A Letter from the VCHS Principal – April 2023

The admissions process at Valley Catholic High School came to a close with the freshmen enrollment deadline at the end of March. The admissions team worked diligently for the past seven months, sharing the culture of Valley Catholic High School through school visits, shadow days, curriculum nights, and parent information sessions. We were overjoyed with the number of students who expressed interest in our community and look forward to welcoming Valley Catholic High School’s Class of 2027.

Similar to all areas of school programming, we received and welcomed a fair amount of feedback on what our potential students like about the community and areas where we can improve. We take all comments to heart and reflect on ways we can grow and meet the needs of future Valley Catholic students. 

A common theme that surfaced through the admissions process paralleled an area of important focus within our current student body. To provide the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive community possible for both our current students and future Valiants.  

When looking at current practices and being challenged to see them through a different lens, analyzing data is a critical component of creating a plan of action and making progress toward our established goal(s). Based upon self-reports, the diversity of the student body at Valley Catholic High School during the 2022-23 school year is as follows:

VCHS Total Students Grades 9-12 Asian African American Native American Multi- Racial Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander  Other White (Non- Hispanic Origin) Unclassified
Total 371 76 9 2 50 2 4 17 204 7

This self-report, high-level data reveals that approximately 45 percent of Valley Catholic High School’s student body is represented by students of color. This gives us a glimpse of our current state and helps us look for more opportunities to listen, research and identify ways to ensure Valley Catholic welcomes students from all backgrounds and upholds the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon’s Core Value to Honor the Unique Gifts of Each Person. 

As we wrap up the 2022-23 school year, we will be setting goals for 2023-24. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will be at the forefront of our work and we will be seeking input from all community stakeholders. If this is of interest to you, please stay tuned for further communication or feel free to reach out to us at your earliest convenience.

 With much hope moving forward, 

Dr. Sara Bruins