One of America’s Top Christian Schools
Valley Christian Schools offers students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade big school opportunities in a small school environment. Established in 1982, Valley Christian provides 700+ students a distinctly Christian education with excellent academics, championship athletics, award-winning fine arts, and a supporting community that encourages spiritual growth and the success of our students in and out of our classrooms across our three East Valley campuses. Valley Christian is ranked as one of the Top 50 Christian high schools in the U.S. and as one of the Top 125 Places to Work in Arizona.
Our mission is for students to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, live like Him, and prepare academically, physically, socially and spiritually, so they are enabled to make a difference in the world.
Valley Christian Schools is accredited by both Association of Christian Schools International and AdvancED.
“Valley Christian changed my life. It revealed to me the value of character in a world that does not seem to believe in it any longer. This school has turned a shy, sad girl into someone on fire for life and thriving. I made friends, found my faith, found a community, found my passion, and found my life. My life will never be the same and I have Valley Christian to thank. It showed me who I wanted to be in this world, and gave me the skills to be able to achieve it. I could not better recommend a school to anyone. Valley Christian was so good to me, and I could not have asked for a better experience.”
– VCS Senior
“We are so happy to have found Valley Christian School! A year ago our family relocated from Colorado to Arizona. At the time my husband and I were both working/coaching at an amazing Christian school in Colorado. So, with our expectations very high, we set out in search of a great school and community for our family. Valley Christian very quickly rose to the top of our list and has far exceeded our expectations from day one. If you are looking for a school with academic excellence, professionalism, family-like community and a thriving spiritual culture, Valley Christian is a wonderful choice!”
– VCS Family
“It is a fantastic place to really develop your faith while at the same time getting a great education. The Bible classes, chapels, and study groups at the school really allow students to grow in their faith. The opportunities at the school are incredible with so many sports, art groups, and clubs that it is so easy for anyone to get involved. The tight knit community of parents and families at the school are super supportive and involved in making Valley Christian a better place.”
– VCS Senior
“Valley Christian High School was a tremendous blessing to our family. Both of my children had very different needs, and Valley was a great fit for both of them. From great teachers, to awesome extra curriculars , to fabulous athletics, Valley Christian comes highly recommended by this family!”
– VCS Parent
“I have loved every moment at Valley Christian High School. The school has a family feel to it, and it is easy to get involved. I love that the teachers not only care about your grades, but also your personal life. I also love that the school encourages others to grow in their faith and offers endless opportunities to do so.”
– VCS Senior
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Valley Christian invites our students, faculty, parents, alumni, and community to join us on Wednesday, January 8 for the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of our new high school academic building.
Festivities begin at 9:20am in the Bradley Gym with chapel and then continue outside for groundbreaking beginning at 10:00am.
“We’re excited to move forward with this project and begin construction on an academic building that will allow not only for continued enrollment growth, but for increased collaboration and innovation in the classroom,” says Dan Kuiper, Superintendent of Valley Christian Schools. “Our team has been working diligently behind-the-scenes for several years now to get us to this point, so it’s exciting to have the permits in hand and begin moving forward with construction on our high school campus.”
The two-story academic building features 19,000 square feet of classrooms and faculty space designed to fuel collaboration and develop the skills necessary for student success and preparation in 2020 and beyond. The space also enables VCS to increase course offerings – specifically in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The new academic building will also allow VCS to serve approximately 650 high school students. VCS is currently at capacity in the high school with an enrollment of about 440 students.
The academic building begins to realize a master plan vision for the school cast more than 20 years ago and fulfills a major initiative of Valley Christian’s current strategic plan, VC 2020: Renewed and Ready. A building committee has been at work since the plan was rolled out in August 2016 to “provide facilities that meet our needs to enhance our programs and raise the ceiling of student and staff potential.”
The building is the initial construction project of the first phase of the Secure the Future Campaign at Valley Christian Schools. The $19.9 million first phase also includes a Performing Arts Center, land expansion, athletic facility improvements, and additional parking. Future phases of the campaign will include the building of the permanent home for our junior high and elementary and a second gymnasium.
Valley Christian Community,
God is good…all the time. And He has been very good to Valley Christian Schools. These are exciting times and I believe we will look back years from now and call these “the good old days.” To put in perspective how momentous these times are; just two years ago, we were a high school. And 24 months later, we are now a K-12th grade educational institution operating on three campuses! God is good!
Looking toward the future, the Board of Directors felt a new position needed to be created that would oversee our growing institution in its spiritual vitality, academic excellence, extracurricular enhancements, and business growth. This new position will be called the Head of Schools. The Principals from all three campuses (elementary, middle school, high school) will report to the Head of Schools, and that individual to the Board of Directors.
The Board compiled a Head of Schools’ Position Profile. This document outlined the areas of responsibility that will fall under the purview of our Head of Schools. These areas are:
- Educational Leadership
- Institutional Advancement
- Instructional Management
- Personnel Management
- Business Management
- Property Management
- Parent and Constituent Relations
- Spiritual Engagement
The logical next step was to launch a national search to find the right person for the job. But it became clear to us through our conversations, analyzation, and much prayer, that we already have the perfect candidate within the Valley Christian ranks.
Dan Kuiper has faithfully and effectively served as our High School Administrator for the last five years, our Superintendent for the last year, and has been part of the Valley Christian family for 37 years. When we vetted Dan’s performance, track record, and who he is as a man against the criteria of what our Head of Schools needs to be, there was only one clear conclusion…he is the right man for the job.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my honor to announce that starting in the school year of 2020-21, our new Head of Schools will be Mr. Dan Kuiper. The entire Board of Directors is squarely behind Dan and believe that his steady hand will help guide Valley Christian Schools forward.
Congratulations, Dan. It’s well deserved. And may God continue to bless Valley Christian Schools. Go Trojans!
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Valley Christian Schools
A Note from Dan Kuiper
I am honored, humbled, and thrilled by the appointment of Head of Schools. I want to thank the Board of Directors for putting their confidence in me. It has been a blessing to be part of Valley Christian Schools over the last 37 years. God has done great things over our 38 years of existence. This is in large part the sacrifices so many people have made. The staff at VCS is incredible. One reason I am so excited about this position is because of the gifted staff and teachers that Valley has to support all aspects of the school.
I have been serving in the role of superintendent and high school principal this past year. It was evident we needed to split these roles apart if we were going to be an effective school system. We will be searching and posting a position for a high school principal in the very near future and will begin the process of restructuring our organization. Please be in prayer as we search for this person.
Many of you have known me to say, “I am so excited about where we are at, but even more excited about the future.” I truly believe Christian education is one of the best places we can equip students to be culture changers for Christ. We have the staff and community who can effectively make that happen.
Thank you for all of your support and working together, I am completely confident God has even greater things in store for our school.
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Valley Christian Schools welcomed nearly 3,000 guests for Homecoming Week 2019 presented by Colorado Christian University.
All of our students across our campuses did a wonderful job showing off their school spirit with great spirit day outfits!
On Thursday, we welcomed 950 people to our annual Night of Worship at CCV Chandler. The night was a powerful time of worship and a reminder of the greatness of God.
Then, on Friday, we welcomed 2,000 guests to our Homecoming Block Party and football game at the high school campus. The night was a great time of fun games for all ages, great food, and a great win by our football team! Thank you to all of our families and alumni for joining us at one of our Homecoming Week events!
Valley Christian Schools was honored to welcome the 43rd President of the United States, President George W. Bush, to our Foundations Dinner tonight at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.
President George W. Bush graciously talked about leadership, his family, his years in the White House, including moments surrounding September 11, his faith and how it affected him as a leader, and shared many more insights and anecdotes in a 45-minute moderated discussion with Dr. Greg Tonkinson, Valley Christian’s Spiritual Life Director.
Tonight’s historic event also featured entertainment from Third Day’s Mac Powell and his new band, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion, remarks from Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller, and the VCS leadership outlining the plans for our upcoming capital campaign.
Please mark your calendars to join us at November 22 for our official Secure the Future campaign kick-off at the Legacy Auction. More details on the event and registration will be made available shortly.
Recently, our American Sign Language (ASL) students visited the Apache ASL Trails Senior Center to have brunch with deaf senior citizens there. The students also presented over 60 shoe boxes filled with toiletries to the center. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to practice ASL and share their faith.
Our students had some wonderful things to say about the trip:
“This experience was truly incredible! The Seniors were all so kind, funny and accepting. What a blessing to have this opportunity.” – Macy Anglin ’21
“It’s amazing how different people with different languages still demonstrate the image of God. It was fantastic!” – Dominic Flowers ’21
“They were so sweet and it was so cool seeing how excited they were to see and sign with us.” – Brenna Hungerford ’21
“I was able to share/sign who I was, why I was a Christian and why I go to Valley, it was fun listening to all their stories.” – Kaitlyn Cochran ’21
Twelve students from Poland and two teachers were hosted by Valley families and spent the past two weeks experiencing US culture.
The students came to classes and dialogued with teachers and students, exchanging ideas and cultural differences. They got to experience the difference between the European and American school systems, noting that they enjoyed and were most surprised by the highly-relational aspect Valley teachers have with students.
In between visiting classes, Poland students explored Sedona, San Diego, the Botanical Gardens, and museums throughout Arizona. This summer our high school will be sending a group of students to live with the same families in Poland and experience their culture.
December 11 at Mesa Arts Center
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