WASC, ACSI, ACUITY, IXL, SPELLING CITY, SPORTS PERFORMANCE TRAINING and BASKETBALL TRAINING
West Valley Christian School is WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited and is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).
Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, and Pepperdine University - these are a few names that come to mind when you think about prestigious, highly academic and accomplished universities.
Of all the colleges and universities in the Western Region, only 161 have met high standards of quality and effectiveness to become accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC). It is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States that accredits prestigious colleges and universities named above, as well as junior colleges, and K-12 schools. WVCS is honored to have received accreditation by WASC. After completing a rigorous three year self-assessment, committee review and evaluation, WVCS received full accreditation term. As a WASC accredited school, families may have confidence in WVCS's purpose, mission, and educational goals. Accreditation also assures parents that our purposes are being accomplished through a visionary educational program. Highlights: The school provides a rich, well-rounded, challenging, and sequential curriculum that is constantly enhanced. The staff is dedicated, enthusiastic, and committed to the school's vision of academic excellence. The school leadership team is dedicated to the school’s purpose and monitors the work of the staff to ensure that the programs remain effective and successful. The visionary and passionate leadership personnel insure that WVCS provides a rigorous and challenging academic program. A wholesome school culture that results in high morale among staff that leads to positive relationships with students and parents. The responsiveness of the head office and site administration to teacher needs is impressive. High academic achievement across the entire student body is achieved. We commend the exceptionally clean and safe school. A pervasive atmosphere of mutual respect and commitment to student learning is established. WASC accreditation certifies that West Valley Christian School is a trustworthy institution of learning and validates the integrity of our school's program as it supports student learning. AUGUST 2015 announcement: "WVCS is awarded highest term from WASC" read more
Acuity: We utilize the award-winning Acuity® InFormative Assessment™ solution from CTB/ McGraw-Hill to help our teachers to impact student achievement. Acuity goes beyond traditional assessments by helping educators focus on the concepts that need mastery before it’s too late. Designed to introduce State Assessments gradually but effectively, teachers can now jumpstart readiness and enthusiasm for elementary and secondary schooling. The Acuity solution enables teachers to assess early learners in Math and English Language Arts using audio-enabled, age-appropriate and research-based California Standards and Common Core Assessment content. Additionally, our instructional resources, including BrainPOP Jr., keep early learners engaged while allowing teachers to recognize and measure deeper levels of student understanding. Ongoing usage of assessments across multiple grade levels results in overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers, and administrators.
As a parent, if you are looking for additional challenges for the advanced learner or assisting your child with intervention, WVCS can provide your family with an innovative 21st century education! Award-winning Acuity Assessment solution is now at WVCS.
IXL (from "I excel") is a math & language arts practice website for K-12 (subscription based). It has unlimited questions on thousands of math topics and a comprehensive reporting system.
This review concentrates on the math part of IXL. For each grade (currently PreK-8th) there are over a hundred skills listed, organized into categories. These are quite comprehensive and there is both breadth and depth present in the quantity and quality of topics. The skills to be practiced not only cover calculations but are quite varied. For example, for each grade, there are plenty of topics in the sections for time, measuring, money, geometry, and graphing & statistics. You can see the list of skills (topics) for each grade, and also see a sample question for each skill by hovering your mouse over the links for the skills. The system has separate sections for kindergarten and preschool, with age-appropriate skills to practice. Once a child has completed some questions in any particular skill, the little color symbol next to that link will change, indicating the progress. The questions also adapt to the child's ability, increasing in difficulty as they improve. The system is measuring how much time the child spends on any particular skill and that shows up in the reports; however, it is not setting time limits on any questions. Very detailed reports are also available. They show you the number of questions attempted and missed, and how well any particular skill has been mastered (provisional/needs improvement/satisfactory/good/excellent/mastered). The program even tracks the time spent on any skill. Kids also earn awards once they complete a skill!
SpellingCity is a companion app for the website www.spellingcity.com, where teachers and parents can create customized word lists to help kids improve spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.
The app has a lot of flexibility making it helpful for kids who need alternative ways to learn how to spell. It also has an audio component that can help kids who have difficulty comprehending words and spoken language. SpellingCity is designed for kids in grades K-12, but getting started and navigating the app will be tricky for younger users who are just learning to read. It's most helpful when kids can access a web-based SpellingCity word list customized by a parent or teacher in order to practice words they're studying at home or school.
We are encouraging athletes of all clubs both within and outside of the West Hills area to “attend school with your teammates” so you can access our one-of-a-kind athletic program that partners with sports performance trainers to provide 45 minutes of athletic training two times per week.
WVCS delivers an athletic curriculum, in which Sports Performance methodology is incorporated, taught by strength and conditioning performance coaches. You’ll be trained the same way the professionals are – maybe even better!
So how can you improve your athleticism to gain that split-second edge over the competition? The answer is simple – sports performance training. Your opponents won’t see you coming! They assist in the ongoing development of programs which are scientifically designed to improve speed, power and agility. School day sports performance training groups average 10 athletes to one performance coach. We believe that training in small groups allows more personal one-on-one attention between coach and athlete, which ensures that each athlete will be able to get the instructions he or she needs to improve. This gives coaches the opportunity to make corrections where necessary and gives athletes the opportunity to see how they are improving. Now is the time to make your athletic dreams come true! • Become quicker, stronger, and more explosive on the court. • Increase Your Vertical • Gain Strength and Flexibility • Reduce the likelihood of Injury We are encouraging athletes of all clubs both within and outside of the West Hills area to “attend school with your teammates” so you can access our one-of-a-kind athletic program.
The WVCS Basketball program will be offered for players starting as young as Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Our one of a kind program, bolstered by our experienced coaches, and elite curriculum, help young basketball players prepare for high school competitiveness!
Establishing and implementing high-quality basketball practices and sports performance training during school hours can provide student players with the appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to be one of the best teams in weekend competitions. As a result, they will gain focused attention from the basketball community. Attending the WVCS team practice during school hours will save time and give our student athletes an opportunity to have an evening “free”. If you decide to have an extra practice, attend your preferred club or play for your coach - you have the time! At West Valley Christian School, we know that there are as many definitions of winning as there are athletes; as the premium provider of “school-day” or “day-time” sports performance training, we support each athlete in his/her quest for excellence. Our training is geared to meet the widest range of needs of our athletes, from those just starting out to those who seek to make their living as an athlete. We believe competence breeds confidence, and athletic performance improvement can be taught and mastered like any other skill. As a parent, you want the best for your child. While you want your child to be healthy and enjoy participating in sports, you may also have concerns about his or her abilities and possible injuries. Our coaches will push athletes to their limits, but not beyond them. They will use positive reinforcement to ensure that your child feels good about his or her accomplishments. Along the way, our coaches will meet with you and your child to go over the program, your child’s performance, and answer any questions that you might have