GAP Year

Valor Christian High School supports and encourages participation in formal Gap Year programs. It is our vision that Gap Years can prepare students to deliberately immerse themselves in their college experience so as to more fully realize their passions, advance their careers and contribute to their communities after graduation.

As reported by the American GAP Association, there is a positive Return on Investment for Gap Year Program Participation


graduate from a 4-year institution as compared to the overall United States graduation rate of 60%.


had a B average or better and 55% had an A- average or better

On average, Gap Year participants graduate from college in 4.07 years compared to most public universities where only 19 percent of full-time students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. Even at state flagship universities — selective, research-intensive institutions — only 36 percent of full-time students complete their bachelor’s degree on time.

Of course, graduation rates are only one consideration, especially since our overall vision is to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to transform the world for Christ.


agreed or strongly agreed that their Gap Year helped them find purpose in their life


of Gap Year participants were satisfied with their job after college


agreed or strongly agreed that their Gap Year helped them acquire skills to be successful in their career

We encourage incoming college students to consider joining an interconnected community of peers, mentors and opportunities to Discover, Explore and Refine their vocational, community and spiritual interests through a Christian based residency Gap program.

For nearly 40 years, Harvard University has recommended a Gap Year, in their letter of admission.

Gap Year means different things to different people. Uniformly, Valor gap year graduates speak to the growth that they gained by stepping outside of their comfort zone. As a Gap Year expert, Jeffrey Selingo noted, For a Gap Year to have a significant impact on success in college, and later in the working world, it needs to be a transformative event, quite distinct from anything a student has experienced before — a meaningful work experience, academic preparation for college or travel that opens up the horizon to the rest of the world. It should also be designed to help students acquire the skills and attributes that colleges and employers are looking for: maturity, confidence, problem-solving, communication skills and independence.

If you are interested in learning more about Gap Year opportunities, or to view the video from a recent Information Session, please contact Chad VanSoest.