Valley Christian High School

100 Skyway Drive
San Jose, CA 95111-0951
Tel: (408)513-2500
Grades: K-12 | 1506 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 46,000 square foot Conservatory of the Arts & Student Life Center.
Its unique Conservatory of the Arts opportunities for students passionate about music, theatre, dance, visual arts (painting, photography, ceramics), 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 seven more experiments designed in 2015. With a newly built satellite tracking station on its campus, VCHS plans to be the first high school in the world to design and launch its own satellite off the Speace Station in 2016.
The Conservatoy of the Arts program, the AMSE program, and their gifted faculty also play significant roles in the STEM and fine arts education of students at Valley Christian Elementary School.
Valley Christian Junior High was awarded in 2011 as an Intel School of Distinction and Intell Star Innovator for its math education, and is a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon “No Child Left Behind” school.
Valley Christian HS and was recently voted “Best High School” in an annual survey of parents by Bay Area Parents magazine. In addition, 50 sports teams allow students to compete and develop character at the highest levels of high school athletics, along with the Human Performance Initiative to develop the best in athletic preparedness.
Daily Bible classes at every grade level, 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
Year Founded 1960
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2013

Student Body

Total Students 1506 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Valley Christian High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 107 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 25 students
Number of AP Courses 23 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Calculus BC, AP Comparative Government, AP English Literature, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History, Aerospace Engineering, AP Calculus AB, AP Art 2-D Design, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language, AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C and E/M, AP Studio Art - Drawing, Astronomy, Multi-Variable Calculus, Scientific Research,
Average SAT score 1705
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(dress code including jeans, shorts and collared or polo shirts for boys; modest jeans, shorts or dresses for girls)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,834
Tuition Notes tuition varies by campus: elementary, junior high, high school
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Scott Wessling
Admissions Associate HS Admissions, Alana James


Total Sports Offered 20 sports
Sports Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, WrestlingBadmintonBaseball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingDrill Team,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water PoloWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 39 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Abolitionists Club, Badminton Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Chinese Language Club, Cooking Club, Cool Beans Coffee Club, Creative Writing Club, DECA (Business Start Up), Fashion Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Forensics Science Club, French Club, Guerrilla Film Society, Hip Hop Club, International Club, Latin Honors Society, Law Club, Lighthouse Christian Club, Love in Action Club, Math Club, Missions Club, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society, National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Nu Delta Alpha (Dance) Club, Pre-Veterinary Club, Programming Club, Quiz Bowl, Race2Educate, Radio Club, Save The African Kids (STAK) Club, Scientific Research Club, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate Club, Strategic Gaming Club, Support Our Troops Club, VC Appreciation Club, VC Beatz Badminton Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Fashion Club, French Club, Hip Hop Club, Law Club, Math Club, Missions Club, Quiz Bowl, Race2Educate, Radio Club, Spanish Club, VC Beatz, Abolitionists Club,
Chinese Language Club,
Cool Beans Coffee Club,
Creative Writing Club,
DECA (Business Start Up),
Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Forensics Science Club,
Guerrilla Film Society,
International Club,
Latin Honors Society,
Lighthouse Christian Club,
Love in Action Club,
Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society,
National Art Honor Society,
National English Honor Society,
Nu Delta Alpha (Dance) Club,
Pre-Veterinary Club,
Programming Club,
Save The African Kids (STAK) Club,
Scientific Research Club,
Speech and Debate Club,
Strategic Gaming Club,
Support Our Troops Club,
VC Appreciation 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: 09/24/2015

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School Reviews

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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/17/16

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