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Valley Christian Junior High School

Private | 6-8 | 644 students

Christian values/Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, & Athletic Distinction
 
 

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $300,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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Posted September 21, 2013

After completing K-5 at Hillbrook, we've found a wonderful refuge at Valley Christian. The teachers are enthusiastic and experienced and the academics are rigorous, but very well thought out. The conservatory program is world-class, and their science and math program is award-winning for a reason. Also, the system they have to manage homework, attendance and grades is AMAZING for parents to easily stay on top of everything. I couldn't be happier with our choice to attend Valley. It's a beautiful school, with wonderful teachers that care. Take a tour and check it out !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

I am currently a student in this school, and I highly recommend it. It conforms to your goals, not making each student a "cookie cutter child" (that is, all the kids are the same). I myself am a bit more academically inclined than in other areas, and thanks to this school, I was able to test up to geometry when I was in seventh grade (which made me very happy).


Posted December 13, 2011

I'm in sixth grade right now, and my parents are sending me to Valley Christian for seventh grade and so on. From the outside, they school looks pleasant and calm. Just the environment I prefer. I keep to myself, with a close group of me and four friends, hating P.E. and loving academics and music. I hear that there are some snobby kids, but I hope that nothing will occur between them and my friends. I'm definitely not athletic, but I don't mind sports. Two of my friends will attend Valley Christian with me, and we are all academic. REALLY. As in VERY MUCH. All our spare time is usually talking and leftover homework though. The three of us were assigned to SAXON in the 1st grade, the other two joining us in 3rd. SAXON is a special program, only available to the top five students in the school. Which means you MUST score perfectly. I wish that at Valley Christian, I can continue my life normally, without any disturbance and that I won't run into teasing or what not. Academics are my top priority, music being the second. At Valley Christian, I hope to bloom more than I ever have.


Posted January 10, 2011

We have two children in the Jr High school and are thrilled with VCJH. The environment is a web of support from teachers and staff alike. The schools wants all children to succeed. There is a plethora of diverse electives to select from each year. The music department is wonderful and very well run. The sports programs offer extremely positive coaching and adhere to a good sportsmanship philosophy. The education is very good and teachers provide a wide variety of projects and learning methods. The use of technology is prevalent. Weekly chapel speakers are inspirational. There is something for every student at this school. Your child will feel supported and cared for at Valley Christian. Your child will be exposed to great role models and high ethical standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Valley Christian does provide an above average social environment. There seems to be very little bullying. Excellent sports, music and performing arts. However the theme at this school is competition. This is where the money and time are spent. It is an environment that values being the best, showy, extremely extroverted. One PE assessment form even requires a teacher to give a student an F in an area if they are introverted. If your child is more academically inclined, introverted or keeps to them selves it is easy to be ignored in this enviroment with few opportunites for the more intellectual student. Most teachers are helpful and friendly and the office staff is the best around!!! Principals are helpful and available. It is too bad the school seems to lack a place for the quiet intellectual, less outgoing kids to thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I'm currently a student and can tell you that there are many pros and cons to this school. Pros would include excellent teachers, great christian outlooks and amazing programs. Plus all the equipment and buildings look nice and new. Some of the cons would be those few horrible teachers, and the really, really snobby kids. It seems like everyone has designer clothes. Some of the kids here are so spoiled, selfish and ignorant. There are of course other students who are open and friendly, but it seems like the minority.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2008

ive been to valley christian ever since 6th grade and to tell you its not that great as it seems. there arent that much kids in the middle school level and they arent very welcoming either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2008

This is a great school for an education that will excel in every aspect of life and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2006

My son has been attending Valley Christian Jr. High since 6th grade and is currently an 8th grader. We have been extremely pleased with all aspects of the school. He has had the opportunity to take accelerated classes at his level, but they also offer grade-level classes and remedial level for those that need it. It is a wonderful place to drop your child off every day and be able to feel good about it. I was concerned in the beginning about the push of religion, but it has never been overboard and my son has learned a lot in his Bible class. It is a good environment for kids. Is it perfect? Are the kids perfect? Of course not! But, I feel confident that it is well worth the amount I pay every month. As for books, buy on-line at Ebay, etc. It is much cheaper! Excellent School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

This school is really great, and there are friendly people here. Some students at my school complain about highschoolers (and 8th graders) always bugging the 6th graders, but not really the girls. They have good academics, and extremely good athetics. We most concentrate on atheltics though, and are good at it. There are very nice teachers and mostly students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2006

Valley Christian has an amazing program. They really stress a safe campus and keep the jr. high very seperate from the high school students. Best school experience my children have had. Highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

The School has excellent programs. This school is very sports oriented. However, they have a band and drama department. Parents are very much involved, however, the cost of the school is becoming very expensive. I would recommend this school just as long as you realize the expense of enrollment, tuition and books.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

This school has excellent academics and superior sports programs. 99% of students go on to higher education after graduation, many with full or partial scholarships. Colleges recognize the level of excellence in students coming from Valley Christian High School in San Jose and give priority consideration when reviewing applications! Many of our athletes receive athletic scholarships and a surprisingly high percentage go on to professional sports!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 26%
Two or more races 33% 3%
Asian or Pacific Islander 13% 11%
Hispanic 7% 52%
Black 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Korean
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon School (2013)
  • Intel Schools of Distinction (2011)
  • Intel Star Innovator (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lisa Arnett
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian Interdenominational
Associations
  • ACTS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Junior Conservatory of the Arts
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Kurzweil
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • informal car pools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • GEM ST
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Satellite Tracking
  • Science club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • VCJH has a high level of parent and student satisfaction. With Jesus Christ and Christian values at the center of a challenging academic environment, it also offers unique programs, such as the Jr. Conservatory of the Arts, the Jr. Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute, and over 20 different sports teams that prepare students for further excelling in our high school Conservatory, AMSE institute, and highly regarded Warrior athletics program.
School leaders can update this information here.

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5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
178
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
325
Students typically come from these schools
Local Christian and Catholic Schools
Non-Religious Private Schools
Public and Charter Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$14000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Valley Christian High School
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100 Skyway Drive
San Jose, CA 95111
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Phone: (408) 513-2460

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