The graph shows the growth of the HS AMSE program since its inception.

Our History

The Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute was started in the 2010-11 school year to meet the growing needs of our 21st Century students who were interested in pursuing future education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  VCS is in the midst of Silicon Valley among corporate giants such as IBM, HP, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Autodesk, increasing the wealth of opportunity available to our young people, thus elevating the need to offer a state-of-the-art STEM program. 

When the initial Director of AMSE, Mr. Jim Oliphant, stepped down, the responsibilities of that position shifted to Mr. Werner Vavken, a passionate and accomplished retired engineer and former advisory board member of Cal Poly’s Department of Engineering. Soon thereafter, the AMSE Advisory Board was formed to help guide what would become one of the most esteemed STEM programs in the country.

In the first year, AMSE had 99 students enrolled, and by the 2015-16 school year there were 390 students enrolled in the high school program, and 115 in the junior high program. (See the graph to the left to follow the growth of the AMSE program.) Over 24 state-of-the-art, co-curricular programs have been developed including the International Space Station Program, Satellite Development, Satellite Tracking, Marine Biology, NanoTechnology, Rocketry Development, Robotics, Astronomy, and the program continues to seek further opportunities and resources for its students to become leaders of innovation.

  • Elementary School 1450 Leigh Avenue
  • San Jose, CA 95125 408.559.4400
  • Junior High 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 130
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2460
  • High School 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 110
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2400
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