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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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Posted October 30, 2013

I am parent of two Valley Christian Schools "Lifers" - attended Valley Christian School from K - 12 (13 years, each). I also had one of my other children attend Leland HS, and another attend Bellarmine. Overall, I'd rank VCS at least in the same category with these other fine area high schools, in terms of quality of academics, teachers who care, exposure to opportunity, college-preparedness, music + engineering + theater + athletics + robotics. And along with Bellarmine, Jesus Christ as Lord, is the center of the educational viewpoint, which makes a huge difference! All of the "complaining" about drugs-dogs-bullying (!?) are much more prevalent at other public high schools. Get real... these are teenagers in a fallen world - changing HS is not the answer. Only Jesus is the answer. At least the world view is truth at VCS. Go with VCS for your kids - Its well worth it for a Christ-centered education. Recommended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2013

From the outside Valley looks great, but it is truly miserable to attend. Our nickname for it is "Hell on a Hill".Students are judgmental and rude. There's an obvious hierarchy among students, and if you're not on the top then expect to be constantly bullied. There is a huge drug problem, so much so that the school now has to have dogs on campus at least twice a month. It's hit or miss with teachers. Some are great (especially in the history department), but others are boring or completely don't care. Administrators are unhelpful and often unavailable. They would rather turn their heads and pretend issues don't exist and assume the students are innocent and perfect. The athletics are terrible because the superintendent focuses on promoting obscure academic topics. I really wish I had chosen any other high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2012

The Campus is very impressive - new, clean and the staff puts on "The Show". At first glance, the amenities look good. However, for a school that sits in the midst of a technology epicenter - this school falls short. No coding programs at all at the Junior High level. There are no internships/partnerships with major companies such as google, ebay, yahoo (a few miles away) available for students at the high school. Teachers do not respond to parent emails. There are known drug problems and issues with bullying that go unresolved mainly because the school refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem. We know of many parents that are looking for school alternatives for their teens as a result.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2012

My son is currently in his Junior year at Valley Christian and I cannot express how happy we are with his educaiton. VCHS has a great academic cirriculum and prepares students for college. Its is very expensive and as a family we make sacrifices to send our son to this school (so not everyone is rich that goes there!), but feel it is completely worth it. The teachers are top notch and the sports programs are outstanding. My son is a proud Warrior!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

As a sophomore at Valley, i can totally say this is a great place!!! The kids are all so friendly in like, every grade level! Its just a really amazing place! If you're considering coming here, don't even worry! You'll be welcomed right away! When i was a freshman, i came in not knowing a single person and i was so freaked out! But right away at orientation, i made connections with tons of people, who are now my bestest of best friends! :) As for the teachers, they really want to be your guide! They want to have a friendship with you unlike any other group of teachers around. And to top it off, the campus is GORGEOUS. Overall, Valley is just such a comfortable place! Hope you can end up at school here someday! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

My daughter graduated from Valley Christian High School May 2009. Personal experience: My overall opinion of this school is excellent. While no school is perfect and there's always room for improvement, VCHS has prepared my daughter for college thoroughly. She was able to participate in the Leadership Program which prepared her even more for the next 4 years. Atmosphere: Yes, because this is a private school, you will have your usual 'snooty' kids, but overall I have found the students to be friendly. Teachers are great wtih return emails and phone calls and the counseling staff is very helpful. Facility: You could not find a more state of the art school from technology labs, sports fields to the theatre and everything in between. It's very well maintained and worth visiting. Full time security staff is a plus. Looking forward to my next child entering in the Fall 2010.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

While the curriculum, staff, arts etc are all outstanding, it's the actual atmosphere while being a student that disappoints. The students are not the friendliest, and it's very much like a typical high school movie. Snobby students, cliques, and much teasing goes on here. I was disappointed after transferring here from another Christian school. The curriculum may be, but most of the students are not what I call Christian. My old school truly was and I wish I didn't have to move here. If you try and tell the staff about the teasing and hierarchy that goes on here, they don't do much but tell you to ignore it. If you as a parent can remember terrible high school years granted you weren't the most attractive/wealthiest girl/boy in school I suggest you keep tabs on your childs social life. The students here can be very cruel, and not like Jesus at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2008

I am an international student from Hong Kong, and attended Valley for a year as a freshman. I can't describe how great the school is. The teachers are more like family, the school is more like a university and the spirit is earth shattering. Great academic courses, with a huge variety of after school sports and extracurriculars. I would deem this school the best school on earth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

My son is a freshman and it's our first year at Valley and it's been the MOST amazing experience. Not only is it obviously clean, well kept and huge but the teachers/counselors and entire staff provide an exceptional educational experience for the kids. What a blessing to be a part of Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

This school has a great academic and sports history and supports children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

I went to Valley through sophmore year, when I started attending a public high school. Although Valley is great academically(with outstanding teachers!), I was much happier after I left. Don't let that stunning campus and Christian flag fool you- Valley is no more accepting or caring than any other school. The kids at my current school are much more considerate and much more down-to-earth than the rich, snobby kids at Valley. If you want a truly caring Christian enviroment where your kids won't be subjected to teasing, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

I really enjoyed learning from the many great teachers that Valley has, as well as teaming up with my peers to solve challenging problems in my classes. Since I have taken eight AP courses throughout high school, it was necessary to learn how to problem-solve with others to help myself better learn and retain the knowledge I had gained. Valley also trained my spiritual being as well, causing me to evaluate my actions and making sure that in everything that I do I am trying to please the Savior, not the people around me. At the end of my four years, I can definitely say that I felt prepared to start a new journey in college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 26, 2007

I am a UC Berkeley student who recently graduated from Valley Christian. I also came to Valley after attending a public middle school with high expectations. However, Valley was not very easy for me. I took challenging Honors and AP classes that required many hours of studying and sleepless nights in order for me to do well. Taking these classes has greatly helped me in my college admissions. There are areas that Valley still needs to improve and I don t think that Valley is perfect. But I know from my experience that Valley has many caring teachers and administrators who strive to make Valley a better place each year. I am sure that Valley will continue to grow and become even a better school than it is now. I had a wonderful time in Valley and feel blessed that I was able to have such an awesome experience. Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2007

I attended Valley Christian after attending a public jr high with high academic standards. Valley was very easy for me and I graduated with a 4.0. I feel that I would have had to work a lot harder (and gotten a better education) at St. Francis. It's a safe haven for 4 years at an expensive price. Beautiful school with amazing athletic programs & the teachers are all very caring and helpful. I also feel like the kids that go to Valley are kinder and more accepting of others.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2007

Both of my kids went to this school, it's an excellent academic school. My kids were well prepared to the college and they are now in one of the good college nationwide (Santa Clara University). Teachers are well educated and responsible. The management follow up the kids in a good manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

Valley Christian is an amazing school that provides a great Christian setting for young men and women to grow academically, physically, and spiritually. Students at VCHS show lots of passion and motivation in succeeding in academics, sports, arts, and other activites.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

My oldest child has been at VCS since 6th grade and is now a freshman at VCS high school. The academic program is excellent with very dedicated teachers and a variety of electives. The music, theater, dance programs are excellent with the band program being particularly strong. Sports is a big part of the school as well with excellent facilities that are shared between the jr high and high schools. The campus is new and very beautiful. A large variety of sports is offered to both boys and girls. Parents are involved with fundraising for sports/fine arts programs. The only drawback is the school is not as diverse as the local population. Being a private Christian school with a 'healthy tuition', the majority of students are middle-upper middle class Caucasian. In the lower grades, there is more diversity and over time it will improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

Most beautiful campus I've seen. A place where your child can truly find friends with high moral standards. Might be the only high school school in a very affluent county where the majority of the kids do not abuse drinking & drugs. A nice mix of ethnicity and income. A top ranked football team for the past few years withpacked stands at every game. Top teams in other sports as well. For tougher academics honors and AP classes are a must.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2004

Nice attitude from the teachers. Curriculum balanced, challenging and yet not so difficult it breaks a kids spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Valley Christian School is an excellent school. Our daughter attended 5th grade there after coming from a Sacramento public school. The level of education is outstanding. They truly inspire the children with a high standard of morals. Children are taught to treat each other the way they would have others treat them. If we hadn't relocated to Texas, our child would have stayed at Valley til High School graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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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

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  • 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
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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
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  • 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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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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