Clayton Valley opened its doors to students in 1958 under the leadership of inaugural principal Dan Della. Originally part of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Clayton Valley is fed by Diablo View Middle School in Clayton and Pine Hollow Middle School in Concord, and by Ayers, Highlands, Silverwood and Mt. Diablo Elementary Schools.
In 2011, a petition was submitted pursuant to California law to convert the Clayton Valley into a teacher-driven conversion charter high school. After a series of steps, on January 11, 2012, the Contra Costa County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the charter.
Clayton Valley Charter High School, opened in the summer of 2012, and continues the long and proud tradition of its predecessor, Clayton Valley High School. CVCHS currently serves 2200 students in the cities of Concord and Clayton.
The mission of CVCHS is “Clayton Valley Charter High School will provide a positive, student-centered environment in which all students will be challenged academically and develop the skills and mindsets to graduate as successful, lifelong learners and productive, responsible citizens in a diverse society."