The high school years are a time of incredible growth and opportunity for students as they mature into capable individuals who will graduate in four short years and begin the journey into young adulthood. As parents and students enter high school, they do so with an eye toward the finish line: how do I make the most of my high school experience; what is the right college and major for me; will I be accepted; how will I succeed once I am there?
At Village Christian, we intentionally guide students to explore these questions through Concentrations. As students work through their Concentration, they rule out careers (saving time and money in the college years), and rule in careers aligned with their aptitude and giftedness. They gain practical experiences which they can leverage in the college admission process, take ownership of their learning, and focus on their futures after college. These advantages make them the prime candidates that colleges and employers seek.
VCS Concentrations Provost
VCS ASSISTS STUDENTS IN FINDING THEIR SPARK
According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40% of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, with the majority taking six years to earn their degree. At Village Christian, students start the process of finding their spark while in high school. As part of their regular course work, students are placed into one of six Concentrations of their choosing and build their electives and other campus activities around their Concentration. This ensures students maximize their high school years by taking meaningful electives that help focus on potential career paths. Village Christian graduates enter college with the distinct advantage of having begun the exploration of their life's passion, delivering more value to the high school and college years.
There are six broad areas of concentrations where students can pursue a more in-depth, hands-on approach. The curriculum schedule allows up to four additional courses, above and beyond the common core curriculum, for students to fill with courses related to areas in which the student has shown an interest and aptitude. Students who complete four courses in a single concentration, and meet other specified requirements, can graduate with a concentration distinction on their diploma, an esteemed accomplishment in the eyes of college recruiters and admissions representatives.
Similar to the Harvard College model, students will intellectually taste a range of important topics and approaches to knowledge while they also undertake advanced work within a special area of concentration.
Meet the Provost
Ray Endacott has been a member of the Village Christian School community since 1985. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management. After working for California State Parks in Big Sur, Kings Canyon National Park, and Yosemite Institute, an environmental educational non-profit, he came to Village primarily as a science teacher. Mr. Endacott earned his clear teaching credential in life science from Point Loma Nazarene University, along with his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. In the fall of 2001, he moved into administration and currently is the Associate Head of School for Academic Life, along with Concentration Provost and Health and Environment Dean. His interests include gardening, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, along with cooking. He has been recognized by GTE as an outstanding science educator and is currently a member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, California Science Teachers Association, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, and the Theodore Payne Foundation.
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