We are thinkers who dream, builders who create, and explorers who pursue God’s calling for our lives. We are passionate and curious yet grounded in truth. We believe in working together, asking questions, and never giving up. Every day, we answer the Warrior’s call to lead, serve, and impact our community and the world. While the call is the same, the journey looks different for every Warrior. For some students, this means late nights studying for AP exams and waiting for acceptance letters from Ivy League schools. For others, time is spent building community through service and action, organizing fire-relief efforts, and going on outreach trips across the globe. But no matter where the Quest for Excellence™ might take our students, VCS is committed to helping them get there—with a proven track record of helping students achieve not only their academic goals, but also their dreams. At VCS, students get the chance to find out who they are, beyond the classroom, beyond homework assignments and report cards, beyond music recitals, science projects, and tennis matches. Being a Warrior isn’t just about what students achieve, it’s about who they become.
So, what would it look like for YOU to be a Warrior? Let’s find out!
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’ 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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The story of Valley Christian Schools began during a Bible study in 1956. David and Edie Wallace, along with many others, prayed about establishing a school that offered both a nurturing environment and quality education built upon a strong foundation of Christian values. Their prayers were answered when VCS was established in 1960, as they partnered with more parents to create a community where students thrive both academically and spiritually. What David and Edie couldn’t have anticipated are the countless ways God has blessed and continues to bless our school—with faculty of the highest caliber, state-of-the-art facilities, and the chance to offer our students once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities. Our impact is spreading beyond the VCS campuses, as we think about how we can use in-class curriculum to help solve world problems and embrace God’s vision and Jesus’ mission of global citizenship through all forms of outreach. In the following pages, you will learn how our K-12 program benefits students at all levels, providing continuity through curriculum and community. You will learn how our Christ-centered education weaves biblical truths into our classrooms and guides our students towards making wise decisions. You will learn what being a Warrior means to our students, as they are taught to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world, making a difference for eternity. In His Service,
Clifford E. Daugherty, EdD President
Our mission is to offer young people a quality education built on strong Christian values. VCS challenges students to strive for excellence in all areas of their lives by providing educational avenues for success in a supportive and nurturing community. Here, students can thrive as VCS equips them to lead, serve, and impact the world.
Being a K-12 school, we offer outstanding continuity in education and training, with communication and collaboration between campuses and programs that enrich studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; educational experiences. All-school events, such as Festival of the Arts and Christmas at the California, give the community a chance to interact and the students an opportunity to work together towards the same goal.
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The Skyway and Leigh campuses features some of the finest state-of-the-art facilities in the Bay Area integrated into a secure learning environment. Students enjoy a biosafety lab, piano lab, Black Box theatre, green-screen room, two athletic stadiums, recording complex, observatory, Student Life Center, two gyms, kiln and ceramics rooms, nanotechnology/microscopy lab, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Valley Christian Schools provides a variety of K-12 programs to grow our studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unique, God-given talents. Valley Christian Schools provides after-school offerings and classroom curriculum incorporating our A3 approach, Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, and Athletic Distinction, as a way of encouraging students to explore all that VCS has to offer.
MEET OUR TEACHERS We believe that Christian education is more than a career; it’s a calling. Seventy percent of our K-12 faculty have a master’s and/or doctoral degree, and our amazing staff is passionate about building up students to become men and women of God.
KINDERGARTEN TEAM “When I think of the ‘highlights’ of VCS, the first thing that comes to mind are our teachers,” says Elementary Principal Dr. Gabe Guven. “The balance of care, spiritual guidance, and training at every grade level is amazing. The teachers are on mission!” Dr. Guven is clearly excited about our educators, and it’s easy to see why. Take the kindergarten teacher team, which brings over twenty-five years of combined experience to VCES. “The three of us all have different strengths, so we can do what we’re best at and then bring it all together,” says Tamie Riley. “It’s really fun to work together as a team, and also beneficial to the students.” While kindergarten is a big year of growth academically, what’s more important to all of the kindergarten teachers is for students to develop a sense of self and a love of learning. “It’s not about how much they know, but how much they care about others—learning how to be a friend or why we love each other,” says Melissa Johnston. “I think kids have the most growth in kindergarten. They walk into first grade and they’re ready to be a student.”
DJ BALUYOT The Conservatory’s resident professional hip-hop dancer-turnedteacher DJ Baluyot is charged with instilling in students not only technical mastery but a passion for the art form. “What separates a good dancer from an excellent one is passion, so I want to make sure I’m passionate about what I do and pass that on to my students.” Teaching high school students is a task he doesn’t take lightly but feels blessed to do. “I have the best job in the world; I get to teach what I love and pray for my students.”
ADAM GILL VCJH Athletics Director Adam Gill has been a part of the Athletics department for over fifteen years, and has a love for coaching and a desire to make an impact on students’ lives that goes beyond the court. “Playing sports, you learn life lessons like responsibility, following through, and teamwork.” Something else Adam hopes students will take with them is their sense of school pride, which he loves to see. “What brings me the most excitement is the look on students’ faces when we’re passing out team uniforms—they get so excited! Whether we win or lose, I know they’re proud to be wearing our colors and to be a Warrior.”
CLAUDIA SMITH After forty-three years as a math teacher, twenty years at VCHS, and nineteen years of teaching AP Statistics, what keeps Math Department teacher Claudia Smith coming back year after year? “It’s the students; the boring part is grading papers,” she laughs. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I found it very rewarding to watch people ‘get it’ and help them turn the light on.” In addition to her work in the classroom, Claudia leads the math team, which placed first and second in the nation the past two years. Still, she says it’s the life skills that are the biggest takeaway for the students. “They learn collaboration, teamwork, communication—those are skills they’re going to need in the real world.”
Entrepreneurship is a difficult word to say, but it’s one that fifth-grader Brayden already knows well through our Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (BEI)’s Lemonade Day. “At first, I thought we would just be making lemonade,” says Brayden. “But we learned about entrepreneurship and how to start a business. You need to have signs and things to express what you’re doing.” VCES Principal Dr. Gabe Guven has already noticed a big difference in the students that participated in Lemonade Day. “When you look at the kids’ faces, you definitely see a spark. I’ve seen, even at this young age, the idea that they can be leaders, future businesspeople. They may not have all the vocabulary yet, or all the skills yet, but they definitely have something in them that’s awakening that wasn’t there before.” VCES doesn’t just offer the latest curriculum for Brayden and his classmates, but a chance to make a difference— with proceeds going towards a school in India. “We did Lemonade Day to raise money for a van that a school in India needed. It was cool to help them so that they can have what we have here. It helps me a lot to be grateful for what I have.”
BRAYDEN ‘26 Junior high can be a trying time for some students, but for graduating eighth-grader Neiko, VCJH was a great place to belong. “The transition into junior high was a little stressful because you had more homework, new people, and multiple teachers, but the WEB program made it really easy.” Part of a national organization, the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program offers classes and trainings for peer-to-peer mentorship to help new students achieve success-something Neiko says was extremely useful. “You do activities and learn a bunch of new people’s names. The seventh and eighth graders gave us tips, like how to use your locker and how to be on time for class. It really does help you to start junior high and makes you feel included.” VCJH’s commitment to community is evident both outside and inside the classroom: in 2018, the entire student body collaborated on a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for longest Rube Goldberg Machine. “It taught me a lot about the engineering design process and how to collaborate with others,” Neiko says. “It helped me improve my communication skills and think of creative ideas.”
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“Some people are shocked when they take their first college test, but being in AP and Honors classes, I was ready to jump into the rigorous classes and succeed,” says Abby, the 2017 VCS alumna currently attending the University of Minnesota as part of its honors college. “I felt prepared because I had built a hard work ethic at VCS, and because teachers held us to a high standard.” Abby says her teachers didn’t just prepare her for college, they prepared her for life. “The teachers spoke encouragement and truth into my life. I still meet up with some of them to get their advice,” she laughs. “Having a relationship with all of the counselors and the staff was also super helpful in guiding me through the college admissions process.” It was a process that led her to nursing, a passion that she discovered and developed during her time at VCS. “I spent all four years at VCHS as a student trainer. Traveling with the football team and working with the athletic trainers in sports medicine definitely drew me to consider nursing, and my counselor worked with me to help figure out what career path I’d be interested in.”
MEET OUR STUDENTS Our God is a global God, and we aim to reflect that. With over 2,700 students at Valley Christian Schools, our student body is a blend of various cultures and experiences, creating a welcoming and engaging social and educational environment. We firmly believe this diversity enriches our community and sets up our students to engage with and learn from people from all walks of life. Our International Student Program brings students from across the globe including North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. 09
WARRIOR LIFE Every campus has its own unique personality, but one fact remains: you can always tell when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re visiting the home of the Warriors. Whether during the elementary Jog-a-thon or the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Warrior Warz, students love showing their school spirit. We provide students with not only a great academic experience, but also the chance to join a campus culture and community built on excitement, togetherness, and belonging.
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WARRIORS MAKING AN IMPACT Valley Christian Schools’ Warrior service opportunities encourage students at all grade levels to serve, inspire, and motivate others both locally and abroad. We are committed to instilling a heart for service in our students, planting seeds that will grow to shape and define them for years to come.
“Valley Christian students who serve as mentors in the Junior University and Lighthouse Initiative have the unique opportunity to directly influence the next generation of students in our community. The work done by our students in our local public schools has increased test scores, taught music lessons, and even helped improve the physical health of the students in our program.” ~ Matt Ross, VCHS Trip Leader
GLOBAL The WALK (Warriors Advancing the Lord’s Kingdom) program helps students move beyond the classroom by offering an immersive cultural experience of service, making a global impact that will last far beyond their time here. • Valley Christian High School WALK service opportunities include mission trips to different countries, fundraising initiatives, and 200+ students and faculty involved in an international experience throughout the year. • Yearly fundraising efforts by our K-12 students allow all of our students to make an impact for Christ across the globe.
LOCAL Through school-day and after-school outreaches, students are given the opportunity to transform our communities right here in Silicon Valley. • VCES service opportunities include writing letters to members of our military, joining in the Fire Department’s Toy Drive, and fundraising for the Second Harvest Food Bank. • Junior University allows students to extend an attitude of service to others in one of our local public schools: - VCJH students travel four times a week to Los Arboles Literacy and Technology Academy to tutor and play games with the K-3 students. - VCHS students invest their time and knowledge by tutoring and developing relationships with students at local underserved public elementary schools.
“To have the opportunity to immerse myself in a whole new culture is an experience that has truly impacted me in ways I could never have imagined. Seeing God and experiencing Him through love and service has given me a new perspective of how great God’s Kingdom really is.” ~ Ashley (Class of 2018)
ELEMENTARY At Valley Christian Elementary School (VCES), “the Quest starts here.” Faculty and staff foster a caring environment tailored to the unique needs of all students, helping them discover their God-given talents and abilities. With an emphasis on character and spiritual formation, students graduate ready for higher levels of learning and secure in knowing their identities. • Extensive offering of pull-out classes and after-school programs created to identify and nurture each student’s God-given potential as well as enhance the general school-day curriculum. • Interactive instruction through our 1 : 1 iPad program for all students. • Family and community events throughout the year, including a pancake breakfast, evening movie nights, our father/son evening, “Knights of Passage,” and our mother/daughter evening, “Night to Shine.”
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academically-challenging yet nurturing environment, where students receive a quality education built on best practices and balanced use of technology. Led by high-caliber educators who value connection, VCJH is committed to cultivating a community where everyone belongs, while also preparing students for the extensive college-preparatory program at Valley Christian High School. • VCJH provides unparalleled program offerings, with over 105 in-class and after-school opportunities in STEM, the arts, and athletics. • Strong emphasis is placed on developing effective study skills and discipline for more advanced academic work. • Students in our Campus Christian Leadership spearhead school spirit and community building initiatives by planning activities and events throughout the year.
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Valley Christian High School (VCHS) students are given a chance to develop their talents in a comprehensive, college-preparatory environment that inspires them to live lives of character and guides them through the college admissions process. • Our Dual Credit Programs give students the opportunity to take college-level courses on campus and graduate with over 110 college credits. VCHS provides 31 Dual Credit Courses and 50 Honors and AP Courses. • The Student Activities Department engages students in campus life with activities such as Homecoming Spirit Week, dress-up days, Friday “Fun-at-lunch,” and our annual, week-long class competition, “Warrior Warz.” • Our Academic and College Counseling Department provides strategies, individualized academic and college planning, identifying the needs and goals of each student with a view towards their post-graduate future, and facilitating 300 college visits throughout the country each year.
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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 Bard 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 Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Butler University California Baptist University California College of the Arts (San Francisco) California Institute of Technology California Lutheran University California State Universities—23 campuses University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz Calvin College Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Chaminade University of Honolulu Chapman University University of Chicago The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina Claremont McKenna College Clark University Clemson University Colgate University University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Denver Colorado Christian University Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Columbia University University of Connecticut Corban University Cornell University Creighton University The Culinary Institute of America Dartmouth College University of Delaware Denison University University of Denver DePaul University Dordt College
Drexel University Duke University Eastern University Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester Eckerd College Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Emerson College Emmanuel College Emory University Fairfield University Florida Memorial University University of Florida Florida Institute of Technology 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 Hamilton College 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 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 Julliard School Juniata College University of Kansas Kentucky Christian University University of Kentucky Kenyon College Keuka College King’s College - London 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 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Massachusetts Amherst The Master’s College and Seminary 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 University of Montana Morehouse College Mount Holyoke College University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of Nevada, Reno University of New Hampshire at Durham University of New Mexico New York University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina State University North Central University University of North Texas Northeastern University Northern Arizona University University of Northern Colorado Northwest Christian University Northwest University Northwestern University University of Notre Dame Oberlin Conservatory of Music 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 University of San Diego University of San Francisco Santa Clara University Santa Fe University of Art and Design Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of the Museum of Fine Arts Scripps College Seattle Pacific University Seattle University Seton Hall University Sewanee: The University of the South Simmons College University of South Carolina University of Southern California Southern Methodist University St. Ambrose University St. Edward’s University St. Mary’s College of Maryland Stanford University Stevens Institute of Technology Stonehill College Stony Brook University Suffolk University Swarthmore College Syracuse University Taylor University Temple University University of Tennessee Texas A&M University Texas Christian University The University of Texas at Austin The Ohio State University The University of Toronto Trinity Western University Tufts University Tulane University United States Military Academy West Point University of the Incarnate Word Utah State University University of Utah Vanderbilt University University of Vermont Villanova University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Tech University of Virginia Wake Forest University Washington College Washington State University Washington University in St. Louis University of Washington University of Waterloo Wesleyan University West Virginia University Westmont College Wheaton College, IL Whitman College Whittier College Whitworth University Willamette University William Jessup University Williams College University of Wisconsin-Madison The College of Wooster Worcester Polytechnic Institute University of Wyoming Yale University
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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. ARTISTIC BEAUTY. ATHLETIC DISTINCTION. Students are gifted in so many ways — that’s why Valley Christian Schools provides a variety of K-12 programs to grow our students’ unique, God-given talents. Valley Christian Schools provides after-school offerings and classroom curriculum incorporating our A 3 approach encouraging students to explore all that VCS has to offer.
Applied Math | Science | Engineering The AMSE Institute’s mission is to prepare the next generation of Christian STEM innovators. From deep space to the deepest oceans, Valley Christian Schools’ STEM program, the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, gives students the tools and training to literally reach for the stars. With outstanding faculty and world-class facilities, AMSE provides K-12 students with a pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experiences to fuel their passion for learning. “What I love about AMSE is that we’re not only preparing our students for the next steps of college and the workplace but also training them to be innovators within the context of their Christian faith,” says Danny Kim, Vice President and Director of AMSE. Whether giving elementary students the chance to build their own robots or junior high and high school students the chance to compete in an international ocean mapping competition, AMSE’s breadth of opportunity matches our students’ limitless potential. • Discover AMSE is our K-5th grade hands-on science curriculum involving experiments on the International Space Station, robotics, agri-tech, and math team. • Junior AMSE provides electives and after-school programs, ranging from applied data science, robotics, ocean discovery/ marine biology, International Space Station experiments, and drone club to prepare students for high school. • High School AMSE offers a wide variety of eleven afterschool programs in areas such as astronomy research, agri-tech, International Space Station (ISS), competitive math team, ocean discovery, robotics, aeronautics, applied data science, and health and wellness . • VCS Research and Development (R&D) department designs, develops, and delivers innovative products and solutions for AMSE, BEI, the Conservatory, Athletics, and the Quest Institute for all VCS students K–12. Recent innovations include the next level of student experiments on the ISS, the launch of a permanent underwater research platform in the Monterey Bay (the first of its kind for an educational institution), and new XPRIZE challenges.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Competing in the XPRIZE competition has greatly prepared me for college. It taught me how to be an engineer. But, most importantly, it taught me that you can solve a problem with a team of great people around you, that you can go on and create something new, something that will impact someone in the future more than you know.â&#x20AC;? ~ Micah (Class of 2020) The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a $7 million competition focused on ocean exploration and marine conservation.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being part of BEI has sparked my interest in business, challenged me to be an adaptive leader, and provided me with college-level opportunities that have prepared me for the real world.â&#x20AC;? ~ Allen (Class of 2019)
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The Business and Entrepreneurship (BEI) Initiative provides students with resources and training to launch their innovative ideas and create business opportunities. Our students are world changers, and with the Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative, we’re giving them the training to take the business world by storm. Through school-day courses and after-school opportunities, K-12 students learn firsthand how to build a company, identify problems, and create solutions through an entrepreneurial lens. Students are presented with the opportunity to apply what they learn through numerous business programs, giving them real-world experience, mentoring from successful Silicon Valley business leaders, and the tools to become principled leaders themselves. • Discover BEI - VCS Elementary students learn the ins and outs of starting their own business through Lemonade Day – a nationwide program brought to VCES through our Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative. All proceeds from the sales were donated to global mission efforts. • Explore BEI - Jr. High students are offered an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial mindset through a unique elective and after-school programs that help them grow their creative problemsolving skills and inspire them to launch their ideas into the world. • Experience BEI - High school students can take a wide variety of classes including Business, Computer Science, Engineering and Communications. Students can participate in BEI-supported student-led clubs and faculty-led programs such as DECA, President’s Business Challenge and Quest Incubator. • Quest Incubator - Unique to VCHS, students have an opportunity to work with mentors and industry leaders, a group of “experts-in-residence,” to develop and launch their startups in the Quest Incubator. Students develop a working prototype of their product to refine their business model in order to seek funding and launch their business idea.
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The Conservatory of the Arts provides students with the resources and training to discover their passions and develop their talents in every form of creative expression. Like most works of art, Valley Christian Schools’ Conservatory of the Arts looks a little different from every angle. The Conservatory is committed to help students transform into the artists they want to be, and the people God created them to become. “We are driven by a passion to encourage and celebrate the creative process in the lives of our students. The visual and performing arts play such a pivotal role in shaping our culture and our perception of the world,” says Troy Gunter, Vice President and Director of the Conservatory of the Arts. Regardless of whether students become professional artists or not, they graduate with a lifelong appreciation of the arts. • Kidservatory introduces elementary students to the exciting world of creative arts, with after-school programs and an integrated curriculum with visual and performing arts classes. • Junior Conservatory offers young artists the opportunity to further develop their talents, with classes in music, art, theatre, and dance in an environment that delivers unmatched quality at the junior-high level. • Conservatory of the Arts provides individualized, advanced training for high school students in a professional and inspiring environment, giving them real-world skills and preparing them to pursue their future creative endeavors. • The All-Steinway School designation demonstrates the Conservatory’s Quest For Excellence by providing students with the opportunity to practice and perform on pianos designed and manufactured by Steinway & Sons. Providing these pianos inspires students to realize their artistic talents, and best prepare them to perform and compete at the highest levels.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most schools have one teacher who teaches all of the music classes, but in our program, we have the blessing to actually specialize and hire teachers who are experts in strings, voice, percussion, and orchestra.â&#x20AC;? ~ Lily Homer, one of the many outstanding Conservatory faculty who studied at conservatories such as The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory, and the Peabody Institute.
“My biggest advantage coming into college was that I felt prepared athletically. Just knowing how to lift from strength and conditioning classes, I was the most experienced in my freshman class. Also, I didn’t come to college “beat up” with preexisting injuries because I had the resources to take care of my body as a high school athlete at VCS.” ~ Tori Dilfer (2017) won two state championships at VCHS and is now one of our 73 student-athlete alumni competing at the collegiate level.
ATHLETICS The Athletic Department strives to build up teams and players but also to teach life lessons through disciplined training at the highest level of competition. At Valley Christian Schools, everyone’s an athlete. That sentiment means something different for every student, but exemplifies Valley Christian Schools’ Athletic Department’s commitment to creating an environment where everyone is part of the team. “Whether you are a future Olympian or trying a sport for the first time, our programs provide an environment where students feel encouraged, no matter where they’re at or what their goals are,” says Eric Scharrenberg, Vice President and Director of Athletics. What’s amazing is that VCS has created an inclusive community without sacrificing excellence, with teams and individuals regularly competing with distinction at the local, state, and national levels. Whether playing for national titles or back-to-back conference championships, our all-star athletes exemplify what it means to be a Warrior both on and off the field. • VCES students participate in physical education twice a week, with a special lab for kindergarteners to develop their motor skills and our Little Warrior Nation extracurricular opportunities for students to learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports. • The Human Performance Center (HPC) provides year-round, sport-specific training to maximize strength, speed, and athletic performance for all student-athletes on the Skyway Campus. • For high school students hoping to play at the collegiate level, the Athletics program offers an on-campus specialist to assist with the college recruitment process.
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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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