About VCS

Great Schools in a Great Community
Valparaiso Community Schools (VCS) is a K-12 public school corporation serving ~6,500 students in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Twelve total schools make up VCS, including 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 alternative school and 1 high school. Our VCS Team consists of ~700 staff members, including teachers, teacher’s aides, guidance counselors, social workers, administrators and support staff.
Located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a growing community located in “The Region" just 50 miles southeast of Chicago, IL, "Valpo" is home to over 32,000 residents and serves as a hub for an additional 15,000 living in surrounding areas.  Valparaiso is the seat of Porter County, which has the 7th highest per capita income in the State of Indiana and is one of the few counties in Indiana with a growing population, totaling over 160,000.  This makes Porter County the 9th largest county by population in Indiana.
Why we Exist - Our Goal:
"To empower students and staff to pursue personal excellence while developing Empathy, Integrity, and Perseverance."
What we Believe - Our Foundation:
  • Integrity - acting with honesty, fairness, and transparency
  • High Expectations - expecting the best from students and staff
  • Respect - respect for others and ourselves
  • Safety - creating an environment that is safe, secure, and comfortable for everyone
  • Community - being an active member of our community
  • Student-Centered - every decision is based on what is best for the students
How we Conduct Ourselves - Our Actions:
  • Be Visible
  • Be Positive
  • Communicate
  • Follow Through
Overarching Achievements
  • 97% graduation rate
  • Top-20 school district in Indiana for ILEARN test scores
  • Consistently celebrate National Merit Finalists & Scholarship Winners
  • Numerous College Board National Recognition recipients
  • Over 1,200 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams taken by over 600 students with a majority earning college credit
  • 7500+ college credits earned over the past 3 years equating to significant savings for families
School Awards / Recognitions
  • BEST HIGH SCHOOLS  -US News & World Report 
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL  -US Department of Education
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY SCHOOL  -Indiana Department of Education
  • DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL  -Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
  • SCHOOLS TO WATCH  -National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Forum
Academic Program Highlights
  • Numerous award-winning and nationally recognized K-12 STEM programming and educators
  • Dedicated Counselors that connect individual student goals and skill sets to vocational and collegiate outcomes
  • Robust Social Services Department consisting of Social Workers in every building as well as district-level Behavioral Specialists
  • Dual Language Immersion (DLI) at Parkview Elementary which attracts international expertise & experience
  • Dedicated Allied Arts rotation including Music, Art, Physical Education AND Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) as an independent  opportunity for students to engage in hands-on learning
  • Wide variety of options for Advanced Placement (AP-Collegeboard) credit through extensive course offerings
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Courses that promote international-mindedness and produce college credits
Extracurricular Program Highlights
  • Support 24 Varsity Sports
  • Unified Sports program that promotes teamwork and inclusion
  • Members of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC)
  • Highly decorated music programming in Band, Choir, and Orchestra; perennial state-level awards for individual and team competitions
  • Dozens of Clubs & Academic Teams at all school levels for students to engage and participate in beyond the school day
Community Partnership Highlights
  • Connections to community through partnership with the City of Valparaiso, Valpo Chamber of Commerce, Valpo Schools Foundation, Valpo Parks & Recreation, Porter County Public Library, Scouts, Parents as Teachers, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis, Rotary, and many, many more
  • Numerous community partnerships and programs to serve students experiencing housing insecurity, food insecurity, or other challenges that present a barrier to learning, including Backpacks & Snacks, and Dressed For School, among others