Distinctives

The Middle School Adventure
Our goal is to provide unique opportunities to our middle school students that encourage them to thrive throughout their middle school years.

L.I.F.E. Groups (Living Intentionally and Fully Everyday)
John 10:10 says “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

VCS cares about the holistic development of our students. That is why we connect quality, high school upperclassman with our middle school students through our LIFE Groups. These selected high school students come from our Servant Leadership course, where we teach them how to help our middle school students navigate their VCS experience. They support them through offering spiritual guidance, encouragement, and practical advice about how to make the most of their VCS experience.

Christian Leadership
Students have an opportunity to apply for a specialized Bible class “Christian Leadership” during their eighth-grade year. Students will develop leadership skills as they support incoming sixth-graders, encourage a safe community atmosphere, participate in chapel and L.I.F.E. groups, and organize various activities.Students will study leadership from a Biblical perspective, following the theme of learning to love and serve God and others. For more information on the class refer to the section Christian Leadership under the Spiritual Life tab.

Eighth-grade Class Trip: "The March “Journey from Civil War to Civil Rights”
Students in 8th grade have an opportunity to take a once in a lifetime trip to the South, to travel the paths of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. We will journey to Memphis, Tennessee; take a river boat cruise of the Mississippi River; travel to Birmingham and walk the Edmund Pettis Bridge; travel to Montgomery ‘The Cradle of the Confederacy’; and on to Atlanta to visit Stone Mountain Park. This trip will serve as the culminating event of the student’s Middle School Adventure!

Sixth-grade Retreat
We welcome all sixth-grade students into middle school at their retreat October 3-5, 2012. We are heading up to The Oaks Camp, located in Lake Hughes, CA. Students will get to enjoy lots of great recreation, including the ropes course, cabin times with friends and teachers, eating, and laughing. We will have a great speaker, with lots of fun and games. Parents: you can expect a 1 to 8 staff to student ratio, travel in VCS buses, and missing your student from Wednesday till the end of the school day on Friday. This retreat is tons of meaningful fun!

Seventh-grade Retreat
Our seventh-grade students are primed to offer love and forgiveness to not only their friends, but lots of people different than themselves. As part of their ongoing education in Biblical Studies, History, and English, we take the students to the wonderful yet sobering exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance. Our teachers engage the students in conversations about why there is evil, injustice, and oppression in the world, and how they can live out the two greatest commands, to love God and their neighbor as themselves.

Physics Fun Day
Students in Honors Algebra and eighth-grade science, who meet the academic and behavior requirements, get to apply physics principles at a fun day at Knott's Berry Farm as they graph the physics of roller coasters and other thrill rides. The event takes place during first semester.