Valley Christian High School (VCHS) students were the first high school students to be invited to present at the California Polytechnic State University Cubesat Annual Conference on April 20-22, 2011 after successfully putting the first, self-contained, computer-controlled high school CubeLab™ experiment placed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in January, 2011   more...




ISS Program

      Hellyer Public Elementary School Joins Quest Institute

Jerry Merza, Hellyer Elementary School Principal

The Quest Institute for Quality Education welcomes Hellyer Public Elementary School and Principal Jerry Merza to Quest Institute membership. Principal Merza is encouraged and enthusiastic about Hellyer student's improved achievement scores. In 2007 the school's API scores were well below the statewide standard of 800. Combined efforts of the Franklin-McKinley School District, the Hellyer school leadership, hardworking teachers and community partnerships have all contributed to significantly improved learning at Hellyer Elementary School. Recent API scores include 26 perfect math scores and one student with a perfect score in both English language arts and math for a total of 27 perfect API scores! Valley Christian High School students, led by the Hellyer administration and faculty launched Junior University in 2007. This year, more than 175 Valley Christian High School volunteer tutors help teach art, athletics, band, choir, dance, instrumental music, and robotics to Hellyer students.


Light House

Light House is an after school program at Hellyer Elementary School. Our VCHS Community Outreach students travel down to Hellyer Elementary School each week to share enrichment activities with the elementary students. Adult volunteers are needed for supervision each year. If you are interested in helping us with this fun and exciting program, please email Cindy Nardi at




Junior University & Lighthouse Initiative video by VCS community outreach student, Ji Lee.

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