Valley Christian begins 2018-19 with accolades, junior high SanTan Sun News

Valley Christian begins 2018-19 with accolades, junior high

July 20th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Valley Christian begins 2018-19 with accolades, junior high
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BY TROY THELEN

Guest Writer

For 36 years, Valley Christian High School has been educating students in 9-12 grades. Starting this fall, they open their doors to junior high students, as well.

“Expanding from four grades to seven allows us to extend the Valley Christian brand not only to more families and students, but for a longer period of time, as well,” said Dan Kuiper, the school’s administrator.

“We’ve seen continued growth and exceptional demand for a Valley Christian education over the last five years, in large part due to the value added to our academic and extracurricular programs. We believe we can create this same value for students in junior high and prepare them for high school and college by offering our big-school opportunities in a small school environment.”

Kuiper, who has been teaching or in administration at the school since its second year, isn’t the only one that sees the value of a Valley Christian education.

Along with an expected 440 students at the high school, more than 80 students are registered for the school before it opens. And the school expects around 90 by the first day.

“We don’t believe a family should have to sacrifice any aspect of their child’s education in order to attend a Christian school, so we have invested heavily in our faculty, in technology, and in creating high level opportunities for our students to succeed in and out of the classroom,” Kuoper added, noting:

“Our junior high Principal Chris Fryar and his team have already done a tremendous job in setting up Valley Christian Junior High for success.”

And the junior high isn’t the only reason the school has been in the news recently. The school has made headlines before as a top educational institution, including being named a top 50 Christian High School in the nation.

Kelly Clausen, a faculty member, student council advisor and the beach volleyball head coach, noted:

“As one of our employees who left and returned, I believe working for Valley Christian is so attractive because it truly feels like you are a part of a family. When you work alongside people who have similar core values and are passionate about the same things as you, it is incredibly encouraging… even on the toughest days.”

The school’s junior high campus in Tempe is located at the newly renovated Gethsemane Church campus and features an academic building, multi-use facility, gymnasium and worship center.

The high school campus is located in Chandler at Ray Road and 56th Street and includes a gymnasium, baseball field, newly-lit softball field, brand new beach volleyball courts, and a football field and track on a beautiful 17-acre campus. The two campuses are located six miles from each other.

Now in its 37th year, Valley Christian embarks on a brand-new chapter. And if you ask their employees, they’ll almost assuredly be around to see it through.

-Troy Thelan, a 2003 graduate of Valley Christian High School, is legacy director for the school.

Corey Gilmore/Valley Christian High

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