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Valley Christian High School
"Quest for Excellence"
Address
100 Skyway Drive
San Jose, California, 95111
United States
Coordinates 37°16′34″N 121°49′36″W / 37.2761°N 121.8266°W / 37.2761; -121.8266Coordinates: 37°16′34″N 121°49′36″W / 37.2761°N 121.8266°W / 37.2761; -121.8266
Information
Type Private
Religious affiliation non-denominational Christian
Established 1956[1]
Principal Mark A. Lodewyk[1]
President Dr. Clifford E. Daugherty, Ed.D[1]
Enrollment 1,238[1]
Student:teacher ratio 16:1[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Navy Blue, Columbia Blue and White             
Athletics 48 teams in 15 sports[1]
Athletics conference West Catholic Athletic League
Mascot Warrior
Average SAT scores 1080 [2]  (2004)
Website

Valley Christian High School is a Christian secondary school located in San Jose, California. It was founded in 1956 by Dave and Edie Wallace. As of 2009, the school principal is Mark A. Lodewyk.[1] As of the fall of 1999, the Valley Christian High School and Junior High School have been relocated to the Skyway Campus located in south San Jose after the reopening of Branham High School.

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Academic achievements

In 2004, Valley Christian High School received the United States Department of Education No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon award.[1] VCHS is the only private high school in California to receive this award. On top of this, VCHS is one of four high schools in the United States to have received this award. This award recognizes, among other accomplishments, that VCHS students test in the top 10% of the nation, and VCHS simultaneously offers appropriate courses and programs for students who are more academically challenged. Representing Valley Christian's faculty and students, Dr. Torode, Mrs. Marc and Mrs. Keleshian flew to Washington D.C. on November 2, 2004 to receive the award.

Athletics

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Sports

Since its founding, Valley Christian has offered a wide variety of sports for its students. The Warriors are the only non-Catholic members of the West Catholic Athletic League, which they joined in 2003. [3]

Fall

Winter

Spring

Athletic Achievements

VCHS has a history of sports accomplishments and honors. As of 2009, Valley Christian has won 4 CCS championships for Varsity Football (2003–2006) in the Central Coast Section. They also hold the 2006 CCS Championship Title for Girls Varsity Soccer.[1] In addition, their Boys Varsity Basketball and Baseball teams were the runner-ups for the CCS Championship Title. The Girls Varsity Basketball team were CCS Champions in both 2007 and 2008, while the boys team took first place in the 36th Annual Stokes tournament in Kelseyville, California.[4] The Girls and Boys Volleyball Teams have also been successful, with the Boys winning the WCAL championship in 2003 and 2004.[1]

In 2007, the Varsity Baseball team broke numerous school records, including their first ever CCS Division-1 Championship and WCAL Championship. Their 33–4 record is the 3rd best in CCS history.[1] In 2008, the Varsity Baseball team defeated Archbishop Mitty to win the WCAL Championship 2 years in a row.[1]

Extracurricular Activities

Valley Christian students also actively participate in many extra-curricular activities, many of which have require full commitment and care.[5] [6]

Music Conservatory:

Dance Arts:

Honor/Service Societies:

Nu Delta Alpha *Math Honors Society

Clubs:

Marching band and color guard achievements

The VCHS marching band and color guard have over fifteen years of field show competition experience. Throughout the years, they have attained several high-standing achievements, such as winning the top Sweepstakes award in a state competition of sixty other bands in class AAA in 2004 along with winning first place (in class AAA as well) at the Western Band Association's championship competition in 2006. In February 2007, the VCHS marching band and color guard received the chance to be the first marching band in the world to walk down Main Street in Hong Kong Disneyland for the Lunar New Year celebration. While in Asia, the team also performed at three schools and two AIDS orphanages.

Academic Year Show Title
2006–2007 "Luminaries"
2007–2008 "Concept Z"
2008–2009 "Ghost Train"
2009–2010 "From the Ashes"

Jazz Department Achievements

The Valley Christian Jazz department[1] is a creative culture developing students through dynamic performance opportunities, curriculum activities, and a comprehensive improvisational program. The jazz department exposes students to an outstanding library of graded literature serving both sight-reading and repertoire criterion. Coaching and clinics from the finest jazz and commercial music professionals on the west coast provides practical hands on application of learned performance skills. Students absorb historical and cultural information through study and concentrated listening.

The bands of the Jazz department have won top honors at the Reno Jazz Festival, Folsom Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Campana Jazz Festival, Mount San Antonio College Jazz Festival, and Central California Jazz Festival. Bands have also been selected as National finalists for both the Monterey Jazz Festival and University of Southern California jazz festivals. Students from the Jazz department have received numerous awards and scholarships including outstanding musicianship and scholarship awards from the Monterey Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, USC jazz festival, Downbeat magazine and the Grammy Foundation. Jazz department students have matriculated to the Manhattan School of Music, The New School of New York, Cal Arts, Azusa Pacific, and Cal State Northridge among other schools.

Course Information

AP and Honors courses

Valley Christian offers a total of 43 Advanced Placement and Honors Courses. In 2008, 400 students took these courses and took 800 AP exams. Of Valley Christian's 2008 Seniors, 46% passed at least one AP exam prior to graduation, whereas the California and National averages were 19.7% repectively.[7]

English language

Laboratory science

Mathematics

Foreign language

Social studies

Visual and performing arts

Computer Science

  • AP JavaScript

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Valley Christian High School (San Jose) include:

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