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Valley Charter High School

Congratulations to the 2020 Graduating VCHS Seniors - Click here to view Class of 2020

New Announcements! 

Valley Charter High School WILL NOT be open for student return as hopefully anticipated on November 9

The opening date will be determined and announced later.

VCHS Will  start following the 7 periods a day schedule on November 9.

As always, the safety and welfare of our students, families, and staff are our priorities. 

Please click on the following link to view more details on the new schedule! 

Informational Article on COVID-19; Depression & Anxiety

If your student or your family will benefit from mental health support, please contact the mental health clinician,

Maria Nevarez, at VCHS at 238-6820 or email @ mnevarez [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org 

Dear Parents, Students, and Faculty,

Information on Valley Charter next /second Site Council Meeting to be announced!  Your voices and ideas are very important to VCHS. 

VCHS  Site Council Zoom Meeting Link:


Time: TBD

Meeting ID: TBD


Valley Charter High School (VCHS) is an Early College High School in partnership between the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and Modesto Junior College (MJC).  VCHS 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.   VCHS offers individual learning and classroom settings, relevant career technical skills and performance-based projects at school and in the community, and opportunities for motivated students to earn dual high school and college credits concurrently at no tuition cost to their families.


With social distancing and an uptick of COVID-19 cases in Stanislaus County, all classes will be via distance learning. Valley Charter High School (VCHS) is located in Modesto at 108 Campus Way and is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, which begins on August 11. Every student is assigned a Chromebook.   Hot spot  devices and connectivity are available at no charge as needed. 

CALL 209-238-6801 for program and enrollment information

VCHS provides parents and students options such as classroom/hybrid sessions, independent learning, or distance learning. Through our close relationship with Modesto Junior College and with our support team at school, students can earn college credits, a degree, or a certificate at the same time they attend high school. The school also offers many electives, including theater arts, Spanish, music appreciation, robotics, video game design, computer technology, and school leadership/government. Multiple student clubs are organized on campus. The award-winning VCHS program is a recipient of the 2015 California Gold Ribbon and multiple national honors. 

VCHS ADVANTAGES  Small classes (average 15)    Individualized academic support and tutoring     Teachers fully trained and innovative for distance learning        Students can move quickly / get ahead on graduation requirements, stay on track, or catch up as needed.

 Enrollment: VCHS is now accepting enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.  Space is limited.  Please pick up an enrollment packet at school- 108 Campus Way- adjacent to Modesto Junior College east campus.  If you are interested in the Early College Program at VCHS, now is the time to enroll.

Charter School Information: Charter schools are not allowed to discourage a pupil from enrolling or seeking to enroll in a charter school because the pupil exhibits any characteristics such as students with disabilities, academically low-achieving, English learners, neglected or delinquent, homeless, socially economically disadvantaged, foster youth, or based on nationality, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Charter schools are not allowed to request a pupil's records before enrollment or encourage a child who is enrolled in a charter school to dis- enroll or transfer to another school. A parent, guardian, or pupil (18 years or older) may file a Charter School Complaint Form to the authorizing entity if they suspect the charter school is in violation of Education Code (EC)Section 47605(d)(4).

Charter School Complaint Notice and Form:
The Charter School Complaint Notice and Form can be found at
Questions regarding the Charter School Complaint Notice and Form may be sent to the Charter Schools Division at charters [ahtsym] cde [dhotsym] ca [dhotsym] gov.


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Valley Charter High School Student Awarded SCOE's "Every Student Succeeding"

At the February County Board Meeting, Joseph Blair, 9th grader at Valley Charter High School, was recognized as Stanislaus County Office of Education's "Every Student Succeeding."  SCOE and the Association of California School Administrators have partnered to coordinate this program for 16 years. Blair will move forward to represent SCOE schools at the County recognition on March 10, 2020 at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center with a chance to receive a scholarship.

Pictured left to right: Karen Gordon, VCHS Principal; Joseph Blair, VCHS Student; Alice Pollard, Board Chairperson; Superintendent Scott Kuykendall.

Contact Us

108 Campus Way
Modesto, CA 95350
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Key Contacts

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Karen Gordon

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Delores Damian-Cooper

Guidance Technician/Registrar
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Melissa Arizmendi

Administrative Assistant I

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Valley Charter High School different than other high schools?

Valley Charter High School (VCHS) is different in many ways. There is a decades-long relationship with MJC and an MOU that allows this high school to work closely with MJC staff and students. VCHS creates opportunities for students to earn dual credits so they can "double-dip" on classes.  The guidance and infrastructure are in place through dedicated staff such as an MJC liaison, Career Navigator, and CTE director for support for Early College students with pathways. The pathways help students earn either AA degrees or certificates, enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or become immediately employed. VCHS has dedicated Early College advisory classes that support and monitor students as needed through the initial application and enrollment process. This class also helps with appropriate course selection, course content support, and the exam process.

Flexibility in schedules at VCHS provides the time(s) students need to take MJC courses and the necessary high school classes. VCHS teachers take care not to plan exams during MJC exam times and flex their assignment schedules to avoid overloading students during mid-terms and finals.  VCHS is a small school offering the flexibility and autonomy to adjust and adapt students' schedules and help them receive results geared to the individual.

Another plus for students, is location. VCHS is adjacent to MJC East, and it is a three-minute walk for students to cross the street (during non COVID-19 times) to attend classes at the high school or college. This proximity makes it possible for regular tours on the MJC campus to familiarize students with the environment and services available at the college.