Valley Christian High School

100 Skyway Drive
San Jose, CA 95111-0951
     Tel: (408)513-2500
Grades: K - 12 | 2292 students
Valley Christian Schools, in San Jose, California, was founded in 1960 and has grown into one of the largest independent K-12 Christian school systems in the United States.
Accredited by both ACSI and WASC, Valley Christian takes pride in its top-notch facilities that are among the finest in California—two campuses, an extensive sports complex, and the new 46,000 square foot Conservatory of the Arts (music, theatre, dance and visual arts) & Student Life Center. Its unique Conservatory of the Arts opportunities for students passionate about music, theatre, dance, visual arts (painting and photography, and cinematography to work closely with top faculty to reach great heights of success.  Our music groups are known throughout the U.S.
for their excellence, our marching band was invited to march in the prestigious Rose Parade in January, 2013, and our theatre awards caused Stage Direction Magazine to say Valley Christian High School is “one of the 6 best high school theatre programs in the United States.” The Applied Math, Science and Engineering Institute [AMSE]  allows students of high ability to enjoy unique challenges.  An example of such an opportunity is the International Space Station project, in which Valley Christian students pioneered the first-ever high school Cube Lab™ experiment place aboard the Space Station in January, 2011, with four more experiments in 2012.  With a newly built satellite tracking station on its campus, VCHS plans to be the first high school in the world to design and send up its own satellite in 2013.  Valley Christian Junior High was just awarded in 2011 as an Intel School of Distinction and Intell Star Innovator for its math education. Valley Christian High School is a U.S.
Department of Education Blue Ribbon “No Child Left Behind” school and was just voted “Best High School” in the 2011 annual survey of parents by Bay Area Parents magazine.  In addition, 54 sports teams allow students to compete and develop character at the highest levels of high school athletics. Daily Bible classes, weekly chapel services and many community service events give students a loving environment in which to learn more about the Christian faith, and to become excited about the eternal perspective Jesus Christ brings to their lives.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Christian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1960
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2013

Student Body

Total Students 2292 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 56%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Valley Christian High School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 145 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 30%
Average Class Size 24 students
Number of AP Courses 22 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus BC,  AP Comparative Government,  AP English Literature,  AP European History,  AP Human Geography,  AP Macroeconomics,  AP Microeconomics,  AP Spanish,  AP Statistics,  AP US Government,  AP US History, AP Calculus AB, AP Art 2-D Design, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C and E/M, AP Studio Art - Drawing, 
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(dress code varies by campus)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes tuition varies by campus: elementary, junior high, high school
% on Financial Aid 25%
Admissions Director Scott Wessling
Admissions Associate HS Admissions, Alana James


Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Drill TeamFlag Football,
Ice HockeyRugby,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water PoloWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 28 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Abolitionists Club, American Cancer Society, Career Club, Cartooning/Animation Club, Chess Club, Chinese Language Club, Christian Club, Christian Club, Comedy Sports Club, Emergy Club, Go Green Club, Hockey Club, Ignite Club, Jazz Club, Latin Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, NAHS (Art Club), Nu Delta Alpha (Dance) Club, Pay It Forward Club, Photography Club, Rugby Club, Save The African Kids Club, Spanish Club, Speech & Debate, Stiches Knitting Club, Table Tennis Club, Young Political Leaders Club Career Club, Chess Club, Christian Club, Christian Club, Emergy Club, Go Green Club, Hockey Club, Ignite Club, Jazz Club, Latin Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Rugby Club, Spanish Club, Abolitionists Club,
American Cancer Society,
Cartooning/Animation Club,
Chinese Language Club,
Comedy Sports Club,
NAHS (Art Club),
Nu Delta Alpha (Dance) Club,
Pay It Forward Club,
Photography Club,
Save The African Kids Club,
Speech & Debate,
Stiches Knitting Club,
Table Tennis Club,
Young Political Leaders Club,

School Notes:

  • What is the VCS Difference?

    Valley Christian Elementary School:

    • The entire Kindergarten – 12th grade VCS journey starts on the elementary campus!
    • Parents and students experience genuine Christian community and care.
    • Students foster their spiritual life through Christian educators, daily Bible instruction, weekly chapel, community service and more.
    • Students test above grade level on achievement test scores.
    • A range of services exists to support students who will benefit with individualized levels of learning in specialized one-on-one programs.
    • There are robust pull-out program opportunities in Hands On Science, Spanish, library, computers, art, music, band, piano, orchestra, and P.E.
    • The unique “Kidservatory” also includes after-school offerings, such as Junior Theatre, Dance, Art, Drums, Harp, Guitar, Keyboard and Private Lessons.
    • The exciting “Little Warriors” athletic program pairs elementary students with Valley Christian High School players and coaches for great training and mentoring opportunities.
    • Students naturally move up to Valley Christian Junior High following 5th grade and then on to Valley Christian High School, among the finest Christian schools in the nation.

     Valley Christian Junior High:

    • Life-changing values and spiritual life growth occur through daily Bible education, weekly chapel, community service opportunities and leadership development.
    • Personal interest and involvement of the faculty creates a sense of “family” on campus where each student feels valued.
    • VCJH received the 2011
      Intel School of Distinction and Intel Star Innovator awards. 
    • Students take
      grade level and Honors-level classes in English, math and science available (including Geometry and high school-level biology)
    • Students identified as needing academic accommodations to achieve their true school potential receive help and encouragement through the Student Support Services program.
    • Project Lead The Way brings our engineering program into the junior high level.
    • The unique Junior Conservatory provides extensive offerings in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts with participation in a variety of performances, festivals, competitions and recitals.
    • There is a fully developed, competitive robotics program, award-winning math and science clubs, and the annual all-school Rube Goldberg Contest.
    • Our extensive electives excite students and then feed naturally into elite high school programs.  These electives include state-of-the-art video editing, TV broadcasting, 3D animation and game design, Hands On Science, and foreign language.
    • 22 sports teams over five different seasons benefit from state-of-the-art athletic facilities and compete in one of the largest public school leagues in the area.
    • Students gain perspective from special travel opportunities, such as to Southern California with the band, or the 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.

    Valley Christian High School:

    • Spiritual growth occurs through a wide array of exciting Bible course offerings, weekly chapel services, extensive community service opportunities, and biblical leadership development.
    • Graduates overwhelmingly point to significant mentoring relationships with teachers and coaches as a real help to wisely navigate their teenage years.
    • Students benefit from U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School academics, including over 35 honors and Advanced Placement courses
    • At least 99% of graduates go on to college, assisted by our academic counseling department.
    • The Dual Credit program allows students to achieve both high school and college credit while on our campus.
    • Students identified as needing academic accommodations to achieve their true school potential receive help and encouragement through the Student Support Services program.
    • The unique Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute offers students unprecedented opportunities, including the International Space Station project, VCHS Satellite Tracking station, and a nationally-awarded robotics program.
    • The Biological Research and Development Lab allows for specialized student research normally seen only at the college level and supports their entry into national science fair competitions.
    • The lauded Conservatory of the Arts program offers concentrated majors and minors in music, theatre, dance, visual arts or cinematic arts, with student ability levels and college portfolios enhanced through extensive performances, recitals, and competitions.
    • VC Warrior athletics is known throughout California for its 55 sports teams, frequent state and national rankings, and athletic scholarship opportunities to Division 1 and 2 colleges and universities.  The teaching of character and integrity are integral in training our athletes.

Profile last updated: 10/09/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Legacy Christian School (1.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Kiddie Academy Of San Jose (1.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Kiddie Academy Of San Jose (1.4 miles away)
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School Reviews

5 months ago
I have been at Valley Christian since sixth grade, so this year is currently my sixth year at Valley. Valley Christian has been an awesome experience for me to grow as an individual by meeting new people and being able to strengthen my faith. The campus is breathtaking and every year truly has something new to offer, whether that being technologically, artistically, athletically, or academically. The people are overall excepting of new people but this really depends on who you are as your own self and how willing you are to interact with new people. We have chapel every Wednesday, and although they may seem boring at times, it is truly a blessing to be able to worship our Creator in such a free way. No, you do not have to be a Christian to attend, and even if you aren''t, Valley Christian is still a wonderful school to be opened up to new opportunities and form relationships with teachers/peers. Every school has it''s pros and cons, and obviously no school is perfect, but the pros at Valley definitely overweigh the cons.
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