What makes Vail Christian High School unique? Our educational philosophy values both tradition and innovation. We have high academic standards, offer a wide variety of AP and Dual Enrollment courses, and provide an exceptional and customized college counseling program that begins in 9th grade. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, especially as a Project Lead the Way school, designed to foster problem-solving skills, creativity, and curiosity.
As an independent Christian school, we celebrate our ecumenical diversity while welcoming everyone. We want to see our students be intellectually and spiritually curious. Our educational philosophy is rooted in Christian faith and values and views an education as incomplete without full integration of mind, body, and spirit. Our beliefs are rooted in Jesus Christ’s core message to “love God and your neighbor.” This kind of love is the key ingredient for a life of meaning and purpose.
Our school culture unlocks and unleashes student potential. With small class sizes and highly relational faculty who are experts in their fields, students are individually known and loved. Our students don’t stand on the school’s sidelines but rather actively participate in a variety of athletic, art, service-learning, and club offerings. Learning also takes place within a diverse human mosaic with students representing different socioeconomic, ethnic and faith backgrounds that enhance the overall student experience.
What is our end goal? We exist to help our students prepare for college admission and success. More importantly though, we seek to equip our graduates for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. We strive to prepare them to make the world a better place through their local, national, and global engagement. As a school, we also strive to serve as a national leader among private and public schools. Of course, we’re ambitious, but we expect nothing less from our students.
At A Glance
- Founded: 1998
- Average Class Size: 15
- Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:10
- Enrollment: 140
- AP for All School (17 AP Courses, 7 AP courses is average per graduate)
- Matriculation to 4-year colleges/universities: 100%
- Merit Scholarships earned by 2018 graduates: $3.8M
- Dedicated College Counselor: 1
- Average Teaching Experience: 18 years
- Faculty with Master’s Degrees: 61%
- Campus: 7 acres along Eagle River (West Building-Academic; East Building-Athletics and Arts)
With a proud tradition of athletic success and “Saints” as our mascot, Vail Christian High School participates in CHSAA – the Colorado High School Athletic Association in the following:
- Football – Boys
- Golf – Boys
- Volleyball – Girls
- Basketball – Boys and Girls
- Soccer – Girls
- Track & Field – Boys and Girls
For those sports not offered at VCHS, our athletes are able to participate with athletic programs offered at other local high schools. Inside the Thomas Morgan Wheeler Athletic Center sits the valley’s best gym for volleyball and basketball where Saints pride comes to life!
The fine arts are another signature feature of school life at VCHS. During the 2017-18 school year, the theater program produced “Becoming,” an original play written by VCHS students Rob Hixon and Megan Collum. And, in the spring, produced the musical, Cinderella. Our theater director also serves as our choral director. Studio Art courses are offered in a newly designed art studio and further round out the arts.
Student life at VCHS is a mixture of fun, as well as all types of opportunities for students to lead, serve and build relationships.
Saints know how to have fun – both students and faculty, alike. A signature 3-day, schoolwide retreat at Frontier Ranch sets the tone for the start of each school year. Fun and original homecoming traditions, Wacky Tacky Day and all-school pancake breakfasts are a few examples of how we have fun and laugh together.
With a growing list of student clubs, Student Council and community service expectations, VCHS students are encouraged to stretch their interests, sharpen their leadership skills and give back to the Vail Valley community. Because of our size, new clubs can emerge quickly around student interests.
All clubs for 2017-18 (including 3 newly formed clubs):
- Art and Literary Magazine
- Digital Media Production
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Mu Alpha Theta
- National Honor Society
- River Watch
- Science Bowl
- SPRI-EPOC Science
- STEM Student Mentors
- Student Ambassadors
Every Saint is also part of a small advisory group (8-10 students) led by a faculty member. Groups are single gender and the same grade level, with seniors serving as Junior Advisors. Advisory group meetings provide a safe place for students to explore social, relational and spiritual topics. Advisory also provides a safety net to ensure each student is achieving his/her academic potential.