Since 1974, Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory has striven to create a community of spiritual nurturing and academic excellence for students from preschool through upper school. Students arriving on campus immediately encounter caring staff and faculty who enthusiastically embrace the challenge of mentoring them towards outstanding academic achievement. Equipping young minds at PVCP and grounding them in biblical truth is not only our mission, but our passion. This results in graduates who perform at top levels intellectually and are critical thinkers who pursue God’s truth throughout their lives.
PVCP takes seriously the spiritual development of the students, recognizing individual needs in the process of their spiritual growth. Through a non-denominational approach that emphasizes understanding, articulating, applying, and defending Christian worldview, PVCP prepares students to be salt and light in an age of unbelief. Students leave PVCP understanding their purpose in the world and in God's Kingdom.
In addition to all subjects being approached through a Christian worldview, students progress through Bible classes that increase their knowledge, deepen their faith, and sharpen their ability to defend God’s Word. Lower school students explore biblical themes and key stories from the Old and New Testaments, while middle school students learn to approach the Bible as a cohesive narrative of God’s redemption of mankind, and culminate with an apologetics course their eighth grade year. Upper school students go even further, surveying competing worldviews and philosophies while studying the historical roots of the Christian faith. Seniors finish with Systematic Apologetics and Theology, emerging as skilled biblical scholars capable of reaching out to a fallen world with confidence and grace. All students attend weekly, age-appropriate chapels, and regular service opportunities allow students to practice putting others before themselves.
Commitment to Academic Excellence
At PVCP, the responsibility for student learning is mutually shared between the school, parents, and students. This intentional partnership develops students who learn to practice accountability and embrace a lifestyle of learning. PVCP’s curriculum exceeds state standards, and students routinely test above grade level, finding themselves exceedingly well-prepared upon entering college. As students continue through PVCP, they are introduced to Socratic discussion forums, providing an outlet for exchanging ideas and challenging their classmates. This approach teaches students to think critically, articulate their beliefs, and root all assumptions in objective truth. Nearly half of all upperclassmen are enrolled in dual enrollment programs, providing students college credit upon graduation from PVCP. All upper school students participate in a once-weekly tutorial group with five to six other students in which a faculty member-mentor monitors students’ academic progress and assists students in developing personal plans to achieve academic excellence.
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PVCP was established in 1974, when founders Robert and Barbara Fraley set out to establish a school where they could ensure that their children, including six adopted children, would receive a Christ-centered education and learn from teachers committed to their spiritual and academic development. As the Fraleys sought the Lord’s counsel, they were moved by Psalm 1:1-3, and it became clear that they were being called to move across country to ensure their children had an education that truly taught them to delight in the law of the Lord. The Fraleys arrived in Arizona, and, through a series of events, partnered with several other families to found Paradise Valley Christian School, now Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory.
From these humble beginnings and just 37 students enrolled when the doors opened, PVCP has expanded to include preschool through upper school with over 350 students in attendance. As a testament to the lasting impact of PVCP on the lives of alumni, many early students return to educate their own children at PVCP. Graduates are in high demand, receiving average scholarship offers to college exceeding an average $92,000 per student.
Sheryl Temple, Head of School
M.A. Educational Administration and Supervision; B.S. Elementary Education; Summer Graduate Studies, Harvard University
In 1998, the Lord opened the door for Sheryl and her family to move to Arizona to take the helm of PVCP after serving in teaching and leadership roles at a premier Christian school in Annapolis, Maryland. Sheryl arrived at PVCP with a vision to develop PVCP into a leading Christian school that stretches students’ minds, transforms their hearts with the love of Christ, and challenges them to pursue truth in all avenues of life.
In 2009, after years of seeking the Lord and conducting intensive research, PVCP’s upper school was launched, which has quickly developed a reputation as a leading Christian liberal arts school. Today, the upper school continues to grow as parents seek an institution that immerses children in a rich, humanities-based education grounded in a Christian worldview and the western tradition. Sheryl’s prayer is that as students move throughout their time at PVCP, they develop a steadfast, personal covenant of salvation and are fully equipped to counter false worldviews of knowledge, existence, and ethics. Under Sheryl’s leadership, every student at PVCP is loved, valued, and challenged to discover that all Creation and fields of knowledge reveal God and His glory.
Rebecca Rodriguez, Lower School Headmaster
M.A. Educational Leadership; B.A. Elementary Education; B.A. Biblical Studies
Rebecca joined PVCP in 2001 as an elementary teacher, and in 2006 she was elevated to assistant headmaster providing oversight to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Having served both inside the classroom and as an administrator, Rebecca understands the unique joys and challenges of elementary education, and she daily seeks to be a resource to PVCP’s elementary teachers.
Rebecca is constantly encouraged by the leadership of Head of School Temple, the support of the board, the ingenuity of PVCP teachers, and the one-of-a-kind parent community at PVCP. She is personally motivated to see students come to a true understanding and love of the Lord. Not only is Rebecca passionate about empowering faculty to be the best they can be, but as a college adjunct of educational technology, she always seeks new and creative ways to more fully integrate technology into the classroom.
Arturo Gastelum, Dean of Humanities
M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies; B.A. Integrative Studies Arts and Sciences; Currently enrolled in doctoral program
Arturo has served at PVCP in a teaching capacity since 2007, and in a leadership role as Dean of Humanities since 2014. Arturo joined PVCP because the distinctives of the school coincide with his personal philosophy of education – a philosophy that addresses the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and relational needs of the students. In addition, he appreciates PVCP’s deliberate commitment to use critical thinking to pursue truth in an age of rampant skepticism.
Arturo is passionate about diligently seeking to know God in creation, providence, and church history. It is his desire that students at PVCP discover the fullness of life found in Christ and come to realize that this life is the only opportunity granted to them to contribute to the preservation and enlargement of the Kingdom of God.
Gil Nadolny, Dean of Academics
B.A. Psychology and Education
Gil has served at PVCP since 2005, and comes to PVCP with over 34 years of teaching experience. Gil is drawn to PVCP because of the unique position it holds in the world of Christian education. As Gil states, “Academic rigor is stressed, but not as a student’s only endeavor. PVCP tempers workload so students can maintain family time and pursue other interests to be fully equipped for their distinct calling.” This unique emphasis on developing the whole child is why Gil chooses to serve at PVCP.
It’s Gil’s prayer that students realize that through a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ, they can play a leading role in building God’s Kingdom through hard work and putting aside selfish desires and adopting the mind of Christ to serve Him in all they do. One of Gil’s greatest joys is helping young men understand and strive to fulfill their God-given role in his Kingdom. He has seen his investment in students’ lives bear much fruit as they mature in Christ and become even more faithful in their service to Him. These mentoring relationships often continue on even years after students graduate from PVCP.
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