We began this charter journey as a small band of committed yet frustrated teachers who wanted our students and staff to reach their highest potential. Along the way, these teachers found other like-minded teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members who shared a common desire to bring Eagle Pride back to our school, and back to our hearts.
Clayton Valley High School was formed in 1958. Many of the current staff at Clayton Valley grew up in the community and were CV students themselves. Over time, the atmosphere at CVHS started to deteriorate. Teachers, staff, and administrators alike began to feel frustrated about the ability to deliver quality education to their students. And so, that small band of committed yet frustrated teachers referred to above began to look around for alternatives, and found a potential solution: conversion to a charter school.
California law specifically allows for the conversion of existing public schools to a charter in certain circumstances. One of those circumstances is when a majority of teachers at the school petitioned the local school board for a charter. Although no large high schools in Northern California had ever successfully petitioned for a teacher conversion, several high schools in Southern California had done so quite successfully, including Granada Hills Charter High School
, Palisades Charter High School
, and Birmingham Charter High School
Using these success stories for inspiration and as a model, the Clayton Valley charter organizers teamed up with the California Charter Schools Association
and a solid team of experts to formulate the charter provision. A timeline of the charter’s progress can be found here.
As stated in the charter petition submitted to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in June, 2011, there is both a mission and a shared vision for the new charter high school. The mission of Clayton Valley Charter High School
“is to unite our stakeholders, including students, teachers and staff, parents, and community members, in a common goal to diligently prepare all students for success in the 21st Century. We believe in instilling timeless principles and fostering a culture of excellence with RIGOR, RELEVANCE & RELATIONSHIP.”
Further, the Shared Vision for Clayton Valley Charter High School states that the goal of the students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members of Clayton Valley Charter High School “is to have the flexibility to develop and sustain traditional and innovative programs and practices that will promote student acceleration in all academic, social, and civic areas to prepare them for entrance into the global community as skilled participants ready to achieve their post-secondary goals.”
CVCHS will improve student achievement by the following:
- GOAL 1: Establish a positive, professional, productive, and innovative culture
- GOAL 2: Ensure that all students receive a challenging curriculum that will prepare them for post-secondary education, career training, and the workplace of the 21st Century
- GOAL 3: Increase student responsibility and respect for others and the learning process
- GOAL 4: Establish, implement, evaluate, and revise (as needed) grade level/subject content and performance standards
- GOAL 5: Be committed to constant improvement by taking advantage of professional development opportunities and implementing best practices
- GOAL 6: Maintain and improve school safety and campus security
Clayton Valley Charter High School has a unique community and staff made up of alumni and involved stakeholders who are committed to offering the highest academic standards, while sustaining a nurturing and safe school environment. This vision embodies the continuing principles of the CV “Do the Right Thing Program” of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Self-Discipline, Integrity, and Courage. We believe that as an independent charter school, we will be able to make the changes needed to meet all of our students’ needs to enable pupils to become self-motivated, competent, lifelong learners.