Calling All Dads to the Front Seat

By Tim Welch Is there any real evidence that dads really have a uniquely important impact on the family? Our culture in particular seems to place little value on the role of fathers. Pop culture, media, and government policy have understated the value of dad and his role at home.   Dr. David Popenoe, professor […]

Influence Through Excellence … Through Brokenness?

By Jim Kirchner, Campus Pastor I’ve been thinking about our school motto, Influence Through Excellence. This short phrase captures what is at the center of our commissioning as a school. Influencing our world through the transforming love and power of Jesus. How? By offering God our first fruits, the very best we have to give. […]

Alumni Spotlight: Gianna Tesone (’16)

Gianna Tesone started her freshman year of high school like many of her peers – with a combination of natural talent, curiosity, and a desire to figure out who she was made to be. Now a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University majoring in Visual Arts and competing as a varsity track athlete, Gianna shares […]

There’s an App for That

Valor staff and faculty put their heads together to make a list of their favorite apps. Some are fun, some are practical, but they’re all worth the download! Check out the top few recommendations for each category: Entertainment SkyGuide: Stargazing made simple. Just hold it overhead to find stars, constellations, and more! Download for iPhone […]

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7 Reasons Why Giving To Valor Is More Than A Good Investment

By Rebecca Johnson, Director of Strategic Engagement Not long ago a friend said to me, “I can’t believe how much Valor has accomplished in 20 years.” I smiled and accepted the kind intention of his words before I corrected him. “The school isn’t yet 20 years old,” I replied. Valor’s founding task force formed in […]

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The Rising Tide of Anxiety

By Lindsey Ervin, Social-Emotional Services Coordinator We don’t have to look far to find evidence of rising anxiety among high school students. You may not have to look farther than your own living room. What’s a parent to do? Leaning into your teen’s anxiety can be uncomfortable and scary. Student mental health issues may be […]

National Merit Scholar Recognition

Twelve Valor students were recently given various recognitions by the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. Over 4.3 million students were entered into this competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) This receiving this honor include: Front Row: Abby Linderman, Jack Emerson, Zachary Westen, McKenna Gilbreth Second Row: Joshua Cellar, Alexander […]

Nurturing the Spirit in the Midst of College Prep

By Dr. Zach Gautier, Dean of Academic Services This fall marks my eleventh year here at Valor. So much has changed over the past decade, but our commitment to being a college preparatory institution has not. Over the years, I have been blessed to be a classroom teacher in the history department and then for […]