Valley Christian Elementary School – San Jose, CA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Valley Christian Elementary School

1450 Leigh Avenue
San Jose, CA, 95125-5351

(408) 559-4400

Mr. Gabriel Guven, Principal at time of Nomination

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VCES provides a nurturing environment and quality, Christian education in partnership with parents, equipping students to serve and impact their communities and the world.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 32%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 41%


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One of the many Hands-on Science experiments at VCES.

One of the many Hands-on Science experiments at VCES.


Valley Christian Elementary School (VCES) fosters community. Faculty and staff create a caring learning environment tailored to the unique God-given abilities and talents of each student. Teachers emphasize differentiated instruction, project-based learning, and current digital learning tools. Technology integration promotes student collaboration, engagement, and innovation. iPads act as an instructional tool in both independent and group settings for work, creation, and sharing.

Knowing that developing young minds crave varied experiences, VCES offers a wide variety of specialized school-day and after-school classes for students to discover their passions in academics, arts, and athletics. From guitar to robotics, VCES faculty design quality classes to inspire students in a holistic approach to education that lays the foundation for future success.

Committed to creating a classroom environment that speaks to the needs of active, young learners, all classrooms are equipped with a kid-sized fitness bike. Teachers also integrate "body breaks" and time to move throughout the school day. This is just one example of VCES' pioneer mindset of always embracing current educational advancements. Similarly, as part of Stanford University's Challenge Success initiative, VCES revisited the homework policy, resulting in positive overall changes both emotionally and academically for the students.

Additionally, VCES strives to ingrain a desire to serve others by offering opportunities such as writing letters to military members and fundraising to construct Grace Public Schools in India. Throughout this entire educational approach, students learn to fulfill the Warriors' call to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world, making a difference for eternity.