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Principal's Message


Welcome to Valley Center High School, the home of the Jaguars! I am delighted to welcome back our students and parents for the new 2021-2022 school year and to greet our incoming 9th grade class and new students to our school community.  VCHS is a school focused on our students, known for academic excellence, strong parent support, and our dedicated and supportive staff.

Our mission is to teach students to become strong, confident individuals who take pride in contributing to their community and are able to demonstrate achievement of our School-wide Learning Outcomes.  Every student at Valley Center High School is set on a path to graduate prepared for college and careers by developing as community participants​, critical thinkers, effective communicators​, and goal setters.  This year we will be working closely with students and parents on preparedness for college and careers with their four-year plans in place to achieve future goals.  This focus has resulted in our students graduating at one of the highest rates in San Diego county, earning industry certifications for employment, a high Advanced Placement passing rate, and graduates entering more than 40 colleges and universities around the country.

For our students, we have a learning environment in which you can thrive in your classes with the support of your teachers, counseling staff, and our entire school team.  We have championship athletic programs, award winning visual and performing arts, school events, and clubs allowing for students to work side by side, learn from one another, and actively participate in the positive development of the culture on our campus, uniting Valley Center High School as a welcoming and safe place where all can learn and grow.  We are excited and focused more than ever on providing each of you with events and social activities to get to know your classmates and renew our sense of school spirit and pride in our community school. We hope you are eager to return and ready to take on the new school year!

For our parents, the VCHS staff and I are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that all students can achieve their highest potential.  We recognize that in order to be successful in school, your children need support from both the home and school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.  We look forward to seeing you at our sporting events, performances, and events like our Back-to-School night in September.  Thank you for giving us the amazing opportunity to educate your children.  We hold this responsibility with the highest regard! 

Our VCHS team will prioritize the social-emotional and academic needs of all students. We want to help our students transition out of a pandemic and into a successful school year. The beginning of the school year is a time to connect and guide students into learning, connect with activities and athletics, while creating pride in their school experience. This connection is more critical than ever, and we have a commitment to build belonging and a systemic approach to monitor and support each and every student.

To stay informed about all that is taking place at VCHS we will provide parents and students with frequent emails and calls home.  Please visit our website on a regular basis for current news and upcoming events.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. On behalf of our staff, teachers, and administration we look forward to working with you and helping each student at Valley Center High School meet their goals and be successful.

With each new school year there are new possibilities for every student at VCHS and I look forward to the 2021-2022 school year as a year in which we move forward together as Jaguars United!





Mark Hailwood
Principal - Valley Center High School