Valley Preparatory School was founded in 1957 as an independent, nonprofit coeducational day school. The school was established by a group of parents interested in providing a challenging academic program to area students who were willing and able to take advantage of this kind of experience. In 1982, the school became a fully accredited independent school and a member of the California Association of Independent Schools. Thus, Valley Preparatory enhanced its original purpose with an additional commitment to provide its students with a well-rounded college preparatory academic program.
Academically, students are exposed to a traditional curriculum in language arts, history and social studies, mathematics, science, and world languages. Concurrently, students are involved with a wide variety of co-curricular (music, art, computer technology, and physical education) and extracurricular (team sports, student government, dramatics, and various clubs) activities. This well-rounded program recognizes that each student at VPS is a unique individual, possessing diverse needs and capable of a wide variety of contributions. This belief requires the VPS faculty to assist each student in acquiring the necessary skills and understandings for future success in high school and college. All of this is offered in a small school classroom environment that is friendly, supportive and secure. Furthermore, the school climate instills in each student the values of community, self-worth, respect, tolerance, service, honesty, and responsibility.
Valley Preparatory welcomes families who value a diverse student population, who seek a challenging yet balanced educational experience for their children, and who wish to participate with the school in support of their children and the school’s mission.
A Message from Our Founder
We have always had fine, dedicated teachers because they believed in the goals we set for ourselves and because we accepted only those students who were capable, well behaved and willing to set high standards for themselves.
Enrichment of the curriculum has always been one of primary concern. Numerous field trips, daily instruction in foreign languages, music, cross-cultural studies, and experimental science receive serious and sustained attention.
We are as excited about the future of our school as we are proud of its past, knowing that it will continue in its quest for excellence and knowledge in this rich world of ours that offers so many possibilities. Valley Preparatory School has as compelling a mission today as it did when we began a dream in an old farmhouse in 1957.
~Mary Jane Auerbacher