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Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)

1. How long has JVCS been in existence?
       The first day of school was in September, 1957, with the first graduation class in 1959. Starting as a high school only,
       JVCS added a Jr. High in 1979, the grade school in 1981 and the preschool in 2000.

2. What church are you connected with?
       We are an inter-denominational, incorporated school governed by a board which is elected by cooperative members.

3. How much is tuition?
       Tuition rates are based on the age of the student and how many children you have attending JVCS. A tuition rate chart is
       available upon request from the office.

4. Can I get financial aid?
       Yes. Financial aid is available on the basis of need. Applications are available at the school.

5. What curriculum is used at JVCS and what is its focus?
       Curriculum in the elementary is from A Beka, Bob Jones, ACSI, and other Christian publishers. Our classes are taught
       from a Christian worldview. Most curriculum is from Christian publishers but even when it isn’t, the teachers keep the
       focus on Biblical truths.

6. How does JVCS differ from public schools?
       Educationally, we are able to teach each subject from a Christian worldview, based on the teachings of the Bible. We also
       desire to reinforce the Christian morals and ethics that are taught at home and church.

7. How many students are currently enrolled at JVCS?
       At the start of the 2011-2012 school year we had 26 students in our PreK program and 185 students from K-12. Our
       teacher to student ratio is about 1:13.

8. What do you teach for the arts?
       Our music program of band and choir is well established and provides private lessons at no extra cost to students. We
       also have an active oral interpretation program for all ages and an award-winning drama program. In addition, we have
       student ministry opportunities, yearbook, a newpaper, National Honor Society, student council and a senior class play.

9. How about sports?
       JVCS offers soccer, cross-country, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, track and golf.

10. Do you have to be religious to attend school at James Valley?   
       A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is something we desire for each student to have. While we see in the Bible that
       God desires obedience to His Word, which is often seen as “religious”, we hope that our focus will be on helping each
       student understand who Jesus Christ is, understand His love and accept His grace.

11. Are you accredited?
        Absolutely! From the day of its inception, founders insisted that JVCS be a fully accredited school. Every teacher is
        certified and over half hold Master’s Degrees. We are also part of the Association of Christian Schools International.

12. How can we be involved in our child’s education?
        Parents are involved in their child’s education long before they enter a classroom. The best way for a parent to be
        involved is by living and teaching godly morals and absolutes, a respect for authority beginning with God, and a love for
        learning. Involvement, once the child is in school, comes through prayer, volunteer work, classroom projects, field trips,
        and regular contact with the child’s teachers.