Valley International Preparatory High School (VIP)

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    18827 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge

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    All About Kids

Valley International Preparatory High School originated in 2014 and, after some changes in structure, moved to its own campus as an independent high school in 2021. The 30,000-square-foot facility features classrooms and outdoor areas; a large performing arts space for theatre and music; a music lab with live concert and recording capabilities; state-of-the-art science lab; counseling offices and a freestanding college center; small-group special events space; and a visual arts studio.

How does your school empower kids and give them a voice?

“In VIP’s eight-year history, it has become nationally known as a top-tier school for supporting many areas of communication development. Our speech-debate program has featured state and national champions every year, and it rose to the National Speech & Debate Association’s #2 position as a top speech-debate high school in 2020. Prior to COVID-19, the school’s mock trial team won top awards at the county level. The poetry team has a history of wins in Get Lit’s citywide poetry slam. Our theatre students have won accolades at Drama Teachers Association of Southern California competitions. VIP’s music lab coursework and live shows feature students’ performances and production of original songs. Senior River Simard, editor-in-chief of our new VIP Globe newspaper, was recently honored with the Best Arts or Entertainment Profile by a Student award by the Los Angeles Press Club. He was the only high schooler among college-level nominees.”

What does your school offer that makes kids say “Wow!”?

“Once kids experience our small-school atmosphere, they tend to not want to go back to a large school. They commonly mention the close teacher-student bonds that are created; the incredibly kind nature of VIP’s student body; the highly engaging teacher-created, textbook-free curriculum; and the wide diversity of students’ backgrounds. VIP does not build its student life around typical sports teams culture or P.E. classes—we have none! Students have the opportunity to choose electives that interest them within visual arts, performing arts and liberal arts.”

In what ways is VIP extraordinary?

“As a public charter high school, we don’t adopt the same college counseling practices of most other public high schools in the Valley. Students at every grade level receive group-centered college counseling through the school’s advisory program. Juniors are introduced to an intensive individualized college counseling process and caring support system, culminating in most graduating seniors being accepted by multiple colleges of all types, sizes and locations—much the same as if they’d been through a high-end private school’s college-going process. VIP’s students currently attend colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.”