Drama Club meets weekly on Monday afternoons and is open to 4-8th graders. It is designed to support the holistic, inquiry-based approach of the International Baccalaureate and to provide our students with the incredible benefits of theater. Students engage in drama games, improvisation, readers’ theater, and a staged performance of a classic play. Students will produce Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in the fall and a Shakespearean comedy in the spring. Students will also be introduced to other famous playwrights and authors, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, and Arthur Miller. Drama Club is run by Mateal Ishihara (MIshihara@VPRedlands.org), who possesses a Master of Fine Arts and has worked as the middle school English, history, and drama teacher at the renowned Bay Area performing arts school, Pacific Boychoir Academy. Space is limited. Spring flyer available here and sign-ups available here.
Tutoring and Enrichment Classes
VPS’s after-school tutoring and enrichment program runs Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:30. Families of 2nd-8th graders are invited to sign up for 25- or 55-minute sessions of tutoring in the areas of reading, spelling, academic writing, creative writing, history, Spanish, French, test-taking, study skills, binder organization, general organization skills, and preparation for high school entrance applications and essays. Small group sessions and custom enrichment classes are also available. Click here for sign-ups and fee information. Contact the instructor, Mateal Ishihara, with any questions at MIshihara@VPRedlands.org or 719-323-9072.
The Houses of VPS is a program designed to instill leadership skills, encourage service to others, and strengthen the school’s founding values – Truth, Judgment, and Courage. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are members of one of the three houses throughout their VPS years. Leaders and members of each house lead the rest of the school in a service project determined by the House Council each semester.
The House Council is a group of elected and appointed middle school and junior high school students who, together under the guidance of an adult advisor, meet at lunch on a weekly basis to form VPS’s student government. Students are taught techniques of good government and problem-solving as they determine and execute community service projects and school spirit activities. Elections and appointments are held annually. Each house is represented by one elected president, one elected vice-president, one appointed secretary, one appointed historian and two appointed members-at-large from middle school. The position of the President is filled by a student in the 7th or 8th grade class. To be a candidate for a house council office, students must be in “good standing” socially and academically (3.0 GPA or better and no N’s or U’s in citizenship or work habits).
California Junior Scholarship Federation
Junior High School students may apply for membership in CJSF each semester. This is a statewide organization originally founded in 1967 with its main purpose to foster high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle school grades. Students participating in CJSF will show strong service to Valley Preparatory School as well as the community, while fostering pride in scholastic achievement. Eligibility is based on academic standing. For more information, please see the Junior High School CJSF advisor.
VPS fields middle school/junior high teams in a variety of sports. The sports in which we participate are the following:
- Fall: Flag Football and Girls’ Volleyball
- Winter: Basketball
- Spring: Track and Field
Fifth through eighth graders will be eligible to play on the teams with preference going to seventh and eighth graders. Fifth grade students may practice with the teams but will not travel to away games unless specified by a coach. The school will provide game jerseys and equipment. Students must purchase their own shorts and shoes. In order to participate in sports, students must have at least a 2.3 GPA in core academic classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language), and be in good behavioral standing (no N’s or U’s) at the end of each quarter. All decisions regarding eligibility are at the discretion of the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School.
Valley Prep contracts with Sportball (a national, afterschool program provider) to offer the following activities for our elementary-age students:
Multi-Sport classes are the heart of Sportball programming. Coaches focus on the basic skills common to all sports, like balance, coordination, stamina and timing in a fun, supportive, noncompetitive setting that emphasizes teamwork. Each class focuses on one of eight different popular sports: hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis.
Basketball introduces fundamental concepts of gameplay and teaches the basic skills required to hit the court with confidence in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Coaches zero in on skills like dribbling, passing, catching, shooting and defense in fun, exciting, skill-focused play.
Soccer introduces fundamental concepts of gameplay and teaches the basic skills required to bend it like Beckham in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Coaches zero in on skills like throw-ins, dribbling, trapping and passing in fun, exciting, skill-focused play.
Available to students who are registered in the Daycare program. A teacher is assigned to monitor behavior, check homework, and answer questions.
A new afterschool activity at Valley Prep which provides opportunities for students (primarily in 4-8 th) to build and program robots and drones. The program is designed to support the STEAM program.
Music & Art
Music and art classes are mandatory for all students at all grade levels. In addition, afterschool programs are occasionally offered for students who want to explore these disciplines in more depth.
The Lion’s Choir (3-8 th) and the First Notes Choir (K-2) meet weekly for rehearsal and frequently perform in the community