VC System Profile
Troy Stahl, Superintendent
Chris Becher, High School Principal
Laura Pheifer, High School Assistant Principal
Brian Petteys, Middle School Principal
Rhonda Van Kampen, Elementary School Principal
Sara Ramirez, Preschool Director
John Fitzgerald, Director of Business Operations
Thank you for your interest in Valley Christian Schools. For over 80 years Valley Christian Schools has been an extension of the family and a partner with local churches. With the information below, it is our wish that you get a sense for our ideals, history and the community surrounding the school.
Mission statement of Valley Christian Schools: “In the light of the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of God’s Word, we will educate each unique student in cooperation with the Christian community so that he or she is equipped and inspired to make a difference for Jesus Christ in the world.”
Vision: Valley Christian Schools seeks to honor and glorify God by being a loving, compassionate, and spirit-filled community, affirming His call to holiness, ensuring academic success, stewarding our resources, and embracing the diversity of the body of Christ while emphasizing our Reformed accent.
History: Valley Christian Schools (formerly called Bellflower Christian Schools) began in 1935 due to the vision and leadership of Rev. Gareth Kok, pastor of a local Christian Reformed Church. The first educational effort was a six-week summer school session offered for four years. In 1934 three acres of land were bought on Grand Avenue. A four-room schoolhouse was built and through prayer and dedication the Valley Christian Elementary School began in the fall of 1935. Today our recently remodeled Elementary campus remains on Grand Avenue in Bellflower. Our High School and Middle School located in Cerritos span some 33 acres.
Community: Valley Christian Schools enrolls approximately 1,300 students in preschool through 12th grade. Over 250 churches are represented throughout our student body. Since our founding in 1935, Valley Christian Schools have been parent-run, and we encourage parental involvement by requiring 10 volunteer service hours per family per year. Our schools are an extension of Christian family life and our parents and faculty partner together to provide the best Christian learning situation for our students.
Valley Christian Schools is a member of Christian Schools International (CSI). CSI’s mission is to advance Christian education and to support schools in their task of teaching students to know God and His world and to glorify Him through obedient service. Valley Christian Schools is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); a regional association that accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.
Staff: Our staff of Christian, Bible believing teachers, administrators and support personnel continue to be our greatest asset. They are committed to excellence, both spiritually and academically. Through love and sacrifice they invest in the lives of our students and each other. There are many opportunities for further education located not far from Valley Christian.
Campuses: The Valley Christian School system operates a preschool at an area church and has 3 school campuses located within a mile of each other. Encounter church preschool and the elementary school are located in Bellflower, and the middle school and high school are located in Cerritos. We are blessed to own the 40 acres of prime real estate where our preK-12 schools are located.