Check out the details of our new location in this article in the Sunday Daily Press, written by Rene De La Cruz…
Christian school set to return to Apple Valley
AVCS absent from town nearly two years
December 15, 2013 8:00 AM
Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
APPLE VALLEY • After departing its hometown nearly two years ago, a local private school has announced plans to move back. Alan Giles, board president of Apple Valley Christian School, said the school has secured a 45,000-square-foot building on Ottawa Road to teach its more than 200 students in 2014. “We signed a long-term lease with an option to buy on Monday,” said Giles, 33, an alumnus of AVC and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. “We have a growing and healthy base of students at our pre-K- to 12th-grade school, and we need a place to move our growing family.” The school moved to Hesperia in 2012 after the elders at Apple Valley Baptist Church, the school’s overseeing body, laid off 11 teachers including John Richart, the school’s administrator, and told AVC they planned to shut down the school at the end of the year. Financial challenges, which included declining enrollment costing the church hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2005, was the main factor for the move, according to a church release. A campaign led by Giles, AVC alumni and families associated with the school raised thousands of dollars, making it possible to rehire teachers and eventually move the school to a 15,500-square-foot campus on I Avenue in Hesperia. Giles said the new Apple Valley campus, on the corner of Ottawa and Nomwaket roads, should be ready by August after they submit plans to the town of Apple Valley in January. The plans include construction of 20 classrooms and office space and the installation of a playground. Giles said over the year, AVC has experienced a 20-percent increase in attendance, the biggest jump in more than eight years for the school, which began in 1976 as a ministry of the Baptist Church. The school has remained strong, attracting foreign exchange students from 15 countries including Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, China, Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Brazil, according to Giles. “God has been incredibly good to our school,” Giles said. “Our teachers and staff have been loyal and committed during this entire process.” “Our families and staff are excited about the news,” Richart said. “Even our Hesperia families that we picked up in the move are excited and are working on carpooling plans.” Richart said he didn’t think the school would find a new location after he signed a two-year lease on the Hesperia facility. “Seems like God is always surprising me,” Richart said. “I guess the impossible is always possible with him.” For more information on the school, visit www.avcschool.com or call 760-995-3516. Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.