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About This School

Valley Center High is a public high school in Valley Center. The principal of Valley Center High is Ron McCowan, who can be contacted at mccowan.ro@vcpusd.k12.ca.us. 1,359 students attend Valley Center High and identify primarily as Native American or Native Alaskan; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 14% of the Valley Center High students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 1,359 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Valley Center High is 21:1. Oak Glen High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 45%
Hispanic 41% 41%
Asian 2% 0.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.9%
Filipino 0.6% 1%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 4157%
Pacific Islander 0.07% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.07% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 42%
Limited English proficiency 14% 23%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I went here for all four years of my high school career and couldn't have gone to a better school. The campus is fantastic. The teachers are amazing. I had some of the greatest experiences learning here. I am proud to be a graduate of VCHS! Go Jags!!! Hoo-rah!!! Class of 2006!!!

  • (8 months ago)

    My school is one of the best schools in San Diego county. Our after school program or ASE(After School Enrichment) as we call it is a great place for students who are struggling in a subject or class. There are a variety of classes one can attend at ASE almost all of them are covered! Our teachers are very nice and friendly and willing to help out any student that comes to them. One of our teachers Mrs. Reineck won the San Diego county teacher of the year award! It is always sad when a class graduates because we are friends with each other and our teachers there is no class separation as in other schools and we even have music at lunch every day! This is one of the best schools I have ever attended!

  • (8 months ago)

    I went here for four years and I believe it is a fantastic school. The administration are friendly and relatable most of the teachers are top-notch it is a smaller school but with it there comes a friendly feel to it vchs is a great community and location to learn both educational and life lessons. This school is all about its football program which makes sense since there is not a lot to do in vc except go to football games on friday and hang out with friends (sometimes that can be hard though since no one lives next to each other here) Social Life There are always cliques at schools with such a small population a good social life can be hard if you are not good at making friends or you simply have lost friends and cannot join any groups that avoid those friends. (I think this is pretty stupid but it happens) Athletics Very Good for the size of school Positive or negative??? You know everyone Negative Not a lot of classes or electives VCHS had a drug problem over the years but since our administration instated a zero tolerance policy it has greatly diminished furthermore displaying our administrations awareness and ability to effectively and efficiently resolve an issue.

  • (1 year ago)

    School is average it has a great athletics program bullying and drugs are a problem at this school. Money is not spent wisely here and they do not release figures of what they are spending. Counselors were not very helpful except one who really stood out. Administration is inefficient. School is falling apart and it is not yet 15 years old. School overall is not great but they do have amazing teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is average if you are not a jock or popular you are forgotten this is a terrible social school If you are looking for a friendly campus with warm people plenty of electives languages and athlethics that are okay go to Orange Glen If you want to go to a campus with a very anti-social atmosphere not many electives only one language Spanish (and sign language and English) but want a school with great athletics go to Valley Center.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've have attended this school for two years and its a great school. The campus is really nice and clean teachers are fantastic and athletics gets tons of support. One bad thing about this school is that the kids are extremely judgemental and there is many cliques. Its almost impossible to meet new friends or even feel welcome around a different group then your own. Its terrible.There isn't very many electives to choose from and only two language options. Overall this is a really good school and past two years have been pretty good.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and the town is very spirited when it comes to school activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    I Think Valley Center High School is Excellent in every thing they offer. They have Great Teachers and Staff members.

  • (8 years ago)

    They didn't have a very big selection of elective classes. They have a good enough sports program and the campus is beautiful.

  • (8 years ago)

    The math department is doing a great job. The number of sections of the high level classes (precalc calculus) is increasing. My daughter a senior now has liked and learned well from all her teachers. Football team (and other sports) make us proud by winning CIF. Parents are invoved in a constructive way although some still trash the teachers before they talk to them. Interested in reaching students of all backgrounds.

  • (9 years ago)

    In my opinion this is the best high school in the area. I compared it among 2 others with good reputation Bonita Vista and Eastlake High School. I went to the schools talked to former students and the Principals from each school and I decided that Otay Ranch was my number one choice. The Principal and many other school employees are constantly supervising kids activities student drop offs and pick ups. The environment is friendly but discipline and respect are very important. The teacher qualitiy is very good and it has many activities to keep children busy. The school is new and the facility is very modern with state of the art equipment in the classrooms. It also has the Compact for Success program that guarantees students entry to San Diego State or UCSD.

  • (9 years ago)

    VCHS is an excellent school there is high importance in every kid being sucessful. There is a great performing arts program at this school as well as a good sports program. Because Valley Center is a small community the entire town supports the school and all parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate when ever possible. My grandaughter whom I have raise since she was 4 years old will be graduating this June. She has had excellent teachers that have been very involved in her education and have worked with her when she starts to get off tract. They have helped her to maintain a high GPA so that going on to college will not be a problem for her. I rate this school as excellent.

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