AMSE Institute

Inspired by the Creator, AMSE aims to develop Christian scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are equipped to become global leaders in the most advanced fields. AMSE provides students who have strong logic in math and science with a K-12th grade pipeline of inspiration, instruction, and experience, in order that they might become successful innovators with the power to do a “world of good.”



Perhaps the best words of wisdom to guide our young, aspiring Applied Math, Science, and Engineering (AMSE) Institute students come from the founders of Valley Christian Schools, David and Edie Wallace, over 50 years ago.

Their foundation passion for the school and their goal for students was “That students might know that in Christ are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge….so that whatsoever they do in word or deed will be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Col. 2:3; 3:17)These words are so profound because they took these statements from the Holy Scripture.

I find that statement to be spot-on today in a 21st Century world where some professionals in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discount the belief of a Supreme Creator. Yet, the very first verse in the Bible reminds us that, “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth” (Genesis 1:1). My desire is that our students understand that God is, indeed, the Chief Engineer of the Universe. In God’s creation of the universe, He has left us with so many messages in the Scripture to remind us that He is continually revealing scientific reality for us to discover if we just look around us. I chose one of those very verses to be front and center on our Observatory Dome: “The heavens declare the glory of God;
 the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;
 night after night they reveal knowledge" (Psalm 19:1-2).

As we continue to guide our students to use their academic and biblical knowledge, coupled with state-of-the-art hands-on programs, we pray and look forward to witnessing how God will guide their paths to make our world a better place while they give credit to the Creator of the Universe.

In His Service,
Werner Vavken


Discover AMSE

Curriculum at VCES is rich with opportunities for our future mathematicians, scientists, and engineers! In addition to engaging K-5th grade hands-on science curriculum, individualized web-based math programs, SOAR Mathematics, and Math Olympiad, Discover AMSE also provides a variety of exciting after-school offerings as well.  Clubs such as Robotics, LEGO, Chess, Critical Thinking, Schmahl Science, and many more allow students to pursue their particular areas of interest within Discover AMSE and lay the foundation for success in these disciplines in junior high, high school, and beyond.

Junior AMSE

VCJH offers many curricular opportunities for students to participate in Junior AMSE. From the after-school Robotics Club, the WarriorBots competitive team, Chi Alpha Mu Math Club, Science Club, numerous competition opportunities, and a variety of innovative, hands-on science and engineering classes, the Junior AMSE opportunities abound at VCJH. Students even have the opportunity to complete high school level math and science courses while in junior high. Junior AMSE provides students with incredible facilities, outstanding curriculum, and unique opportunities that aim to inspire future mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.


AMSE Institute

VCHS offers students the opportunity to specialize in applied math, science, or engineering through AMSE. This program offers unique training with experienced professionals to aid students in developing a competitive portfolio of work throughout high school. In addition to a continuation of the various after-school offerings represented at the elementary and junior high levels, VCHS AMSE students have extraordinary opportunities to enter elite competitions, participate in an International Space Station project, conduct research in our state-of-the-art Bio Safety Lab, complete advanced work in our NanoTechnology/Microscopy Lab, observe the heavens through our Schmidt-Cassagrain telescope, and much more. The curriculum for the AMSE program is designed to advance the unique interests and abilities of the individual, thus VCHS faculty members tailor each AMSE student’s schedule based on which courses and activities will best assist the student in meeting his/her personal goals. 


"I discovered my love for Biotechnology, and have added that to one of the majors I am interested in for college. Being part of the Nanotechnology Club has gifted me with skills I would never get outside of Valley Christian. Valley Christian is one of the only high schools in the world to have two Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) which can be used at the nanotechnology level. Being trained on the AFM, I feel that I have been opened up to a whole new world of science, which will become the future of technology." (VC student)

"One invaluable skill I learned [at VCHS] was Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Having prior experience in CAD has given me a slightly competitive advantage over my peers as an undergrad engineering student. When a friend asks, "How do you chamfer the edges of this solid?" I just can't help but thank the Applied Math, Science and Engineering (AMSE) Institute for all the pre-college experience it has bestowed upon its students." (VC alumnus)

"My favorite memory is working on the International Space Station project (ISS project) in my first year. It was so amazing to learn so many new skills, such as building an experiment from scratch, along the with fact that we would be the first group of high school students in the world to send a quad experiment into space. My favorite part of the whole experiment was at the end when our team went to Cal Poly SLO. Five of my teammates and I presented our findings and results to some of the most influential professors, scientists and CEOs in the science, math, and engineering world! That was definitely an amazing moment." (VC student)




Meet the Faculty

Over 70% of the VCHS mathematics, science, and computer science faculty have a post-graduate degree in their field of study.  


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