June 16, 2012

Over the course of the past 41 years, West Valley Christian Academy has been greatly blessed by God, allowing the faculty and staff to touch the lives of over 4,000 students and their families.

Countless parents have partnered with WVCA, sacrificially giving of not only money, but their time and talents to support the ministry, not just for their own children, but for all the children of WVCA.

Our core principles:

  • Christ first and foremost, always, to the glory of God
  • Development of character is critical, not only in this world, but in preparation for eternity, thus a focus on Kindness, Obedience, Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Self-control
  • Excellence in Education

have given us a foundation to help the children we served grow up to be not only well educated individuals but also good citizens of the church and of the world. Our students are serving the Lord in almost every career imaginable and through the way they live their lives.

The governing board has been committed from the very beginning in 1971 that these core principles would be maintained without compromise, regardless of the cost. We may not always have succeeded fully in upholding these standards, but by the grace of God, He has allowed us the honor of serving Him, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the community around us. We were given the privilege and blessing of educating young minds on the importance of serving God and others, and the value of rigorous training and use of intellect in the pursuit of excellence in true knowledge and wisdom.

After much prayer, both individually and collectively, and after exploring many alternatives, the Board of Directors has come to the conclusion that it is time for the ministry of West Valley Christian Academy to close. We simply no longer have sufficient students to operate the ministry in a way that best educates the children. This was an agonizing decision to make as we considered the children, parents and staff.

The board felt strongly that families deserved to receive the news from the Board of Directors in person, and so was planning a meeting for the announcement. However, it came to our attention on Thursday, June 14, that the word was already out and spreading. We felt it was honoring to the dignity of the parents and the school that we tell you the correct and true information by email as soon as possible rather than allow rumors and conjecture to grow.

As directed by the corporate bylaws, after all bills are paid and severance is provided to the staff, all monies remaining will go to other Christian non-profit organizations. Many items at the school will be sold to provide more money for the severance pay fund. You will receive emails announcing those sales in case there is something you might like (computers, books, playground equipment, etc). The iPads will be donated to the full time staff.

While change is rarely easy, God makes it clear in Ecclesiastes 3 that change is indeed an inevitable part of life. Please join us in prayer as we begin the overwhelming and very emotional task of completing all the necessary work of closing our beloved school. Lift up the staff as they seek to discern God’s new direction for their lives. The Board and staff are praying for all our families as they select a different Christian school for their children.

Thank you for your part in 41 years of serving the Lord!

Board of Directors, West Valley Christian Academy