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Valley Christian High School

Private | 9-12 | 1421 students

Our school is best known for an amazingly high achieving comprehensive program.
 
 

 

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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 February 23, 2004

My daughter is now a junior at VCHS and can't say enough good things about it. As a christian parent I want my child well rooted in christian beliefs before entering a secular society, I believe that is being met. All schools have issues but I can say if a problem exists this principal will evaluate the problem and try to resolve it in a timely fashion. The course work is tough and the students must work hard to maintain good grades. My son went to a well known all boys school in this area and VCHS well exceeded it in academics as well as sports and the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2003

Both my son and daughter grew spiritually while at this school, which mattered most to my wife and I. Academically, I was especially happy with the preparation they received. Both attend university now (my son graduates this spring!) and are doing very well in their studies. Their writing and analytical thinking skills, in particular, were very solid when they left Valley; they were surprised at how many students entered college without such skills in place. On top of that, they were taught to think biblically about the world around them and to seek their role in society as a world-changer. I am profoundly grateful that they attended Valley Christian High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2003

As parent of a kindergartner, I am impressed that there is a 'culture' of catching potential problems early. Other observations include: the experienced teachers are both very insightful and caring, and even non-teachers on the staff appear to be alert and friendly. Bottom line: my wife and I are very pleased we chose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Despite several well intentioned teachers and administrators... what started as a great idea and a great school and been turned into nothing more than an elitist football camp. Both my brother and I went to both the junior and senior high til graduation but went we got to college we found out that straight A's at Valley didn't mean anything in college. We were incredibly underprepared. On the plus side we greatly enjoyed our extacurricular activities while we were there. The new campus spared no expense when it came to athletic facilities although the art room was still just a classroom and the theatre had yet to be finished. Despite some of the locker room hazing my brother enjoyed his time and despite missing my senior cruise (because you had to have a date to attend) I also would not have traded my time there. I have heard things are getting better and I really hope they are.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 26%
Two or more races 28% 3%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Black 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school San Jose Christian School
Challenger & Stratford Schools
Local Public Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 12% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 88% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of California
Calif. State Universities
Christian Universities
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(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
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing 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
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: various
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • NCAA sports counselor
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:30 am
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mark Lodewyk
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
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
  • every student iPad
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Engineering

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(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
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • NCAA sports counselor
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Local Christian school association
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Business Club
  • Chess club
  • Christian Club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: various
  • Debate
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sports clubs
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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 cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Parents and students report a very high satisfaction with Valley Christian High School, and are especially excited about all the opportunities for their students in a strong college prep curriculum through a passionate faculty in a distinctly Christian values environment. The addition of a full Conservatory of the Arts program, as well as the Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute offer opportunities to excel very unique to any high school (example: Google "VCHS satellite."
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
325
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
495
Students typically come from these schools
San Jose Christian School
Challenger & Stratford Schools
Local Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$15000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of California
Calif. State Universities
Christian Universities
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
NCAA sports counselor
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 12%
4 year college - 88%
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100 Skyway Drive
Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95111
Phone: (408) 513-2400

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