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January 19, 2023

Hello Steve, Enjoy our Saints News! 

Before second semester began, VCHS faculty gathered at 4 Eagle Ranch for the day to vision and plan around one of our school’s strategic priorities – enhancing the school’s curriculum. We used the day as a kickoff to ensure our curriculum is mission-aligned, academically excellent, and defined through the lens of our newly published VCHS Portrait of a Graduate.


Rather than think of the VCHS curriculum as only the courses we offer, I challenged us to think more broadly using this definition of curriculum – “the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process” – the 3 Big As (Academics, Arts, Athletics) as well as Clubs and all other school experiences. And I challenged us to do it through the lens of ‘equipping spirit’ which we do through the Christian faith.


If you’re still reading, don’t yawn – at least not yet. Why? Because the above will set the stage for some very exciting future student learning experiences aligned with ‘purpose, service, and leadership.’ Like what? Let me share three that we’ll be working on over the next few months.


First, we will work to have our current and future courses better align with our mission. Although Advanced Placement courses will continue to be part of our curriculum, we are looking at diversifying our options to enhance and expand dual enrollment/concurrent and honors designation course options. Of course, we will continue to have high academic standards and prepare students for success in college and life. But we will be more intentional with Christian faith integration as we prepare students for lives of ‘purpose, service, and leadership’.


Second, we will work to create a more cohesive integration of current experiences (courses, arts, athletics, clubs, etc.) with new experiences. These experiences will span from 9th – 12th grade and scaffold in difficulty creating ‘signature’ or ‘rites of passage’ moments that will challenge students and help shape their purpose – what we’re referring to internally as helping each Saint ‘find your spark’ and to ‘fan that spark.’ At the moment we are calling it the VCHS 4-Year Challenge and are beginning conversations about what those experiences will be. It most likely will begin through a pilot program and be optional.


Third and finally, we will work to create what we are currently calling an Interim Week – a week during the school year, most likely during the second semester, when students will learn through experiences outside their normal classroom walls. Although it will look different, the week will resurrect a long-time VCHS tradition called ‘Mission Week’. Again, the major goal for that week will be to better equip our students for ‘lives of purpose, service, and leadership’ through transformational experiences. 


Practically speaking, we see this coming to fruition over the course of the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years. The faculty are rolling up their sleeves to further dream and prepare for this exciting future – under the umbrella of our Christian faith and in sync with our vision for the future – one in which our graduates make the world a better place through their personal and professional lives.


Steve O'Neil

Head of School


Congratulations to Daisy Palacio for her Questbridge Match with Boston College

Vail Christian High School senior, Daisy Palacio is one of 1,755 seniors who were awarded full scholarships to top colleges through QuestBridge.

The 2022 QuestBridge National College Match results are in and our very own Daisy Palacio has matched with Boston College to join the class of 2027.

The high-achieving high school senior recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring for these students and their families that an education at a top college can be affordable. The Match Scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

QuestBridge aims "to help outstanding students obtain the top education that they deserve”. Ana Rowena Mallari, Co-Founder and CEO of QuestBridge states “These bright and motivated students have a determination to succeed that will help them thrive well beyond their college years, and we’re excited to see where their dreams take them next.”

Way to go Daisy!



Lady Saints defeat Cap Rock 39 to 32 last Friday on the road.

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Saints Keegan Collins '23, Mason Darnall '25 and Jorge Sinaloa '24 join Vail International Hockey on a trip to Europe bringing home more than just improved hockey techniques.

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Saint Lindsey Whitton '24 and BMHS Girls Nordic Team take 1st and 2nd Place in league race last Saturday at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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