Valparaiso Community Schools

Excellence in Education

Working together for every child, every day

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Valparaiso Community Schools
Administration Office 
3801 N. Campbell Street
Valparaiso, IN  46385
Phone:  219-531-3000
Fax:  219-531-3009
Dr. E. Ric Frataccia
Associate Superintendent:
Mrs. Julie Lauck 
Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Curriculum:
Dr. James McCall
Excellence in Education
The Board of Education and the administration, with the district’s dedicated teaching staff, is the leadership team guiding the educational opportunities of more than 6,000 students in the Valparaiso Community Schools.
Through a broad-based curriculum, special programs, and extracurricular activities, the Valparaiso Community Schools has earned the reputation for excellence in all areas of learning. This tradition of excellence is based on the best cooperative efforts of the Board of Education, administration, faculty, students, parents, and the community.
The Valparaiso Community Schools (VCS) is composed of eight elementary schools, two middle schools, a comprehensive high school, an alternative high school, and a vocational high school. The school district seeks to balance academic, physical, practical, social, and emotional needs so that students value all facets of learning. Talented and creative teachers develop relevant learning experiences to challenge students and connect their learning through authentic means. In Valparaiso, the range of programs offered and the individual attention provided students gives each student ample opportunity for success. A concerted effort is made to provide a standards-based curriculum, criterion-referenced assessment plan, and formative and summative feedback to provide an academic background to support the future goals of all students and to provide academic assistance designed to prevent students from falling behind.
The Valparaiso Community Schools has made a commitment to excellence. Parents and community members are invited to reinforce this commitment by being involved in the schools and working together with faculty and staff to provide the best educational opportunities for all Valparaiso students.
Quick Facts:
  • Eight Elementary Schools Grades K-5
  • Two Middle Schools Grades 6-8
  • One High School Grades 9-12
  • Full Accreditation (PBA) Indiana Department of Education
  • Four Star School Awards Indiana Department of Education
  • North Central Association Of Colleges and Schools Accredited High School
  • City Of Valparaiso
  • 55 Miles Southeast Of Chicago
  • 15 Miles South Of Lake Michigan
  • Porter County Seat
  • Home Of Valparaiso University
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News & Headlines

  • VCS 2015-2016 School Year Registration Dates
    Registration for all returning VCS students will be held August 4th - 6th. 
    New-to-VCS students will need to be registered at their home schools August 4th - 6th.  
    For more information about registration, please use the following link:  VCS 2015-16 Registration Information.
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  • Congratulations to the TJMS Science Olympiad Team!
    Congratulations to the TJMS Science Olympiad team for its first place finish at the state competition on Saturday, March 21st!  This victory advances the team to the National Science Olympiad Competition at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in May.  This win was the 23rd state championship for TJMS and will be the 26th straight trip to nationals.  Great work team!

    Congratulations to the VHS Gymnastics Team!
    Led by Coach Lorie Cook, the Valparaiso Vikings won their 11th State Gymnastics title on Saturday, March 21st.  The team finished more than two full points ahead of the second place team.  Congratulations to the members of the 2014-15 VHS Viking Gymnastics Team and their coaches for an outstanding victory!
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  • Textbook Rental Fees (Click on links provided)
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  • Look for the new redesigned VCS website soon. The existing VCS website is now mobile enabled so that you can easily view information on your smartphone.Visit on your smartphone to easily view key information.
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  • When a 2-hour delay is deployed on Collaboration Wednesday, the 2-hour delay is the same timeframe as any other school day.  The late start collaboration time has no impact on the 2-hour delay.   On Wednesday, just like every other day, classes will begin two hours later than normal when we are in a 2-hour delay.
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RDS Parent/Student Access

Click here to visit our RDS Parent/Student Access Portal for a tutorial and more information.
Free and Reduced Lunch Application is now available on line. Please click this link RDS Parent Access  to log in to your account. Click on one of your student’s names (in the upper left corner). Then click on the ‘registration’ link at the upper right corner. You will see listed under Registration Forms the ‘Apply for Free/Reduced Lunch’ button link. Please complete the entire form and click the ‘submit application’ button at the bottom of the screen. Please contact your school if you have further questions.

You may now pay your Textbook and Fees on line. Please login by clicking the following link RDS Parent Access. Click on one of your student’s names in the upper left corner. Then click the ‘fees’ link in the upper right corner. Then click the ‘Pay Now’ button and follow the on screen prompts to complete your payment. Please contact your school if you have any further questions.

Please contact your child's school with any questions or issues regarding your RDS login.
School Point of Contact
(219) 531-3020
Chris Fields               
(219) 531-3030
Elizabeth Krutz            
Cooks Corners
(219) 531-3040
Erin Utesch                 
Flint Lake
(219) 531-3160
Jim McCall          
Hayes Leonard
(219) 531-3060
Bonnie Stephens  
(219) 531-3090
Debra Misecko - Principal                          
Kerri Molnar - Secretary
(219) 531-3100
(219) 531-3110
Anne Wodetzki     
TJ Elementary
(219) 531-3130
David Muniz                 
(219) 531-3140
Jim Polite                                                 
(219) 531-3070
Veronica Tobon                                
Visit our RDS Parent Access Portal page for a tutorial and more information.

Facilities Report Library

Referendum Information
Title Date

Referendum - Operations & Facilities

Gibraltar Reports
Title Date
Gibraltar Concepts - VHS Images 11/20/2014
Gibraltar Concepts - VHS Auditorium 11/20/2014
Next Step in Facilities & Operations Plans 09/20/2014
Gibraltar Report - Board Discussion 03/06/2014
Gibraltar Presentation
Facility Reference Information 9/17/2013
District Wide 21st Century Learning Facility Feasibility Study
District Wide 21st Century Learning Facility Feasibility Study - Presentation 9/17/2013
Gibraltar Design Report 12/16/09
McKibben Demographic Study
Title Date
Valparaiso Demographic Study Report
Valparaiso Community Task Force
Title Date
Report & Proposal for Consideration 7/2008
Executive Summary Report & Proposal for Consideration 6/17/2008
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