A MESSAGE FROM OUR SUPERINTENDENT
At Valley Christian Schools, our mission is to develop courageous, thoughtful, and creative young leaders through excellent interdisciplinary, holistic, and rigorous Christian education.
In our mission statement, we identify three key characteristics – courage, thoughtfulness, creativity – that we strive to develop in all of our students. And, with our unique position as an educational and faith community, we continue our sincere and earnest effort to be Christ-centered and to always be more courageous, more thoughtful, and more creative, whether it is about policy decisions or curricula design, classroom teaching or out of classroom discipleship, or in the classroom, on the athletic field, or on a performing arts stage.
An interdisciplinary approach to education stems from a belief that God’s creations are all connected, and truth takes on connected expressions in science, languages, history, and art. We believe that this is a Christ-centered approach to education and to intellectual and moral pursuits. As Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians, “All things were created by him (Christ), and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” We want to develop in our students a perspective that ideas, concepts, and people “hold together” in Christ. There is unity in seeing the world, cosmic or human, through a Christ-centered and Christ-connected lens.
We also seek to help our students develop as flourishing human beings through a holistic approach. This means that we do not see the pursuits of character, intellect, creative expression, physical wellness, and athletic performance as either mutually exclusive or disparate efforts. We believe that whether a young person is naturally gifted in one area and not necessarily in another, it is in the effort of trying and risking failure that God rejoices in our effort to live our lives to the fullest. It is through overcoming internal limitations and external obstacles that our young people learn great life lessons that will allow them to serve God and people on this side of heaven.
Through our educational programs, from academic to athletics to artistic, we hold our students to a high standard of rigorous hard work, effort, and commitment. We celebrate our students who overcome challenging subjects, practice resilience and grit, and follow through with their commitments to their classmates, teammates, teachers, and coaches. We believe that through our high expectation of rigor, our students will take on a habit of heart and mind to be lifelong learners that will enable them to succeed in life.
Finally, at the heart of our Christian educational approach is the enduring relationships that our students build with our teachers. Our teachers serve as our living curriculum as they exemplify their love of Christ, passion for their subject areas and expertise, and compassion for this broken world. In doing so, our teachers invite their students, through a discipleship approach, into a life-long arc of learning, growing, and serving to bring about redemption and restoration for God.
Michael Chen, Ed.D.