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School Profile

204 Students
Male 55% Female 45%
53 seniors in the Class of 2018 ‘Lifers’: 9
Student Teacher Ratio: 16 core 11 Elective
Average Class Size: 17
Faculty Members: 17
Over 39% of our high school faculty has advanced degrees and the average faculty teaching experience is 17 years.

Head of Schools: Mr. Chris Rutz
Principal: Mr. Jeff Coleman

CVCS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

MEMBERSHIPS AND ACADEMIC RECOGNITION Association of Christian Schools International, California Interscholastic Federation, Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, The College Board, National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation, National English Honors Society, and Spanish National Honors Society. Qualifying students are encouraged to become active members.

Every October, the PSAT/NMSQT is given to all freshmen, sophomore, and junior students. In April, high school students take the ERB Test. Juniors are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT in the spring. Seniors are encouraged to take the ACT or SAT in the fall. CVCS is an ETS Certified Education Partner for the SAT. Our students consistently perform above the National and California averages for college SAT, ACT, AP tests, and our graduating students are annually accepted at prestigious colleges and universities.

This opportunity creates small groups designed to train students to be leaders and to integrate students’ academic, spiritual, and social lives through the medium of healthy peer communities and meaningful, consistent relationships with a faculty mentor.

Students must complete a minimum of 250 credits to receive a diploma. The curriculum is predominantly college-preparatory and recognized by the University of California and Cal State University as meeting their admission requirements. Several departments use the Harkness Method of teaching, which encourages classes to be held in a discursive manner. CVCS curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses in Calculus, English (Lang & Lit), Biology, Chemistry, European History, Human Geography, U.S. History, U.S. Gov. & Politics, and Statistics. Honors courses are offered in Bible, Math, Science, and English. Additional courses include Art, Choir, Foreign Languages, Musical Theater, ELD/SDAIE and Kinesiology/Sports Medicine. Advanced Placement and Honors courses are designated as such on the students’ transcripts and are weighted in the calculation of their GPA. See the UC approved course list:

The minimum credits required for graduation include:
Bible 40 units
English 40 units
History/Social Studies 40 units
Math 30 units
Science (20 Lab. Science) 30 units
Physical Education 20 units
Visual/Performing Arts 10 units
Language other than English 20 units
College Preparatory Electives 40 units
Additional honors or AP courses and credits are required to graduate cum laude (270) and summa cum laude (280).

CVCS is a member of the Western Athletic Conference and CIF-SS Southern Section and participates in the CIF Pursuing Victory with Honor program, emphasizing character development. In 2015-2016, league championships were won in boys’ basketball, boys volleyball, and boys baseball. Girls’ athletics include basketball, cheer, cross-country, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Boys’ athletics include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Sports and fitness training is offered to all athletes with state of the art equipment.

Our goal is that our students will love the Lord with all of their hearts, minds and souls; and that they will know Christ as their personal Savior. With that knowledge, our students will develop and use their God-given gifts and abilities in daily life. We hope that students evidence the fruits of the Spirit in developmentally appropriate ways and that they will intellectually defend their faith. Students should possess and be able to articulate a biblical worldview and know, understand and apply God’s Word in daily life. From this head and heart knowledge, students will effectively share their faith with others and understand that their choices and actions have eternal consequences for both themselves and others. We strive to teach our students the importance of giving back to our community and helping those in need. For our High School students, we require 20 hours of Christian service per school year. Each week throughout the school year, all CVCS students attend Chapel and are challenged to grow in their faith and service.

Many classes that are offered at CVCS support this award winning program. Performances of complete Broadway musicals have recently included: Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Little Women, and High School Musical. Students not only perform, but help with technical, staging, costuming and more. The experience is highly valuable and appreciated throughout our school community.

CVCS is committed to providing a learning environment where technology is a functional and accessible tool for all teachers and students. As part of this commitment, all high school students participate in a 1 to 1 laptop program. 

Appointed prefect leaders are involved in the planning and organizing of several social events and dances for our High School students, including Pep Rallies, Spirit Week, Homecoming, Winter Formal, Sadie Hawkins, and Jr./Sr. Prom. Prefect Leaders are student leaders selected from the senior class who possess a high degree of commitment to the School’s values and ideals.

Below is a partial list of Colleges and Universities that our recent graduates have been accepted to and or have chosen to attend:

Air Force Academy Allegheny College Algoma University American Musical and Dramatic Academy Arizona State University Arkansas State University Auburn University Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Barry University Baylor University Biola University Boise State University Boston University Cal Baptist University Cal Maritime Cal State Polytechnic University Pomona Cal State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo California Lutheran  University Calvin College Case Western University Chaminade University Chapman University Chico State University Christian Heritage College Colorado State University, Pueblo Colorado University  Concordia University Concordia University at Austin Cornell University Covenant College CSU Channel Islands CSU Dominguez Hills CSU Fullerton CSU Long Beach CSU Monterey Bay CSU San Francisco CSU San Jose CSU San Marcos CSU Stanislaus Delta College at SUNY Brockport DePaul University Dominican University of California Dordt College Drake University Duke University East Tennessee University Eastern Illinois University FIDM Fresno State George Fox University George Washington University Gordon College Goucher College Grand Canyon University Grinell College Hope International University Harvard University Humboldt State University Indiana Wesleyan University John Brown University Lees-McRae College Lehigh University Liberty University Linn-Benton College Loyola Marymount University Miami University Michigan State University Midland University New England Conservatory New York University Northern Arizona University Northwest Nazarene University Notre Dame de Namur University Ohio State University Oklahoma Christian University Penn State Pepperdine University Platt College Point Loma Nazarene University Purdue University Rutgers University Saddleback College Saint Mary's College of California San Diego State University San Francisco State University School of Art Institute Seattle Pacific University Sichuan University Sonoma State University Southern Oregon University Southern Methodist University Southwest Baptist University St. Louis University Sonoma State University Southern Oregon University Stanford Syracuse University Taylor University Texas Christian University The University of Wisconsin, Madison Torrey Honors Institute Trevecca Nazarene University Trinity International University Tulane University UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UC Davis UC Merced UCLA University of Tennessee University of Alabama University of Alaska, Fairbanks University of Arizona University of Connecticut University of Denver University of Kansas University of La Verne University of Nevada, Reno University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburg University of Redlands University of San Diego USC University of the Pacific University of Utah Utah State University University of Washington University of Wyoming Valparaiso University Vanguard University Washington State Washington University in St. Louis  West Texas A & M Westmont College Wheaton College Whitworth College