Valley Charter High School

Valley Charter High School (VCHS), an Early College High School partnership between the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto Junior College (MJC), provides a personalized and innovative public school option for 9th through 12th grade students residing in or near Stanislaus County. VCHS staff collaborate with parents and community members to nurture educational excellence and character development through high expectations and rigorous standards-based academic coursework in individual learning and classroom settings, relevant technical skills and performance-based projects at school and in the community, and opportunities for motivated students to concurrently earn dual high school and college credits at no tuition cost to their families.

Classroom Based:
Many VCHS students desire a classroom-based (CB) program that meets daily in classroom settings for all subjects. Students attend class daily from 8:00 a.m. to 2:49 p.m. on a daily basis and receive daily support from our dedicated teachers in California standards-based courses which meet University of California admissions requirements. All Grade 9 and Grade 10 CB students are introduced to college preparatory curriculum and are encouraged to meet the VCHS Early College Honors admission requirements. Grade 10 CB students  who meet the Early College Honors admission requirements may, with approval from the VCHS administration, enroll at MJC and take up to three college units instead of their VCHS 10th grade (7th period) elective class. 

Upon completion of the 10th grade, students who meet the Early College Honors GPA and coursework admissions requirements may attend VCHS for their core academic 11th grade classes and are able to enroll in MJC for up to 11 college units. Grade 10 students may also elect to continue their 11th grade experience on the VCHS campus and enroll in Regional Occupation Program (ROP) classes in a technology-focused program that includes real world technology courses such as Web Design, Computer Programming/Video Game Design, Multimedia, and Engineering Technology (VEX Robotics) courses.

Early College: 
The VCHS Early College Honors (ECH) program provides students with the opportunity to explore individual interests through more diversified course offerings at Modesto Junior College and to accelerate their college or university program by obtaining a baccalaureate degree in three rather than four years after high school. College units count as both college credit and high school credit. Students with good progress may continue in the 12th grade Early College Honors program.  

The Early College program offers a serious learning environment where students take control of their own education. The program provides a small school setting where students have greater opportunities for guidance and improvement. Students must complete an average of nine units of coursework at Modesto Junior College each year while concurrently completing their high school core curriculum at an honors level.

Independent Learning Classes:
The Valley Charter High School Independent Learning (IL) program serves students in grades 9-12 and is a fully accredited college preparatory independent study program designed for students wanting a unique and innovative approach to high school. The VCHS Independent Learning program provides a quality educational alternative that allows students the flexibility of attending school one to four hours a week. Students receive personal and individualized instruction in California standards-based courses from a dedicated, fully-credentialed, and experienced independent study teacher.  Classroom-based courses are available for Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and science labs to meet a-g requirements. VCHS Independent Learning juniors and seniors may participate in the Yosemite Regional Occupation Program, which offers a variety of career-technical courses.

 

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Program Goals 

Lifelong learners, who:

- apply organizational skills and self-evaluation in setting academic and personal goals.

- implement an individualized plan for postsecondary education and career training.

 

Integrative technology users, who:

- utilize various forms of digital media ethically and effectively.

- evaluate the context, content, and validity of Internet resources.

 

Open and effective communicators, who:

- exhibit competent listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in multiple situations.

- collaborate effectively and interact confidently and respectively within diverse settings. 

 

Novel and critical thinkers who:

- solve problems by accessing resources and integrating knowledge.

- analyze, interpret, and evaluate information within varied and changing contexts.

 

Socially responsible community members who:

- demonstrate integrity in character and informed citizenship.

- contribute time and talents to improve their families and communities.

Mission & Vision Statement

Mission Statement 

Valley Charter High School (VCHS), an Early College High School partnership between the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto Junior College (MJC), provides a personalized and innovative public school option for 9th through 12th grade students residing in or near Stanislaus County. VCHS staff collaborate with parents and community members to nurture educational excellence and character development through high expectations and rigorous standards-based academic coursework in individual learning and classroom settings, relevant technical skills and performance-based projects at school and in the community, and opportunities for motivated students to concurrently earn dual high school and college credits at no tuition cost to their families. 

Vision Statement 

The vision of Valley Charter High School is to be Stanislaus County’s first choice in equipping students with 

confidence and competence for college, career and community success. 

Key Contacts

Michael Berhorst
Principal
Delores Damian-Cooper
Guidance Technician/Registrar
Melissa Arizmendi
Administrative Assistant I