservatory


Athletic Distinction VCJH competes at the highest level of athletics in Santa Clara County, offering 22 teams competing in 13 different sports. Our coaches are committed to modeling Christian values both on and off the athletic field, and to preparing our emerging student-athletes to be leaders in the community.




Junior High Athletics AFTER-SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS FALL Boys: Flag Football, Baseball Training Girls: Volleyball, Softball Co-Ed: Cross Country WINTER Boys: Basketball, Wrestling Girls: Basketball SPRING Boys: Soccer, Volleyball Girls: Soccer, Volleyball Co-Ed: Track & Field, Golf, Tennis, Water Polo

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Our Physical Education and Human Performance departments empower all students to learn how to sustain a regular lifelong commitment to physical activity. As a foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life Valley Christian aims to train the body and soul of each student. A physically-educated student at VCJH actively participates in making healthy decisions and displays integrity on the team and in the classroom.

HUMAN PERFORMANCE CENTER Many of our student-athletes take advantage of the sport-specific workouts offered after-school to receive training from our highly experienced coaching staff in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Center. 5


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Spiritual Life While known for high-quality programs and one-of-a-kind opportunities, VCJH places an important value on fostering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We recognize that this relationship is one that not only transforms our world but also makes a difference for eternity.



Junior High Faith CURRICULUM Every student is required to take a Bible class each year, with sixth grade focusing on God the Father, seventh grade focusing on God the Son, and eighth grade focusing on God the Holy Spirit. Valley Christian Junior High offers students the opportunity to learn at a very young age how to demonstrate God’s love. VCJH encourages students to serve, inspire, and motivate others on and off our campus in their everyday lives. Through action and love, students seek to advance the Lord’s Kingdom with the redemptive power of the Gospel to transform our communities and the world.

SERVICE Student Opportunities of Service: • Operation Christmas Child • Community Outreach Programs • Student-led initiatives involving worship, prayer, and service on the campus • Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program • Community Campus Leadership

CHAPEL Chapels are held weekly, and include a time of music, teaching, Bible readings, and prayer. • Bi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week gives students the opportunity to learn from world-renowned Christian speakers. • Each student participates in a weekly Connection Group. Connection Groups are small groups of 1015 students who meet together to form meaningful friendships and grow deeper in their faith.


Students Serving in Public Schools



Organizations Supported


Prayer Clubs


Student Life VCJH is a thriving student body. Student leaders in our Community Campus Leadership course spearhead school spirit with engaging activities and events throughout the year. Whether students are cheering on their fellow Warriors in class competitions, dressing up in crazy costumes for Spirit Week, or giving it their all at the annual Jog-A-Thon, it’s easy to see that our students are excited and proud to be Warriors.

WHERE EVERYBODY BELONGS (WEB) The Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Program exists to make sure no student goes through junior high alone. Part of a national organization, WEB offers leadership classes and training for seventh- and eighth-grade students to help sixth-graders and other new students achieve success in their first year at VCJH. From encouraging notes in lockers to lunch-time socials, student leaders take initiative to help create a community where everybody really does belong.



Extracurricular Clubs Valley Christian Junior High offers students enriching opportunities through a variety of clubs led by caring faculty members. These clubs are for students who want to learn more about subjects they are passionate about or discover new activities while they make new friends and develop a life-long love of learning.

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Students with a passion for writing and using their imagination are welcome to the Creative Writing Club. Students will play writing games, come up with fun poems, and pen exciting short stories.

EIGHTH-GRADE YOUNG MEN’S CLUB Eighth-grade young men gather together and discuss the critical issues they face. Together students look to the Bible for insight and wisdom into how to deal with all the choices facing young men today.


AGGIES CLUB Students will learn environmental awareness, agricultural engineering skills, ecological research, and business skills. Students work together on projects such as raising organic crops and urban farming.

CHESS CLUB This club is open to all students interested in learning about or playing tournament chess. Students who play in tournaments will earn a U.S. Chess Federation rating.

CLAY CLUB This club provides students with creative, hands-on learning experiences. The club will make functional pottery as well as playful 3D art, pinch pots, and various other clay projects. No experience is needed.


The ‘Girls love Engineering, Math, Science, and Technology’ club is open to all female students who want to explore math, science, and engineering. Students will build, create, get messy and use tools, all without the pressure of grades or test scores.

GIRLS ABIDING IN TRUTH CLUB Open to all female students. Together, they will pray and spend time working through devotionals and sharing. This club offers a chance to meet new people and build life-long friends.

HOMEWORK CLUB This club offers assistance to students who need a little extra help with Math and English. Students can drop in every day after-school as needed.

LUNCH BUNCH READING CLUB Open to all students, this club meets weekly at the Library table area and provides 30 minutes of sustained silent reading time while participants quietly eat lunch.

MAKER SPACE Students challenge themselves and their creativity by utilizing a variety of tools, techniques, and disciplines. They learn proper safety guidelines of all the materials before they can begin. Students then experiment, design, and create in a variety of mediums.

MATH CLUB This club offers students an opportunity to grow in their understanding of mathematical concepts. The club competes in several local and national assessments and competitions such as the Chi Alpha Mu National Honors Society, Online Math Competitions, American Regional Math League, National Assessment Testing, MathCounts, and the Math Olympiad.

SPIRIT CLUB This club is open to all students who would like to support our school by creating posters, planning rallies, and running community-building activities around campus.

STAR/RADIO CLUB The STAR club is for all students who have an interest in wireless communications. Students will track satellites, perform experiments, develop emergency radio service skills, prepare for the FCC Technician Class Radio Exam, and, for licensed operators, receive and transmit radio communications.

BIBLE STUDY CLUB This club is open to all students who are interested in reading God’s Word with other students and discussing the meaning behind it.

#PEACEEVERYDAY CLUB The #PeaceEveryDay club promotes God’s everlasting love and peace in our school, home, and community. Students join in prayer, devotions, and plan events around the school to encourage others.


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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