Rick and Jean Huff retire!









A message from Mr. and Mrs. Huff:

To our most beloved Apple Valley Christian School family and friends,

It is with great joy that we are announcing our retirement from teaching.  We have been blessed by God to be in a position to be able to embrace retirement after this school year concludes.  Our hearts and our love will always be here.  We have together been blessed to serve our Lord here for 65 years: Rick is finishing 39 years and Jean is finishing 26 years in this amazing school that God has placed in the middle of the desert.  We were thankful all three of our children graduated from Apple Valley Christian School and we would never have changed any part of being here.  Rick was also able to enjoy being the Athletic Director and Varsity Basketball Coach for 29 years.  Jean has held Administrative Team duties as well.

I think we bleed “Blue and Gold” and will always be the biggest supporters around!  We are excited with anticipation to see where God is leading AVCS next.  It is always an amazing part of the year when classes start in the Fall – so expect to see us wandering the halls, listening to the sounds of student’s voices and getting a glimpse of His next great chapter at this school!

Where God closes one door He opens a window – wait ’till you see our pictures from the Bahamas or Mexico or Alaska as we travel to our heart’s desires!  Love to you all.  We will forever thank God for this amazing place and the many years we were privileged to serve Him here – Apple Valley Christian School!


Public Enrollment Now Open

Enrollment is now open to the public – from Preschool through 12th grade.  AVCS has been serving the High Desert for over 40 years.  Come find out why our graduates have the highest SAT scores in the High Desert. Schedule a personal tour to learn more.  Elementary is filling up fast, so call and make an appointment for a tour today!  760.995.3516  Select this link to go directly to our Admissions page…


Class Time Schedules

Elementary Class Time Schedule

Class Begins 8:00 a.m.
Recess:  Kindergarten 9:20-9:40 a.m.
Recess:  Grades 1-2 9:40-10:00 a.m.
Recess:  Grades 3-5 10:00-10:15 a.m.
Lunch/Recess:  Grades K-2 10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lunch/Recess:  Grades 3-5 11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.
Class Ends 2:30 p.m.


  • Elementary Chapel Wednesday          8:15-9:00 a.m.
  • Early Release                Wednesday          1:40 p.m.

(Teacher In-Service will be scheduled weekly on Wednesdays from 2:10-3:00 p.m.)

                                                                                   Secondary Class Time Schedules

Middle School High School   MS/HS Chapel Schedule: Wednesday
Period 0 7:10-7:55 p.m.
Period 1 8:00-8:45 a.m. Period 1 8:00-8:45 a.m. Period 1 8:00-8:35 a.m.
Period 2 8:50-9:35 a.m. Period 2 8:50-9:35 a.m. Period 2 8:40-9:15 a.m.
Break 9:35-9:50 a.m. Break 9:35-9:50 a.m. Chapel 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Period 3 9:50-10:35 a.m. Period 3 9:50-10:35 a.m. Break 10:15-10:30 a.m.
Period 4 10:40-11:30 a.m. Period 4 10:40-11:30 a.m. Period 3 10:30-11:05 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Period 5 11:35 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Period 4 11:10-11:45 a.m.
Period 5 12:25-1:00 p.m. Lunch 12:20-1:00 p.m. Period 5A 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (MS Lunch)
Period 6 1:05-1:50 p.m. Period 6 1:05-1:50 p.m. Period 5B 12:25-1:05 p.m.        (HS Lunch)
Period 7 1:55-2:40 p.m. Period 7 1:55-2:40 p.m. Period 6 1:10-1:50 p.m.



  • Chapels will be scheduled on Wednesdays.
  • MS SLT will meet once weekly at lunch
  • Early Release every Wednesday at 1:50 p.m.

(Teacher In-Service will be scheduled weekly on Wednesdays from 2:10-3:00 p.m.)

AVCS Returns to Apple Valley – August 2014!

AVCS Elevation photo


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.

Accreditation: Chairman response

What a great week we had with the ACSI/WASC Accreditation Visiting Team!  They were particularly impressed with the ability of our students to articulate their ideas and beliefs.  Please read the response below from the chairman of the accreditation visiting team:

The visiting team, representing the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, wishes to express appreciation for Apple Valley Christian School and its commitment to school improvement.

  • We commend the board for seeking to maintain its status as an accredited school.
  • We commend the administration for leading the staff through the rigors of self-study and preparation for the visit.
  • We commend the faculty and staff for spending focused time in evaluating every aspect of the school and developing a picture of what the school is today in order to prepare it for tomorrow.
  • We commend the parents for committing themselves to the school by entrusting it with their children and accepting the financial burden of support for this commitment.
  • We commend the students for their openness and candor as they shared their perspective of life at Apple Valley Christian School.

It has been a distinct pleasure to be a part of this experience in the life of the school. The entire visiting committee is grateful for the opportunity to serve the school in this way.

We trust that our report will be a useful tool and serve the school well as it pursues its preferred future.

The committee has sent our report and recommendations to the ACSI and WASC Accreditation Commissions. It is these commissions that make the determination of a schools’ accreditation status and they will notify the school of their decisions later this spring.

The committee was very pleased to see how the Apple Valley School Community rallied to keep the school alive and all the work that is being accomplished to help it thrive now and in the future!

Thank you for your hospitality to our team,

Dr. Cecil Swetland

ACSI-WASC Visiting Committee Chairman

AVCS Girls’ Basketball Team Wins State Academic Title!

AVCS Academic Award

Story in the Victor Valley Daily Press, August 13, 2013


There’s an old saying that patience is a virtue.

Apple Valley Christian athletic director Rick Huff’s patience with the CIF state office was rewarded with another state academic championship.

The Warriors’ girls basketball team was one of 29 state academic team champions for the 2012-13 school year announced by the CIF on Aug. 9.

“I knew we would really be close,” Huff said. “It’s really exciting.”

Since 1996, CIF has rewarded a team in each sport with the highest collective GPA based on an unweighted 4.0 scale. Each section has an academic champion for each sport, and the winners are forwarded to the state office for consideration.

Huff said he expected an announcement in June. But CIF kept pushing back the date when it would release the names of the winning teams.

Finally, word came Aug. 9 that Apple Valley Christian had won its fifth state academic championship — tied for second most in the state. AVCS and Forest Lake Christian each have five titles, while Los Gatos leads all schools with seven.

The school will receive a banner in recognition of the accomplishment.

“We focus on the Lord and then them doing their best in whatever it is,” Huff said. “They’re working hard and being made accountable. They’re great girls who are very diligent and competitive in the classroom and out on the court. We focus on what we do well and that focal point is academics. They’re really bright kids who work hard in class.”

The 2012-13 team was comprised of Johanna Barbour, Carolina Carrazedo, Alanah Conrad, Lana Gomes, Brittany Richart, Krisandra Sanchez and Christina Seaton. They had a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and were coached by Gary and Kathy Giovannetti.

Huff said he had hoped for two titles this year, but the girls volleyball team just missed out. The Warriors had a 3.92 GPA while the winning school, Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, finished with a 3.95 GPA, which was the highest for any girls sport.

“Our coaches focus on mentoring the kids for their lifetimes — how can we reach this kid and prepare them for that next stage of life,” Huff said. “Academics is a huge part of that.

“I’m really proud of the kids.”

Mark A. Peinado can be reached at 760-951-6274 or at mpeinado@vvdailypress.com.