Valor is located in Highlands Ranch, CO, a southern suburb of Denver. Valor is a distinctive co-ed college preparatory high school that values biblical principles and emphasizes the highest level of academic, athletic and artistic achievement. Our Vision is to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to transform the world for Christ. The student enrollment for 2016-17 school year is 1,045 students with 191 employees serving as faculty and staff.
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In partnership with committed parents, our mission is to provide a purpose-driven college preparatory program, within a vibrant Christ-centered environment that empowers students to discover their passions and to develop their unique gifts and abilities while growing in wisdom, knowledge, leadership, faith and service.
Our Vision is to prepare tomorrow’s leaders to transform the world for Christ.
Influence through Excellence is our motto. In all we do, we are pursuing excellence and we expect success as the result.
Excellence in All
Valor is pursuing excellence in all. From the gym to the classroom, the stage to the athletic field, in the community and through the home; we call our students, parents, faculty and staff to a consistent and vigilant pursuit of excellence. As each student is encouraged to pursue excellence in all, we expect the result to be outstanding leadership development, which will advance future opportunities to influence the world for Christ.
At Valor, ‘decidedly Christian’ is a community and an ethos that honors Jesus Christ in all that it does and all that it is, to the glory of God. From the founding mission, to staff appointments, to admissions criteria, and throughout all decision-making; we seek first and foremost to please God, bring praise to his name and fulfill the vision he has placed before us.
Through the pursuit of excellence and being educated by means of a Biblical worldview, Valor students will be prepared to influence our surrounding culture. Wherever our graduates go, and to whatever vocation or service they aspire, they will understand excellence and seek to attain it. By doing so, they will have a platform from which to guide, influence and lead those around them.
Committed to Community
We are stronger together and thus we passionately pursue community amongst our student body, with parents and the home, with local churches and ministry organizations, and as a staff team. We like to describe community as ‘common’-‘unity’ – aligned in one purpose, under God, to pursue the vision and mission He has given us.
At Valor, we use a specific vocabulary; a nomenclature that is unique to us. We describe the unique aspects, what we call distinctives of our school, when we talk about pursuing excellence, being decidedly Christian, preparing leaders, and pursuing community. We have another term we use to describe the laser-beam focus of our attention – Dead Center. Our vision is critical; it guides and directs all we pursue. Our distinctives are essential because they uniquely identify our character. Dead Center provides the guardrails that keep us fixed on our vision, mission and distinct purpose.
What does Dead Center look like at Valor Christian High School?
- Believing and behaving according to Valor’s Statement of Beliefs
- Focused and committed to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ
- A Christ-centered, authentic community comprising the qualities as found in the Valor Culture Document
- In all matters, the Christ-centered pursuit of excellence (arête)
OUR CORE VALUES
Like all businesses and academic institutions, Valor will constantly face difficult choices. To provide direction for our decision-making, we have defined a clear set of values — the lofty goals toward which we strive. We don’t pretend that these values are easy to attain, but in our effort to achieve them we refine our decision-making and sharpen our resolve.
Honor Jesus in Everything We Do
The foundation for all of our programs and decisions is the Bible. We value faith that is based on a personal, intimate and authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. We will not compromise our Christian values as found in the Bible and reflected in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Therefore, our highest ideal is to honor Jesus in all our decisions and actions.
Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37, 38
We make our decisions based on two criteria: if it honors Jesus and if it is in the best interest of our students. We are committed, in everything we do, to help students succeed academically, artistically and athletically; to develop leadership skills; and to grow into a mature relationship with Jesus Christ. Being student-centric means we first and foremost consider the student in making decisions about programs and policies that affect them.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped; but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. Philippians 2:4-7
Champion the Valor Culture
Our culture is what truly makes us different. It fosters the harmonious educational environment within which we can achieve our goals. The culture is upheld when we stay aligned with the vision, hold to high standards, speak the truth in love and model Jesus. If we do not strive to preserve our culture, we might as well work somewhere else.
…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Philippians 2:2
Attract, Develop and Retain Outstanding Christian Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff are our most valuable assets. They will exhibit maturity in their faith. They will model a relationship with Jesus. They will actively mentor students toward Christian maturity and develop leaders who will serve God, their families, and positively impact their communities and the world. We encourage intelligent, industrious people who cherish integrity and believe in the Valor educational ideals to join and stay with our organization.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
Once employed, we expect every staff member to be willing to be developed, to improve and to pursue excellence in all their personal and professional endeavors.
Relentlessly Provide Exceptional Programs and Resources
We provide extraordinary college preparatory and co-curricular programs that attract outstanding students who will serve as leaders in their future professions, across our nation and the world. Our programs seek to create the most effective paradigm for learning in any given subject. We are determined to avoid sacrificing quality for short-term expediency. Academic and co-curricular programs of excellence require a commitment to exceptional resources. Our teachers have the equipment, supplies, curriculum and technology necessary to do their jobs at the highest level. We are good stewards with a spirit of innovation and creativity. We use what has been proven to meet our high standards. When necessary, we will build and create from scratch.
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:13
Build Our Vision on a Solid Business Foundation
We have built our school and manage our resources on a solid business foundation that seeks to balance revenue and expenses with Godly stewardship. We invest with intelligence and conservatism; we seek value in every financial decision; we are very careful not to waste while still assuring provision of the best resources for the job at hand.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23, 24
Partner with Parents
Under God’s plan, we believe that parents are the primary educators and influencers of their children. We believe our task is to partner with them. Therefore, we seek to be transparent with our parents, to listen and consider their input, to communicate with them and to be available to them. Excellent relationships with our parents are critical to our success.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10