Vail Christian High School

  • 1:10 Teacher to student ratio
  • Average class size of 15
  • 1239 SAT Average
  • 26 ACT Average
  • 17 AP Courses (7 AP courses average per graduate)
  • 12 Dual Credit Courses
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Program
  • Matriculation to 4-year colleges/universities: 100%
  • Merit Scholarships earned by 2018 graduates: $3.8M
  • Average Teaching Experience: 18 years
  • 61% of Faculty have advanced degrees (Master’s degree or above)
  • A+ rating on niche.com , rated #1 Christian high school in Colorado

RECENT ACADEMIC AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Academic Decathlon – State Champions (4 years in a row).  Last year, qualified for Nationals.
  • 2018-2019 First Year for Vex Robotics Competition
  • 2018-2019 First Year for Cyberpatriot Competition

FACILITIES

  • 3D printers, advanced computers
  • state-of-the-art dance studio with floating wood sub-floor and wall to wall mirrors
  • art studio with laser cutter
  • auditorium
  • gym

LOCATION

  • near breathtaking, world-famous ski resorts such as Vail and Beaver Creek, stunning world class golf courses, and epic mountain bike and hiking trails
  • the phrase “Like nothing on Earth” comes to life before your very eyes
  • 1 ½ hour drive to Denver

UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE

Recent College Acceptances and Matriculation include: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Wheaton College

Vail Christian High School provides a well-rounded education and a loving environment for international students to thrive. We believe that international students enhance our global perspective and mirror the ethnically and culturally diverse world that God created. We offer students a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum, including 17 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a variety of university credit courses, and Project Lead the Way courses (engineering, biomedical and computer science) that complement their AP counterparts with more experiential, project-based learning. Students benefit from the high academic standards, college counseling and college application support which results in our students being accepted into some of the most prestigious U.S. colleges and universities. Our program is rich in academic rigor and requires that all students who participate are proficient in English. We provide impressive support to international students through our Student Success Center and tutoring, ensuring students are supported in their new school environment and meet their highest academic potential.

International students are fully integrated into life as an American high school student. Through our small class sizes, strong sense of camaraderie between students, classes centered on discussion and participation, and after-school activities and athletics, international students are supported in every way including living with a host family. We value the entire experience of our international students, not just the academic school day. Students are placed in loving, supportive, Christian homes and become a member of the family.

ACCREDITATION 

  • AdvancED

MEMBERSHIPS

  • The College Board
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Council on Educational Standards and Accountability
  • 1:10 Teacher to student ratio
  • Average class size of 15
  • 1239 SAT Average
  • 26 ACT Average
  • 17 AP Courses (7 AP courses average per graduate)
  • 12 Dual Credit Courses
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM Program
  • Matriculation to 4-year colleges/universities: 100%
  • Merit Scholarships earned by 2018 graduates: $3.8M
  • Average Teaching Experience: 18 years
  • 61% of Faculty have advanced degrees (Master’s degree or above)
  • A+ rating on niche.com , rated #1 Christian high school in Colorado

AP COURSES

AP English Language, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History, AP Studio Art, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles

STEM PROGRAM

Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a STEM program complimentary to AP programs but with a more experiential component, project-based learning, and real-world applications. We offer all three pathways:  Biomedical Science, Engineering and Computer Science. 

DUAL CREDIT COURSES

Dual credit PLTW courses (through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs ): Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Human Body Systems, and Cybersecurity

Other dual credit courses: DC Composition, DC Literature, DC American Government, DC Pre-Calculus, DC College Algebra, DC Statistics, DC Calculus I, DC Calculus II

ESL/ELL SUPPORT

  • International students can take ESL at Colorado Mountain College for college credit, and Colorado Mountain College can come to VCHS for ESL support.
  • Student Success Center (organizational and study skills, individual one-on-one tutoring, classroom accommodations, extended time on testing)
  • After school tutoring for international students
RECENT ACADEMIC AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Academic Decathlon – State Champions (4 years in a row).  Last year, qualified for Nationals.
  • 2018-2019 First Year for Vex Robotics Competition
  • 2018-2019 First Year for Cyberpatriot Competition
  • Science Bowl Competitors
  • Offer summer STEM camps

UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE

Recent College Acceptances and Matriculation include: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Wheaton College

VCHS athletics are an extension of the classroom and our coaches strive to teach valuable life lessons beyond the results in the competitive arena.  VCHS athletics believe that there are lessons on how to live life that can be taught through athletics that are not easily taught in the classroom.

SPORTS

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Dance/Spirit
  • Basketball (Boys and Girls)
  • Soccer (Girls)
  • Track and 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.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Girls Dance/Spirit: 7 straight state titles in Pom-Poms
  • Boys and Girls Track and Field: 16 student-athletes at 2018 State Track Meet including a state Champion Girls 4 x 400m Relay
  • Both our boys and girls basketball teams as well as boys 8-man football team competed in the state tournament.
  • 2 individual golfers at the 3A state golf tournament.
  • Produced 2 NCAA Division 1 (college) athletes in 2018

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.  Nationally recognized Christian worship song artist John David Webster teaches worship arts and production.

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
  • Bowling
  • Digital Media Production
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Latin
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • River Watch
  • Science Bowl
  • Spanish
  • SPRI-EPOC Science
  • STEM Student Mentors
  • STUCO
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Travel
  • Unicycle

School Details

Year Established:1998
School Type:Private, Co-ed, Christian
Grades:9-12
Grades For International Students:9-12
Campus Size:10 Acres + additional fields
High School Enrollment:140
AP / Dual Credit Courses:17 AP / 12 Dual Credit
SAT / ACT Average:1239 / 26
Teacher to Student Ratio:1:10