Major / Minor Requirements

Theatre Major Requirements

Theatre Minor Requirements

Advantages of the Conservatory Major/Minor Program

Within Valley Christian's Conservatory of the Arts, high school students have an opportunity to major or minor in music, theatre, theatrical design & technology, cinematic arts, dance arts, visual arts, or a combination of classes in integrated arts. The Conservatory Program is an excellent way to prepare for a successful college career in the arts. It is a helpful addition to college applications, even if a student is not planning to major in the arts, as it shows a commitment to and an investment in a specialized program over four years of high school.

The Conservatory Program will be a great addition to the college application, even if the student is not planning to major in an arts discipline. The following comment about the Valley Christian Conservatory model was received from Mr. Han Mi Yoon Wu, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, University of California Office of the President:

“Involvement with your school's Conservatory would fit nicely into our comprehensive review of the application where attributes of the student's activities and environment are reviewed alongside the academic progress...Specifically demonstrating strong involvement, beyond just membership, would be a positive factor in the review process.”

The Conservatory Major or Minor will appear on the high school transcript and will represent the student as having completed a more rigorous Conservatory curriculum for four years. There is also special recognition at the end of senior year with the award of a framed Conservatory certificate and an honor cord to wear at graduation (brown for minors, or brown/gold for majors. Brown signifies Fine Arts according to academic regalia).

The goal of the Conservatory is to help students grow as artists, strong students, responsible young adults, and children of God. Students will also have fun and develop strong friendships with a great peer group of like-minded students in the Conservatory, across all disciplines.

  • A new state-of-the art Conservatory building which opened August, 2011, to serve Conservatory students with classrooms, rehearsal and performance space, a chapel, a black box theatre/dance room, sound-proof practice rooms, teaching studios, a student life center and remote learning center. A recording studio is planned for summer, 2015.
  • A proven eight-year track record, starting with the Conservatory of Music in 2006 and expanding to include individual Conservatory honor programs for Theatre, Theatrical Design & Technology, Dance and Visual Arts in 2009, Cinematic Arts and Integrated Arts in 2012.
  • Comprehensive training of students through a personalized, flexible schedule of classes.The program is designed to instill a life-long passion for the arts as well as rigorous academics to support the student’s “Quest for Excellence.”
  • Conservatory program graduation standards in some disciplines are above and beyond the requirements for traditional graduation. Graduates will receive formal recognition of their achievements and notation on transcripts. In addition, all matriculating members will receive public recognition for their achievement in the form of an honor cord to be worn at graduation and a certificate of achievement.
  • Conservatory staff members have stellar performance and academic credentials, including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of North Texas, Santa Clara University, USF, UCSD, UC Davis, UCLA, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford, and San Jose State.
  • Over 70% of Valley Christian Conservatory students are on the honor roll. Many Conservatory students have earned statewide recognition for their talent. The average GPA of the Conservatory Honors graduates was 3.75 in 2014. Several Conservatory students have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of their classes.
  • Supplemental arts and/or academic opportunities are available. For an additional fee, students may take an 8th period class. On-campus private lessons, meetings with professionals in a student's field of study, and periodic master classes will be offered, in addition to recitals, concerts, dance, drama and musical productions, festival participation, performance trips and art shows.
  • Music and dance students have performed in numerous events in California, the U.S. and throughout the world. They learn life skills that apply beyond the realm of music. They develop self-discipline, individual responsibility, leadership and academic excellence.
  • VCS has partnered with the Berklee College of Music in Boston to allow music majors to take the on-line music courses. Valley was the first high school to create this college partnership for on-line courses with Berklee.
  • Other partnerships that benefit Valley Christian Conservatory students include the San Jose Youth Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, and The Juilliard School. The first West-Coast Juilliard Jazz Camp was held at the VCS Conservatory in summer, 2013.
  • Valley Christian is the first California “All-Steinway” High School. In 2007, with the purchase of a nine-foot Steinway grand piano Model D, a Steinway K-52 upright, and nine Boston uprights, Valley Christian was the first high school in California to be designated an “All-Steinway School.” The pianos benefit all Conservatory music, piano, dance and theatre students.

Any Valley Christian student may take any Conservatory class without being a major or minor. All Valley Christian students benefit from the Conservatory of the Arts, as one fine arts course is required for graduation.