Located along Highway 6 and the Eagle River in Edwards, Vail Christian High School (VCHS) provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Vail Valley’s high school students. VCHS is devoted to high academic standards and college preparation within a Christian atmosphere based on love, respect and understanding. Strong relationships between students and between teachers and students are integral to a student’s VCHS experience. Vail Christian High School also provides a safe place for students to explore Christian faith and discover their own spirituality. As an independent, Christian high school we’re ecumenically diverse and warmly welcome families and students from all backgrounds.
Because of our size, VCHS students are able to actively participate in athletics, fine arts and clubs. “Exceptional” and “well-rounded” are attributes we seek from our students. With individual care and attention for each student, VCHS also provides customized college counseling for each student beginning in 9th grade. With extraordinary college preparation, individualized college counseling and an array of co-curricular opportunities, students are positioned to gain admission to their 1st choice colleges and for success at the next level.
At A Glance
- Founded: 1998
- Average Class Size: 15
- Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:7
- Enrollment: 153
- Students of Color: 15%
- AP for All School (14 AP Courses, 7 AP courses is average per graduate)
- Matriculation to 4-year colleges/universities: 100%
- Merit Scholarships earned by 2017 graduates: $3.1M
- Dedicated College Counselors: 2
- Average Teaching Experience: 18 years
- Faculty with Master’s Degrees: 63%
- Campus: 7 acres along Eagle River (West Building-Academic; East Building-Athletics and Arts)
With Saints as our mascot and a proud tradition of athletic success, Vail Christian High School participates in the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) with the following: Fall (Football, Golf-Boys, Spirit-Dance, Volleyball-Girls), Winter (Basketball-Boys and Girls), Spring (Soccer-Girls, Track & Field). 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 2016-17 school year, the theater program produced “Changed by the Story,” an original play written by VCHS students, and the spring musical, Mary Poppins. 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 and all types of opportunities for students to lead, serve and build relationships.
Saints know how to have fun – both students and faculty. A signature 3-day, all school retreat at Frontier Ranch sets the tone for the start of each school year. Fun 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 leadership skills and give back to the Vail Valley community. Because of our size, new clubs can emerge quickly around student interests. New clubs for 2017-18 include digital media production, unicycle, Student Ambassadors, and many others.
Every Saint is part of a small advisory group (8-10 students) led by a faculty member. Groups are single gender and 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.